Category: National

“Hertz Triple Points” or “National One Two Free” Car Rental Promotions May Not Be Right for Leisure Weekend Travelers

Many of you might have already heard about or taken advantage of the ongoing Hertz Triple Points and National’s One Two Free car rental promotions. I’d like to point out that those offers may not be as lucrative as they sound, at least for leisure weekend travelers.

Let me share two of our Hertz car rental receipts from the past two weekends. The one on the left was for a two-day rental in Denver, CO, and the one on the right was for a two-day rental in San Jose, CA. For each rental, I received 600 Southwest points, valued at $10 (but in our case $20, thanks to the Southwest Companion Pass, practically making the rentals free).

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How Much Does It Cost to Earn Frequent Flyer Miles & Points with Car Rentals?

The Sunday before last, TravelWhimsy and I decided to take her mom, a friend, and the doggies to hike to Mary Jane Falls up in Mount Charleston (only ~40 miles away from the Las Vegas strip).

 

Rather than put the 100+ miles on our own car, I booked a car with AVIS for the day to take advantage of the 3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles promotion. This was my first time renting from AVIS, and I was surprised to discover the $4.05 frequent flyer (“FF”) surcharge on my final receipt.

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