It’s that “once an every couple of years” event for me again – I need to rent a car on an upcoming trip. My travels mostly take me to cities with incredible public transportation, or to where I don’t really need anything other than the hotel shuttle. But my upcoming trip to Chicago requires a car for multiple reasons. And I’m hoping for your help as I don’t follow rental car promotions and deals as closely as I should.
Part of my problem is that I don’t have elite status with any rental agency (eek!). I missed out on the recent MilePoint Premium subscription offer that would have given me National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive status. That’s my fault as I didn’t jump on the offer fast enough before it went away.
But my other problem is where exactly do I get the most airline miles for my rental? As with many competitive travel items, the cash rates are virtually the same across agencies. So I’m now searching for which one will benefit me the most in terms of cash outlay and mileage accrual.
This recent Hertz offer from United’s MileagePlus recently arrived in my email:
I’m leaning towards it for two reasons. First, I’m a Premier 1K and the 150-mile bonus for booking on United.com is appealing. Second, this particular promotion (valid through November 15) offers a 35% discount on rates. Searching regular availability with Hertz (and others), I find that to be true.
I should mention that my trip is in October and I’ll need a car for two weekend days. If this offer from Budget didn’t expire at the end of September with American, I might have considered it: