When we vacation to Florida we always rely on National Car Rental for our rental needs. We've used National exclusively for the last 15 years or so as we are very pleased with their service, their rates, and especially the cleanliness of their rental fleet. In January we rented a standard SUV for approximately $350.00 for a full week using discounts and perks.
If you decide to use National Car Rental be sure to sign up online for their free Emerald Club. This is National's frequent renter program. The more you use it, the more benefits you can choose from such as free car rental days, free car upgrades, airline miles and hotel points.
The greatest feature and the one we use it for the most is the ability to bypass all rental counters and go directly to the designated section of the National lot for our car rental, whether it's a midsize or SUV we have rented for our trip. Forget waiting in line or hassling with paperwork. You need only to find your designated Emerald Club aisle and choose any car that is in that aisle. If there are upgraded cars included, it is yours to take and you only pay for what you originally leased. Most times we have been able to upgrade to a larger model and I can think of only one time where we got exactly what we had asked for. You can open the cars and check them out, make sure all your luggage will fit before deciding which car to take. When choosing our car in January we found a larger size SUV in our aisle and drove out with that.
National rental cars have always been immaculate, have a full tank of gas and we have never gotten a rental car with more than 1000 miles on it. A few times we had SUV's with less than 50 miles on the odometer! Another reason to use the Emerald Club is that their is no extra charge to have 2 drivers on the car if it is your spouse or an immediate family member. This makes it nice so that one person does not have to do all the driving.
With the Emerald Club when dropping off the car, you take it back to the National lot, leaving it in the drop off zone. If you have chosen an automatic e-receipt you don't have to wait for an agent to give you a receipt and their will be an emailed receipt waiting for you by the time you fly home.
Check online for all the Emerald Club Aisle locations throughout the United States. Whether you are traveling for leisure or business, National Emerald Club gets you out of the airport and on the way to your destination. Rates are very competitive with other leading car rental agencies and with your Emerald club perks and discounts we are usually way ahead of any other offers.
Update On Apr 22, 2010: We just rented a 5 door SUV for 9 days coming up in May, unlimited mileage, GPS and 2 drivers. The first week rate was $204.00, the extra two days $81.60, and with surcharges and tax the total came to $336.72 using National's Emerald Club.