Free National Emerald Club Executive ELITE Upgrade Sign-Up Link

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Improved offer. Here’s an even better link for Emerald Executive Elite, which is the higher tier – one above Emerald Executive and two tiers above plain Emerald Club. I was able to click on the link, sign in to my existing Emerald club account, and get upgraded to Elite through February 2020. If I rent a car and pay with AmEx, I also get 5 credits, enough for 1 free rental day on any car class. They will change your Contract ID, but you can change it back if you want.

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The loyalty program for National Car Rental is called Emerald Club, which has a unique feature in that they maintain an “Emerald Aisle” where you can show and pick any car in that aisle based on your tier. The base Emerald tier (anyone can sign up and join this for free) may only mean picking between a Nissan Altima or a Hyundai Elantra, but it’s still a bit of fun as I like cars. When spending my own money, my preferred car company is National. As a member, you’ll also be able to book a full-size car at the mid-size price (“free upgrade”).


American Express has a promotion with a free upgrade to Emerald Executive status until February 28, 2020, which includes additional perks like access to nicer cars like SUVs and large sedans. You have to sign up for a fresh new account. The form doesn’t appear to ask for an American Express number. Obtaining this status usually requires 12 paid rentals or 40 paid rental days in a calendar year.

In addition, if you enroll through the promotion and also pay for your first rental with any American Express, they will credit you with six Emerald Club Credits. This is a good deal, as 6 credits is enough for a free car rental already with Executive status. You’d usually have to make 6 short rentals to get 6 credits.

*Offer valid for new members only enrolled via this promotion between 9/16/18-1/31/19. Get six Emerald Club Credits you can use toward a future rental day after you enroll in the Emerald Club at nationalcar.com/axec between 9/16/18-1/31/19, rent one time from National and pay with any American Express Card.

If that link doesn’t work, you can also try this similar link for Visa Infinite cardholders. I don’t believe this link asks for a Visa Infinite card number either.

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Status match. Once you obtain your status and/or membership kit, you can also ask for a status match with Hertz, Avis (request via email), or Enterprise. For example, based on the qualification criteria, it appears at Emerald Club Executive lines up with Hertz Five Star, while Emerald Club Executive Elite lines up with Hertz President’s Circle.



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Comments

  1. Great info! I’ll be doing this today. One note: You wrote ‘Chevy Mustang’ but of course Mustangs are made by Ford.

    • Haha, that’s horrible, I probably managed to alienate both Ford and Chevy fans at the same time. I drove the Ford Mustang, but would love to try out the new Camaro in the future.

  2. I agree with you on National – I love renting from them because of the aisle, and the executive status is really helpful in getting the rental car I need (especially when traveling with family where we need a larger car)

    One note , right now National has their one:two:free promotion. In addition to their tegular rewards, you get a free night after every second rental. So for six, one day rentals you get four free days of rentals (three from promo, plus one from regular rewards) and those free days are good for pretty much any vehicle class.

    https://www.emeraldclubpromos.com/12free/2015/

    I was just in San Francisco and picked up a one way rental of a premium car from Union Station to SFO (and drove it around for a whole day on the PCH over Labor Day) for just $39, all taxes and fees included. I don’t know how they made any money in that, but I’m totally happy.

  3. What if you are already an Emerald Club member? I tried the link and began filling out the form but it doesn’t say “Executive” anywhere and I don’t want to end up with two EC memberships.

    • You just fill out the link above and it will try to find your existing membership. If you are a regular base Emerald Executive, it should say something like “We found your existing membership” and automatically upgrade you. Log back into the regular website to confirm.

      By the way, it does say Emerald Club Executive on the front page of the form.

  4. If we are already a member of Emerald Club, is there a way to upgrade our current membership to the Executive status using this offer?

    • Yes, just fill out the link above and it will try to find your existing membership. If you are a regular base Emerald Executive, it should say something like “We found your existing membership” and automatically upgrade you. Log back into the regular website to confirm.

      By the way, it does say Emerald Club Executive on the front page of the form.

      • Thanks Jonathan!

        • Jonathan,

          I’m wondering if this promotion has changed since you first posted this? I had the same concern as Pedro (I’m already an Emerald Club base member and didn’t want to memberships)and I’m not seeing any evidence that the link is for the “executive” status. I don’t see the words “Emerald Club Executive” on the front page of the form. When you do the initial lookup, it is looking at past rental records, not your current Emerald Club membership.

          Can you provide any additional information that this is indeed for the executive membership?

          Thanks,
          Brad

          • When I click on the link, the second line of green text says “Welcome to Emerald Club Executive Mastercard Elite”. I believe the offer link was intended initially for World Elite MasterCard holders, even though I have two of those cards and was never notified of this benefit. But it worked for me without having to input my card numbers.

  5. Brad, it worked for me. I didn’t see the Executive status until after I registered, but was able to confirm it when I logged into my account afterward. I was able to retain the same EC number.

  6. Pedro and Jonathan, thank you for your responses. I can confirm, after following your advice, it worked for me as well. (I confirmed when I logged in again) Interestingly, before it would confirm my “application” it asked to overwrite my “current employer” with “Executive Mastercard Elite”. The only potential issue with this is that my “old employer” provided an excellent discount (2 free car seats) on my rentals. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to still use my old employer/contract ID going forward on future rentals and keep the Executive status as well. We shall see…..

    In the meantime, thanks again for your help. Jonathan, keep up the excellent work on your blog!

    • Glad to hear it! I’m pretty sure you can always switch your contract ID to whatever you want on each specific rental. (I almost always do.) I believe the MasterCard ID will fill in automatically, however.

  7. Just found this in late May 2016 and your link still seems to work. I signed up for Emerald Club this morning and this afternoon clicked your link. My account badge now shows EC Executive. Renting a car in a few weeks so see how it goes.

    Thanks!

  8. just did this, worked great Executive Status! Thank you!!

  9. I think the link for Executive status worked, but it didn’t show any difference when starting the reservation process, just said Emerald Isle selection. Definitely made my rental choice easy as I love using National at Orlando Airport, but the price was fairly higher for the rental period, but with EC status, National is it again.

    • Just finished my reservation….
      “Your reservation is confirmed! An email has been sent to bp11301@yahoo.com. Upon arrival, please proceed to the Executive area to choose your vehicle..”

      Thank you for this wonderful link.

  10. I tried it, only gives you Executive, not Elite.

  11. The link still works, this is the second time Ive used it in 3 years.

  12. The link still works, this is also the second time I have used it.

  13. What if you sign up for this and sign up for a car rental, but put a different driver? I always take care of the finance stuff but I can’t drive haha that’s my husband’s job. So should I put his driver’s license to begin with?

    • With Emerald Club, they waive the additional driver fee for spouses (specifically spouse, common law spouse, or same-sex domestic partner with the same address on the driver’s license as the Emerald Club member and meets normal renter requirements).

      So you could be the primary renter and let him drive with no additional driver fee. If you guys always travel together, I guess it doesn’t matter?

  14. Are they going to ask that it be booked on a mastercard elite card that i don’t have?

  15. Worked for me. Since I was already logged into the Emerald Club, it didn’t ask for any info (other than if it was ok to change the default contract code). Updated everything automatically!

  16. Philip Copeland says:

    do you have any coupon for national car rental

  17. The new link worked, it gave Emerald Cub Executive till Feb 2020. Thanks!

  18. link worked, didn’t have to fill out form, just signed into my existing account when prompted and status upgraded instantly.

  19. paul frampton says:

    So you can still pick executive cars if you are a base member. unless it is a volvo or a bmw or another luxury vehicle, they never stop you. Also, Ohare and Midway have more than hyndai or nissans on the lot.

    YMMV

  20. Thanks for the article. No where on the National website could I find documentation the joining the Emerald Club is free. I saw one article online that said the Emerald Club is $50 to join and then ongoing membership is free. Do you have any information? Thanks.

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