Rent a car for someone else

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  1. Casey Friday
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    I'm planning a day trip with the cheap JetBlue fares, and I want to rent a cheap car for the day. My father-in-law has 5 free days with Emerald Club, and he'll likely never use them on his own. Is it possible for him to reserve the car for me with this points, and I pick it up and rent it? I'm thinking a transfer of points would take too long, and I need the points in a little over a week.

    Ideas?
     
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    Does your FiL have National rental credits or 123 Free promo codes?

    Not 100% positive but iirc, credits can't be transferred.

    OTOH, 123 Free codes (max 3 per rental) can be used by you ...just enter the code in your ressie.
     
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    Your best bet may be to call the actual rental station and explain this to them. I don't see why this would be an issue, but better to check ahead vs. a $90 a day car rental bill.
     
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    He has 5 days in rental credits, not 123 promo codes.

    I'll give the rental station a call later today. Thanks for the tips!
     
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    what did you find out?

    Like bk3day, I believe only 123 codes can be provided for someone else to use, free days from so many rentals can not be used by someone else.
     
  6. Casey Friday
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    My FIL called National, and they said they couldn't transfer points OR have him do a rental in my name. Said I'd need to use the same credit card the rental is booked with, which is weird, because when I rent with Budget I NEVER use the card I booked with, and they never have a problem.

    I ended up renting a red, convertible Camaro SS. It was flippin' awesome. I wrote a piece about the trip, and it includes a picture of the car:
    http://caseyfriday.com/2011/11/california-dreamin/
     
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