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Chase Sapphire Reserve Premium Rental Car Benefits

by joeheg

The Sapphire Reserve is Chase’s premium travel credit card. It provides an unmatched combination of points earning and travel insurance coverage. When it comes to travel perks included with the card, it’s right in the pack with other cards offering a Priority Pass membership and Global Entry reimbursement. Many of the other travel benefits supplied by the card come from it being a VISA Infinite card, some of them being premier level membership with several rental car companies.

If you’re interested in signing up for a Chase Sapphire Reserve or want to hear more about the card, check out our full review.

To find out what benefits the Sapphire Reserve provides, it’s necessary to log into your Chase account. If you have more than one Chase card, click on the Sapphire Reserve. When the side menu appears, click on” More…”  and then click on “Card Benefits” from the drop-down box. 

That will take you to a page showing several tiles showing the numerous benefits of the card. This is also the same page where you’ll apply for your Priority Pass membership, but we’re looking for rental cars right now.

Click on the one that says “Special Car Rental Privileges.”

National Emerald Club Executive

National is one of the car rental companies I’ve dealt with for the longest. Just by signing up for their Emerald Club, you get to skip the counter and pick any car in the aisle as long as you reserve a mid-size.

If you’re an Emerald Executive Club member, you get to pick your car from the Executive Aisle. While these are nicer cars, don’t expect too much of an upgrade beyond the next level sedan.

You can click through the three links to get to the sign-up page, or you can use this link. You’re given the option to open a new account if you didn’t have one already or link an existing account.

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Avis Preferred Plus

Avis Preferred Plus is one step above normal Avis status and provides discounts and upgraded to members.

From there, you’re taken to the Visa Infinite page for Avis.

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There’s a link to sign up for a membership, but if you already have an Avis Wizard number, you can go straight to this link to email Avis your info to upgrade your account.

Final Thoughts

If I had to grade the Sapphire Reserve for the benefits it provides when renting cars, I’d say that it’s “Meeting Expectations”  You’ll get upgraded status and some additional discounts but that’s to be expected from a premium travel card.

For National and Avis, the ability to link your existing accounts is a nice plus. The more work it takes, the less likely you will be to actually follow through with it.

If you have a Sapphire Reserve and currently don’t have status with these car rental companies, it can’t hurt to sign up. I find that once you’ve upgraded, the companies are relatively slow to update account statuses. The only company who’s ever downgraded me was National but a quick phone call fixed that problem and boosted me back up to Executive status.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary


Luke Vader July 19, 2019 - 11:03 am

You should at least mention that the CSR includes primary rental car insurance coverage. That is arguably its most valuable benefit relating to car rentals.

joeheg July 19, 2019 - 11:53 am

It wasn’t the theme of the article so I didn’t want to get tied down with explaining primary insurance (because that topic deserves its own article).

Stefan Robert November 22, 2020 - 6:38 am

I also agree with you that “Meeting Expectations” You’ll get upgraded status and some additional discounts but that’s to be expected from a premium travel card.


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