The loyalty program for National Car Rental is called Emerald Club, which has a unique feature in that they maintain an “Emerald Aisle” where you can show and pick any car in that aisle based on your tier. The base Emerald tier (anyone can sign up and join this for free) may only mean picking between a Nissan Altima or a Hyundai Elantra, but it’s still a bit of fun as I like cars. When spending my own money, my preferred car company is National. As a member, you’ll also be able to book a full-size car at the mid-size price (“free upgrade”).
American Express has brought back a promotion with a free upgrade to Emerald Executive Elite status, which is the highest tier – one above Emerald Executive and two tiers above plain Emerald Club. The “Executive Emerald Aisle” includes a wider choice of nicer cars including SUVs and large sedans (while still paying only the midsize rate) and faster rewards accrual (1 free rental day after 5 rental credits). You may have to sign up for a fresh new account. The form doesn’t appear to ask for an American Express number. They will change your Contract ID, but you can change it back if you want.
In addition, if you enroll through the promotion and also pay for your first rental with any American Express, they will credit you with five Emerald Club Credits. Remember, 5 credits is enough for a free car rental already with Executive Elite status. Essentially, you get a free rental day after your first rental if paid with AmEx.
*Offer valid for new members only enrolled via this promotion between 12/16/19-2/29/20. Get five Emerald Club Credits you can use toward a future rental day after you enroll in the Emerald Club at (http://nationalcar.com/amexee) between 12/16/19-2/29/20, rent one time from National and pay with any American Express Credit or Charge Card.
Status match. Once you obtain your status and/or membership kit, you can also ask for a status match with Hertz, Avis (request via email), or Enterprise. For example, based on the qualification criteria, it appears at Emerald Club Executive lines up with Hertz Five Star, while Emerald Club Executive Elite lines up with Hertz President’s Circle.
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