National Car Rental has a new promotion in combination with American Express, offering their Executive Elite status for any new member enrollment that sign up with an Amex card.
The promotion was first reported by Gary over at View from the Wing and since then spread over several deals sites so it must have gained a lot of traction already, who knows how long it’ll be around before they modify or pull it.
Enroll in National’s Emerald Club® by clicking the Executive Elite Enrollment button below, between 12/16/19 – 02/29/20, and automatically advance to Emerald Club Executive Elite status. After enrolling, pay for your first rental with any American Express® Card and earn five Emerald Club Credits toward a future rental day. Rental day offer is valid at participating worldwide locations.
When you enter the enrollment screen you can either sign in or open a new account:
Some folks who have tried signing in and process the match were apparently successful doing so. That’s against the T&C that say the status upgrade is for new enrollments only but the worst that can happen is that National would claw back the status.
For some reason I’m already Executive Elite so I can’t give it a try from my own account.
The benefits that come attached to the Executive Elite status are a bit better than the regular Executive status as National tries to have a bit better card in the Elite aisle (at least this used to be the case, I haven’t rented with them for roughly two years):
Your automatic upgrade to Executive Elite status means access to the following benefits:
• Reserve a mid-size to get access to Emerald Aisle.
• Guaranteed upgrades: reserve and pay for a mid-size, drive away in a vehicle in a higher class
• To maintain Executive Elite status, member must meet the standard qualifications of 25 or more rentals or 85 or more rental days during the full calendar year 2020.
You also get:
• Faster rentals by bypassing the counter.
• To choose your own car. Don’t waste time looking for your assigned car.
• Faster returns with Drop & Go. With e-receipts, there is no need to wait for an agent to give you a receipt.
• No second-driver fees
• Reward choices. Select from Free Rental Days**, frequent-flyer miles or hotel rewards.
• Special offers. Receive members-only discounts and offers through our periodic emails.
**Free Rental Day covers base rate (Time and Mileage) only.
Also remember to actually use Amex for the next rental in order to gain 4 credits towards a free rental day.
This is a very generous promotion, however remember that it is originally designed to be for new enrollments only. Interestingly enough when you have the Amex Platinum you get a lower tier than just enrolling with this particular promo. That makes it pretty hard to sell off the Platinum as a Premium product yet again as the other status perks with hotels etc aren’t that great either.
If you manage to successfully sign up or upgrade existing account please let us know in the comments!
There are the Terms and Conditions for this campaign:
*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. Offer is subject to and requires enrollment in the Emerald Club program. Rules and Conditions and Master Rental Agreement found at www.emeraldclub.com. Rental day offer is valid at participating National Car Rental locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Latin America, Caribbean, and in Europe, for National Car Rental brand reservations serviced by Enterprise. The five Emerald Club Credits you can use for a rental day are applicable toward the base rate but do not include taxes, government charges, surcharges, concession recoupment fees, fuel and other optional items, which are the responsibility of the renter. Emerald Club points will be credited 24-72 hours after a paid rental. For Executive Elite members, the rental can be used for any available car class, excluding trucks and exotic vehicles. The rental day expires 12/31 of the calendar year following the year in which the credits were earned. Executive Elite status is valid through 2/28/21. To maintain Executive Elite status, member must meet the standard qualifications of 25 or more rentals or 85 or more rental days during the full calendar year 2020. This offer is made exclusively to and is only valid for American Express Card Members. Fulfillment of the offer is the sole responsibility of the participating American Express merchant. Please note that National does not accept Prepaid Cards for charges authorized in advance, although Prepaid Cards may be used to settle the final bill. Check to make sure Prepaid Cards are accepted before attempting to use your Prepaid Card to take advantage of offers for this merchant.