Europcar is offering status matches again after this has been unavailable for some time provided the customer has an elite tier with Lufthansa Miles&More.
Europcar has very decent rates at times and is a good alternative to my usual favorite (Sixt) in Germany especially since rates have risen in the last few years. In fact I nowadays mostly reserve the cars through Orbitz or Expedia and get exactly the same benefits as direct bookings since I can enter my loyalty card number during the reservation process.
Elite status with car rental companies is useful in many ways including upgrades, simplified rental procedures and to jump the queue during peak times.
Europcar used to match all the way to their First status many years ago but then revamped their program and stopped matching altogether even for competing car rental programs. Now they brought it back for Lufthansa customers.
These are the Elite levels of Europcar Privilege:
The Europcar Privilege Executive Status really isn’t all that exciting. The only thing it offers is a one category upgrade based on availability. The Elite Status gives you a double upgrade. What’s nice is the complimentary weekend rental after the third rental once per year. When you obtain the status through the regular qualification there will also be a complimentary weekend credited to the account, however this doesn’t apply for the status matches.
The page allows for new sign ups as well as existing member account upgrades. I’m a member of Europcar’s previous program ever since I had a driving license in Germany and used that profile ever since. I decided to just upgrade it again.
- Senator Numbers begin with 2220
- Frequent Traveler Numbers begin with 9922
I confirmed my entry and the status was adjusted to Elite in my online account right away:
While not the most lucrative program out there as you don’t earn any points (only airline miles) and only receive a one/two category upgrade it’s a good option to try out Europcar and see how they perform. I made a reservation with Europcar and once again found great rates with Orbitz (60% less than Europcar’s own rates) and was able to add the booking to my online profile.
As so often the performance of a car rental agency can vary and personally I pick my provider differently based on the experience I had in the past at different stations. Generally I found Sixt to be the most consistent across the board while also being the most expensive. Europcar has decent prices and could be worth a shot.