Is it time to ditch Thrifty Blue Chip?

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I have accumulated a good amount of points with Thrifty Blue chip. Had a free week rental in Maui back in February which saved me $500 or so. Not sure my balance right now as their website has said the points are down temporarily.

But with Thrifty being part of the Hertz umbrella, and Hertz filing chaper 11, would I be wise to start accumulating points elsewhere? if so, which program lets you accumulate free days the fastest?

thanks!
 

Barry Graham

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I don't think so. I doubt they will go out of business for the reasons Neil gave. If they do, they most likely won't be alone. Most of the airlines we use today have gone through this and survived.
 
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Personally, I give Hertz about a 60% chance of survival as-is. Even before the pandemic hit, the parent company was taking on too much debt, losing corporate contracts, and making some business mistakes in selling their used cars. Unlike the airlines, their core assets (cars) depreciate rather quickly. It is possible that Thrifty may be spun off or sold to a competitor. All MHO.

Every frequent travel program has it's strengths & weaknesses. You may want to check out National Rental Car for their frequent travel program; however, you want to get Emerald Aisle for the best combination of selection & price.
 
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I have accumulated a good amount of points with Thrifty Blue chip. Had a free week rental in Maui back in February which saved me $500 or so. Not sure my balance right now as their website has said the points are down temporarily.

But with Thrifty being part of the Hertz umbrella, and Hertz filing chaper 11, would I be wise to start accumulating points elsewhere? if so, which program lets you accumulate free days the fastest?

thanks!
I think that choosing one rental company over another based on the rewards program is putting the car(t) before the horse. I seem to get the best results going through Costco Travel's low price finder. It's interesting that Hertz is included on Costco UK but not Costco US. Sadly, my calendar told me that today is the day that I was supposed to pick up a Hertz rental in London.
 

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I think that choosing one rental company over another based on the rewards program is putting the car(t) before the horse. I seem to get the best results going through Costco Travel's low price finder. It's interesting that Hertz is included on Costco UK but not Costco US. Sadly, my calendar told me that today is the day that I was supposed to pick up a Hertz rental in London.
Another vote for going through Costco to rent vehicles, and also AutoEurope. The in-hand savings are of much more value than any car rental loyalty program.
 
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This is based on a feeling with no data, but being a frequent renter with one provider seems to reduce the hassle factor of renting a car particularly the shenanigans with mystery damage. I've noticed many times on this forum the complaints of getting a surprise charge on a car rental seem to come from one-time renters. Have to wonder if franchisees look for an easy mark to pull this BS. Financially, I agree the points or free days do not repay the costs of the rentals, but for me there is the benefit of the lack of hassle and speed in renting a car, or being upgraded without even asking are worth the additional cost.
 
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Take pictures of the car at pickup and drop off. I’ve never had any false claims doing this and some of the reps. think I’m crazy so perhaps that works just as well.
Yes I do the same, but they seem to get more creative such smell of smoke or damage on the lower fascia where most us won't take pix.
 

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I advise travellers to use the strongest credit card you have for car rentals. I've never had an issue with American Express or Chase Sapphire cards. The car agencies know that both companies will back their cardholders. So they leave us alone.
 
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Considering how many times the airlines have filed Chapter 11 with no loss of FF miles, your Thrifty points are probably safe.

From a free rental day perspective, I have found National to be the easiest & fastest to earn free rentals.
 
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I advise travellers to use the strongest credit card you have for car rentals. I've never had an issue with American Express or Chase Sapphire cards. The car agencies know that both companies will back their cardholders. So they leave us alone.
One option I went with for my personal rentals from Amex is they have an insurance you can purchase where they are the primary insurance, whereas most credit card insurance is secondary to you auto policy. I think it is $20-24 per rental, which is a good deal since most of my personal rentals are 1 to 2 weeks long. My rationale for using it is they now have skin in the game so I can expect they will be very responsive.
 

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Considering how many times the airlines have filed Chapter 11 with no loss of FF miles, your Thrifty points are probably safe.
The airlines have better collateral compared to Hertz. The airlines have long-lasting planes and airport slot rights. Hertz has a fleet of poorly managed cars that depreciate quickly, many of which do not match consumer interests. That's why Hertz may have to liquidate.
 
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The airlines have better collateral compared to Hertz. The airlines have long-lasting planes and airport slot rights. Hertz has a fleet of poorly managed cars that depreciate quickly, many of which do not match consumer interests. That's why Hertz may have to liquidate.
Hertz going under is only the tip of the iceberg; government reaction to the virus is wrecking our economy and nobody seems to care.