Emerald Executive Elite Benefits?

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  1. kayjay
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    I recently became an EEE with National.
    My question is, can I pick up a Premium car from the lot, although I actually made a reservation for a midsize car?
     
  2. peteropny
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    No you can't unless a premium is in Executive Selection (for those locations with EA/ES). Otherwise you are entitled to the class you reserved.
     
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    so what's the point having that status?
     
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    Off the top of my head, I think the point is that you pay one car class lower than the car class you reserve; but that benefit starts at full size and goes up. Reserving a mid-size wouldn't get you the benefit.[​IMG]
     
  5. I don't quite understand what the real benefit is of making Elite vs. Executive. A little bit faster earn and the sold-out guarantee seem to be it. Not worth the effort compared to strategicially bidding for Premium and Luxury cars on priceline, or shopping weekend promo rates to leverage FF bonuses.
     
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    I don't mean to be contradictory but... according to {quote below}, you do reserve a full size but always get the mid-size rate or if you reserve whatever you want, you always pay one class less. That has also been my experience when putting it to practice. Reserve an SUV, pay the full (or is it premium) rate, or reserve a full size and take whatever you see from the aisle (at the mid-size price).

    My last rental was reserved as mid-size, and I took an SUV.
    I also wrote prior to my first rental at this status level and asked if I just reserved an SUV what would I pay? Answer: I would pay for Premium (or may have been Luxury), at any rate it was $70 a day less.

     
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    I always reserve a mid size and pick from the Executive aisle. Same benefits for both levels.
     
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    Me too - I just did it last night in Miami. I'm currently rocking a Ford Edge Limited SUV (which is a surprisingly nice car!! Has nav, Sirius radio, etc). Way to go Exec status :)

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    Haha! I sorta knew I would not win on this one even before I responded[​IMG]. Smarter minds than mine have stumbled trying to explain the Emerald Club.[​IMG]
    I'd try again but it's sorta like the proverbial blind men describing the elephant. Several of the salient points have already been covered in the posts to this thread.[​IMG] Keep calm and carry on.[​IMG]
     
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  10. I used to be EEE - I found that I got some very nice upgrades at smaller stations. MHT and SDF were pretty much "whaddaya want to drive?" if the station manager was there and I had a fullsize rental.
     
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    I think it depends on how you travel. At this point, greater than 90% of my travel is business. They have negotiated good rates and bennies, want us to use them, and they are paying the bills....so it doesn't really make a lot of sense to spend the time bidding on priceline. (and of course most weekends don't come into play) I like National because I can pick the car that best matches the trip.....and most often, the better/newer/lower mileage cars are found in the Elite aisles.
     
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  12. I have been EEE for years and the rental is always a midsize price and choose any for the aisle, which depends on inventory. It is never a midsize car. Worst case is the ever present Impala, but Richmond gave me a Maxima and Lucerne as they were there. JAX during Daytona was very limited but they had a Toyota Venza which was nice. I prefer Chargers with low miles and therefore satellite radio. Places like CLT or ORD, I can go from car to car.
    Only thing I don't get is that free days don't pile up very quickly, but the point is choice of a larger car while paying less.
     
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    Meh... I've had EEE since they initiated that status level and I've never noticed anything special other than the extra aisle (which lately seems to give me my choice of color on my Impala). And on our corporate agreement, mid-size and full-size rent for exactly the same rental rate.
     
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    That's technically the rule. On some larger lots actual practice is rather different, and they never question an Executive Elite driving out in a premium class car that didn't come off the Executive Aisle. Luxury class cars, which never have the keys in them, are an entirely different story.
     
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    The only times I've driven a car at the level I reserved was when I wanted to drive a smaller car. I almost always find something at a higher class in the Executive aisle. Even when I reserved a "small" 4x4 SUV, I got a large Ford SUV (Explorer or Expedition).

    There was one night I arrived at LAX and found no cars in the Executive OR Emerald aisles. I was immediately given a Mercedes for the week, no waiting, no problem. A higher level of service.

    The other benefit I've used once or twice was having a car delivered to a GA airport for the times I went privately.
     
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  16. Sweet Willie
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    exactly.
    that would seem to be your situation. Most of my rentals are on weekends and I've found that the bene's of being an EEE or EE was well worth the slight extra cost compared to PL. YMMV.
     
  17. Sam Axe
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    EE = redeem free days up to full-size.
    EEE = redeem free days for any luxury, crossover, SUV, or convertible category you can find on the web site, and probably a couple you can't.

    Huge difference for me, as I like renting the GMC Acadia/Buick Enclave crossover or the Jeep Grand Cherokees for long driving vacations.
     
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    really? wow, I never knew.[​IMG]
     
  19. Sam Axe
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    This proves that you don't listen to me when we're at dinner together.... :p
     
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    Is that still the case post-3/10 (new Ts and Cs took effect...)

    As of now website says what you say. PDF of old rules doesn't specify, and PDF of new rules says "up to luxury". It'd be a shame if the flexibility beyond luxury is being taken away.
     
  21. Sam Axe
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    I didn't realize there were new T&Cs... I just did a test booking for this summer at a large location (ATL) and the behavior hadn't changed - the magic "coupon will be applied" showed up for all the car classes up to and including a 15 passenger van. I pressed on for a premium crossover, and it applied the free days against the silly $285/day rate (the luxury rate was $99/day) with no problem.
     
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    Hopefully it continues that way, particularly for newly-minted rental credits. I'm only EE now, but may be EEE by year end. If the "pick a car, any car" status quo is maintained then I'll do what's necessary to get there as that adds a ton of value for personal travel.
     
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    can I blame it on the wine not the guest??????
     
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    The private airport delivery benefit might be worth having EEE. When my dad flies his small plane, he usually lands at municipal airports and needs a way to get into town. National promises to deliver a car to a private airport within 50 miles of one of their rental offices if you're EEE.
     
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