The winner of the National Car Rental Executive Elite Status Giveaway is commenter #310, Michael Koopman, as drawn by random.org.
Mr. Coopman’s comment in the entry thread was a haiku:
Any car awaits your choice
Take that, red Avis!
As I explained in the entry thread, National’s unique selling proposition is its ‘Emerald Aisle’ where Emerald Club members pick their own car.
Emerald Club Executive Elite members get to pick from the ‘Executive Aisle’ which tends to have a greater, broader selection of better cars. And they receive a free rental for every 5 rental credits (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.
Congratulations, Michael, I’ll pass your email along to the folks who will take care of setting you up with status!
Dropped a car yesterday morning and only had 10 minutes left to check in. Two guys in front of me getting their receipts, I didn’t have 3 minutes to spare to wait for my receipt. Told the guy “I’m the third car back, I’m late for my flight, no time to wait, didn’t fill gas, I’ll get the e-receipt in my email.” He said fine and I went running, receipt was in my email before I left the Delta check-in counter. National is a model of efficiency and an awesome company to do business with.
EE is very hit or miss. There have been times I’ve driven off in a Camry or have gotten a fully Loaded Lincoln.