How to Get Car Rental Elite Status Through Airline or Hotel Status

You can get a status match at car rental companies by leveraging your status with hotels or airlines.
JT Genter
By JT Genter 
Edited by June Casagrande

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After a year of being stuck at home, travelers are itching to hit the road. Higher demand and smaller fleets are pushing rental car rates to the extremes. Even if you can get a reasonably priced rental, you may be subject to hours-long lines at rental car counters.

Thankfully, there's a way to avoid the counter with many rental car companies: elite status in the car rental company’s loyalty program. Many car rental companies let elite members skip the line and head straight to the garage — sometimes even to select their preferred car.

You don’t necessarily have to be a regular customer to get elite status. You can get rental car elite status through credit cards or through airline or hotel elite status. In this article, we'll show how to get rental car elite status by leveraging the elite status you already have.

Match airline and rental car elite status

Delta and Hertz status match

Delta Medallion elites also can enroll to get Hertz Gold Plus Rewards elite status. The level of Hertz elite status that you'll get depends on your Delta elite status level:

  • Gold Medallion elites match to Hertz Five Star status.

  • Platinum Medallion and Diamond Medallion elites match to Hertz President’s Circle status.

Delta Silver Medallion elites aren't eligible for a Hertz status match.

How to status match from Delta to Hertz

To get your Hertz status match, log in to your Delta SkyMiles account on this page and complete the required steps to link your SkyMiles and Gold Plus Rewards accounts.

After enrolling for this benefit, you'll keep your Hertz President’s Circle or Five Star status as long as you remain an active Delta Medallion member in good standing.

Delta and Sixt status match

Delta Medallion elite members, including Silver members, can get elite status with car rental company Sixt. Here's how it works:

  • Silver Medallion elites match to Gold Sixt Card.

  • Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion elites match to Platinum Sixt Card.

How to status match from Delta to Sixt

Silver Medallion elite members should start their request on this page. All other Delta Medallion elite members should start here. First, fill in your basic data and click "Continue."

You’ll receive an email with links that get you to an Optional Information page. Click "Card Upgrade," enter your Delta SkyMiles number and upload proof of your SkyMiles elite status. Finally, click "Complete Registration" to create your Sixt account and claim your elevated elite status.

Match hotel and rental car elite status

IHG Rewards to Hertz status match

IHG Spire Elite is the top tier of the IHG Rewards program. One of the lesser-known benefits of this status is Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star status.

If you are an IHG Spire Elite, go to the IHG Rewards Spire Elite Benefits page. Select the "Upgrade to Five Star Status" option, then complete the process to link your accounts.

Even if you’re not at Spire Elite in IHG Rewards, you can still enjoy up to 35% off base rates and 1,500 additional IHG Rewards points per rental. But do a little comparison shopping first to make sure that the IHG partner offer will get you the most value for your booking.

Status matches with rental car companies, recapped

Car rental elite status may score you a car upgrade, bonus points and — perhaps most critically — save you time during pickup and drop-off. Best of all, you may be able to claim car rental elite status for free from the airline or hotel elite status that you already have.

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