I’ve just received an email from National Car Rental that as of May 1 you now earn free rental day credits and credit towards elite status in the National Emerald Club through rentals at Enterprise.
We’re pleased to announce a valuable enhancement to your Emerald Club® benefits. Now you can earn Emerald Club rental credits at participating Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations, including more than 6,000 neighborhood locations in the U.S. and Canada. This vastly improves your ability to achieve Executive® or Executive Elite® status and earn Free Rental Days on your Emerald Club account.
Your qualifying* Enterprise rentals will count toward improving your Emerald Club status and earning Free Rental Days redeemable at National locations only. So whenever you need to rent a vehicle and National is not an option, rent from a participating Enterprise location to keep your Emerald Club rental credits coming.
The benefits FAQ does list a handful of non-participating Enterprise locations.
More options are always better, this adds flexibility to the National program of course. National and Enterprise are jointly owned, though they are very different.
I tend to think of National as being for the road warrior/expert traveler and Enterprise being for the occasional renter. I love the quick service at National, grab your car out of the Emerald aisle and go. I’m not a huge fan of Enterprise, the rental paperwork process always seem to take an interminable amount of time and then there’s the hard sell for the insurance, questions about your deductible and the ‘walk around’ the vehicle inspecting for damage before you leave. That’s not the rental experience I’m after.
Still, there are occasions where I’ve rented from Enterprise, such as needing a van or a pickup for location travel rather than landing in a city and needing an airport rental. And on those occasions it’s certainly nice to get something out of it, even if it’s not my preferred agency. It’s an enhancement to the program, for sure, and without any takeaways so that’s a wonderful thing to report and something that makes National a better program than it was last month!
But even with the free rental day credits I’m not going to find myself at an Enterprise any time soon. At least until Enterprise gets an Emerald aisle.