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How to Get Top Tier National Executive Elite Status For Free – and One Free Rental Day

Written by Charlie

For a limited time, you can get the top tier National Executive Elite status for free! Not only that, but you can get 1 free rental day after one rental!

This offer has popped up every year or so and MilesTalk has pointed out that it is back again! While rental car status may not be as valuable to some as airline status, there is a lot that having top tier status can do for you! Here is what you need to do.

I have had various car rental statuses over time, many of them as perks of a credit card. However, one of my all-time favorite car rental status levels has been the National Executive Elite status. This is the top level from National and normally requires 25 rentals or 85 rental days to receive yet here is how you can get National Executive Elite status – for free!

How to Get Free National Executive Elite Status – Top Tier Car Rental Status

Read: The Best Car Rental Promo Is Back!

Link: Free National Executive Elite Status

To start, click the link above and you will fill out the form. Once you do that, you will be enrolled for National Executive Elite status for now until February of 2021.  That is it!

Here are the details about this promotion (which is offered by American Express):

  • Enroll in National’s Emerald Club® by clicking the Executive Elite Enrollment button below, between 12/16/19 – 02/29/20, and automatically advance to Emerald Club Executive Elite status.
  • Your automatic upgrade to Executive Elite status means access to the following benefits:
    • Reserve a mid-size to get access to Emerald Aisle.
    • Guaranteed upgrades: reserve and pay for a mid-size, drive away in a vehicle in a higher class
    • To maintain Executive Elite status, member must meet the standard qualifications of 25 or more rentals or 85 or more rental days during the full calendar year 2020.
  • You also get:
    • Faster rentals by bypassing the counter.
    • To choose your own car. Don’t waste time looking for your assigned car.
    • Faster returns with Drop & Go. With e-receipts, there is no need to wait for an agent to give you a receipt.
    • No second-driver fees
    • Reward choices. Select from Free Rental Days**, frequent-flyer miles or hotel rewards.
    • Special offers. Receive members-only discounts and offers through our periodic emails.                                                                                                 **Free Rental Day covers base rate (Time and Mileage) only.

I have absolutely loved having National Executive Elite status. It has given me some fantastic car rentals (since you get to select the car from a different aisle than Executive members) as well as getting some very good customer service that has been the best I have ever had from a car rental company.

Plus, Get a Free Rental Day!

To make it even better, if you rent and pay with an Amex cardbefore February 29, 2020, you will receive 5 credits. As an Executive Elite member, that is enough for a free rental car day. That free rental expires by the end of the year.

From the website: “After enrolling, pay for your first rental with any American Express® Card and earn five Emerald Club Credits toward a future rental day. Rental day offer is valid at participating worldwide locations.”

One extra thought – cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with primary car rental insurance but American Express cards only provide secondary coverage. If you do want to use an Amex card for this and want the primary, it will cost you $20 per rental (up to 21 days). You need to enroll in this coverage and it will kick in every time you have a rental charge on that card.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • I think this may have ended early. I am getting a message that says the special offer is no longer available.

      • Thanks for letting me know and glad it worked! I wonder – were you signed-in to a different account before you had tried it the first time?

        • I am wondering if it was a temporary glitch. Now when I click on your link it is working fine without being in incognito mode. More likely it was an error on my end. Either way thanks for the tip. I am starting a new job that will require a bit of travel so this is really helpful.

          • As long as we’re on the topic of car rental. Do you still prefer National over Hertz? Also, do you always choose car rental credit vs frequent flyer miles? Thanks really enjoy your blog.