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If you’re planning on renting a car from Hertz and want to save some money, read this article. Hertz is a premium rental car company, and with that comes premium prices. That is unless you know how to get a much better deal by understanding Hertz discount codes and how they work.
Hertz has three primary discount code types you need to understand: CDP Codes, PC Codes, and RQ Codes.
All the major car rental companies offer deals, promotions, and discounts. But they all do it a little differently and they don’t make the best discounts publicly available.
Don’t worry, we did a little research to help you out. Here’s your guide to saving a lot of money on your next Hertz Car Rental.
What’s a Hertz CDP Code?
CDP codes are one of five different types of codes you’ll see with Hertz. They all offer various types of discounts or offers, but CDP codes typically provide the largest discount. As with other rental car discounts, you can often “stack” them to yield the best overall value.
Here is a description of the different Hertz offer codes:
1. Hertz CDP Codes – Counter Discount Program:
The Hertz CDP code is a contract that has been established in cooperation with a company or organization (a Corporate Discount Code) to provide discounts beyond what is provided to the public. Examples of CDP codes include corporate rate plans, credit cards, and travel club discount programs. A CDP Number consists of numerical values and is between 1 and 10 digits long.
This number can also be used in conjunction with a PC (Promotion Code), RQ (Rate Code), or CV (Convention Number), if the special offer or promotion requires additional information, and is included in the reservation.
2. Hertz PC Codes – Promotion Code:
The PC code is a six-digit number that is associated with a special offer or promotion.
This number can also be used in conjunction with a CDP (Discount Program) or RQ (Rate Code) if the special offer or promotion requires additional information to be included in the reservation.
3. Hertz RQ Codes – Rate Code:
The RQ code is a four to six-digit code that is used to trigger discounts off of standard leisure rates.
This number is often displayed in a special offer with the text “I was told to ask for”. An RQ can also be used in conjunction with a CDP (Discount Program) or PC (Promotion Code) if the special offer or promotion requires additional information to be included in the reservation.
4. Hertz CV Codes – Convention Number
The CV code is a unique meeting number for a group that will generate pre-negotiated, discounted meeting rates and benefits. Insert the code in the CV field when making a reservation to receive pre-negotiated meeting rates. A CV number can only be used in conjunction with a CDP (Discount Program) or RQ (Rate Code) if the negotiated meeting rate allows additional information to be included in the reservation.
5. Hertz IT Codes – Voucher Code
These codes are less common and are tied to your reward documentation. You don’t need to pay much attention to this code type.
Publicly Available Hertz Discount Codes
Here are some of the publicly available discounts and offers from Hertz Car Rental:
|Hertz CDP Code
|Hertz Booking Link
|Current U.S. Discounts
|Current Global Discounts
|AARP / Senior Citizen
|American Red Cross
|Student Discount (Europe)
|Military / Gov’t Discount
|National Guard (Enlisted)
|Amex Platinum Card Savings
Hertz Corporate Codes
Hertz Corporate Codes are heavily discounted rates negotiated between a company and Hertz. These are a great way to save on car rentals, but you need to be very careful when using them.
Specifically, you need to make sure you’re eligible to use a corporate code before applying it to your next car rental. There are a lot of risks associated with using a code that you don’t qualify for. To begin with, you’ll most likely be asked for identification to prove you’re associated with the company whose code you’re using. If you can’t prove you are associated with that organization, there’s a good chance your rental will be denied.
Even more important, if you get into a car accident, you could have a big issue with your insurance claim if the rental is tied to a corporate account and their business insurance. Often the claim will go back to the company with the negotiated rate, not to you. This could mean huge delays in getting reimbursement and possibly a claim denial.
If you work for a major corporation, especially one that has a lot of travelers (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture, etc..), make sure you contact your Human Resources or Corporate Travel Department as the savings can be huge when using these corporate discount codes. Please ensure you are associated with the company and qualified to use them!
|Hertz Corporate Code
|Car & Driver
If you have a code from your company, go to the Hertz Booking Page to apply the corporate discount code that applies to you. Detailed instructions for entering the code are below.
Hertz Getaway Codes
Hertz Getaway offers great rates and discounts on personal and vacation rentals for employees that work for companies that Hertz has a negotiated rate. Discounts can range from 20-35% off leisure rentals.
The discount number will automatically be applied to your reservation when you click below.
|Hertz Getaway Partner
|Getaway Discount Link
|AT&T Getaway Link
|Blue Cross Blue Shield
|Blue Cross Getaway Link
|BP Getaway Link
|EY Getaway Link
|Google Getaway Link
|Hitachi Getaway Link
|IBM Getaway Link
|Intel Getaway Link
|Microsoft Getaway Link
|Walmart Getaway Link
Hertz Student & Alumni Discount Codes
Another way to get a discounted corporate code with Hertz is to check and see if your College or University has either an alumnus deals page or a student benefits page that offers rental discounts. As a Michigan State University alumni, I have access to discounts with Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National – the discounts can range from 10-30%.
In this case, MSU has a code with Hertz that provides a discount of up to 25%. Do a quick Google search on your university and see what discounts you can come up with.
Before using one of these codes, double-check and make sure you are allowed to use these University Discount Codes on personal rentals. Some codes are published for business travel only, while others can be used for personal rentals. In some cases, the rental car company provides a separate code for personal use and business use.
How to Apply a Hertz CDP Code
There are two different ways a Hertz discount code can be applied.
- Auto-populated CDP codes by clicking on a discount link, or
- Manually entering the codes when making your reservation.
Option 1: Discount Code is Auto-Populated
Option 2 – Discount Code is manually entered
This one takes a few more steps:
Step 1: Go to the Hertz Booking Page and enter your location and dates. Click Continue.
Step 2: Click on the “Discounts Applied” arrow to reveal the discount code options
Step 3: Enter the CDP Code or other discount code and click “Apply” to get the deal.
5 Other Ways to Save With Hertz Car Rental
Car Rental Discount Codes are not the only way to save when you rent a car. Here are a couple of other tips to consider when renting your next car.
1. Join the Loyalty Club
This is a “no brainer”. Joining the Hertz loyalty program is free and only takes a couple of minutes to sign up. Once you are a member, you can get great perks, free rental days, and free upgrades.
2. Pay with a Premium Credit Card
Premier credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve card, have rental car insurance benefits included which will allow you to bypass the added insurance fees the car companies will try to get you to purchase at the rental counter.
Make sure your credit card offers “primary” rental car insurance coverage. My Sapphire Preferred Card saved me when I had an accident in Italy.
3. Rent Off Airport
I’m not a huge fan of this option, since it can be quite an inconvenience. However, you can save quite a bit by renting outside of the airport and avoiding all of the added fees that come with renting at the airport.
4. Don’t prepay for Gas
It’s easy to get sucked into thinking that the lower-priced prepaid gas is a good deal. It isn’t. When you prepay for gas you are paying for a full tank. The odds of you using every last bit of gas before you return are very low. Fill the tank up several miles outside the airport and you will be better off.
5. Consider booking through an airline portal
Many major airlines have partnerships with rental car companies, offering drivers discounts, the ability to earn miles, and more when you book the car rental through their portal.
You can also book a vacation package through your airline. Any time you can package your flight with a car rental and/or hotel stay, there is an opportunity for additional savings.
Hertz Rental Car “Rack Rates” are extremely expensive. Hopefully, this article gave you some good ideas to save on your next trip.
How to Save with Other Rental Car Companies
If you don’t want to rent from Hertz, here are some ways to save with the other major rental car companies:
- Avis – The Best AWD Codes to Save with Avis
- Alamo – The Best Alamo Discount Codes
- Budget – The Best BCD Codes to Save with Budget
- Enterprise – The Best Enterprise Discount Codes or Enterprise Weekend Special Deals
- National – The Best National Discount Codes
- AAA Car Rental Discount Codes
Tim is a business road warrior and avid leisure traveler who has flown over two million miles in the air and spent well over a thousand nights in hotels. He enjoys sharing tips, tricks, and hacks to help readers get the most out of their travel experience and learn how to “travel like a pro”!