Heads up, Virgin Points enthusiasts! The beloved Hertz partnership with Virgin Flying Club has undergone a significant change, impacting how you earn points on car rentals in the UK. Let’s navigate this update and explore alternative options for maximizing your points.
Previous Rewards Structure
Previously, you earned a flat 1,000 Virgin Points per rental, regardless of the duration or cost. This was a fantastic deal, especially for short trips where you could earn a significant number of points with minimal spend.
Effective immediately, the reward structure has switched to a revenue-based system. You’ll now earn 5 Virgin Points per £1 spent on qualifying rentals. This means the more you spend, the more points you earn, but it’s not as straightforward as the flat rate.
Softening the Blow
Virgin is offering a temporary boost to earn 10 Virgin Points per £1 on qualifying rentals until May 31st, 2024. However, you need to book this offer by February 29th to take advantage. This temporary promotion aims to lessen the impact of the changes for loyal customers.
Planning Your Next Rental
Here are some factors to consider when planning your next rental:
1. Consider Your Spending
If you anticipate renting a car for a longer period or spending a significant amount, the new revenue-based system might benefit you. However, for shorter rentals, you may end up with fewer points compared to the previous flat rate.
2. Compare Prices
Don’t forget to compare prices across different rental companies before booking. Remember, the most points won’t matter if you’re paying an inflated price. It’s essential to find the right balance between earning points and getting a good deal on your rental.
3. Explore Alternative Options
Virgin Flying Club has partnerships with other car rental companies, including Avis and Budget. Check their earning rates and current promotions for comparison. You might find better deals and earning opportunities with these partners.
Resources for Comparison
Here are some resources to help you compare:
- Virgin Flying Club Car Rental Partners: Virgin Atlantic
- Hertz UK: Hertz
- Avis UK: Avis
- Budget UK: Budget
Emergency Services Discounts
Don’t forget, several services offer discounts on car rentals for emergency services personnel in the UK. Here are some resources where you can find these discounts:
- Defence Discount Service: Defence Discount Service
- Blue Light Card: Blue Light Card
- TOTUM: TOTUM
- Student Beans: Student Beans
- UNiDAYS: UNiDAYS
- This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute financial advice.
- Always compare prices and terms before booking a car rental.
- Take advantage of available discounts and promotions to maximize your points and savings.