Thinking of signing up for the Enterprise Plus loyalty program? While it's not the most generous program around, we still recommend it, as you can earn points toward free award days.
But better yet, sign up for both Enterprise Plus and National Emerald Club. National is Enterprise's sister company and it has a better loyalty program. When renting at participating Enterprise locations, you can use your National Emerald Club membership number on the reservation and receive credit toward points.
Tips When Signing Up for Enterprise Plus
The enrollment process is quick and easy. When you enroll in the program, you will enter your email address and create a password. Then you'll enter your address and phone number. You'll also need your driver's license handy.
Next, you can opt in or out of Enterprise email special offers.
How to Earn and Redeem Enterprise Plus Points
Enterprise Plus members earn one point per dollar spent on their base rental rate.
Enterprise Plus points can be redeemed for rentals at Enterprise with a scale starting at 400 points, with no blackout dates. The math is easy; the program requires $400 in spend at eligible Enterprise or National locations to even have a chance at a free rental day.
Points are earned based on the amount spent, and the points needed for a redemption are also be based upon the price of the rental car being booked. The points can be used for any available vehicle at Enterprise for a round-trip rental. Note that National locations and one-way rentals are forbidden. Even the most exotic car on the rental car lot is available if you have enough points. More expensive redemption opportunities simply require more points.
Enterprise Plus doesn't need an award chart, as points are worth close to 5 cents each when the base rental cost is over $20 per day. When the base rental rate is below $20 per day, 400 points are required per day (whether the rate is a $9.99 promotion or a $19.99 sale).
When the base rental rate is more than $20 per day, Enterprise's algorithms may round the number of points required for the rental up or down to the nearest numbers divisible by 50. Over hundreds of tests, we saw examples such as a $31.10 rate being converted to 600 points for a free day, while a $30.34 rate required marginally more points (650). Even these anomalies followed the practice of the server arbitrarily rounding up or down to a nearby amount of points divisible by 50.
We didn't encounter any anomalies in the points required for rentals until getting into really expensive rental car redemptions. Once the base per-day rate for the rental was over $120 and the points required exceeded 2,400 per day, there were examples where some award redemptions were pricing at 100-150 more points than would be anticipated. However, those are exceptional edge cases; very few rentals cost over $120 pre-tax, per day (whether paid or an award).
Points never expire as long as you remain an active member with at least one qualifying rental every three years.
Note This Gotcha on International Car Rentals
Enterprise's terms and conditions state that, for car rentals outside the U.S., the company automatically uses dynamic currency conversion. There is no opportunity during the enrollment process to decline the Currency Conversion Charge on international rentals. This is unfortunate, since it is more advantageous to be billed in the local currency than in U.S. currency.
For rentals outside the United States, the currency will be converted into USD at the time of rental return, utilizing the Bloomberg Foreign Exchange Cross Rates, which can be accessed at http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies/cross-rates/.
Qualifying U.S. Dollars Spent" is defined as time and mileage (base) rate, paid upgrades, and additional add-ons (such as GPS, ski racks, car racks), less any discounts or credits; and excludes all taxes and surcharges, vehicle license fees, airport-related fees, insurance costs, fuel purchase option, and refueling. Points will be rounded up to the nearest USD.
Why We're Lukewarm on Enterprise Plus
In general, we're not fond of revenue-based programs like Enterprise Plus, since it's comparatively hard to earn Enterprise Plus points. You're looking at a minimum spend of $400 in rental cars before earning enough points for a $19.99 rental day. By contrast, National's Emerald Club program, which is based upon rental credits rather than the amount spent, can be far more lucrative for eligible Enterprise and National rentals. In other words, it makes a lot of sense to join National's program and apply eligible Enterprise rentals.
The big exception to Enterprise's generally paltry program is the annual fall and winter Plus Your Points promotion.
Enterprise Plus Your Points is one timeframe to consider earning Enterprise Plus points.
We always encourage participation in the loyalty programs. Enterprise Plus isn't the most rewarding program but a renter effectively receives a 5-percent rebate for future rentals, based upon the Enterprise and National rentals credited to the program.
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