Giveaway: National Car Rental Executive Elite Status

As promised last week, I’m giving one lucky blog reader National Car Rental Emerald Executive Elite status.

As I mentioned, I have Executive status with National myself (but not ‘Executive Elite’).

National’s unique selling proposition is its ‘Emerald Aisle’ where Emerald Club members pick their own car. Just cruise the aisle and pick the one you want from that area of the rental lot, it’s not just about picking the car with the lowest miles or the most prestige on offer but sometimes you want a bigger car for more people or a smaller car for easier parking.

It’s much nicer than getting assigned a car you don’t want, and then queueing for a rental counter agent to beg to be switched to something else. Much faster, too.

Emerald Club <I?Executive members get to pick from the ‘Executive Aisle’ which tends to have a greater, broader selection of better cars.

Here’s a comparison of National’s elite levels.

  • Executive status is earned after 12 rentals or 40 rental days. Regular Emerald Club members earn free rental days every 7 rental credits, Executive members earn free rental days after 6 credits and their free days are valid on a full size car not just a midsize.

  • Executive Elite is earned after 25 rentals or 85 rental days. Every 5 rental credits earns a free rental day, valid for any car that’s available. Executive Elite members also get guaranteed reservations with 24 hours notice. And in practice the treatment received is better than the published benefits, or so Executive Elite members tell me.

Want Executive Elite status for a year?

  • All you need to do to enter is leave a comment to this post, either how you would make use of rental car elite status or what one thing would make the car rental experience better for you?

  • Only enter once. Anyone leaving more than one comment will not be eligible to win.

  • I will draw a winning comment at random using

  • The contest will remain open for entries through Friday, April 29 at 6pm Eastern.

This is a giveaway, I don’t get anything by offering it, all interpretations of rules are mine and it isn’t mean to be a strict terms and conditions just a friendly gesture to benefit readers. If you have a question, please don’t post it as a comment here since you only get one entry! Instead email me.

Enter away, good luck on Executive Elite status, and thanks for the giveaway opportunity, National!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. I love you National. I reserved mid-size car and got SUV (Ford Escape) from Toronto Aisle Service. Very good on gas and took advantage of the space to take my family around all the time to parks, shopping centers, beaches and long drives to visit families and friends.

    I also booked a mid-size car for one whole month and got fully loaded Ford Edge with huge touchscreen LCD on the center console and 2 good sized LCDs on the driver console. I love that, it’s high tech. everything is just digital on the color LCD and the car looks awesome, every friend of mine goes WOW when they glance at it. Oh also it comes with premium sound system (25% of volume and my kids are complaining already of loud music). very good bass and very loud speakers (just like a night club and I am not kidding – try it yourself)

    I can even exchange this car with another from the aisle anytime during the month, now that’s amazing.

  2. I am a National Emerald Aisle member. I have 27 days rental in 2011 and should reach 40 days before the end on November 2011. I will be much happier with National when they finalize their Modification Dept. from India back tho the great USA,

  3. My best experience with National was at good old Chicago Ohare. No other rental company had cars and I had to get to Springfield IL by 6am in the morning. Flight cancelled at ORD. National had my drive in the “Emerald Aisle” —No Reservation—But they had cars for thier members. YA BABY –$500K sale next day. Emerald will always be my choice. They truly are different and provide value to “Road Warriors”..Thanks National

  4. this is a great program…one of the best in the industry!…ensures great customer service and hence loyalty

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