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PSA: Don’t Forget your International Driver’s Permit (IDP) to Drive in Japan!

Since I started traveling more-or-less full time around three years ago, my planning skills have gone a little down the drain. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the planning process, it’s just that I couldn’t possibly plan everything for every trip ahead of time.

The trip I most recently returned from began in Amsterdam in August and I just flew home from Japan on December 20. For the most part, there weren’t any major hitches with the trip, but there was a small one in Japan.

I had booked the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa with the three free night certificates I earned from signing up for the JPMorgan Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card last year. It was an easy round trip flight from Tokyo Haneda (HND) for only 15,000 Avios plus about $5 in taxes per ticket. Since the hotel is a bit far outside of Naha City, where the airport is, I had been planning to rent a car all along but hadn’t actually made the car rental reservation.

Image source: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/okinawa#Rooms%20%26%20Suites

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Get National Car Rental Executive Status Free with American Express Platinum (No Status Match Required)

You might recall from a few months ago that I broke up with Hertz. It wasn’t a pleasant break up, but they rarely are! To help me get over my break up, TWG readers suggested I look to National Car Rental for rental cars. And so I did. This week, National Car Rental has been in the news because there’s a National Car Rental status match going on. That’s fine BUT it’s only good for two months. If you’ve got a car rental coming up through the end of this year, this status match may be useful. But don’t forget, if you have the American Express Platinum Charge Card (any variety), you can get FREE Executive Status from National Car Rental.

Typically, earning this status requires renting from National Car Rental at least 12 times per year, so the feature has value. If you already have the American Express Platinum Charge Card, you can enroll in the National’s Executive Program. Just login to your account, and select National.

Image source: https://www.nationalcar.com/en_US/car-rental/loyalty/enrollment/benefits.html

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