National Car Rental challenged us to imagine what it would be like to live life in #TheEmeraldWorld: a place where every store, hotel or airline worked like the Emerald Club, which allows members to bypass the counter, pay one low price and choose any car from the Emerald Aisle. While daydreaming in line at my local coffee shop, I knew exactly what my Emerald World experience would be like…
Today it’s sweltering out, I just want something cool. I walk into the Emerald Coffee Shop, swipe my card and select a ready, freshly-made iced coffee and head straight back out. I didn’t wait in a long line, have to repeat my name three times to the barista (“Mmmmmm-eye-kah!”), or stand awkwardly near the crowded pickup area as people squeeze past. Instead I’m already half way down the street, cooled off and refreshed by my drink.
Last week, when it was a much cooler day outside, I walked in, performed the same quick swipe and walked out with a hot black coffee. Of course, they had lots of other options to choose from: lattes, cappuccinos, half-cafs, pour overs and more. But on that day, I just wanted a simple black coffee. And I got exactly what I wanted quickly and on my terms.
But I’m not always so boring. Another day I had a very early start, so I selected the red-eye iced coffee with a bit of half-and-half. The extra jolt of espresso under the hood gave me that boost I needed to go from 0 to 60 quickly. The half-and-half smoothed out the ride – no bitterness for me.
While I continue to dream that the Emerald Cafe exists, the Emerald Club from National Car Rental is free to join today. I’ve had three rentals in the past six weeks and it’s been great to try all sorts of cars. I selected a new Camry with leather seats and a USB charger for a long drive that required my phone to serve as my GPS. Having the ability to check cars on the Emerald Aisle for one with a USB port before selecting was very helpful. In Minneapolis, I selected a Volkswagen Passat. It was very roomy and had all the space we needed to drive family around on our long weekend stay. Another week, a brand new Ford Taurus with 11 miles on the odometer did the trick. It was nice to pull up to a client meeting in a brand new car.
The Emerald Club from National Car Rental gives me speed, choice and control whenever I travel.
If you’d like to make your next car rental this easy, join the Emerald Club today.
This post was sponsored by National Car Rental. All opinions are my own.