National Car Rental Free Rental Day Promotion + $100 Gas Card Contest

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National Car Rental just announced their “1,2 Free” promotion, where Emerald Club members earn a free rental certificate for every two qualifying rentals between August 22 and January 31, 2012. You MUST register for this promotion prior to making any reservations – reservations made previously will not count unless cancelled and re-booked. A qualifying rental consists of a paid rental of a Midsize or larger vehicle at participating National Car Rental locations in the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, for a period of two or more consecutive days. To register for this promotion click here. If you are not currently a National Car Rental Emerald Club member, you will need to first join the program (which is free) and you will automatically be entered into the promotion.

Free rental day certificates will be emailed to the email address provided at the time of reservation starting September 2 and will occur within 1-2 weeks after the second qualifying rental. Additionally, free rental days are non-transferable. Free rental day certificates can be redeemed between September 2, 2011 and June 25, 2012 for a compact through fullsize car. Additionally, reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. And to top off the restrictions, no more than three free rental days can be redeemed at a time. So, if you are planning on a week long rental, you must make separate reservations for every three-day increment, which will also include returning the car and picking up a new one (unless the location will do it for you over the phone). To redeem a Free Rental Day, visit

National Car Rental has also added a referral component to this promotion. You are able to refer your friends and if they sign up for the Emerald Club program (which is free) per your referral email to them and have a qualifying rental by January 31, 2012, you will receive a free rental day (maximum of 10 free rental days).

National Car Rental will also match your Avis and Hertz status (click here to request a status match):

Now to kick off this promotion, National Car Rental approached me with an opportunity to have a contest amongst my readers to win a $100 gas gift card. To qualify for this contest you must comment on THIS post letting me know where you hope to use your free rental days (just assume you will get at least one!) and the gas card to go along it. I personally have a vacation planned to New Orleans and California in the coming months where I would love to use my free rental days and this gift card (although I do not qualify to win!).


  • You will get one entry for making an eligible comment (must include a real email address and cannot be spam) on this post between now and Wednesday August 31, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.
  • You can get one additional entry by “liking” the Deals We Like Facebook page, for a total of two entries.
  • All family members of Deals We Like are excluded (sorry!)
  • All comments and Facebook “likes” will be given a random number and I will use to select a number and thus a winner to the contest.

Enjoy and gooduck!!

Full Disclosure: I do not receive anything from National Car Rental to run this promotion or contest. Only the one contest winner will receive a $100 gas gift card.

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  1. Not very exciting, but I typically use my free days for midweek leisure trips to business-heavy destinations where car rental rates can be quite high. MSP is a place I frequent that is usually a good example of this. Boring, I know… 🙂

  2. I’m escaping the family for Thanksgiving – and going to sunny Palm Springs! I’ll likely use my free days to rent from LAX or LAS. Maybe a hand or two of Pai Gow too…

  3. My daughter is a college athlete and we fly to Charlotte several times during the season to watch her compete. Need a rental and gas!

  4. I have a three day trip to Jackonville coming up this fall. The free day and/or $100 gas card would come in real handy. Thanks

  5. I’m taking my wife and son on their first trip to Disney World next spring, unless our next child is here by then! If that’s the case, I’ll be going to crazytown by myself!

  6. We play on going away to a destination in the Carribean islands either this November or in March so would love to use both there!

  7. Using it to visit my family back in Chicago as I am getting transferred to Toronto while my family will be staying in Chicago for another 12 months (employer is not going to pay for trips back to family).

  8. Hawaii (on frequent flier miles, of course..)! (and the gas card would be great for Hawaii too – I’ve heard I am going to go into shock filling up the rental car at the pump there!) Every bit helps…

  9. We have a planned vacation in Honolulu, HI during Thanksgiving. As you know car rentals are skyhigh in HNL and i am looking to use the free rental days from National to cruise around in Tropical Hawaii. As a National Executive Elite im hoping to score a cool car.

  10. I’d love to use them on my honeymoon to Maui with my new husband! We haven’t been there yet and are really excited about planning this trip. This would definitely help!

  11. Going to BWI for my college roommate’s son’s wedding. Need a good car! Glad I can go, but it is Hard to believe we got this old!

  12. I am just talking to my boss (wife:)) for the Thanksgiving 2011 vacation — to Sedona AZ.

    However, it is so expensive to rent any cars in Phoenix airport which we are in the debating mode.

    The free gas card & car rentals will definitely help…

    Thanks for this invitation.

  13. Sedona, AZ during Thanksgiving 2011.

    The free rental & gas card wil help to reduce the impact for the high rental car price in Phoenix.

  14. I”d use them for a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. I love National Car Rental – being able to pick your own car is an amazing benefit.

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