Hertz Platinum - how and what?

Old May 22, 00, 6:41 pm
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Hertz Platinum - how and what?

Is anyone familiar with Hertz Platinum service? I've seen signs posted at the Hertz #1 Gold VIP lounges at SFO and elsewhere, and have seen some mention of it here in the past. What are the benefits and how does one reach Platinum level?
I've been a #1 Gold member for years and rent about twice a month.
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Old May 22, 00, 7:44 pm
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I know our friend Sir Merry is one.
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Old May 22, 00, 7:52 pm
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I HAVE BEEN A "PLATINUM" FOR A VERY LONG TIME SINCE I WAS INVITED TO BECOME PLATINUM ABOUT A DOZEN YEARS AGO. AS FAR AS I KNOW, THIS IS AN INVITATION ONLY DEAL.....AND IT IS UNBELIEVABLE. I THINK THERE ARE LESS THAN 10 OR 20M OF THESE AND EVERY, AND I MEAN EVERY HERTZ EMPLOYEE KNOWS WHAT TO DO WHEN A PLATINUM SHOWS UP, WHICH MEANS ANYTHING THEY WANT, THEY GET. I'M SURE I WAS ASKED TO JOIN BECAUSE I WAS CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT OF A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY AND WAS ALSO ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR.

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Old May 22, 00, 8:44 pm
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I've seen Platinum service -- where they won't even make you wait for the bus -- they come out and wait for you at the airport with your car ... and from all I heard, it's definitely invitation only..
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Old May 22, 00, 9:01 pm
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Again, I hope Sir Merry can provide some information when/if he pops by this board. His profile indicates that he is a Platinum member.

If not, I'm having lunch with my company's CEO in London next week. I'll mention this...if anyone has it, he will.
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Old May 22, 00, 11:09 pm
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My father has this. I'm not sure how long he's had it but he's been renting from hertz for the past 20 years at least a couple of times a month. With platinum they will wait for you and pick you up at the airport, drive you back to drop you off and you can get some pretty nice complimentary upgrades without even asking. He was CEO of a publicly traded company if perhaps that perhaps has anything to do with it.
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Old May 24, 00, 1:58 am
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Ok, this is the deal.

Firstly it doesn't matter how often you rent with Hertz, you won't get invited to Platinum.

On the corporate side membership is extended to the senior executive (singular) of organizations with a CDP which has consistently netted at least USD 1m per year.

Within Hertz approval has to be given by two approved VP's for any new member.

The principal benefits are:

- Guaranteed car availability.
- Guaranteed (at least double) upgrade.
- Personal delivery of the vehicle, or you are escorted to the vehicle by the Station Manager.
- Membership for your spouse.


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Old May 24, 00, 5:41 am
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So this is like Avis' Chairman's Club?

(Not the President's Club, which even I am a member of, and let me assure you, unlike Merry, I'm no Sir or God or Premier.
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Old May 24, 00, 8:34 am
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The "old" name for this level of service was "five-star". Someone once pushed the wrong button on a computer and gave me that status for about a year, until someone noticed that it was an error. It was awfully convenient having your car brought to curbside (and this was before anything like Gold, so the option was the long wait in line followed by the long bus ride, followed by . . .).
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Old May 24, 00, 9:24 am
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Oh and one big benefit I forgot - you don't have to stang in line, you go right up to the 'Platinum' sign and someone will come to you (normally very quickly even if they are serving someone else), gets some nasty looks at some of the busy locations!

And by the way, can we drop the "Sir Merry" bit please - If HM sees fit to grace me with such a favour, you lot will be the first to know (can you get a Knighthood for being an oppinionate dpain in the neck?).


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Old May 24, 00, 4:36 pm
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I'm sorry to have offended you, "Nick". (How's that for informal?).

So are you one of those middle class people so obsessed with property that thinks that each trinket you own makes you one step closer to the esteemed upper class? Is that it, huh?
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Old May 24, 00, 4:45 pm
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With all the perks that Hertz Platinum members are supposed to get, I wonder what the service is like at 'problem' Hertz counters, like BWI (where "there's no such thing as a gold line; everyone stands in one line" - yelled by a Hertz counter agent at BWI).
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Old May 24, 00, 5:23 pm
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I've been a hertz platinum member for the past several years.

The biggest benefit is the convenience. Often it takes only minutes to get from the jetway to the waiting car. There is a hertz agent at the gate or baggage claim ready to wisk you away.

At smaller locations all you do is fly through the desk and you're on the road!

Yes, it is similar to the chairman's club at avis.
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Old May 25, 00, 1:40 am
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Djohnson: You must be very fortunate, I have NEVER been met at the gate or baggage claim
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Old May 30, 00, 1:37 pm
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Thanks to everyone for the informative replies! There is truly a lot of travel experience and expertise online here.

Well, since I'm not an executive officer of a publicly-traded company, I doubt I'll get an invitation from Hertz. I'll have to settle for the usually reliable Gold service.
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