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Amex Platinum Hertz 4 Hour Grace Period
In this hobby (and in life) we are bombarded with product after product after product. This one does that well and that one has this cool feature. Credit cards are among the biggest offenders. Even the worst of credit card products seemingly has pages of “features and benefits”. Most of these of course are useless, but you aren’t supposed to know that, because “VALUE”.
Anyway, one of the cards that I do get value out of is my American Express Platinum card. You probably know about the $200 airline incidental credit, hotel elite status and airline lounge access, but there are some smaller benefits that aren’t covered as often. One of them is rental car elite status. While this post isn’t about rental car status specifically, as a recap you get:
- Avis Preferred
- Hertz Gold
- National Executive
Having those statuses is nice, but there is one more small interesting perk of the American Express Platinum card when it comes to car rentals. This perk comes exclusively when renting from Hertz. Here is how they describe it:
A 4-hour no charge grace period before an extra day charge is applied when returning the vehicle in Hertz Corporate Europe locations, the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Middle East (with exception of UAE and Bahrain who offer 2 hours grace period) and selected European Franchise countries (see participating countries).
How many times have you needed a car for just slightly longer than 24 hours? This little perk makes it possible. This weekend I am going to be in Edmonton to ride some coasters and enjoy eat some food. I land late Friday night/Saturday morning (1am) and am staying by the airport. I fly home on Sunday afternoon. I could have rented a car for two days, but instead decided that I would just rent the car in the morning. Here is what my rental looks like:
As you can see, the system automatically knows to price it at one day, even though my rental is 28 hours total! Not a bad deal at all.
How to Get the Amex Platinum Hertz 4 Hour Grace Period
American Express Platinum cardholders are eligible for the following perks with Hertz:
- Up to 15% off, best publicly available rates at participating Hertz locations worldwide. In the US and Canada Cardmembers will receive up to 20% off rentals on similar rates.
- Up to 25% off best publicly available rates on Hertz Prestige Collection when a Saturday night is included in the rental period. Available in Hertz Corporate Europe locations (see participating countries), US, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
- A 4-hour no charge grace period before an extra day charge is applied when returning the vehicle in Hertz Corporate Europe locations, the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Middle East (with exception of UAE and Bahrain who offer 2 hours grace period) and selected European Franchise countries (see participating countries). Asia, with the exception of China, offers a 2-hour no charge grace period, except on optional extras like portable phones.
- A One-car-class upgrade subject to availability, with restrictions in some locations (does not include Prestige collection). See Participating Countries for more details.
To get all of these perks when reserving a car, enter code 633306 in the discount box on the Hertz website as shown below.
In my opinion it is always important to shop around for rental cars and I use a number of tools to do that. In this case knowing that I had a 4 hour grace period with Hertz saved me from having to rent the car a second day and their overall rate was very good as well. My final savings was 50% over other rental firms, I get Hertz Gold service and an upgrade. All in all a nice win and a small bit more “value” from my Amex Platinum card.
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