*Editorial Note: This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuer. Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and may not have been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. This site may be compensated through a credit card issuer partnership.
This article was last updated Dec 31, 2010, but some terms and conditions may have changed or are no longer available. For the most accurate and up to date information please consult the terms and conditions found on the issuer website.
American Express has added a new benefit to The Platinum Card® from American Express– free ‘Executive’ level elite status from National car rental. Typically, earning this status requires renting from National at least 12 times per year, so the feature has real value.
If you already have The Platinum Card® from American Express, follow this link to enroll in the Executive program at americanexpress.com/platinumcarrental. Just login to your account, and select ‘National.’
What does ‘Executive’ status offer you?
Upgraded cars at the mid size rate
National lets you choose the car of your choice from special aisles of cars for a mid size rate — even if it is an upgraded vehicle. You bypass the counter and choose any car from one of two sections — ‘Emerald Aisle’ for base members which features mid and full sized cars — and the upgraded ‘Executive Selection’ reserved Executive members which features full sized, premium, SUV, and occasional luxury vehicles.
Learn more about how it works here: http://www.emeraldaisle.com/
As a Platinum card member you’ll have access to the special Executive Selection and be able to rent upgraded vehicles for a mid size rate. National is unique in that you’re not assigned to a specific stall number to pick up your car. You just show up at the designated aisle and pick the car of your choice. See the link below for discussions about the kinds of cars you may find on the lot…
One car class discount on reserved rentals
If you don’t want to use the ‘Executive Selection’ you can guarantee a car class of your choosing — full, mid size, luxury, premium, etc — but as an Executive member you’ll pay a rate one car class lower than what you reserve. So you can get a premium vehicle for a full size rate every time.