Welcome to the next post in the Earning Stories series right here on Rewards Canada. For years we have provided you with the details on earning points and miles (both regular earning and bonus opportunities) and these stories show the actual offers in action.
This earning story is for a rental we completed for our family and friends in Maui this past February. We rented a 7/8 passenger SUV for 10 days to get us around the beautiful island. I booked it using this promotion we had listed on Rewards Canada's Aeroplan Bonus Miles page:
There is another similar offer on our page that offered 2,500 bonus miles on a rental of 5+ days that we added to the site after I had already booked the SUV and when I tried to re-book with this new offer no 7-8 pax SUVs were available. The rate we originally paid was as good or better than the no bonus mile rates and I was also surprised to see that Hertz was cheaper than most other car rental companies for this type of vehicle which made booking this offer a no brainer! On top of that we were supposed to put into a Ford Explorer or similar vehicle but we got upgraded for free to an Infiniti QX80 with all the bells and whistles! The booking was simple via Hertz and I also provided my Hertz Gold Plus Rewards number so that we could use the typically shorter line for members at the OGG car rental counter.
At the outset of the rental we ended up earning the 500 base Aeroplan Miles plus the 2,000 bonus miles from the offer
Here is a screen shot of the miles that posted:
Overall I think this was a good earning action for a rental we needed to have no matter what! We like to rent SUVs but I could see people getting an even better return on a promotion like this by renting a smaller vehicle that does not cost as much!
Tips for Car Rentals
- Watch the rates that include bonus miles - For us it is about 50/50 in terms of earning bonuses on rentals, many times rates are out there that are quite a bit cheaper and provide more value versus paying more and earning more miles. For a complete list of car rental bonus offers see this page on the main Rewards Canada site.
- Read the fine print - When a bonus offer is available be sure that your rental meets the criteria. Those are primarily minimum number of rental days and vehicle type. There are many promotions that don't get awarded on the smallest/cheapest vehicles.
- Join the Car Rental company's program - Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, National Emerald Club and others all provide great benefits such as dedicated check in counters, bypass check in counters and more.
You can find more Earning Stories listed here!