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Old 03-03-2013, 10:32 PM   #31
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Generally the standard size is the same price as the midsize at National. However you will have to select a car from the standard aisle. You will not get the chance of getting a minivan or some other non standard size vehicle. If you choose midsize you can have your pick of whatever is on the midsize aisle which could include various types of vehicles.
The don't have a standard section at MCO at Alamo, National or Enterprise. You select from the full size area.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:34 PM   #32
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Thank you so much! I thought that was the case. I am going to change our reservation to a mid size. I really like the idea of possibly having the chance I'd scoring something fun to drive!
If you change your reservation to mid size, you will be able to select from anything on the EMERALD Aisle (not the Executive aisle), not the mid size aisle as was posted by another poster.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:41 PM   #33
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Another option would be to make a second reservation for a midsized car. That way, you could have your choice of any car in the midsized, standard, or emerald aisle section. I just joined emerald club (I should have joined sooner but didn't know about the free options). Prior to that I normally reserved a compact car and often times there are a mid sized or 2 in that row.

I remember one time in Tampa I went to the counter and they really were pushing an upgrade to a midsized car. I politely told them no, went out to pick up my car and the compact row was full of midsized cars.
Actually, you are limited to the Emerald aisle if you made your reservation via the Emerald Aisle log in for a midsize car. I am not sure who gave you that information, but, you were misinformed. One of the things that used to amaze me when I worked for National was the amount of misinformation the member had. In reality, the cars on the EA are lower mileage.
From the website:
Emerald Club membership: Choice. Speed. Privilege.
Welcome to The Emerald Club®, the industry's premier car-rental reward program - powered by speed and choice. As a member, you have access to our signature Emerald Aisle® experience, designed to get you on the road in seamless fashion. You also earn rich rewards along the way, including Free Rental Days, frequent-flyer miles or hotel rewards.

Membership in The Emerald Club means getting on the road in three easy steps:

1. RESERVE

Always reserve a Midsize car to begin your Aisle experience.

2. BYPASS THE COUNTER

Go straight to the Aisle - the keys are in the cars.

3. CHOOSE ANY CAR

Any size, color, make or model on the Aisle is yours at the reserved Midsize rate.
Want to see the Emerald Club in action? Take a spin in our virtual tour.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:55 PM   #34
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Silly question, but how does having two different reservations work?
It means you make two reservations. Many people do this primarily hoping that the EA reservation will get them something larger, like a mini van.
In this scenario they make a mini van ressie and a EA ressie. If they find a mini van on the EA, then they take it with the EA reservation.
Many people here, including me, think that this is not a good thing to do. But, you do what is correct for you.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:06 AM   #35
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Arrived today around 2:30pm, side A. About 10 sedans, 1 van, 1 SUV. Took my usual Impala, 1100 miles. I noticed the Executive Aisle had mostly sedans.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:27 AM   #36
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Feb 18 @ 6:30PM a little slim on the aisle , 3 minivans, 1 Dodge Journey (I think), a Kia or Hyundia small SUV, 2 brand new Camrys (less than 500 miles) a Malibu, an Altima and a Prius Hybrid.
Wanted to try the Hybrid but would never live it down with the kids if we had rented a PRIUS (a Jeff Dunham thing I guess, at least it wasn't a BLUE Prius)
Grabbed one of the Camrys for our 10 days. Needed something with a large trunk and this fit the bill just fine. Looks like we were the second to rent this car, 453 miles on it at pickup (and 1200 at return)
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #37
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It means you make two reservations. Many people do this primarily hoping that the EA reservation will get them something larger, like a mini van.
In this scenario they make a mini van ressie and a EA ressie. If they find a mini van on the EA, then they take it with the EA reservation.
Many people here, including me, think that this is not a good thing to do. But, you do what is correct for you.
And then they get to the check out booth... and have a fight with the agent.

Seriously, this can create issues. You show up at the check out with a minivan. they see a reservation for a mini van. That's what they want to charge you. And the "I will cancel in the garage" isn't a great system either (1) you are likely to be in too big a hurry and (2) I don't think it's always "instant" communciation within the National system. (I have had to book at the airport and sometimes they have a hard time finding my reservation if I move to quickly LOL!)

And MCO is the place where as I drove out of the gate I happened to look down.. I was being charged $240 a day for my Volvo. I just circled back around and went inside to find a manager. Turns out the "gate agent" had decided I had "Self upgraded" and took it upon himself to adjust my rate! The manager fixed it and gave me an additional discount for the diaster but...
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:32 AM   #38
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And then they get to the check out booth... and have a fight with the agent.

Seriously, this can create issues. You show up at the check out with a minivan. they see a reservation for a mini van. That's what they want to charge you. And the "I will cancel in the garage" isn't a great system either (1) you are likely to be in too big a hurry and (2) I don't think it's always "instant" communciation within the National system. (I have had to book at the airport and sometimes they have a hard time finding my reservation if I move to quickly LOL!)

And MCO is the place where as I drove out of the gate I happened to look down.. I was being charged $240 a day for my Volvo. I just circled back around and went inside to find a manager. Turns out the "gate agent" had decided I had "Self upgraded" and took it upon himself to adjust my rate! The manager fixed it and gave me an additional discount for the diaster but...
Good point, but, the agent, if she or he is on their toes, will know if the car came for the aisle or the reserve side. There is a very subtle and simple way that the agents know. IF someone is going to do more than one reservation, make sure you have your print outs with you, that way the agent will just scan the bar code at the top and away you will go.
You would be amazed at the amount of people who "self upgrade" and are shocked when they are charged. In your case, I doubt you would do that, I am glad you caught it. The agent obviously overlook that subtle and simple indicator (or it did not have one, that happens too) that it was an Emerald car.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #39
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It means you make two reservations. Many people do this primarily hoping that the EA reservation will get them something larger, like a mini van.
In this scenario they make a mini van ressie and a EA ressie. If they find a mini van on the EA, then they take it with the EA reservation.
Many people here, including me, think that this is not a good thing to do. But, you do what is correct for you.
Thank you explaining this to me. We are just going to keep our mid size ressie and take our chances!
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:19 AM   #40
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Thank you explaining this to me. We are just going to keep our mid size ressie and take our chances!
You are welcome. Good luck. Chances are good that you will get something larger than a midsize.
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Ok, spring breakers: what is on the EA?

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Old 03-23-2013, 12:01 PM   #43
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Ok, spring breakers: what is on the EA?

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Was there Thurs. night about 11 ish. On the aisle: Impala, Malibu, Altima, one Chrysler convert one eclipse convert.
Exec. aisle: Caddy's, Impala, Charger, Challenger, Malibu.
We took a Caddy with permission from the mgr. on duty(it pays to have friends. )
. 78 miles, 2013, very nice car.

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:41 AM   #44
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So, is there a chance in h-ll that I will find a mini-van or SUV on the executive aisle this week? (mini-vans aren't even an option anymore this week on National's website)

If not, what is the "biggest" car I should choose?
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #45
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So, is there a chance in h-ll that I will find a mini-van or SUV on the executive aisle this week? (mini-vans aren't even an option anymore this week on National's website)

If not, what is the "biggest" car I should choose?
I would not know how to answer that about the mini vans or SUVs. It totally depends on what they have available. If mini vans are booked solid, you probably will not see one. If SUVs are booked solid, same answer. The largest car with the largest trunk is the Ford Taurus, sometimes they show up on Exec. The next biggest car that will most probably be there is the Impala.
If you need something larger I would book it and forego the EA. If you need a mini van, book it through Alamo.
This is a very very busy time for rental cars and travel.
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