If you’re a Hilton Honors Diamond member, you can match your status to National Car Rental’s Emerald Club Executive Elite (their top status tier). Here’s the full rundown on matching, the benefits and the T&Cs.
Who Are National Car Rental?
National Car Rental is a multinational rental car company which was founded in the US state of Missouri in 1947. The company is owned by Enterprise Holdings, who also own Enterprise and Alamo.
With over 1500+ worldwide rental locations, across 6 continents, their worldwide locations include the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Australia.
In the USA, they offer 24 car classes, not including Trucks, SUVs and Vans. From Economy, through Midsize cars, Fullsize cars, Premium cars, Hybrid, Electric and Luxury cars.
Matching Hilton Diamond To Emerald Club Executive Elite
If you haven’t already, make sure you’ve joined National Emerald Club. You’ll need information from your Driver’s license and you will need to add a method of payment. National Emerald Club is free to join but they require that you add a payment method when you sign up, this is quite standard with a lot of car rental companies.
Next, choose a Rewards Preference. You can choose to earn National Emerald Club Rental Credits (which are more useful with the top tier status you’ll be matching to) or points with other partners (eg. Hilton, American Airlines, Best Western, Delta etc.).
Once signed up, take a note of your Emerald Club membership number. That’ll be required when you complete the match.
Now, head to your Hilton Honors account and take a screenshot of your Hilton Diamond status. You’ll use this to complete the match as well. Make sure you can see your name and Diamond status in the image.
Before you do the match, bear in mind that this, like some status matches, is a one-and-done deal. You’ll be granted a match until February the 28th of the second calendar year following a match. But after that, you’ll need to meet their standard qualification criteria (so you can only match on one occasion, you can’t keep rematching).
If you’ve decided you’re going to match, head to National’s dedicated status match page. Here, they specifically mention matching to 'Hilton Honors’. Enter your First Name, Last Name, Emerald Club Number and Email Address (the same one you use to sign in to Emerald Club). Then upload the screenshot of your Hilton Diamond status.
There have been mixed reports about the time to matching. In one case it took less than a day, in another it took up to seven business days. But most seem to match pretty quickly, within a business day or two.
The Benefits of National Emerald Club Executive Elite
Since Hilton Diamond matches you to Emerald Club’s top tier, Executive Elite, you’ll get all of the benefits they offer.
There are 3 status tiers. I’ve shown their normal requirements here. Club (0 rentals/0 rental days), Executive (12 rentals/40 rental days) and Executive Elite (25 rentals/85 rental days).
After matching your Hilton Diamond Status to National Emerald Club Executive Elite, you’ll benefit from:
Fastest Free Rental Days - Exchange 5 Rental Credits For 1 Free Rental Day (Executive Elite Only)
Private Airport Delivery - Private airports within 50 miles in US and Canada (Executive Elite Only)
Guaranteed Vehicle - Within 24 hours notice when you reserve at the Midsize rate in US and Canada (Executive Elite Only)
Executive Area Access - Choose an Executive Area car and only pay the midsize rate in US/Canada only (Executive & Up)
Guaranteed Upgrade - Free with a Midsize Rate in US and Canada (Executive & Up)
Special Premier Selection Pricing - Exclusive pricing when you upgrade to Premier Selection in US and Canada (Executive & Up)
Free Rental Days or Partner Rewards - Eg. Hilton Honors Points (Emerald Club & Up)
Priority Service - Applies in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean (Emerald Club & Up)
Free Rental Days with Enterprise (Emerald Club & Up)
Drop & Go - Drop off your car and and go, with emailed receipts (Emerald Club & Up)
No 2nd Driver Fees
European Upgrade - Free car class upgrade in UK/Ireland/France/Spain/Germany subject to availability (Emerald Club & Up)
I have Hilton Gold status, Can I Match To Emerald Club Executive Elite?
Yes, both Gold and Diamond Hilton Honors members can match to National’s top tier Executive Elite status.
There are country-specific websites. Do I get the same login info/status level for each one?
Yes, you do. You’ll use the same login, you’ll have the same status match and you’ll use the same National Car membership number.
If you obtained value from this article, please consider making your next booking with our Hilton or National affiliate links. This comes at no extra cost to you and helps support our work, so we can keep researching and publishing more articles like this.