Amex Platinum Adds Hertz President’s Circle Status

Amex Platinum Adds Hertz President’s Circle Status

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The Amex Platinum has just added a useful new rental car elite status perk for cardmembers.

Get Hertz elite status with Amex Platinum

New as of November 2022, the Amex Platinum is offering Hertz President’s Circle elite status:

The Amex Platinum now offers Hertz elite status

This joins the other Amex Platinum rental car perks, including National Emerald Club Executive status and Avis Preferred Plus status.

When it comes to Hertz benefits, previously Amex offered entry level Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership, plus the ability to get further benefits by using Amex Corporate Discount Code (CDP) 211762. This could offer savings on your rental, a four-hour grace period on returns within the United States, a one-class car upgrade (subject to availability), and more.

The Amex Platinum isn’t the first premium card to offer Hertz President’s Circle elite status, as the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (review) also offers this.

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 a premium credit card. This status ordinarily requires 15 rentals per year or $3,000 in annual rental car spending, so this is most definitely an easier pathway to that tier.

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 States
  • 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 to four times per year
  • A dedicated President’s Circle call center line

Below is a chart comparing the different Hertz elite status tiers.

Hertz President’s Circle perks

Bottom line

The Amex Platinum Card now offers Hertz President’s Circle elite status, which is a nice incremental benefit, and matches what’s offered by the Capital One Venture X. Any sort of rental car status that allows you to pick your own car from the lot is valuable, as it takes the hassle out of renting a car.

Do you plan on taking advantage of Hertz status with the Amex Platinum?

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  1. David S Guest

    Is this good for the schwab platinum card too?

  2. Joel Guest

    Hertz was always my go-to, but I won’t rent from them anymore, regardless of status. The final straw was when I rented a Tahoe with bald tires and a tailgate that refused to latch during winter in the Pacific Northwest. The tires were a safety hazard, and I was expecting us to lose our luggage- the rear hatch sounded like it was hanging on by a thread on the freeway. Luckily, they didn’t have me arrested

  3. Cleo McDowell Guest

    anyone able to get the link to work? Tried it on 3 different browsers, both clicking the link while logged into Amex, as well as from this and other travel blog sites, and just getting a blank page that won't load. I guess its still better than getting jailed!

  4. GordyUK New Member

    I see once again the UK gets stiffed with this benefit. President’s Circle for US card holders and only 5* level for UK?

  5. Happy Camper Guest

    Being Arrested for a stolen car that you didn't steal is a huge problem

  6. Mark R. Guest

    I got this email on Thursday, I assume because I already had Gold through the AMEX Platinum card:

    Congratulations!
    Welcome to President’s Circle® status.

    As an American Express Platinum Card® Member, enjoy President’s Circle® status now – we’ve upgraded you.*

    Take a moment and
    explore your benefits:

  7. Bye Hertz Guest

    How any of you here continue to use Hertz is mind-boggling. A company who will falsely issue a **felony** arrest warrant against you and potentially ruin your livelihood…No thanks! I’ll pay a few bucks extra somewhere else without the unnecessary stress.

  8. CMC Guest

    No one in their right mind should go anywhere near Hertz. With thousands of false arrests and many in jail time, it's just too much risk and not worth it.

  9. TybeeDawg Guest

    I think news outlets jumped the the starting buzzer on this one, nothing but the Gold Status in my Amex Plat account, nothing about Presidential. Not that I'd want it, Hertz is simply the worst and I won't use them.

  10. Pat Guest

    It was a United 1K perk for years, but ends in 2023. I'm glad Platinum AMEX picked it up.

  11. Shangster11 Guest

    Is there any update on whether Hertz has cleaned up its act on the false stolen cars report issue?

    1. Levi Gold

      An unpublished elite benefit is that you get tased for free when arrested on the car theft warrant.

  12. Robert D Guest

    Not sure about registration being required? I got an email fro Hertz that said I had automatically been upgraded to President’s Circle? Maybe because I’ve rented several times recently, and I already have the Amex Plat code For all rentals in my profile?

  13. Shawn Guest

    Hertz is an absolute dumpster fire without even considering the risk of jail time. I tried using PC twice and both times was a fiasco. From locations not allowing you to select a car to others that give you junk. I was taken care of but it’s just not worth the headache. National is just so much better.

    1. Andrew Diamond

      I got one that was 8,500 miles overdue for maintenance. I told them about it when returning and they just shrugged.

  14. Andrew Diamond

    Already get it with Capital One Venture X. Additionally, this program used to be good, but it's 99% Nissan Altimas and Kicks at LAX. Not clear what is so elite about those vehicles - that whole lot is an upsell to $130 / day Teslas and Polestar 2s.

  15. George Guest

    Risk going to jail. I think I’ll pass, but thanks.

  16. GUWonder Guest

    Too bad that the Amex card just doesn’t boost status by one level. Hotel status from my Choice hotel stays in Scandinavia has already given me Hertz President’s Circle status.

    A massive increase in the number of Hertz PCs at US airport car rental places does me no good.

  17. Lee Guest

    Even if the arrests end, there will always be lingering doubts about Hertz. The practical issue is that a warrant and/or an arrest (even if dismissed) will be on one's record. When one applies for or renews TSA Pre-Check/Global Entry, it will appear and it will come up in one's interview. Thinking about an extended remote-work visa somewhere? Think again.

  18. TomH Guest

    Encountered the same Invalid Account error message as noted in other comments. Contacted Hertz CS and received a response asking for an AMEX Platinum statement emailed to [email protected]

  19. CR Guest

    When trying to register through this link, I'm told "Oops…you have entered an invalid Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® account number." The number is not invalid. Any tips?

    1. SW Guest

      I get the same thing. i called Guest services and they said they are aware about this online issue and are working to fix it.

  20. BC Guest

    Hertz PC selection is pretty awful at major airports. At SFO got a Nissan Rouge 2nd hand which started its life NYC at a dealer near my house. What an upgrade.

    LAX had a queue and we just grabbed what came out last time I was there. Not much of a benefit IMO.

  21. NSS Guest

    This isn't a new benefit. It happened last year. At least it did for me. I have PC status with Hertz with just 2 rentals this year.

  22. Hobbs Guest

    Venture X touted Hertz status prior to launch, only to have Capital One Travel completely omit Hertz from its search results. I wonder if that's been fixed? Eff Hertz anyway, and Capital One travel for that matter (why is it so buggy?). Avis is great internationally. An Amex discount on manuals, and 5 AAdvantage miles on every dollar spent, makes it hard to beat.

    1. Raylan Guest

      C1 Travel also does not show National car rentals. Pretty useless for National loyalists.

  23. Anthony Diamond

    I use Hertz and Sixt. Never had an issue with either. Nice additional perk here.

    1. Steve Diamond

      Same here i love my Hertz gold status, constant upgrades, automatic 4 wheel drive when in Colorado. Cant wait to be upgraded to President's Circle!

  24. Trey Guest

    You can pretty much get this already by leveraging (status matching) your existing status with Avis/National.

  25. Tim Dunn Diamond

    As long as Hertz continues to file police reports against customers because of Hertz' failure to manage their own inventory, I will not rent a car from Hertz or any of its brands.
    VFTW does a valuable service in keeping those stories active

  26. Guywhodreams Guest

    I have been Presidenrs circle for a quiet a few years. It used to be really good, but recently the perks / guaranteed upgrades have been slim pickings. The Hertz cars are really nice for sure, but I think they have been giving out these more than often so at some places, its not very convenient. I also have Avis Premier status and have been more lucky with their cars recently and upgrades are almost guaranteed in them.

  27. Andre Guest

    got the same error message as @gavinmac. Call Hertz. We have to send an email requesting the status match to [email protected] and indicate you're a Amex Platinum member, give your Hertz Account number (make sure the card number is on your account) and wait 5-7 business days for it to take effect.

    1. gavinmac Guest

      Thanks I just sent them an email

    2. Snuggs Guest

      Ha, they told me to write to another dept: [email protected] and “include the invitation letter from (amex)…”. Of course when I told the rep that amex doesn’t send a letter…. The response was Ughhhhhhhhhh

  28. Raylan Guest

    Fully half of comments here and elsewhere on this benefit relate to Hertz jailing customers. What an absolutely staggering failure of leadership at Hertz to not fix such a huge reputational risk quickly and make impacted customers whole.

  29. Airfarer Diamond

    Do they include a 'Get out of jail free' card as a benefit?

    1. OneAlphaTwo New Member

      I’m pretty sure if you use your Amex Plat for bail, it should trigger and credit you on your statement.

      Yeah, no thank Hertz. I’ll stick with National.

    2. Liz Guest

      I think the "get out of jail free" cards should come in a pack of 10 - with refills available. One wouldn't be enough.

  30. gavinmac Guest

    Tried to register at the link, got "you have entered an invalid
    Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® account number." Then logged into my AMEX platinum account and I don't see anything under the benefits tab.

    1. 774 Guest

      Same happened to me on both the Amex and Hertz sites.

  31. 305 Guest

    Risk of being falsely arrested and thrown in jail also included for free

  32. Nick Thomas Guest

    I have been President’s Circle for 6 or 7 years. 25-30 rentals a year. Almost all of them airports and Hertz corporate locations. Never once have I received or been offered the valet benefit.

    1. GUWonder Guest

      I got the valet thing at ORD twice. Once with PC status and once with the status level below it. The only thing consistent about my getting it was that it only happened when I had a car load of luggage while all but one seat in the car was occupied. Didn’t happen for me at any other US airport. If wanting airport drop off in the rental car, Silver Car was the reliable way...

      I got the valet thing at ORD twice. Once with PC status and once with the status level below it. The only thing consistent about my getting it was that it only happened when I had a car load of luggage while all but one seat in the car was occupied. Didn’t happen for me at any other US airport. If wanting airport drop off in the rental car, Silver Car was the reliable way for me to go.

      With a big increase in Hertz PC members, getting the valet service will likely become even less likely for me.

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Raylan Guest

Fully half of comments here and elsewhere on this benefit relate to Hertz jailing customers. What an absolutely staggering failure of leadership at Hertz to not fix such a huge reputational risk quickly and make impacted customers whole.

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305 Guest

Risk of being falsely arrested and thrown in jail also included for free

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Airfarer Diamond

Do they include a 'Get out of jail free' card as a benefit?

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