The Sixt car rental colossus is a familiar sight at airports and on the roads of Europe, the UK and the Americas, and now it’s teamed up with the NRMA to launch in Australia.
To help gain ground in a crowded market of established car rental companies, Sixt is offering a status match against rivals Avis, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz, while becoming Virgin Australia’s latest partner to earn Velocity Points. driving.
The group is also betting big on electric vehicles, with the Tesla Model 3 and MG ZS compact SUVs headlining its fleet of 16,000.
Sixt Australia is also considering a local rollout of its Sixt+ subscription model, where frequent drivers effectively rent a car for 30 days at a flat rate.
There’s a lot to take in, so here’s Sixt Australia’s recap.
Sixt Australia is the new car rental partner of the NRMA
Sixt has catapulted itself to Australia as the new operator of the auto club’s car rental arm, replacing long-time partner Thrifty.
This immediately gave Sixt an estimated 13% share of the car rental market, with 160 locations for its nationwide fleet of 16,000 vehicles ranging from cars to vans and trucks.
This includes more than 130 electric vehicles available at airport and city depots in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane Perth, Canberra and soon on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, supported by around 3,000 public electric vehicle charging stations across Australia.
“We’ve seen great traction for electric vehicles across businesses and retailers,” said Matthew Beattie, managing director of Sixt Australia. Executive Traveler.
Sixt Advantage Circle Loyalty Program
Membership of the Sixt Advantage Circle rewards program is free, with each member starting at the Basic Express level and with virtually no benefits.
Progression to higher levels is quite easy.
Sixt Advantage Circle Gold status is yours after just three rentals, unlocking rewards such as a 10% discount, free additional drivers and other ‘exclusive offers’.
Sixt Advantage Circle Platinum status requires a total of ten rentals and offers a set of convenient benefits such as free vehicle upgrades, deeper discounts, VIP parking spaces to return your vehicle and a dedicated Platinum service counter.
Sixt Advantage Circle Diamond is an invite-only tier, but at this higher tier of the loyalty ladder you will receive a guaranteed upgrade to the next vehicle class, 20% off rentals and reservations priority telephones.
Sixt Australia Advantage Circle Status Match
Your status with any of Sixt’s competitor loyalty programs is your ticket to a status match with Sixt Advantage Circle.
Sixt Advantage Circle Gold Status will be faced with
- Favorite review
- Europcar Privilege Club
- Enterprise Plus Gold
- Hertz Gold Rewards
Sixt Advantage Circle Platinum Status will be faced with
- President’s Club Reviews
- Europcar Privilege Elite, Executive or VIP
- Enterprise Plus Platinum
- Hertz Five Star or Hertz President
It should be noted that Velocity Gold and Platinum members automatically receive Hertz Five Star or Europcar Privilege Executive status, which in turn can be your fast track to Gold or Platinum status with Sixt Australia.
Click on the Sixt website to request your online status match with Advantage Circle Gold or Platinum.
Earn Velocity Points with Sixt Australia
Six Australia has joined Virgin Australia’s list of car rental partners through which you can earn Velocity Points for every dollar of “qualifying spend” on your Sixt rental.
The number of points you earn depends on your Velocity status:
- Velocity Red members earn 3 points per $1
- Velocity Silver members earn 4.5 points per dollar
- Velocity Gold members earn 5.25 points per $1
- Velocity Platinum members earn 6 points per dollar
The Sixt+ subscription model
Sixt Australia boss Matthew Beattie says Executive Traveler the company’s Sixt+ car subscription program is being evaluated for introduction in Australia, potentially this year.
Sixt+ is aimed at long-term renters who need more flexibility than short-term “daily” car hire.
A flat monthly payment covers 30 days of single vehicle rental, including registration, comprehensive insurance, maintenance and repairs, with the option to trade in your car up to once a month.
Beattie also hinted that Sixt Australia would partner with a ridesharing operator such as Uber, Didi or Ola to add ridesharing functionality into the global Sixt smartphone app.