Received an email today from Marriott Rewards "Limited Time - Big Savings and Points with Hertz". Well, first off, this is the same offer that's been in place all year and maybe longer- 2,000-5,000 bonus points and 35% off Hertz's industry leading highest rate.
I have three upcoming trips, including rental cars. I checked all three, and Hertz's discounted rates for this promotion is MORE than DOUBLE what I can pay at Budget/Alamo/Enterprise via Costco Travel (or other sites for that matter). As an example, my trip next weekend is $186 for a three day rental with Hertz's 35% off rate vs. $70 with Budget on Costco Travel. Both rates includes all taxes. So, to get 5,000 bonus points, I would be paying $116, or 2.32 cents per point. Can't you buy points on Marriott for 1.25 cents per point? Seems like a waste of money.
If you are considering this promo and actually paying for the rental yourself - check other websites for competing car rental rates to calculate if it's worth it to rent from Hertz, because I guarantee you, Hertz will be nowhere near the cheapest option.
If the company you work for is paying for it, by all means, get on that yellow bus, continue to waste your company's money for your own benefit and collect your bonus points!
I have noticed the same thing and as a result, I never consider the Hertz deals through Marriott. The one time I rented with the Marriott code, I never received the bonus points. I did not know about Costco travel. I'll have to check them out. I wonder if razorbackfan, currently looking for rental car deals, might be interested in checking them out too. Thanks for the info.
I would gladly try the Costco Travel rates if we had a Costco here. There are plans to build one soon (and it will be closer to our house than Sam's), so I might even get a membership sooner rather than later. When we go to Maui, we are always sorry we can't go to the Costco across the street from the Courtyard. Pineapples are supposed to be a good buy there. Sam's used to have a travel site with good prices.
I have found some much better off-airport rates in Florida (various cities). We are still not sure when or where we are going, so I have not made any reservations yet. Hawaii has once again entered the discussion.