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Top Tier Status Matching for Car Rentals

We talk a lot here about the Status Match Merry Go Round – matching casino and hotel statuses in what is, for now, perpetuity.

But I’m equal opportunity when it comes to status matching, and there’s another opportunity you may not be aware of. It’s not a merry go round, per se, although I have successfully matched between Hertz and National for about 5 years now. And I have shifted my businesses in that direction as a result, so it’s a win-win.

Hertz, National, Enterprise, and Sixt will all status match and they’ll all (except SIXT) happily match top tier to top tier.

Note, this is not an “in order” match process, per se. You can skip the first section below and still match to National and Enterprise…. so read the whole article!

The First Status: Hertz President’s Circle

You do need one status to get going. Several years ago, you could use any Amex to get National’s top tier status, but that’s long gone.

Right now, the absolute easiest way to get top tier status with all three of these companies is one of three credit cards. It’s a benefit of holding the Venture X credit card from Capital One, Platinum Card from American Express, and the Business Platinum Card from American Express. That card gives you automatic top tier “Hertz President’s Circle status, which has been very good to me. You get access to choose your own car from the President’s Circle Ultimate Choice lot which (usually) has the most high end cars within Ultimate Choice. You just have to rent a mid-size or higher. On one rental, I grabbed this BMW convertible for the price of my mid-size.

hertz president's circleNote: If you really wanted to go baller style and upgrade to a premium rental, you get the highest discount on that as a President’s Circle member as well.

Additional Note: if you didn’t get Hertz President’s Circle this way, you can still complete the next match to National Executive Elite and then go to Hertz to status match to President’s Circle!

Hertz will status match to President’s Circle from:

  • Avis President’s Club®
  • Enterprise Plus® Platinum
  • National Executive Elite®
  • Avis Preferred Plus® above 25 rentals*
  • Europcar Privilege Elite®

What are the benefits of Hertz President’s Circle Status?

  • Confirmed one-car-class upgrades at participating locations
  • 50% bonus on Gold Plus Rewards® points on all qualified rentals
  • Expedited vehicle pick-up at over 1,000 locations worldwide
  • No stopping at the counter at over 50 airports
  • Mobile Gold Alerts
  • eReturn
  • Freedom to choose any vehicle in the President’s Circle section of the Hertz Ultimate Choice lot on the spot at no extra charge No additional driver fee for a spouse or domestic partner in the U.S.
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® points for free rental days around the world
  • Access to exclusive and unforgettable experiences through Hertz+
  • Hertz Valet – Take advantage of our terminal drive-back service at participating locations up to four times a year
  • Dedicated President’s Circle call center line.

Match President’s Circle (or Others!) to National Executive Elite

National’s Executive Elite (EE) status is nearly identical to Hertz President’s Circle in terms of benefits. And it’s nice to have options for whatever company is least expensive when booking. The last time I booked with National, I booked a compact and drove away in this. It was Alaska, so I loved the upgrade.

national executive elite

It’s super easy to status match to National. Just head to this form and submit your proof from Hertz.

And if you don’t have Hertz President’s Circle? 

National will match your status in more than 40 car rental, airline and hotel loyalty programs, so pick your best status and see what they will match you to.

What are the National Executive Elite status benefits?

  • Executive Area Access — Choose any car (Fullsize and above) in the Executive Area and only pay the Midsize rate (in US and Canada).
  • Fastest Free Rental Days — Earn 1 rental credit for every qualified car rental. Free Rental Day = 5 credits.
  • Guaranteed Upgrades — You’re always guaranteed a free upgrade when you reserve using the Midsize rate (in US and Canada).
  • Private Airport Delivery — We’ll have your car waiting at most private airports within 50 miles of us. (in US and Canada)
  • No Second Driver Fees — Never pay extra when family members and business associates do the driving.
  • Upgrades in Europe — Enjoy a free one car class upgrade (subject to availability at time of rental) at participating locations in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Germany.
  • Special Offers — Receive exclusive members-only discounts and offers through our seasonal emails.
  • Special Pricing on Premier Selection — Enjoy exclusive pricing when you upgrade to Premier Selection at the rental lot. (in US and Canada)

Match President’s Circle to Enterprise Plus (Requires Hertz or Avis Status)

This one does require Hertz (or Avis status).

You can match your Hertz President’s Circle to Enterprise’s top tier Platinum status simply by using this form.

They will match to that top tier from:

  • Avis President’s Club
  • Avis Chairman’s Club
  • Avis Preferred Plus (25 rentals or 85+days)
  • Hertz President’s Circle

Or, if you have a Platinum Card® from American Express or Business Platinum Card® from American Express or Business Platinum, you can enroll in Avis’s program at the Avis Preferred Plus level.

What are Enterprise Platinum status benefits?

  • Points received for qualifying rental dollars: 20% bonus points
  • Free car upgrades per program year: Four

Match to SIXT Platinum

You can also match to SIXT (the European car rental company with a large US presence).

The status match page is here.

Your Hertz President’s Circle will get you SIXT Platinum status, good for space available upgrades and some priority treatment, depending on the location. There’s also a discount that gets automatically attached to your rentals of 15%.

Or, you can match to Sixt from Hertz’s next highest level, 5 Star. You can get Hertz Five Star if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve, as an included card benefit.

What are SIXT Platinum benefits?

  • 15% discount on car rentals
  • One class upgrade
  • Priority service at some locations

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at the South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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