In May, we noted how Hertz had signed on as a primary sponsor of the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Wiliam Byron. Hertz has now announced a contest where one winner will receive a "VIP Motorsports Weekend" for the November 9 - 12 race weekend in Phoenix. The prize includes flights for four, hotel for four, a Hertz rental car, 4 VIP tickets to the race, a meet-and-greet with the driver, a hauler tour, and seating on the pit box. It's a fantastic offer for those interested in cars and racing but like everything else in the rental car world, there's a catch. In this case, there's a hidden cost of entry.
We love the premise of the contest -- complete a rental using PC 204526 no later than August 15, 2018, and an individual is automatically entered into the contest (limit one entry per individual, rules available here). Or a renter can enter the contest through the Alternative Method of Entry, "No Purchase Necessary" method by mailing in a 3 x 5 card. Interested in entering the contest? Here's our advice. Mail in the index card as permitted in the rules.
Our team has many elite members (President's Circle and Five Star) with Hertz and we're assured of renting through Hertz during the contest timeframe. However, we're going to pull an index card like Gene Steratore and mail in an entry, even though we're certain to make reservations ourselves during the promotion. Why? There's a nuance of rental car pricing logic we encounter every day. A reservation can only have only one CDP and/or Promotional Code attached. So entering a contest like this one from Hertz -- where a renter gets an entry for using a specific promotional code -- necessitates removing a discount to do so!
Many of our team members are USAA and we all love cars. So here's a hypothetical reservation for the last weekend of the promotion in Phoenix, Arizona showing that the USAA rate with a "free" entry to the NASCAR contest is $167.36 while the best available USAA discounted rate is $149.95. We don't believe in paying an unnecessary $17.41 for the privilege of entering a contest and we know you don't either!
This pricing differential re-affirms what savvy renters already know -- come to AutoSlash for the lowest rates, without playing the rental car companies' games! Interested in entering this contest? We are as well and will be certain to put our 3x5 cards in the mail in the next few days! After all, aside from this current Hertz contest, there are limited promotional opportunities available from the rental car companies in the high-demand summer travel period.
- The Budget Bucks promotion that's worth (at most) $5 per rental day (ends December 31, 2018).
- The SilverCar Audi A5 Cabriolet giveaway (ends September 10, 2018), and
- The #Enterprise10KSweepstakes offer to celebrate 10,000 locations (ends July 18, 2018).
As always, we stand ready to help our fellow travelers find the lowest rates on rentals. Click below to request quotes and we'll send the lowest possible rates within minutes!