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Members enjoy exclusive benefits with Thrifty every day.
Metro Car $79 a day
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You cover the fuel and we'll cover the car for 48 hours!
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Thrifty Car Rental New Zealand Specials
We offer you a range of vehicles, exceptional service and great savings!
Find the right car for you
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About Blue Chip
Find out more about Thrifty's Express Rental Programme
Blue Chip Member Benefits
Faster bookings so you can hit the road faster!
Apply for Thrifty's Blue Chip programme today and save!
Blue Chip FAQ's
The answers to your Blue Chip questions!
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Keep Thrifty up to date on your personal preference profile.
Important: Effective 01 April Thrifty will be making changes to the Preferred Protection Levels.
We will now be offering 3 Optional Renter Protection Services:
STANDARD COVER (SC) - Your rates include Standard Cover for the Thrifty vehicle and 3rd party property notification. In the event of damage a $3,300 Damage Recovery Fee will apply. In the event of a Single Vehicle Accident an additional Recovery Fee $2,200 may apply. There will be no change for members with this option.
ULTIMATE PROTECTION (UP) - Is only available from selected Metropolitan locations. It is at $33.00 per day inc GST and reduces your Damage Recovery Fee and Single Vehicle Accident Recovery Fee to NIL. Accidental Tyre and Windscreen Damage is also covered. Members have the option to upgrade their profile preference to UP at time of collection.
PREMIUM PROTECTION (PP) - Is at $27.00 per day inc GST (price based on passenger vehicles) and reduces your Damage Recovery Fee. The Single Vehicle Accident Recovery Fee is still applicable. Members who currently have the PP option will automatically default to this protection service however have the option to upgrade their profile preference to UP is available at time of collection.
For Members who currently have the RENTER PROTECTION (RP) option against their profile - this option will BECOME REDUNDANT. Members will have to upgrade their profile preference to one of the above options at time of collection.
Please email email@example.com with any further queries.
How long will it take to receive my Blue Chip membership details?
You'll receive your membership number automatically after you submit the application. Your shiny new membership card will arrive within 7-10 working days.
Can I make an urgent Blue Chip booking before I've received my Blue Chip Membership Number?
Yes. Simply make the booking via the website or through our Reservations Department using the membership number you received after applying online.
What do I need to collect a Thrifty hire vehicle?
Two things – your Drivers Licence and the Blue Chip membership card.
What must I do before I drive away?
I still haven't received my Blue Chip Membership Card but I have a car rental taking place.
Relax. Simply advise our counter staff that you're a new member waiting on your membership card. They'll extend our famous preferred member service to you.
I want to make a car hire booking for overseas but my Blue Chip Number doesn't seem to work?
For security reasons your Blue Chip details are not recognised internationally. But don't despair. International rental car reservations can be made by visiting www.thrifty.com and Australian rental car reservations at www.thrifty.com.au. Please do not enter your Blue Chip number on this website – simply enter BLUE into the promotion code field. Upon arrival, present your Blue Chip Membership card. Easy!
Can I add a partner/colleague to my Blue Chip profile?
Unfortunately not. Blue Chip membership can only be used by the person whose name appears on the card. Your Blue Chip profile contains specific information such your license details and date of birth. Partners or colleagues can be added to the car rental contract upon collection (provided they're at the counter with you). Or they can establish their own Blue Chip membership.
I am being asked for a password when I attempt to log in, but I can't recall my password.
Don't worry. New Zealand Blue Chip members don't need a password to log in. Just ensure that you're on the New Zealand website (www.thrifty.co.nz). Your only log in requirement is your membership number and surname. If you can't remember your surname we suggest looking at a FAQ page on an altogether different website.
What reward programmes are available through Thrifty?
There's the AA Smartfuel programme, where you can save 4 cents per litre per rental day with Thrifty. You can also earn points through Virgin's Velocity Frequent Flyer Programme.
My details have changed that are stored in my Blue Chip profile. Can I update my details?
Of course! We have an update your profile page. After entering your Blue Chip number and surname you'll be able to amend your details, such as your address, drivers licence expiry, email address, billing details and rental preferences.
I have recently had a car rental and require a tax invoice. How can I obtain this?
It's super simple. Go to "Access tax invoices". You should allow 7 working days after the rental vehicle has been returned before attempting to retrieve your tax invoice.
I have feedback about the service I received during my last rental. Who can I speak to about this?
We'd love to hear from you. Good feedback warms our hearts and bad feedback, well… it helps us correct any mistakes and ensures our service is the very best it can be. If you'd like to provide feedback the best way is to visit the Contact Us section and complete the form there. Our Customer Service team will then be in touch to ensure you're happy with everything.
I have lost my Blue Chip card. Can you please send me a new one?
Don't worry – it's easy to sort out. The simplest way to order a replacement is to visit the Blue Chip section of our website and update your profile. At the top of the page select 'new card required' and then click the 'amend' button.
Can I link my company's Corporate Account to my Blue Chip profile?
Yes. Visit the 'billing details' section when updating your profile online and enter the company's account number and contact details. Done!
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13 May 2016:
Thrifty Car Rental is backing New Zealand road safety by becoming a gold sponsor of Brake, the road safety charity that runs Road Safety Week (16-22 May).