Germany based Sixt Rent a Car has expanded to many countries worldwide during the last couple of year, posing a harsh competition to the big agencies with a well assorted fleet of cars.
What’s little known is that Sixt offers an official status match program, offering Elite customers of various airlines and hotel chains Platinum Status with the Sixt Express Rental program.
In the past, Sixt used to advertise this benefit on each of their country websites but it seems that they now have specific landing pages for this promotion. It is available for both Platinum and the lower tier Gold status (be aware that official upgrade benefits are only part of the platinum card!).
I did find though that the Sixt Norway website still offers it comprehensively (access the promotion here).
Sixt Express is solely a benefit program. It does not offer a separate rewards system for free car rentals, instead customers can earn airline miles or hotel points with the program of their preference.
Sixt has some really nice cars in their fleet already and a double upgrade (at U.S. locations) should result is a decent vehicle.
Here is how you can sign up for this program on the website (following the link quoted above):
For participation you will need to upload an image of your membership card or account statement for verification.
The list of companies whose elite members are considered for this status match promotion is quite extensive:
Aeromexico / Club Premier Platino & Titanio
Aigle Azur Azur Plus Infini
Air Dolomiti Miles & More Senator
Air Europa Flying Blue Platinum Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum
Air Malta Flypass Diamond
Air Serbia Etihad Guest Gold & Elite
airBaltic BalticMiles VIP
Airberlin topbonus Gold
Austrian Airlines Miles & More Senator
Avianca – LifeMiles Gold and Diamond
Avis Preferred First Plus Avis President’s Club
Best Western Rewards Diamond
Bulgaria Air Fly More Gold
CSA OK Plus Gold & Platinum
China Airlines Dynasty Emerald & Paragon
Club Carlson Gold Elite
Condor Miles & More Senator
Croatia Airlines Miles & More Senator
Delta SkyMiles Gold & Platinum
EgyptAir Plus Gold & Platinum
El Al Matmid Frequent Flyer Platinum
Emerald Club Executive Elite
Emirates Skywards Gold
Ethiopian Airlines ShebaMiles Gold
Etihad Airways Gold
Europcar Privilege Elite Europcar Privilege Executive
Finnair Plus Platinum
GHA Discovery Black Card
GOL/VARIG SMILES DIAMOND
Gulf Air Frequent Flyer Gold
Hertz Platinum Club Hertz President’s Circle
Hilton HHonors Diamond
Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond
Icelandair SAGA Club Gold
Kuwait Airways Oasis Club Gold
LHW Leaders Club Access and Unlimited Leaders Club Leaders Club Unlimited
Lufthansa Miles & More Senator
MEA Cedar Miles – Golden Cedar and Presidents Club
MO Blue Sky Mongolia – Platinum
Marriott Rewards Diamond Elite
Montenegro Airlines Vision Team Gold Nomad Club – Gold
Oman Air Sindbad Gold
Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold & Platinum
Regus BusinessWorld Platinum
Royal Jordanian – Royal Plus Gold and Platinum
S Airlines Priority Gold & Platinum
SAS EuroBonus Gold & Diamond
SATA Imagine Gold
SPG Platinum Preferred SPG Platinum Preferred
Saudia Alfursan Gold
Singapore KrisFlyer Gold
TAM Fidelidade Vermelho
TAP Victoria Gold Winner
Transaero Privilege Gold
Tunisair Fidelys Gold
Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Elite & Elite Plus
US Airways Dividend Miles Platinum & Chairmans Preferred
Ukraine International Panorame Club Premium
Ural Airlines Wings Gold
Virgin America – Elevate Gold
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold
As you can see as long as you have a top tier Elite Status pretty much anywhere then you can definitely obtain a Sixt Platinum Card.
I’m not renting cars as much anymore as I did in the past. Only when traveling to the U.S., Canada, or Europe I usually need a rental car and my preferred companies are either Hertz or Sixt.
As far as stations in the U.S. are concerned I’m under the impression that Sixt prices their cars very competitively, especially entry level premium cars like Mercedes C Class or BMW 3 Series (for roughly the same price as Hertz ‘Intermediate’ cars). Pair that with a double upgrade as part of your status perk and you might drive off with something nice!
This status will be good for a while, in fact the matches i processed a few years ago are still Platinum and never expired.