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National’s One Two Free promotion will be returning on September 9, 2013. The new promotional site is up but has minimal details on if this year’s deal will change much from last year, but my guess is it will generally be similar to years past. The only information given so far is that it that the earning period will run from September 2013-January 2014.

National's One Two Free Promotion returns in September.
National’s One Two Free Promotion returns in September.

Last year, renters would earn one free rental day with every two rentals of two or more days between August and January so this year’s one will be starting a few weeks later. There was no limit to the number of free days you could earn, just that you can only use 3 free days per rental when it comes time to redeem and that the free rental day credits must be used by June.

National also status matches elite members of its competitors. Avis Preferred First and Hertz #1 Club Gold Five Star can match to National Club Executive Level, which normally takes 12 rentals or 40 rental days to achieve. Avis President’s Club, Avis Chairman’s Club and Hertz #1 Club Gold President’s Circle are matched to National Club Executive Elite level, which otherwise would require 25 rentals or 85 rental days within the calendar year.

Hopefully we’ll get some more details soon so we can all start strategizing. Overall, this is usually a decent deal since rental cars can be so expensive in some cities like New York. Instead of the 6 separate rentals of two or more days each (thanks to elite status) it would normally take to earn a free rental day, it will now only take me 2 rentals of two or more days to earn one, cutting the earning requirements two thirds!

Hertz is currently offering triple Gold Plus Rewards on rentals in September. These are for rentals from September 1-30, so be sure to register prior to your rental. The bonus points should only take up to 5 days to post to your account.

Just as a reminder, here are some of the other ongoing car rental discounts that you can also take advantage of:

Earn 7,500 Gold Points with Avis.
Earn 7,500 Gold Points with Avis.

7,500 Club Carlson Points and 25% off of Avis Rentals: Now through December 31, 2013, Avis is offering a total bonus of 7,500 Club Carlson Gold points and a 25% discount to members on qualifying car rentals of 3 or more days at participating locations in the US, Canada, Europe and around the world. Make your reservation here, use the coupon MUHA018 and present your Club Carlson number at the time of reservation or at the rental counter to earn your bonus points. This offer is in addition to your everyday savings of up to 25% when you use AWDG639300.

1,000 Hyatt Points for Avis Rentals: Earn 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points using coupon code MUHA067 on qualifying rentals of at least 2 days now through December 31, 2013. Reservations must be made at participating Avis locations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. You must also provide your Hyatt Gold Passport number at the time of reservation or rental. This offer may not be used with any other coupon, promotion or offer except your AWD discount. Use AWD K817700 or try other codes like corporate, AAA, and Costco to try to find better rates.

Earn Virgin America Elevate points with Budget and Avis.
Earn Virgin America Elevate points with Budget and Avis.

Triple Virgin America Elevate Points and Discounts with Avis and Budget: Now through December 31, 2013, Elevate members can earn 3 points per $1 spent on qualifying rentals of two days or more at Avis airport locations in the US using the coupon code MUAA034 and providing their Elevate number when making the reservation as well as savings up of to 35% with the code AWD G600004. If Budget is your chain, you can earn triple points on qualifying rentals of 2 days or more, at participating Budget airport locations in the US from now through December 31, 2013 as well using code MUAz008, plus save 30% on every Budget rental with BCD U106004. Click here for more details.

Bonus Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles with Avis: Now through December 31, 2013, Alaska Airlines and Avis have teamed up to offer customers up to triple bonus Mileage Plan miles on Avis rentals. Rentals of 2-3 days will earn double miles, while 4+ day rentals will earn triple miles. This offer is available on qualifying rentals at participating airport locations in the US and  Canada. To get the extra miles, either use coupon MUAA117 for 2-3 day rentals, or MUAA118 on 4+ day rentals. Plus, Avis also offers a 35% discount to Alaska Airlines customers when they book using AWD K197825. Bonus miles are in addition to the base miles you receive each time you rent with Avis.

Earn bonus TrueBlue points through Hertz.
Earn bonus TrueBlue points through Hertz.

JetBlue Promos: JetBlue is currently offering promos through several of its partners. TrueBlue members can earn up to 5X points and save up to 35% off rentals of 1 day or more at participating locations in the US, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean until September 30, 2013 with Hertz. Normally you earn 50 points for one-day rentals, 150 points for 2-4 days and 300 points for 5+ days. With this promo, however, you earn 150, 450 and 1,500 miles respectively using code CDP 1790143 and PC 179266Avis and Budget are also offering promos. With Avis, you can save up to 35% and earn double points (2X per $1) through June 30 using coupon code MUAA072 and AWD H798506. With Budget you can earn triple points (3X per $1) and up to 30% off using coupon code MUAZ057 and BCD R344904.

Earn triple United miles with Hertz.
Earn triple United miles with Hertz.

Save 35% and Earn Triple United Miles with Hertz: United flyers can save up to 35% and earn 225 miles per day, plus 150 bonus miles per rental when you book with Hertz. Make sure to provide discount code CDP 62455 and PC# 165896 along with your MileagePlus number at the time of booking. Premier members earn an extra 50 award miles per day. These are offers are good now through December 31, 2013 at participating locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand.

Earn bonus miles with National.
Earn bonus miles with National.

Earn 1,000 Bonus United Miles with National: National is offering United MileagePlus members the opportunity to earn bonus miles on their next rental. You’ll earn 1,000 bonus miles per rental in addition to 150 miles on rentals of 3 days, 200 miles for 4 days, or 500 miles for rentals of 5 days or longer. Also booking through this link will save you 25% on your rental as well as receive a double upgrade on a compact through midsize car. This offer is good through December 31, 2015.

Triple Hawaiian Miles With Dollar: Now through December 31, 2013, earn triple Hawaiian Miles on Dollar rentals of compact cars or larger for 2 days or longer using the promo code HA5.

For more information on earning free rental days, check out this post on Maximizing Car Rental Programs for Free Days.

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