Intro to National Exec

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  1. guberif

    guberif Silver Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I've recently gotten Emerald Club Executive (via the MP Premium Membership). I've never really rented with them before this, but am going to throw some rentals their way.

    I'm struggling with trying to understand their process and pricing fully and thought you could help. I know that if you rent midsize, you get your choice from the Exec section. For comparison, though, I was looking at making a booking in DEN next week for 3 days, and a midsize car was 50% more expensive than a standard SUV, for example, which seems counter-intuitive. Is this the "price you pay" for using the Exec aisle?

    Thanks for the help...
     
  2. edekba

    edekba Gold Member

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    What days next week?
     
  3. guberif

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    Was looking at Tues-Fri
     
  4. Mike Reed

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    I love National and you have the terms correct. Unfortunately, I *often* find them to be significantly higher than their competitors like Thrifty, who offers a similar program for free.
     
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    Looks like maybe they just don't hve a lot of midsize cards ... I looked at the weekend and mid-size was significantly cheaper.

    I guess its YMMV.
     
  6. guberif

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    So, if I booked the standard SUV, would I still be able to pick from the Exec Aisle? I guess I'm still confused.
     
  7. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed Gold Member

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    I'd just book the cheapest rate above midsize. What vehicle are you actually wanting? I'd love to book a midsize to get an SUV... so booking an SUV if you want one and it's cheaper may be the best route.
     
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    If you book an SUV you have the pick of the lot in terms of SUVs. Probably no problem taking from exec aisle either, but Mike would have more to say on that.
     
  9. VeryGoodPoints

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    As long as you book a mid-sized car or better, you can choose any car on the executive aisle. I often find the rates for SUVs lower than the mid-sized rate in cities where gas is more expensive.

    You can also look to book in AAA or a corporate site that might offer discounted rates. You can also find discount codes through most airlines (sometimes they help, sometimes they don't) or through hotels.
     
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    iolaire Gold Member

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    Question, do bookings on third party sites grant the executive status privileges?

    I’m planning on using my Citibank points to make a booking and hope to still have access to the executive aisle (if not I’d get a small car from another firm).

    Also re “midsized”, Citibank only shows Intermediate and Full Sized cars, is an Intermediate smaller than a “midsized”? I can reserve a Full Sized car but don’t really need the space.
     
  11. edekba

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    It should count & grant you status prividlges. Just show your Card when you exit.

    There is no Intermediate. What's the car model that have as an example? That should help you figure out what class it really is
     
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    iolaire Gold Member

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    I’d want the smallest car that gives me a choice of cars
    Compact Car = VERSA 4DR 1.8S OR SIMILAR, 5,236 Points Avg. per day
    Intermediate Car = COROLLA 4DR S OR SIMILAR, 5,593 Points Avg. per day
    Fullsize Car = IMPALA LT OR SIMILAR, 5,831 Points Avg. per day

    I believe, this clearly is not mid-sized:
    Economy Car = SPARK LT 4DR HATCHBACK OR SIMILAR, 4,760 Points Avg. per day

    (Honestly the point difference is very minor, maybe $6 worth of points Thank You points per day).
     
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  13. edekba

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    Midsize


    2 or 4-Door/Automatic/Air
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    Toyota Corolla
     
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  14. edekba

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    Guess Intermediate then ...
     
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