Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards FAQ’s

If you have additional questions, please call our Customer Service team at 1-888-400-8877 or through our Contact Us form

Topics

Enrollment

Debit/Credit Card Policy

Skipping the Counter

Earning Points

Redeeming Points

Blackout Dates

Point Expiration

Authorized Drivers



Enrollment

What is the Blue Chip Reward Program?

This is a Reward Program where Blue Chip Members can earn points on rentals at Thrifty locations in the United States and Canada.

Members will earn 1 point per qualifying U.S. $1 spent on rentals to redeem for free days on daily, weekly, or weekend rentals on cars Compact to Full-size. A free weekend rental day starts at 500 points. Member will still be responsible for paying all taxes and fees associated with the rental. Just make sure you select Blue Chip Rewards as your preferred partner on your profile.

Who can join?

Any customer who is 18 or older may join the Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards program, but to earn points on rentals, or to redeem Rewards, the rental must occur in the U.S. or Canada. Blue Chip Rewards is open to new and existing Blue Chip Members with an address in U.S. or Canada.

What information is needed to enroll?

All you'll need to enroll is your driver's license and a major credit/debit card. We will also ask you for your address, car preferences and the options you’d like to have on every rental. If you would like to earn rewards with our partners, you’ll need to include your program loyalty number in your profile.

Why are there 6 partners on the list? Do I have to use all 6? Will I get all 6 rewarded when I rent?

You may store up to 6 different partners in your profile with whom you can earn rewards. Each time you make a reservation, you can select if you want to change your preferred partner. If you do not change your primary partner, you will earn rewards or miles from the partner listed as Partner 1. With Blue Chip Rewards®, you can earn free rental days or you can choose to earn airline miles or hotel points. For more information regarding our partners, please see our partners page.

How long will my membership be valid?

As long as a credit/debit card and driver’s license are valid on your account.

Why do you need company information? What if I'm self-employed, retired or unemployed?

As part of the general rental policies, we need to have additional contact information that includes an employer name and phone. If you do not work, are retired, or self-employed, please enter "retired," "self-employed" or "unemployed" in the field and provide us with an alternative contact phone number.

Why do you need an employer phone number?

As part of the general rental policies, we need to have additional contact information that includes an employer name and phone. If you do not work, are retired, or self employed, please enter "retired," "self-employed" or "unemployed" in the field and provide us with an alternative contact phone number.

Why do I have to select the Peace of Mind options now?

The Blue Chip Rental Program® is designed to provide speed of service. You give us all of the information required for the rental in your enrollment. When you get to the counter, we've already selected your car and pre-printed your rental agreement. Since you will have selected your Peace of Mind options in your profile, we will not try to sell you any insurance options at the counter. Please make sure you select the options you want for every rental.

What if I have a P.O. Box for an address?

Our rental policies require a physical address in order to rent a vehicle. P.O. Boxes are welcome as a billing address, however, a physical address (work, home or other) needs to be in the street address area. If a P.O. Box is in the street address, we will inactivate the account until a physical address is provided. Please click here for more questions on general policies.

I lost my membership card. How do I request a new one?

Cards can be printed from the website. We no longer send cards via mail.



Saving a Debit or Credit Card in My Profile

How do I save a Debit or Credit card to my profile?

There will be an incidental hold of $200 + cost of rental applied at pickup. The incidental hold is waived for Thrifty Blue Chip members with a non pre-paid VISA saved in their profile after the first rental.

Debit card utilization is valid at all Thrifty Car Rental U.S. Corporate locations.

For complete debit card policy and procedures visit here.



Skipping the Counter

How do I skip the counter?

If it is your first time renting as a Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards Member:

  • As a Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards Member, you can bypass the counter and proceed directly to the lot
  • Have your Driver’s License and payment method that corresponds with your profile available for agent verification at the Customer Service booth in the garage
  • The Agent will provide you direction to the stall number for your reserved vehicle
  • If you prefer a different vehicle, within the same class, see an agent and choose your preference
  • Proceed to the exit gate

As a returning Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards Member:

  • Proceed to the lot
  • Review the electronic display board* for your name and to obtain the stall number for your reserved vehicle
  • Your rental agreement and paperwork will be with your reserved vehicle
  • If you prefer another vehicle, within the same class, see an agent and choose your preference
  • Proceed to the exit gate

*Available in Select Locations



Earning Points

How can I earn points on all my rentals?

To earn points automatically on all of your qualified rentals, choose "Blue Chip Rewards" as your preferred loyalty partner in your profile or on your enrollment form.

Members will earn 1 point per qualifying U.S. $1 spent on rentals in the U.S or Canada.

If making a reservation over the phone, through our Customer Service team at 1-888-400-8877, you must advise the representative of your Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards member ID to earn points

What is a qualifying rental?

Any rental in the U.S. or Canada that is not prepaid.

How do I request missing points?

You can claim missing points up to 6 months after your rental as long as you were a Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards member at the time of the rental. To claim missing points, log into your Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards account, click “Missing Points” and complete the form provided.

You may also call our Customer Service team at 1-888-400-8877. Please have your rental record details available when calling.



Redeeming Points

How many points does it take to earn a free rental day*?

  • 500 points for a 1-day weekend rental
  • 625 points for a 1-day weekday rental
  • For full point redemption option, click here

*Taxes and Fees excluded. To learn more about rewards points, click here.

Can I share my Blue Chip Rewards with family or friends?

Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards are non-transferable and cannot be shared with family or friends.

How do I redeem my points for free rental days?

To redeem Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards Points and reserve a car online, log in here and make your reservation.

Remember to check the box "Use my Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards points." If your itinerary qualifies for a Reward, you'll see your options on the drop down at the top of the reservation page that states, “Select the Amount of Points to Redeem”.



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Are all locations and car classes available when redeeming free rental days? Are there blackout dates?

Free rental days are available at locations in the US and Canada only; valid for Compact, Mid-size, and Full-size cars only.

Are there blackout dates when redeeming free rental days?



Blackout Dates

2019 BLACKOUT DATES AND LOCATIONS

DATES

U.S. BLACKOUT LOCATIONS AND TIMING INCLUDE:

JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 3, 2019
(Superbowl)

ATLANTA, GA

FEBRUARY 14 - 22, 2019
(President's Day)

ARIZONA

COLORADO

FLORIDA

HAWAII

IDAHO

MONTANA

NEW MEXICO

NEW YORK

UTAH

WYOMING

APRIL 17 - 24, 2019
(Easter)

ALL OF U.S.

MAY 23 - 25, 2019
(Memorial Day)

DAILY & WEEKEND RENTAL.
WEEKLY REDEMPTIONS ARE ABLE TO BE REDEEMED

JULY 1 - 4, 2019
(4th of July)

ALL OF U.S.
EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING STATES:

ALABAMA

ARKANSAS

GEORGIA

LOUISIANA

MISSOURI

MISSISSIPPI

OKLAHOMA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

 

U.S. BLACKOUT LOCATIONS AND TIMING INCLUDE:

OCTOBER 10 - 12, 2019
(Columbus Day)

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA

MASSACHUSETTS

MAINE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW YORK

RHODE ISLAND

VERMONT

DECEMBER 16 - 28, 2019
(Christmas)

FLORIDA & HAWAII

 

DATES

CANADIAN BLACKOUT LOCATIONS AND TIMING INCLUDE:

FEBRUARY  15 - 17, 2019
(Family Day)         

ALL PROVINCES INCLUDED

APRIL 19 - 21, 2019
(Easter)

MAY 17 - 20, 2019
(Victoria Day)    

JUNE 29 - JULY 1, 2019
(Canada Day)    

JULY 18 - AUGUST 14, 2019
(Summer Break) 

OCTOBER  10 - 14, 2019
           
(Canadian Thanksgiving)             

NOVEMBER  8 - 12, 2019
    (Remembrance Day)       

DECEMBER 16 - 31, 2019
(Christmas)     


2020 BLACKOUT DATES AND LOCATIONS

DATES

U.S. BLACKOUT LOCATIONS AND TIMING INCLUDE:

JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 3, 2020
(Superbowl)

MIAMI, FL

FEBRUARY 13 - 21, 2020
(President's Day)

ARIZONA

COLORADO

FLORIDA

HAWAII

IDAHO

MONTANA

NEW MEXICO

NEW YORK

UTAH

WYOMING

APRIL 8 - 15, 2020
(Easter)

ALL OF U.S.

MAY 21 - 23, 2020
(Memorial Day)

DAILY & WEEKEND RENTAL.
WEEKLY REDEMPTIONS ARE ABLE TO BE REDEEMED

JULY 1 - 6,  2020
(4th of July)

ALL OF U.S.
EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING STATES:

ALABAMA

ARKANSAS

GEORGIA

LOUISIANA

MISSISSIPPI

OKLAHOMA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

 

U.S. BLACKOUT LOCATIONS AND TIMING INCLUDE:

OCTOBER 8 - 10, 2020
(Columbus Day)

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA

MASSACHUSETTS

MAINE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW YORK

RHODE ISLAND

VERMONT

DECEMBER 16 - 28, 2020
(Christmas)

FLORIDA & HAWAII

 

DATES

CANADIAN BLACKOUT LOCATIONS AND TIMING INCLUDE:

FEBRUARY  14 - 16, 2020
(Family Day)         

ALL PROVINCES INCLUDED

 

APRIL 10 - 12, 2020
(
Easter)

 

MAY 15 - 18, 2020
(Victoria Day)    

 

JUNE 29 - JULY 1, 2020
(Canada Day)    

 

JULY 16 - August 12, 2020
(
Summer Break) 

 

OCTOBER 8 - 12, 2020
           
(Canadian Thanksgiving)             

 

NOVEMBER  7 - 11, 2020
    (Remembrance Day)       

 

DECEMBER 16 - 31, 2020
(Christmas)     


Point Expiration

How long are the points valid?

Blue Chip Rewards points do not expire as long as you have Blue Chip rental activity in the prior 24 months. Activity means a Blue Chip Reward point was either earned or redeemed on a rental.



Authorized Drivers

As a Member, can I have an Authorized Driver?

For rentals in the United States and Canada by members of the Program in those countries, renter's spouse or domestic partner may operate the car without registering as an Authorized Operator or paying a fee, provided he or she is at least 25 years old and has a valid driver's license from a jurisdiction acceptable to Thrifty. If under the age of 25, an age differential charge may apply.



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