The best rental car promotion is back. National Car Rental offers ‘1-2-Free’ each year and 2015’s starts tomorrow.
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, so I won’t pick up an extra rental credit there.
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, 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’m not going to rent in Europe (300 points) or the Caribbean (300 points). I don’t generally reserve a specific premium car class (“Emerald Reserve Service” for 25 points). Although there are easy ones like 25 points for visiting the ‘Drive Alliance’ site to learn about how National, Enterprise and Alamo are tied together. But 25 points doesn’t go very far.
I haven’t been able to register yet — the website just errors out for me, though I’m sure they’ll get that fixed — though apparently it is possible to register.
Perhaps you just need to be persistent.. or do what I will do, which is wait. And then I’ll earn, since I do tend to rent from National for their Emerald aisle.
Worth noting that free rental days earned via the 1-2-Free promotion are good for a full size car at best, regardless of elite status. Normally Executive Elite members can reserve premium cars on free days.