Sign Up for Platinum Rental Car Status If You Have Airline or Hotel Status

For years (here I am writing about it in 2009), Sixt Rent a Car has offered elite status to customers who have status of some kind with a variety of airline or hotel programs.

And rental car status is one of the most important things you can have to make your experience better.

Sixt will give their Platinum status to (among others):

  • United Premier Executive 50k and higher
  • Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Elite and higher
  • US Airways Dividend Miles Platinum and higher
  • Starwood Platinum, Hilton Diamond, Hyatt Diamond
  • Delta Skymiles Gold and higher
  • Club Carlson Gold
  • Best Western Diamond

Their list is way out of date, since they offer to comp Kingfisher elites and Continental Platinums. And their list shows a misunderstanding of the programs they’ll comp, since they make the offer to Marriott Diamonds.

Platinum benefits include:

  • Up to 15%* discount on Sixt rent a car and Sixt rent a truck.
  • Free upgrade to the next higher car group and a double upgrade in U.S. locations**.
  • No Rental Formalities: Your personal data is stored behind the card, no waiting time at the arrival location and easy payment due to your stored credit card information.
  • Preferred Mobility: Forgot to reserve? No problem. Call up to 24 hours before the rental, and we will provide a car.

Lower tier elites — like most airline and hotel silver (first-tier status) — can get free Sixt Gold status.

This is such a gimme that comped Hilton Silvers who have signed up for the free version of the Hilton Citibank credit card can do this. American Express Platinum cardholders who have taken the free Starwood Gold status can do this.

This is most useful in Europe, but Sixt also has several airports in the U.S. and has other locations as well. I’m not the biggest fan of Sixt’s Miami airport location, although commenters share a variety of experiences both good and bad. Sixt does have some nice cars.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

More articles by Gary Leff »


  1. “Sixt does have some nice cars”. Good luck getting one of those. I tried them twice and selected their “German car guaranteed” option for a Mercedes E Class. Both times they were out of Mercedes and gave me a Hyundai instead. I guess they don’t know the difference between Germany and Korea. Never again!!!!

  2. I was thinking about parlaying my HH Diamond status for SixT status on my trip to Tampa where I have to rent a car for 7 days.. but man o man. some of the reviews about the location in Tampa is horrific… I think I’ll stick with my current Alamo reservation…

  3. Dysfunctional Sixt? Are you kidding me? One would be better off taking their chances with Payless.

  4. Lufthansa SEN also get Sixt Plat – the coolest thing is that it seems to have no expiration, whether you keep your airline status or not

  5. My experience is the opposite of the above posters. I have rented or been upgraded to an assortment of great cars…Corvette Stingray, MB SLK convertible, 5 series BMW, E-class MB, multiple Audi’s. As always, YMMV but I have been very pleased with their prices, cars and service. The condition of their cars is more consistent than Hertz for sure.

  6. Sixt tend to give me decent upgrades as a Platinum… I hired an FDAR last month at Schiphol and was given an Audi A6 estate with 17 kilometres on it… The best part? I had a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Absolutely awesome car, I almost didn’t return it. Needless to say, I hire Sixt in Europe whenever I can.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *