(EXPIRED) Update 1/20: Get National Executive Elite status through Feb 2022 (YMMV) w/ Amex

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Update 1/2/20: This deal is back again for all American Express cardholders. It is well worth doing this now and potentially matching to Hertz President’s Circle (though I personally prefer renting through National). Note two awesome things about this deal: First, while the landing page suggests that status would be active until February of 2021, some people are reporting that their National accounts are showing Executive Elite status valid through February 28, 2022. That’s awesome and it worked for a family member:

A family member just completed this enrollment on 1/2/20 and status shows an expiration of 2/28/22.

Second, the terms indicate that after completing your first rental paid for with an Amex card, you’ll get 5 free rental credits. As an Executive Elite member, that’s enough for a free day. What I love about those free days is that they are valid until December 31st of the year after you earn them and are valid on most car classes (more classes than the one two free promo). I just recently used one to save a bundle on a one-way minivan rental to haul Christmas presents home from visiting relatives. If you have an Amex card and rent cars, I’d definitely recommend this deal. Unfortunately, I can’t get this promo to work on an account that already has Executive Elite status. When I try, it tells me that the account is already enrolled in this promo (since we previously did it in January 2019 and that status is valid until February 2021). Oddly, we had one account in the family that I don’t think previously had the Executive Elite status and it did let me enroll, but gave a Feb 2021 expiration date. I’m not sure why that happened to me while most people are reporting the 2022 expiration. YMMV.

Update 1/19: A reader reports registering now (in January 2019) and receiving Executive Elite status through February 2021 (H/T: Happy). I think that is likely accurate. My wife just did this. She previously had National Executive status courtesy of her Business Platinum card.

She then did this match and her status immediately updated to Executive Elite. While it no longer shows the expiration date, it says that the membership is valid for the remainder of the year in which you qualify plus 14 months, so I expect this to be valid through the end of February 2021. Read more detail in the original post below this screen shot.

National is offering free Executive Elite status to American Express card members. That’s the level above the Executive status that comes as a benefit of the Platinum Card (and Business Platinum card), so this is a pretty awesome upgrade. Furthermore, if you rent one time and pay with your Amex, you’ll earn 5 rental credits — enough for 1 free day. With Executive Elite status, that’s a great deal, too.

The Deal

  • Get National Executive Elite status, either enrolling as a new member or upgrading your existing membership
  • Direct link to enroll / upgrade (click the button that says “Executive Elite Enrollment” and you’ll have the option to sign up or sign in)

Key Terms

  • Offer valid for new members only enrolled via this promotion between 9/16/18-1/31/19 12/16/19-2/29/20.
  • Get five Emerald Club Credits you can use toward a future rental day after you enroll in the Emerald Club at nationalcar.com/offer/amexee between 12/16/19-2/29/20, rent one time from National and pay with any American Express Card.
  • Rental day offer is valid at participating National Car Rental locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Latin America, Caribbean, and in Europe, for National Car Rental brand reservations serviced by Enterprise. The five Emerald Club Credits you can use for a rental day are applicable toward the base rate but do not include taxes, government charges, surcharges, concession recoupment fees, fuel and other optional items, which are the responsibility of the renter.
  • Emerald Club points will be credited 24-72 hours after a paid rental.
  • For Executive Elite members, the rental can be used for any available car class, excluding trucks.
  • The rental day expires 12/31 of the calendar year following the year in which the credits were earned.
  • Executive Elite status is valid through 2/28/21 (though some have reported status valid through February 2022). (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 2019).
  • See promotion page for full terms

Quick Thoughts

This is a quick, easy, and awesome upgrade. I love National Executive status since it enables you to rent a mid-size vehicle and then choose from the Executive Aisle when you arrive. I’ve even had locations ask me what I’d like and find it on the lot for me when it isn’t in the Executive Aisle. When traveling with family, this has come in handy more than once — I’ve been able to rent a mid-size and reliably get an SUV on arrival.

Executive Elite status gives you access to an even better aisle in some locations, and on free days you can reserve any available car class, excluding trucks. That’s great since the promo also offers enough credits for 1 free rental day after you book a rental and pay for it with an American Express. Remember that you’ll be sacrificing Primary CDW coverage that you could get when paying with other cards (or you’ll need to opt in to CDW coverage through Amex that you’ll need to pay for). That said, the free rental day, especially if you were to use it for a more expensive car class, could certainly be worth it.

Greg just went ahead and did this upgrade. He had National Executive status courtesy of a Platinum card:

But with this promo, he was able to upgrade that status to Executive Elite.

Even if you’re not sure you’d use it, this is worth signing up for since it is valid for all of 2019 and up to the end of February 2020. You never know when it may come in handy. Furthermore, you can likely leverage it into elite status with other companies thanks to a status match. See StatusMatcher.com for options. Dan’s Deals notes that you can match to Hertz by emailing a picture of your National status to hertzstatusmatch@hertz.com.

H/T: Dan’s Deals

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This is only valid for new enrollments not on already enrolled members as listed in the terms.


I did this promo in January and my status was showing as good through 2/28/22 but I just got an email stating that I qualified for “membership status”. Sure enough when checked the app I had been moved to just emerald club status so basically none. The contract ID is still showing Amex EE but apparently the status was only until the end of this February. I dont rent cars from national often so not that big of a deal but still irritating.


I am currently EE by earning it (for many years running). I tried to sign up, as this past year I didn’t earn enough to maintain EE and will drop down. It went through the whole process others have described, but said my status ends 2/28/2020. I am wondering, however, since my status ends 2/28/2020 and the promo sign up date ends 2/29/2020, if leap year might be my friend and make it so that my status will expire and I can then sign up again, the next day, and get it for another year, or hopefully 2. I guess I will be giving it a shot, as I really don’t want to lose my status. I will be making many more trips this year where a car is rented and the benefits are very useful for me and how I travel.

Tracie Fowler

My husband and I were hoping the same thing but the enrollment link appears to have expired today. 🙁


When I signed up, I only got the status thru 2/28/20. I tried again today (2/29) to see if I could catch a loophole with the date but the link does not work anymore.


Ditto! Tried to upgrade last night before offer expired. First page or two looked good until I got to “Source Code has expired.” Sent email to National and got this reply today, “Tier status upgrades for American Express Platinum card holders….” Seems the National CSR team knows nothing about the EE upgrade for holding any Amex card.

[…] Get National Executive Elite status through Feb 2022 (YMMV) w/ Amex (Expires 2/29/20) […]


Just tried it. Says offer expired.



Tom F

Hi Nick, I was a regular executive level member set to expire in February 2020, but after enrolling under the American Express Promotion above I am executive elite until February 2022. My American Express account is a personal account and not a business account, and when I use National-rent a car I’m typically traveling for work so I have to use my Corporate card which is NOT an AMEX. Will I still be able to pick cars from the executive elite section although I’m paying with a Non-Amex?


Just signed up for this promo w/AMEX card and link above, but i only got Emerald Club? Did i do something wrong?

Outbound LGB

Still working, Status Expires Feb 28, 2022




Nick, I see this message when I click on the link to upgrade:

“Are you sure you want to update your profile with the AMEX EE Account Number?

Any existing Account Number will be removed from your profile and replaced with this new account. Also, remember to review your rental preferences as they may be affected by this change.”

I have a reservation coming up in a few weeks linked to my Emerald account, this will not cancel it, will it? Also, will it void my existing emerald points in my account? I assume not, but want to make sure it doesn’t screw up my account right before my reservation.


Hey Nick,
I also just got it to work through 2022, but wanted to clarify the requirements. My first rental must be on my Amex card, but what about subsequent rentals? I have several upcoming rentals and wanted to know if I could rent the first with Amex, but then switch back to my CSR card (better CDW) for the rest.

Finally, if I plan to use a Free Rental Day for my first rental, would paying the $3.30 facility fee, that is not covered by the Free Rental Day, count as my use of Amex?


So this will replace the contract you are currently enrolled under with the EE one. For example, I have a corporate contract that includes group rate plus included CDR, waivers, etc fror NC. If I do this then I lose that.

Captain Greg

Does anyone know if you have to get a midsize (or better) car to skip the counter, get faster returns with drop and go, and have no second driver fees? I almost always rent economy cars because they are cheaper and more fuel efficient.

Captain Greg

All good points. Maybe I need to try the midsize car executive elite experience and see if I feel it’s worth the minimal added cost. Traveling to Hawaii in May with my wife, thanks to your Turkish Miles and Smiles find, seems like a good time to “splurge.” Thanks again.


Nick, I am renting a mid-size SUV in 2 weeks at National LIH (cheaper than a mid size car through Autoslash) I will report what I find when I get there. I believe their website indicates you can skip the line there now and go straight to the executive aisle. I would love to get a BMW or Audi SUV, but will be happy with a Pathfinder, too.


Just got my status through February 2022. Thanks for this info!


Same here: Status Expires Feb 28, 2022


“in January 2019”
2019? I hope you mean 2020.

Steve Marshall

Thanks! Just signed up.


I just got Executive Elite thru Feb 28, 2022. Thanks for the tip.


Has anyone had an issue with this status being retracted? Just spent the last 30 mins on the phone with National as my Executive Elite status was downgraded to Emerald Club, based on a lower than required rentals in 2018 to renew. It even retroactively applied to reservations in January and December where I had vehicles from Elite aisle, which the agent could see and commented was strange.

Another agent at their Escalation Desk was reading almost an identical copy of the signup page linked above, except every mention of Executive Elite was only showing Executive on her side, and when she consulted with other employees, they had never seen an EE promotion–very, very strange.

Something to folks to look out for, so you don’t get blindsided by the same issue. Luckily I have my Sapphire Reserve benefits I can re-apply so I’m not SOL on my upcoming rental


The same exact thing happened to me. However, when I spoke with the agent yesterday he told me it would take 5 days to reinstate my account. He did mention that National reviews accounts in March and since I had no activity I was downgraded. Fortunately, he seemed to be familiar with this promotion. I told him that I had a rental the same day, but I was only able to select from the EA. When I got to the rental center I showed the desk agent my reservation on the app and was still able to select from the Executive side. Hopefully, this gets fixed soon for everyone dealing with this situation.


the terms are very clear at the bottom of the promo page:

“Offer valid for new members only enrolled via this promotion between 9/16/18-1/31/19.
Executive Elite status is valid through 2/28/20”

meaning, it doesnt matter if you signed up in 2018 or 2019. its the same AMEX EE promo and the expiration date doesnt go through 2021. who else sees this?

how can Happy verify they have status until 2021? maybe if we call the CSR?

[…] National Car Rental Executive status: Book midsize cars and select any car from the Executive Aisle for no extra charge.  This can be a really valuable perk.  Don’t pass this one up.  Click here to enroll.  NOTE: You can actually get a higher level status “Executive Elite” for free if you sign up for this special promotion by January 31 2019. […]


Wait so is this status dependent on 25 rentals or 85 days of rentals per year?

[…] Get National Executive Elite Status With The Right Cards:  Having recently used National to rent a car, I see the value in this status.  With your American Express card, you can get Executive Elite Status which gives you great perks.  If you rent a car often, you should consider signing up. […]

[…] Frequent Miler has reported that it’s now possible to get top-tier status with National just by registering through a link aimed at Amex cardholders and, having just gone through the sign-up process myself, I’m happy to confirm that it works and that it takes just a few minutes. […]


Reminder to everyone – you won’t get the 5 rental credits unless you were targeted for this promotion. The status will be kept, but no free day unless you signed up through email. Don’t bother with an Amex card unless that is what you regularly use for rentals.


Am I missing something? National’s rate is so high. I can go through Costco or Southwest to get the same class of car for a third of the price.

[…] Update 1/17/19: This now gives you status through February 2021. Still shows the old date on the landing page. Hat tip to Frequent Miler. […]


just matched, now showing:
EC Executive Elite

But there was nothing between the 2 lines of text above. In your screenshot, it shows 14 months etc…


I went through the link, and I’ve got The following:
EC Executive Elite
MasterCard (1234)
However, I didin’t have Amex added, or requested a status from Amex. I just added my WEMC (Citi Premier) earlier, when I created an account.
Where do you see the validity of your status? I can’t find that page.

Christopher Matz

I completed all the steps, enrolled in the program back in Sept and my profile even changed to “AMEX EE” and went ahead and rented. My receipt says AMEXEE on it. BUT I didn’t get any credit (let alone 5). I called National 2 weeks ago and no one seemed to know about the program, even though I gave them the URL to their own page describing it. Now 2 weeks later, still no credit. I called in again and same story, no one knows about it. However, if you click the links above you get a message now that the program is no longer available. At least this time I did get a ticket number from the agent which he said he would be sending to the loyalty department. I’ll give it another week and see what happens. As a side note, I’m not sure why National would cancel this program; it had to be generating money for them. The rates with this code were double the standard rates and almost triple other corporate rates I have access to.


Any update? Did they ever reply back ?


Just a quick tip for anyone wondering: I wasn’t sure if the first bullet under Key Terms (“Offer valid for new members only enrolled via this promotion between 9/16/18-1/31/19.”) meant you had to be signing up for Emerald Club for the first time. This was sort of already explained with the user screenshot submission, but you do not have to be a brand new member. I was lowest tier and just did it and am now EE. Thanks a bunch!

[…] Free National Executive Elite status for Amex cardholders + free day after 1 rental […]


I am going to Tampa for Christmas and rental prices seems to be very high. I am planning to rent a car for local used by spending around $50 and use the free rental day for another rental pickup in TPA and drop in JAX. Do you think it is a good idea with promotion


I just upgraded my existing account and it states i need 25 rentals or 85 days this year to maintain EC Executive Elite status. 🙁

[…] Free Top-Tier Status with National Car Rental for Amex Cardholders […]

Chris M

Great offer! Quick question, to take advantage of the 5 credits after one rental, would you need to use the AMEX EE contract or can I use my corporate contract and just pay with an amex card. Thanks!


My question too, no answer yet?


Any idea if Enterprise rentals will count as the rental? Terms say rent from National but Enterprise is part of Emerald Club as well…


i would doubt it. all promos through national exclude earning through enterprise, i.e. 1-2-free.


Similar question,

If I were to prepay a rental via autoslash with my AMEX for a rental before 1/31 would I be eligible for the additional free rental night? Or does it have to be booked through a particular link or contract?


I called national and they said that it is fine as long as I pay with amex.


nick or any folks, if booking a mid-size thru autoslash ( for lower rate), will it still be possible to have access to the emerald aisle at the counter on pick-up date? has this worked for anyone before? or we need to book directly with national? TIA

Greg The Frequent Miler

Yes. When booking with a 3rd party via a prepaid rate you can still pickup the car in the emerald aisle (or executive aisle in this case) and give them your National Club number when you exit. Sometimes autoslash offers post-paid rates where you can add your National Club number from the get-go.


thx Greg! this helps; will consider to pay for primary coverage with amex cc, or heard that some ppl went inside on drop-off date to change the payment to amex cc

ORD Flyer

I am currently Exec Elite but won’t requalify for 2019. I just filled out the submission, since I am already EE will it still renew me as EE until Feb 2020? There is no where to see/verify the expiration date that I can find.


I am also an EE and won’t be able to ‘maintain’ for 2019. I think our best play would be to apply for this offer the first week of JAN (assuming current EE status ends 1JAN19) and test the ‘upgrade current membership theory”. If that fails…then maybe canceling current account and then then apply for a new one will trigger this offer. It’s worth a try!


Anyone knows if Hertz status match is once per lifetime?
Also, is Hertz status match through end of the year or end of the following year?

[…] of Credit says that this requires a new National account to qualify. Frequent Miler says that it actually works upgrading an existing National account as […]


Thanks for the link. With using Uber so much lately, it is difficult to qualify for the EE status. However, it is so nice to have EE status when traveling with family!


Slightly OT: AMEX doesn’t offer CDW; one has to “opt in to CDW coverage through Amex that you’ll need to pay for.” Is it a good idea to opt-in for “just in case” since it doesn’t cost anything until one uses AMEX for car rental? The plan is to use a card with primary coverage but if said card is not present or doesn’t work, at least there is a backup.


So I just upgraded and it indicates “*Your membership is valid for the remainder of the year you qualify, plus 14 months.”. If you wait until January 2019 to upgrade, would you get until Feb. 2021 instead of Feb. 2020?


I can confirm signing up in January gives you status until 2/28/21.


Strangely, it told me I was getting it until 2022 when I re-up’d this week, but I just went back into my account and it now says I expire this year. So in the last couple of days, they unwound the entire change to my account (with no notice). Obviously an error on their part. So, whatever, National: “bye”.