At Middle Age Miles, we’re largely rental car free agents. Generally, we’re going to go for the lowest-cost / reasonable-convenience option that suits us best for any particular car rental need.
[That said, we often prefer Hertz or Sixt domestically, and Sixt internationally. Domestically, Hertz has generally provided us with solid service and we have earned lots of United miles by renting with Hertz (see our recent article, Use the Hertz-United Partnership to Earn Lots of Miles on Your Car Rentals). With Sixt, we have often found them to have the best rates on premium and specialty vehicles, which we sometimes need. Also, internationally, we usually prefer Sixt based on price and positive experiences in Europe (by contrast, Hertz has been awful in Europe).]
Given that we’re free agents, we’re unlikely to ever have enough rentals with one company to reach elite status organically. However, it can be nice to have elite benefits with the car rental companies – and particularly, top-tier elite status when we can get it. Also, it helps to maintain the highest elite status possible with various car rental companies, because there are often opportunities to status match between companies. (As an example, see our article, How to Successfully Status Match to Avis Preferred Plus.)
We’ve previously held President’s Circle status with Hertz, which we obtained in late 2017 through a promotion. However, we recently received an email from Hertz informing us that we had not met the required number of rentals to retain President’s Circle status, and thus we’d been downgraded to Five Star status. We have at least one Hertz rental coming up soon, so this made us think, how could we re-gain President’s Circle status with Hertz?
Our answer: Use the Hertz “status match request” email address to get a status match from National Emerald Club Executive Elite status to Hertz President’s Circle.
Step 1 – Get National Emerald Club Executive Elite status – and there are lots of Status Match opportunities!
I actually already held top-tier Executive Elite status with National Emerald Club. I had obtained this status by doing a status match request through National’s “status match” web page from American Airlines Platinum, back in 2017. And I’ve continued to hold National Executive Elite status to this day, even though we haven’t rented a car from National during that time.
[This is not a criticism of National. They have generous promotions, and the ability to choose the car of your choice off the lot can be pretty cool. Many people swear by National. They just haven’t happened to have the right deal for any of our particular rental needs.]
But if you didn’t already have Executive Elite status from National, it continues to be pretty easy to get it. National has a generous status match policy – including matching to hotel and airline elite status – and it has a dedicated page on its website for status matches.
Simply go to the National Status Match web page, enter your name, Emerald Club number, and email address, and submit proof of your elite status with your chosen program according to the directions on the page. It couldn’t be easier.
Most people have reported success in being matched within 1 week, and sometimes as quickly as one day. [Hat tip to the StatusMatcher website for data points.]
A number of hotel and airline elite status qualify for a status match to Executive Elite status with National. As we mentioned, we status matched to Executive Elite from AA Platinum.
What works? We see data points of successful status matches to National Executive Elite within the past 6-8 months from the following programs and status levels:
- Marriott Gold, Platinum & Titanium
- Hilton Gold & Diamond
- IHG Platinum & Spire
- Le Club Accor Platinum
- American Airlines Platinum (and it seems certain that Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum would also work if Platinum does)
- Qantas Platinum
- Hertz President’s Circle
- Sixt Gold & Platinum
This list means that a very broad range of people can be eligible for a status match to Executive Elite. Hilton Gold & Diamond are benefits of the Amex Hilton Ascend and Aspire cards, respectively. It’s also not tough to have Marriott Gold from credit card benefits. Likewise, it’s pretty easy to get Sixt Platinum status, particularly if you hold certain credit cards.
One commenter on the StatusMatcher site also said that he or she was directly granted National Executive Elite status with registration of a Citi Prestige card in a National Emerald Club profile.
Also, given this list, it seems likely that at least mid-tier elite status with Delta, United or an international airline would work. We’d also guess that top-tier and perhaps mid-tier elite status with other hotel chains might work.
National Executive Elite status has some good benefits in and of itself, including a free rental day for every 5 credits earned, guaranteed upgrades, and no second-driver fees.
Step 2 – Use National Executive Elite status to match to Hertz President’s Circle status
Hertz has a dedicated email address for status match requests:
Simply send an email to this address, asking Hertz to match you to President’s Circle status, and include the following information:
- Your full name on your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account;
- Your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account number;
- Your address, phone number and email address as they appear on your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards account; and
- Proof of your National Emerald Club Executive Elite status
- I sent screenshots from the National Emerald Club web page after I had logged in
Here is the email I sent to Hertz Status Match, if you’d like to use it as an example:
Hi, this is Charles Tadlock, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member # XXXXXXXX. My address, phone number and email are:
[XXX – INFO PROVIDED – XXX]
Can you please match my National Emerald Club Executive Elite status to Hertz President’s Circle status?
I have attached screenshots from my National Emerald Club account confirming my Executive Elite status.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information from me. I appreciate your help.
Hertz Gold Plus Rewards member # XXXXXXXX
I sent my status match email request to Hertz on February 13, and I received a response confirming that I had been matched to Hertz President’s Circle status the very next day, on February 14. Success! And that was fast!
Here is the email I received from Hertz to confirm my status match to President’s Circle status:
And sure enough, when I logged in to my online account, I could see that it correctly showed President’s Circle status as well:
It also appears that you can match directly from Marriott Bonvoy top-tier Ambassador status into Hertz President’s Circle, according to this article from Dave at MilesTalk. That said, there can’t be too many Ambassador elites who could do this, given the $20k/year spend requirement with Marriott to reach Ambassador.
We like having Hertz President’s Circle status and will certainly enjoy this as long as it lasts. Here is a chart summarizing the benefits of Hertz elite status, including President’s Circle:
In addition, here are links to the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards FAQs and the web page where Hertz summarizes changes to the program for 2019:
We’ll certainly look forward to the “guaranteed” upgrades (frankly, this hasn’t been consistently delivered during the time we’ve held President’s Circle status) and the points bonuses.
We were also interested to learn that Hertz is rolling out a partnership with CLEAR, the same program that you see in the airport security lines. Hertz says that there is a free version of CLEAR that will eventually allow you to exit Hertz lots within 30 seconds, using facial recognition technology. It appears that this capability is already in place in Atlanta, and it’s coming later this year to LAX, SFO and JFK. President’s Circle status would also get you a free 4-month trial to the CLEAR airport program. At the end of your trial, you can purchase a one-year membership to CLEAR for $129 (but note that you can get this for less if you’re a Delta SkyMiles member, even if you’re non-elite with Delta).
We hope you enjoy your top-tier status with Hertz and National to get great value for your travels and enjoy seeing the world even more!
Do you have other data points on status matches to Hertz President’s Circle and/or National Executive Elite? If so, please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!
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