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Double Velocity points and a free upgrade with Hertz for travel until 31 March

Velocity Frequent Flyer has a number of preferred car Rental parnters in Hertz, Thrifty, and Europcar, with whom you can earn points at over 12,000 locations worldwide.

This guide covers off the basics of the different rental partnerships for Velocity, and how to get cashback on your bookings.

Current offer: Earn double Velocity Points and a free upgrade with Hertz

Book a car in New Zealand or Australia before 28 February, for rentals until 31 March, and you’ll earn double Velocity Points, and a free car upgrade (subject to availability).

Red members will earn 6 points per $ spent, Silver members earn 9 points per $, Gold members earn 10.5 points per $, and Platinum members earn 12 points per $.

A few important notes:

  • blackout periods apply between 30 March 2018 to 02 April 2018 inclusive
  • the Promotional Code (PC) #204135 must be quoted at the time of reservation
  • maximum of twenty-eight (28) days rental
  • upgrade offer applies as follows: Compact Auto to Intermediate Auto, Intermediate Auto to Standard Auto, Standard Auto to Full-Size, Full Size to Premium Full Size
  • must be booked through CarTrawler

Offer details and full terms and conditions are available here.

Earning Velocity points with your car rental bookings

By booking with Velocity partners, Hertz, Thrifty, or Europcar, you can bump up your Velocity balance when renting.

Each of these partners used to offer the same points earn rate for Velocity Red members for rentals in New Zealand and Australia – 3 points per $1 AUD spent – but Europcar have recently increased their earn rate to 4 points per $1 AUD.

Points earned are based on the core cost of the rental car, so members will not earn points on additional costs such as:

  • Damage liability cover
  • Optional insurance
  • Vehicle registration fees
  • Premium location fees
  • Other admin fees, taxes, GST, one way fees, age surcharges, and additional driver fees
  • Equipment such ski racks, baby/booster seats or GPS rental costs.

For international bookings, a flat earn rate of 800 points applies to all rentals.

What do I need to do to earn Velocity points with my car rental?

Put simply, one or both of two things:

  1. Ensure your frequent program and number is input at the time you book, or by amending your existing booking online or over the phone
  2. By adding your frequent flyer program and number to your booking at the point of car collection.

There are some differences in how each company processes the points earned:

Europcar – Velocity members earn points on the first 30 days of an eligible Europcar rental. If a member rents multiple vehicles at the same time, points will only be earned on the rental of the vehicle returned first. Rentals are subject to Terms and Conditions.

Hertz – It takes around 30 business days for Velocity Points to be credited to your account from date of hire. Points are earned on Hertz passenger and luxury vehicles, commercial, 4WD and minibuses.

Thrifty – It takes about 30 business days for Velocity Points to be credited to the Velocity member’s account from date of hire. If you have not received Velocity Points 30 days after you returned your vehicle, please complete this claim form within 3 months of your rental to get retroactive points added to your account.

The full terms and conditions for each partner above can be found here.

Leveraging Velocity status for increased points earn

As a Silver, Gold, or Platinum Velocity member you can also earn bonus points in addition to your base points on an New Zealand or Australian rentals.

Car Rental PartnersRed Members
(points per AUD)
Silver Members
(points per AUD)
Gold Members
(points per AUD)
Platinum Members
(points per AUD)
Overseas Earn Rates
Hertz34.55.256flat earn rate of 800 points per rental

On rentals outside of New Zealand and Australia with Europcar and Hertz, Silver members can earn 1,200 points, Gold members earn 1,400 points, and Platinum members earn 1,600 points.

Redeeming Velocity points for car rentals

Redeeming your points for car rental is also an added bonus which can be done through Europcar via CarTrawler.

You must hold a minimum balance of 4000 points and redemption is only available in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

The number of points required will vary from time to time, depending on type of car, date of travel and time of booking. It is also worth noting that you do not necessarily need to use your points to cover the full amount, you can cover part of the cost with points and pay the remaining balance, if that works better for you.

This is generally not going to be a great value use of your Velocity points compared to using them for flights, especially if you redeem for Premium Economy or Business Class.

Special car rental offers for Velocity members

Each of the preferred partners offer a number of deals for rentals. Before choosing a rental company, it may be a good idea to check these and see what’s on offer here.

Here’s the list of offer pages to check out:

  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Europcar

Car rental loyalty program membership benefits as a Velocity Frequent Flyer

Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers can also opt into membership, along with status, with Europcar and Hertz.

Velocity Gold Membership Benefits

As a holder of a Velocity Gold membership, you receive a complimentary membership to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards 5 Star or Privilege Executive Membership from Europcar Privilege Program. Depending on which membership you opt for, you can receive the following perks, valid for a 12 month period:

Hertz Gold Plus 5 Star – This membership offers great savings, faster service, and more reward opportunities:

A Preferred Level of Service – earned with seven rentals or $1,500+ USD annually. More rentals equal the more the benefits you’ll receive:

  • One-car-class upgrades subject to availability (to a maximum Full Size vehicle)
  • 10% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points
  • 600 Rewards Points after every 15 qualifying rentals
  • Express pick up
  • Plus, all Gold member benefits

Europcar Privilege Executive – With this membership, you can enjoy a guaranteed reservation, express pick up, and discounts on international leisure rates. Other notable benefits include:

  • Free weekend rental
  • Free car upgrade (one category above)
  • Free weekend on 3rd rental, once per yr
  • 20 Euro discount on 5th rental

Velocity Platinum Membership Benefits

Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum cardholders are offered a sweeter deal, with the option to choose the Hertz Gold Plus Reward President’s Circle or Europcar Privilege Elite Membership.

The options are:

Hertz Gold Plus Reward President’s Circle – the core benefits are:

  • Guaranteed vehicle availability
  • Guaranteed one-car-class upgrades (to a maximum Full Size vehicle)
  • 25% bonus on Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points
  • 600 Rewards Points after every 15 qualifying rentals
  • Includes all the benefits of Gold service

Membership is valid once, for one year, after which you will need to meet the Hertz membership status requirements.

Europcar Privilege Elite Membership – the core benefits are:

  • Free weekend rental
  • Free double upgrade (two categories above)
  • Free weekend on third rental once per uear
  • Free additional driver on every rental
  • 30 Euro discount on 5th rental

Once again, membership is for a single one year term, after which you will need to meet the Europcar membership status requirements.

Maximise value tip: start with Cashrewards

Hertz and Europcar are program partners of Cashrewards, which provide a 2.1% and 5.5% cashback on any Hertz and Europcar rental made through their site, respectively.

In this respect, clicking through to the Hertz or Europcar website from the Cashrewards landing page will yield you a discount, which is not available by going through the Virgin Australia cartrawler site directly.

Note that your booking will need to be through or, and not the New Zealand specific sites.

Sign up for Cashrewards for free here

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Summing up

Velocity’s car rental partners are numerous, and the points earn rates simple to understand.

This leaves little room for arbitrage to earn a ton of points (although cheap, one day international rentals earning 800 points is fairly good value), but is also consumer friendly.

The car rental status benefits for Velocity Gold and Platinum members are unique when compared with Qantas Frequent Flyer, and for the true frequent traveller add a fair bit of value from your frequent flyer status.

This post first appeared on Point Hacks NZ - The Best Frequent Flyer Deals & O, please read the originial post: here

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