The majority of SkyTeam alliance member airlines are to offer Hertz car hire benefits to frequent flyers.

SkyTeam claims to be the first airline grouping to offer the option.

Regular travellers with membership of the frequency flyer schemes of all but Alitalia and Aerolineas Argentinas will be able to access special rates with Hertz while earning miles when renting a vehicle.

Customers must quote a special SkyTeam code when making a Hertz reservation and provide their frequent flyer number to earn miles on qualifying rentals.
Hertz covers SkyTeam’s global network of 1,072 destinations with rental locations across North America, Europe, Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Car hire bookings can be made online, by phone or through the Hertz app.

However, due to contractual reasons frequent flyer mileage accrual is not available to members of Alitalia’s MilleMiglia or Aerolineas Argentinas Argentinas Plus.

SkyTeam sales and marketing vice president Mauro Oretti said: “Millions of SkyTeam customers hire cars at home or away and we are excited to take frequent flyer perks up a gear through our partnership with Hertz.

“Our aim is to offer the best end-to-end travel experience for our customers. Extending loyalty benefits beyond the airport is a natural step as we continue to add value to our customers’ everyday traveling lives.”

Hertz International marketing vice president Vincent Gillet added: “We are honoured to offer car rental benefits to the 730 million customers travelling annually with the members of SkyTeam.

“Hertz already works more than half of the SkyTeam partner member airlines, so it was a natural move for us to extend our relationship to the full alliance.

“As a proud partner of SkyTeam and their first non-air affiliate, we look forward to providing a seamless fly-drive experience for our mutual customers.”