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The new Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card has so many awesome perks, like a $300 annual travel credit, 10K bonus anniversary miles, access to Capital One Lounges, a Priority Pass membership, cell phone protection, and awesome authorized user perks. I applied for the card the day it launched, and was instantly approved.
One of the benefits of the Capital One Venture X that some people aren’t familiar with is the excellent car rental status it offers. Not only does the card offer Hertz President’s Circle elite status (which isn’t available with other premium credit cards), but it also offers other car rental perks on account of being a Visa Infinite. Let’s go over the details of how this works.
What car rental status does the Capital One Venture X offer?
The Capital One Venture X offers the most comprehensive car rental perks of any premium credit card, in my opinion, as the card offers elite status or perks with Hertz, Avis, National, and Silvercar. Let’s go over the basics.
Hertz President’s Circle elite status
The Capital One Venture X offers Hertz President’s Circle elite status:
- Cardmembers must register for this benefit, either enrolling directly in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, or simply requesting an upgrade to Hertz President’s Circle status — below I’ll outline the process of registering
- This benefit is available not only to the primary cardmember, but also to authorized users (this is awesome, since you can add up to four authorized users to the card at no extra cost)
- After successful registration, Hertz will process the request within 24-72 hours, at which point the status will be valid
- Upon enrollment, eligible cardholders will remain at that status level through December 31, 2024, at which point they will be reverted to the level that corresponds with their rental activity; it’s pretty awesome that this status is valid for over three years right off the bat
- There’s no need to actually book your rental through Capital One Travel, or use your Capital One Venture X for the rental, to receive these perks; your status will be upgraded on Hertz’s end, regardless of how you choose to book and pay going forward
While you don’t have to book your car rental using the Capital One Venture X, it could make sense to do so — this way you get primary auto rental collision damage waiver (CDW) coverage. On top of that, if you book through Capital One Travel, you’ll receive 10x Venture miles for the purchase.
Avis, National, and Silvercar perks & elite status
- Complimentary National Emerald Club Executive membership, which is National’s awesome elite status; registration is required
- Savings of up to 30% (with a guaranteed minimum discount of 10%) on rentals with Silvercar, when paying with your card; redeem the offer through this link
- Complimentary Avis Preferred Plus enrollment, with savings of up to 30% off base rates; registration is required
How do you enroll in Hertz President’s Circle status?
The process of registering for Hertz President’s Circle status couldn’t be much easier. If you want to make this as simple as possible, you can enroll for your Hertz status at this link. Note that:
- If you already have a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account, you’ll just have to provide your name, email address, and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards number
- If you don’t have a Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account, you can enroll in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and request your President’s Circle status at this link
Upon successfully completing these steps, your status should be updated within 24-72 hours (in my case, my status was updated within roughly one day).
It’s interesting that you don’t even have to provide your card number, or anything along those lines. I’m not sure what kind of verification happens on the back-end, but I did receive an email shortly after registering claiming that my “account has been verified.”
Like I said, you can just do the process as outlined above, though if you want to get to the page with that link on your own, just log into your Capital One account, and click on the “Redeem” button at the top left of the page.
That will bring you to the main travel page, and on that page you’ll want to click “Discover Travel.”
When you scroll to the very bottom of the page, you should see the link for “Hertz President’s Circle Status” (which should lead to the same link I have above).
What are the benefits of Hertz President’s Circle status?
President’s Circle is Hertz’s top-tier status, so it’s pretty cool to get that just for having the Capital One Venture X. This status has historically required 20 rentals per year or $4,000 in car rental spending, though in 2021 the requirements have been reduced to 15 rentals per year or $3,000 in car rental spending, in light of circumstances.
What are the perks of Hertz President’s Circle status?
- Guaranteed car upgrades, a minimum of one-class, at participating locations
- 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 United Statues
- 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
- eReturn, whereby you don’t have to wait when returning your car
- Hertz Valet, whereby you can take advantage of a terminal drive-back service at participating locations up tour times per year
- A dedicated President’s Circle call center line
Here’s a chart comparing the different Hertz elite status tiers:
I think I’m excited about this?
While I love most things about the travel experience, car rentals have historically been the exception. I’ve found so many aspects of the car rental experience to be frustrating, and I’ve historically taken a defeatist attitude when it comes to renting cars.
Fortunately that changed earlier this year, thanks to the great advice of OMAAT readers. I’ve had great experiences with National Emerald Aisle, and it has taken the pain out of the car rental process. National status is offered with several premium credit cards, so the status is easy to get, and the perks are good.
But here’s the catch — sometimes National is really expensive for rentals, charging much more than competitors. In those situations I feel like I’m stuck, and it comes down to asking myself how much I’m willing to pay to avoid the typical frustration associated with renting cars.
In that sense, this new Hertz President’s Circle status is very exciting. Hertz President’s Circle essentially seems to be the equivalent of National Emerald Aisle, with the same option to choose your car and skip the counter. The catch is that in my experience, Hertz is often much more reasonably priced than National (of course it depends on the location, but I’ve personally noticed that as a general trend).
I’m excited about that, as it gives me a lot more flexibility with my rentals. Assuming Hertz President’s Circle works the way I think it does, I can now rent from Hertz or National, and not have a terrible experience (hopefully).
The Capital One Venture X offers Hertz President’s Circle elite status as a perk for both the primary cardmember and authorized users. It’s awesome to see Capital One offering a car rental elite status that you won’t get with the premium cards of Amex or Chase.
President’s Circle is top-tier status elite status with Hertz, and offers a guaranteed upgrade, the ability to select a car from the President’s Circle section, bonus points, and a lot more.
On top of that, the card is also a Visa Infinite, and therefore offers perks and/or elite status with Avis, National, and Silvercar.
If you’re getting the Capital One Venture X, do you plan on using the Hertz President’s Circle status? Anyone have experience with the status to share?