United Airlines, Hertz Upgrade Partnership and Elevate Perks for a Richer Travel Experience

Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty to become United's exclusive car rental partners
MileagePlus Premiers, select cardmembers eligible for Hertz elite status
MileagePlus members eligible for higher award miles on rentals

October 21, 2014

CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the airline is expanding its partnership with Hertz to offer elevated travel benefits to members of the airline's MileagePlus loyalty program, as Hertz and its Dollar and Thrifty brands become United's exclusive car rental partners beginning Nov. 1. Special perks are also in store for MileagePlus Club and Presidential Plus Card members.

MileagePlus members who book with Hertz may earn the following per rental:

  • 1,250 miles – MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members;
  • 1,000 miles – MileagePlus Premier Gold and Premier Silver members;
  • 750 miles – Primary cardmembers of MileagePlus credit cards from Chase; or
  • 500 miles – MileagePlus general members.

MileagePlus members will continue to receive discounts when they book Hertz car rentals via United.com.

Members renting with Dollar and Thrifty will still earn 50 miles per day for rentals of one to four days and 500 miles for rentals five days or longer.

Travelers who reserve car rentals before Nov. 1 will accrue the higher level of benefits available if they pick up their vehicle on or after Nov. 1.

Elite Benefits

Additionally, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members and primary MileagePlus Club and Presidential Plus Card members may sign up for complimentary Hertz President's Circle status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, with benefits that include:

  • Confirmed availability of standard-equipment economy through full-size, four-door vehicles in the United States and Canada, with a minimum 48-hour advance reservation; and
  • Confirmed one-car-class upgrade availability at all participating locations in the United States and Canada and select European locations.

MileagePlus Premier Gold and Premier Silver members may sign up for complimentary Hertz Five Star status, which includes one-car-class upgrades, based on availability.   

"Through United's relationship with Hertz, our customers will enjoy more rewards and greater convenience when they travel," said Praveen Sharma, United's vice president of loyalty. "Our unique partnership will offer added benefits for MileagePlus members in general and will enable our top flyers to have an elite experience throughout their trip."

MileagePlus Premier Travel Benefits

United Airlines is investing in partnerships that offer its customers a higher level of service from the start of their travel to their final destination. In addition to priority airport check-in and boarding, extra-legroom seating, priority baggage handling and elite Hertz benefits, MileagePlus Premier Global Services, Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold members may register to enjoy an enhanced hotel experience through United's RewardsPlus partnership with Marriott Rewards®.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,200 flights a day to 374 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. With U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, is taking delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 as the North American launch customer, and is welcoming 32 new Embraer 175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

MileagePlus Club and Presidential Plus credit cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A.

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