National Car Rental will give their top tier elite status, Executive Elite, to new members who enroll with an(y) American Express card. Enrollment needs to be via this link by February 29, 2020.
Status is supposed to last through February 2021 but some reports suggest that it actually lasts through February 2022 (qualifying in 2020, which we’re now in, would normally last through 2022). Honestly benefits of Executive Elite really aren’t much greater than Executive (which normally comes with the Amex Platinum card), both get to pick a car from the Executive aisle rather than just the Emerald aisle. The major incremental benefit is faster earning of free rental days.
In addition “pay for your first rental with any American Express® Card and earn five Emerald Club Credits toward a future rental day.” Five credits is enough for an Executive Elite to claim a free day and Executive Elites redeem for “any car class with no blackout dates”.
Numerous reports suggest that Hertz will match National’s Executive Elite to their Presidents Circle.
Past reports are that this will all work upgrading an existing National account as well, rather than being limited to new accounts.