We’ll have to wait to see all the ways that this change could impact cardholders in the future. For starters, here are two questions that still need answered.
1. Will the Hertz Breakup Affect Capital One Travel Bookings?
One nice thing about booking a Hertz car rental through Capital One Travel is that you can provide your Hertz loyalty number on the reservation.
This option also exists for bookings with Hertz’ subsidiaries, Thrifty and Dollar, but it doesn’t show up when you try to book a car with other brands.
I recently booked a Hertz car rental through Capital One Travel, and I can confirm that I received my President’s Circle status privileges on the reservation. Plus, since I paid with my Venture X, I earned 10 Capital One Rewards miles per dollar on the booking. That’s a great win-win.
In theory, I should still be able to do this in the future as long as I can get Hertz status in other ways (which we’ll discuss next). But my fear is that Capital One will remove the option to provide your Hertz loyalty number on Capital One Travel reservations after its partnership with Hertz terminates.
2. Could We Get a New Capital One Rental Car Partnership in 2025?
What we know for sure is that Capital One is ending its partnership with Hertz. What we don’t know yet is if it will stop offering rental car status altogether or if it has plans to work out a new deal with a different rental car brand.
It’s not unusual for credit card companies to switch up their third-party partnerships. Last year, MGM announced a partnership with Marriott right on the heels of breaking up with Hyatt. And in a particularly relevant example, United switched its partnership from Hertz to Avis in 2021 which means those who have the United Club℠ Infinite Card now get Avis President’s Club status instead of Hertz President’s Circle.
At this point, there’s no word of a new partnership in the offing. But one can hope, and it’s certainly something that bears monitoring this year.