Capital One Venture X Offers Hertz President’s Circle Elite Status

Capital One Venture X Offers Hertz President’s Circle Elite Status

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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

In addition to Hertz President’s Circle elite status, the Capital One Venture X also offers car rental perks on account of being a Visa Infinite Card. Specifically, the card offers:

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:

Hertz President’s Circle perks

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).

Bottom line

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?

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  1. Sammy Guest

    I had Hertz President's Circle status for a few years when I had the United Club card. I enjoyed the upgrades and easy pick-up and return. Hertz in Las Vegas was awesome with a wide selection of upgrade vehicles lined up for you to check out and choose from. I consider this a significant card benefit.

  2. Terpy Guest

    The link is down to register for Hertz President's Circle. When clicking on the link, nothing happens.

  3. Felix Guest

    Some experiences with Hertz Presidents Circle from abroad (before Covid)

    Both reservations where made through ADAC Autovermietung who have special rates if all drivers are ADAC members (unlimited drivers, no YDF) and Presidents Circle benefits were granted except bonus points.

    Booked an intermediate station wagon (IWMR) at a small city branch for 210 Euro a whole week. Gave them a call before pick-up and asked for the availability of an automatic car, since a friend...

    Some experiences with Hertz Presidents Circle from abroad (before Covid)

    Both reservations where made through ADAC Autovermietung who have special rates if all drivers are ADAC members (unlimited drivers, no YDF) and Presidents Circle benefits were granted except bonus points.

    Booked an intermediate station wagon (IWMR) at a small city branch for 210 Euro a whole week. Gave them a call before pick-up and asked for the availability of an automatic car, since a friend had a sprained left foot and could not operate the clutch. They offered a Ford Galaxy and a Mercedes GLC - both with automatic transmission. Decided on the Ford Galaxy, since we had to transfer somepeople for a corporate event, and 7 seats came in very handy. A decent upgrade considering that I could not have booked both cars in advance due to the age limit of 25.

    Second time, I had a reservation at Roma Ciampino Airport. Did cancel/ change the reservation after communicated pick-up time, since the Ryanair flight was delayed for technical reasons. After 4 hours and further uncertainty, we cancelled the flight and received 250 Euro compensation per person and booked a flight with Eurowings to Roma Fiumcino.

    Last minute prices were skyrocketing but ADAC managed to move the reservation to Fiumcino for the same price. Unfortunately, intermediates with automatic transmission where booked and the reservation downgraded.

    On a pick-up we received a decent upgrade to an Alfa Romeo Giulia. I cannot complain ;-)

    These have been nice experiences for a matched status. Sad that the status is gone.

  4. Steve Guest

    Ben,
    When you log into your Hertz account are you seeing the upgrade to status? I'm not and wondering how long it takes.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Steve -- Not yet. It can take 24-72 hours, apparently, though I'll update this post when I see the status reflected.

    2. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Steve -- As an update, my status posted after roughly 24 hours.

  5. AW Guest

    For decades, Hertz was the go-to for rental cars because of their great service. That all changed around the time of their bankruptcy (pre-COVID) and continues to this day. They are about the worst (and most expensive) option now. I certainly prefer both Avis and National to Hertz.

  6. Rational Traveler Guest

    When I get the Venture X it will be my main card for all rental car purchases over all other premium travel cards and here's why. Not only do you get Hertz President's Circle status and primary rental car insurance, but you also get the full slate of rental car benefits by virtue of Visa Infinite: https://usa.visa.com/supporting-info/infinite-car-rental.html

    Visa Infinite includes decent discounts through Avis, Hertz, National, and Silvercar. Additionally, you can get easily get status...

    When I get the Venture X it will be my main card for all rental car purchases over all other premium travel cards and here's why. Not only do you get Hertz President's Circle status and primary rental car insurance, but you also get the full slate of rental car benefits by virtue of Visa Infinite: https://usa.visa.com/supporting-info/infinite-car-rental.html

    Visa Infinite includes decent discounts through Avis, Hertz, National, and Silvercar. Additionally, you can get easily get status like Avis Preferred Plus and National Emerald Club Executive. While this elite status isn't top-tier, it probably makes your life a little bit easier when renting a car for no additional cost. Last of all, rental car status has been extremely easy to status match recently. So take your Hertz President's Circle status and request a status match to National Emerald Club Executive Elite and (maybe) Avis President's Club.

    In summary, the following reasons make this the strongest all-around card for rental car purchases: elite status with Hertz/Avis/National, primary rental car insurance, Visa Infinite discounts, and option to book through the Capital One Travel portal to use the $300 credit and/or earn 10x. Oh, and any Authorized User gets these same list of benefits. What's not to love?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Rational Traveler -- Totally agree, and great point on the Visa Infinite perks. I updated the post to reflect that.

  7. paul Guest

    how does one enroll for the PCircle benefit? TIA

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ paul -- I've updated the post to reflect how to register. Let me know if you have any questions.

  8. JohnRossa New Member

    Well, FedEx delivered my shiny new VentureX card an hour ago (yes, it's a metal card) and I'm still trying to find that "tab" online to enroll in Hertz's PC.

    1. Kay Guest

      If you go to explore rewards, it will take you to travel and if you scroll down you will see travel benefits. There you will see a tab for hertz presidents circle and you just click the link and fill in you information. It took me about 15 secs to upgrade

    2. JohnRossa New Member

      Found it!! Thanks for the tip.

    3. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Kay -- Thanks for that info, I updated the post to reflect that.

    4. Kay Guest

      Your welcome! Happy to help the community a tiny bit.

  9. beachmouse Guest

    PC will probably be more useful in the second half of 2022 and beyond when they’ve had the chance to rebuild their fleet and the pick your own PC section has something more interesting than five different Mazda CX-5s, a Tahoe and a random Avalon.

  10. Greg Guest

    I've been a Pres Circle for a long time.

    Before Ultimate Choice it was fun to play the upgrade game and often got a Prestige / European luxury for a full / premium class rental.

    Ultimate Choice was fun in the early days - often saw European luxury cars in the aisle so great for a 'standard' class rental.

    But in 2019 pickings got more slim like National. And even before that often...

    I've been a Pres Circle for a long time.

    Before Ultimate Choice it was fun to play the upgrade game and often got a Prestige / European luxury for a full / premium class rental.

    Ultimate Choice was fun in the early days - often saw European luxury cars in the aisle so great for a 'standard' class rental.

    But in 2019 pickings got more slim like National. And even before that often found just booking the European luxury car class outright was only 25-50% more than a cheap midsize rate (so $50-$80 / day) at big airport locations - kind of like first class in recent years.

    So in other words, Pres Circle itself doesn't seem to confer much unless you like booking 'standard' and liking getting an SUV or American premium / full size in the Ultimate Choice lane with the occasional European luxury if you're lucky.

  11. Oscar Church Guest

    Surprisingly, due to the pandemic, the rental car benefit from the Visa Infinite Card is the most underrated benefit for me.

    Since rental car rates are through the roof, I have benefited from the Avis rental car program. More specifically, I use the AVIS rental car code, and it has saved me a ton of money.

    For example, I have a 5 day trip in Phoenix in December. I did a quick search for...

    Surprisingly, due to the pandemic, the rental car benefit from the Visa Infinite Card is the most underrated benefit for me.

    Since rental car rates are through the roof, I have benefited from the Avis rental car program. More specifically, I use the AVIS rental car code, and it has saved me a ton of money.

    For example, I have a 5 day trip in Phoenix in December. I did a quick search for any car for 5 days on Orbitz and $500+ was the minimum price that came up for any rental car agency. I went to Budget.com and used the Avis Visa Infinite Discount Code (AWD or BCD - S107100) and the price was $320 for a savings of $180+.

    avis.com/visainfinite shows the code (S107100) and that code works at Budget too.

  12. DM Guest

    Back in Jan/Feb 2020, AMEX Cobalt in Canada was running an offer to get National Executive Elite (top tier National status), which I signed up for. I then status matched that to President's Circle, which was extended through 2022 due to the pandemic.

    This year, I have rented with Hertz more than a dozen times, all at non-airport locations. Here is my experience -

    1. I almost always booked a dummy booking through Hertz's...

    Back in Jan/Feb 2020, AMEX Cobalt in Canada was running an offer to get National Executive Elite (top tier National status), which I signed up for. I then status matched that to President's Circle, which was extended through 2022 due to the pandemic.

    This year, I have rented with Hertz more than a dozen times, all at non-airport locations. Here is my experience -

    1. I almost always booked a dummy booking through Hertz's website and used Autoslash to track it. I'd eventually get the same car option through Autoslash but at a significant discount, so I'd rebook it through them. Autoslash basically books through Priceline, so for Hertz, this was a third party booking. But I could always include my Hertz number while booking through priceline and that booking would show up in my Hertz profile. Since these were pay later rates, I'd use my credit card of choice and get primary coverage.

    2. I agree with Ben that Hertz prices are usually better than Avis or National, even at airport locations.

    3. In terms of elite recognition, I always used to get 3-4 class upgrades for my rental. The front desk associate once told me that they were instructed by the central office to reserve the best cars for President'c Circle members. I once got a Volvo XC90 when I had booked an economy hatchback and often got mid-size SUVs (which is a big deal in a small non-airport location).

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ DM -- Awesome info, thanks so much for sharing!

    2. autoslash New Member

      We're here to save you money anytime you want, Ben. :)

  13. DENDAVE Guest

    Do those things benefits extend to international rentals?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ DENDAVE -- It seems to depend on the benefits, and for that matter select locations offer certain services, while others don't. It seems to me like at least some of the President's Circle benefits apply outside the United States, though hopefully people with more firsthand experience can chime in.

    2. khatl Guest

      It's not unlike what you get in the US. The big locations will be the same as any big location in the US e.g. airports such as LHR, CDG etc. Other locations can become more hit or miss.

      Also relevant is that outside the US (and even some in the US such as Hilton Head, Cape Cod), a lot of Hertz locations are franchises (particularly Asia, Africa, South America). This usually means the benefits...

      It's not unlike what you get in the US. The big locations will be the same as any big location in the US e.g. airports such as LHR, CDG etc. Other locations can become more hit or miss.

      Also relevant is that outside the US (and even some in the US such as Hilton Head, Cape Cod), a lot of Hertz locations are franchises (particularly Asia, Africa, South America). This usually means the benefits and service becomes a little less consistent (sometimes much better, and sometimes not!)

    3. Felix Guest

      Have a look on my experiences in my separate post ;-)

  14. Khatl Gold

    President's Circle is good... but definitely not great. Yes, you get a few more perks and the guaranteed upgrades are good. And while I hate to say it's a benefit, because everyone used to get it, the ability to cancel reward redemptions and get all your points back without penalty is nice. That said, if President's Circle wasn't free, it's not like a mileage run on an airline to get a status where the benefits are significantly better.

  15. Bgriff Guest

    You know that Avis and Hertz offer bypass the counter programs, Hertz Gold and Avis Preferred, that have been included for free with many premium credit cards over the years, right? Hertz Presidents Circle is just a slightly higher priority and adds some additional select-your-own-car options.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Bgriff -- I was aware of that, but I do think the wider selection of cars and greater flexibility are worth something, and do set President's Circle apart. I guess I'll experience firsthand soon enough whether that's true or not.

  16. David Guest

    Do you have to book directly through the agency to get the status benefits when it comes to rentals? Frequently find the Skyscanner rates are much cheaper than booking via Hertz or National directly. Could I still book through Skyscanner (that then gets booked via something like auto Europe) and take advantage of status perks?

    1. Peter Guest

      Good question. Not sure but believe I’ve booked via Priceline and got the Hertz Gold skip the counter benefit (huge). However, I think you bypass the Hertz reward points.
      Curious if these same PC benefits apply for Hertz rentals outside the US and what status match options exist (like top status at Avis, Sixt, etc.).

    2. Khatl Gold

      It depends. Sometimes Hertz will accept it... and sometimes they won't. My experience is that they won't if you try to add your Hertz # over the phone. However, at the counter I have had success where they have added my # and given me benefits... though it's not every time.

    3. DM Guest

      you can always add the number while confirming booking through priceline. I have done that over a dozen times and always received the PS benefits. No exceptions.

  17. Brutus Guest

    Does the Venture X cover legal fees incurred after being arrested for "stealing" Hertz vehicles?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Brutus -- Lol...

  18. upstater Guest

    Capital One Venture X... too much of a good thing, Lucky...

    1. Khatl Gold

      That's my fear as well. It's gonna be so popular that in 18-24 months they'll dilute it significantly or add $200 to the annual fee.

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DM Guest

Back in Jan/Feb 2020, AMEX Cobalt in Canada was running an offer to get National Executive Elite (top tier National status), which I signed up for. I then status matched that to President's Circle, which was extended through 2022 due to the pandemic. This year, I have rented with Hertz more than a dozen times, all at non-airport locations. Here is my experience - 1. I almost always booked a dummy booking through Hertz's website and used Autoslash to track it. I'd eventually get the same car option through Autoslash but at a significant discount, so I'd rebook it through them. Autoslash basically books through Priceline, so for Hertz, this was a third party booking. But I could always include my Hertz number while booking through priceline and that booking would show up in my Hertz profile. Since these were pay later rates, I'd use my credit card of choice and get primary coverage. 2. I agree with Ben that Hertz prices are usually better than Avis or National, even at airport locations. 3. In terms of elite recognition, I always used to get 3-4 class upgrades for my rental. The front desk associate once told me that they were instructed by the central office to reserve the best cars for President'c Circle members. I once got a Volvo XC90 when I had booked an economy hatchback and often got mid-size SUVs (which is a big deal in a small non-airport location).

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Kay Guest

If you go to explore rewards, it will take you to travel and if you scroll down you will see travel benefits. There you will see a tab for hertz presidents circle and you just click the link and fill in you information. It took me about 15 secs to upgrade

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Khatl Gold

President's Circle is good... but definitely not great. Yes, you get a few more perks and the guaranteed upgrades are good. And while I hate to say it's a benefit, because everyone used to get it, the ability to cancel reward redemptions and get all your points back without penalty is nice. That said, if President's Circle wasn't free, it's not like a mileage run on an airline to get a status where the benefits are significantly better.

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