New promo link.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 a promotion with a free upgrade to Emerald Executive status until February 28, 2020, which includes additional perks like access to nicer cars like SUVs and large sedans. You have to sign up for a fresh new account. The form doesn’t appear to ask for an American Express number. Obtaining this status usually requires 12 paid rentals or 40 paid rental days in a calendar year.
In addition, if you enroll through the promotion and also pay for your first rental with any American Express, they will credit you with six Emerald Club Credits. This is a good deal, as 6 credits is enough for a free car rental already with Executive status. You’d usually have to make 6 short rentals to get 6 credits.
*Offer valid for new members only enrolled via this promotion between 9/16/18-1/31/19. Get six Emerald Club Credits you can use toward a future rental day after you enroll in the Emerald Club at nationalcar.com/axec between 9/16/18-1/31/19, rent one time from National and pay with any American Express Card.
If that link doesn’t work, you can also try this similar link for Visa Infinite cardholders. I don’t believe this link asks for a Visa Infinite card number either.
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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