Back in June I said that National Car Rental would bring back their 1-2-Free promotion.
And indeed they have.
You earn a free rental day for every two qualifying rentals (mid-size or larger for 2 days or longer) between now and the end of January — that’s more than a five month earning period. And of course it is on top of the usual credits earned.
Registration is required. And there are opportunities to earn points towards additional free days. Each qualifying rental earns 300 points, 600 points is a free rental day. Lots of small point activities, hard to earn the 300 points needed for a credit. I’ll get 50 points for connecting to Facebook. Add virtual credentials, downloading and making a reservation via the mobile app, and that only gets to 200 total points.
Referring a friend is as good as a single qualifying rental (300 points). That you can do pretty easily. Although to earn the points the friend must not just register but also make a qualifying rental. You can earn 3000 total points this way.
I don’t generally do week long rentals (200 points) or rent from neighborhood locations (200). I do not plan to rent in Mexico (300 points), add fuel service (250 points), or rent a GPS (250 points).
I also don’t generally reserve a specific premium car class (“Emerald Reserve Service” for 25 points). Although I did pick up my 25 points for visiting the ‘Drive Alliance’ website to learn about how National, Enterprise and Alamo are tied together.
Unfortunately, of course, the free rental days earned via the 1-2-Free promotion are good for a full size car at best, regardless of elite status. That’s fine of course, just not as generous as the free rental days earned normally — Executive Elite members can reserve premium cars on those free days.