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Discussion in 'National | Emerald Club' started by tommy777, Dec 12, 2011.
DFW: Chrysler 300
MIA: Avalon...saw a few convertibles in the Executive Aisle
not too many choices earlier this afternoon around 3 pm at JFK but took a Toyota Avalon with just under 1200 miles on it from the Executive aisle.
Has anyone seen any hybrids in PHX lately?
Anyone have any experiences to share for the KOA location? I'll be there next week. Booked into a full-size but really hoping for something bigger if possible. Any experiences would be enlightening.
last week - YYZ Terminal 3 - 8PM arrival, only 2 Nissan Ultima's in the exec elite isle
Picked up a Kia Santa Fe today at KOA. Nice people great quick service.
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DFW: paid $40 upcharge for the BMW 3 series, with built in GPS.
Took jeep liberty
Options of traverse, liberty, and a couple fcars
Emerald Executive aisle at BOS. No SUVs were available so I asked if I could get one. It took 20 minutes until a Buick Lucerne showed up. I had a car seat reservation and it was not in the car. They apologized and in less than 3 minutes they brought me a brand new Chevrolet Tahoe with 5 miles on it and asked if that would be OK since the car seat was inside for me to install. I accepted and the manager came to me with his business card on hand and wrote and signed on the back that he was taking care of the gas for the car since I was so patient. Great way to make a loyal customer happy.
At LAX today
Exec = Lots of Buicks, Taurus, Maximas, 300 & 2 full rows of SUV. 2 Camaros
Emerald = Lots of sebrings, 200s altimas.
Me? I got a white Genesis with 12miles on the ODO.
FLL Sept 1st. 3(!!) cars in both aisles because of labor day. A Passat and two Malibus. Waited 5 minutes while the manager found a new black Taurus Ltd with 87 miles on it.
What's weird is that they had a Prius/BMW/Camaro that they called best in class and wanted an upcharge. I mean really? A Genesis is cheaper than a Prius?
It's a Hyundai
SAN Friday Aug 17th. Plenty of cars, couple of Camaros, Tahoes and 300s. Asked the manager if I could take an Infiniti, no problem, got a G37, no up charge
I'm wondering what I might be able to get at CVG around NYE this year. I saw one earlier post, but not much mentioned. With holidays around that time, I'm assuming a) it might be cheaper and b) the car selection would be better with less traffic of customers, but I'm unsure. Anyone rented from CVG recently that can advise on the selection?
I'm arriving SFO tomorrow and from reading this thread, dreading my Executive Elite selection. I could have got a Camry with Fox for $60 but splurged and am paying $119 (3 day rental) so I could get something fun to drive
Ended up w a Chrysler 300 w excellent Bluetooth
Yet at FLL, they had to track down an Infiniti--even though I had reserved a Luxury vehicle.
But, in BWI my choice was either a Maxima, Altima, Camry, or Rav 4. I ended up with a Maxima
DCA last week. 6 mini vans and two Malibuuuus in the Executive aisle. Expressed my feelings about the lousy selection and was able to take a GMc Terrain from Enterprise next door. Cars are absolutely filthy at that location, though
One, Two, Free
Pick up my weekend midsize @ ATL about 9 last night. Because I am Executive, I could chose from the Emerald Aisle as well as that "non-emerald" aisle. There were no economy or compact at all, anywhere. There was only one lone Corolla on the "non-emerald" aisle, but upon inspection the front bumper did not look quite right. I finally settled for a Passat with 20,000; lightly scratched and not properly washed.
I probably could have done better for myself by just reserving Executive(although nothing over there caught my eye as a standout); as Executive cars tend to be lower mileage.
PS. -- didn't particularly enjoy this car, but was pleasantly surprised to find that I got 24 mpg around town.
I was told in FLL that it doesn't matter if you booked under "Executive Selection" or "Emerald Reserve"
I can certainly understand how at smaller locations that can seem true.
I maybe wrong, but it seems to me that in the past One, Two, Free allowed you to book compact. This year One,Two,Free requires a minimum of a mid-size rental. The "upside"of that is that by booking mid-size I can pick from the Emerald Aisle, too. But in the past I could save some bucks on One, Two,Free by booking a compact on Emerald Reserve.
I don't rent SUVs. Sometimes an Emerald Club member will want a Premium, but book Executive selection. That doesn't assure that you will find a Premium car in the Executive Aisle when you get there. So in theory you are SOL. (in reality, the good people at National will find you an appropriate car; but most likely at an upcharge).
All sizes SUVs tend to be popular @ATL. There have been times when there seemed like an oversupply of big SUVs on the Executive selection; but this time there were zero. Because you can never really know what might be on that Executive Selection Aisle, there are times when an Emerald Reserve is a better choice.
Good times. Watch those free days build up, baby!
SAN Friday 21st. Weaseled my way in to a BMW 3 series, which will be replacing all Infiniti G37s system wide. They had quite a few of them. Just as fast as the Infiniti and much better fuel economu
Good for you, tommy777. (you are so special)
Back before Enterprise entered the picture, that practice used to be normal with Alamo/National @ATL. Nowadays, it's tough to find a compact or economy at National (they are all at the other end of the garage with Alamo). The next time I have an Emerald Reserve for a compact or economy that National can't fullfill, I'm going to ask them to get me a car from Alamo or Enterprise.
I also saw them do a swap in FLL, so it's definitely doable.
CMH, end of July: Chevy Captiva
CVG, end of August: Jeep Liberty*
BDL, middle of September: Jeep Liberty
*Perhaps noteworthy since it was a Tuesday morning and there were only three cars in the Executive Section (and perhaps a dozen in the Aisle overall), yet one of those was a Liberty.