Win Two $25 Gift Cards and a Gift Basket – National Car Rental 25th Anniversary Giveaway!

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National Car Rental’s Emerald Club is celebrating their 25th anniversary this month.  Happy Anniversary to Emerald Club!

I loved National’s Emerald Aisle when I was traveling for work weekly, because I could select any rental car (even if it was a better car than what I had booked) and drive off the lot with it.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, National has a Facebook Sweepstakes called “Blast from the Past” which asks folks to celebrate with them.  You can submit photos, videos or stories of what you were doing 25 years ago for a chance to win a $25 VISA gift card.

What were we doing 25 years ago?

Emily: 25 years ago, I was 3 years old, so I don’t remember a lot.  I had a very happy childhood with parents who loved me very much.  My favorite toys were dolls.  My mother grew up very poor and never had dolls, and even though we didn’t have much, she made sure to buy me a few dolls of my own.  To this day, I still have those dolls saved for my own children.

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Who is my doll?

We never flew anywhere for our vacations, but we did enjoy some happy moments at Sea World and other local amusements parks.  Some of my favorite memories of being a kid are going to the park and feeding the ducks, going sledding with my dad, and going for ice cream after school.

Daraius: ~25 years ago, I took my first trip (which I remember) to the UK.  My first trip to the UK was with my mom, when I was just shy of 3 months (so I don’t see the big deal about infants on planes), to join my dad who was working there.  We stayed in the UK until I was ~4, but I don’t really remember anything except my blue bunny scooter.

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I didn’t want to go home!

Anyway, ~25 years ago my dad took me back to the UK and it was the first overseas trip which I remember.  And it was this trip which set off my love for travel.  I’m reminded by my parents that I cried when I left (because my mom wasn’t coming) and I cried when the vacation was over (because I didn’t want to go back home!).

I distinctly remember the strange sounds and smells of London.  Walker’s Roast Chicken and Shrimp Cocktail chips, cucumber sandwiches, Cadbury chocolates, the quaint little houses, and the “Mind the Gap” announcements on the tube (subway).

I remember getting bored at The British Museum as my dad took what seemed to be the entire day looking at colored canvases and shiny objects.  But I eagerly looked forward to visiting 221B Baker Street (the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes) and Stafford Upon Avon (the home of Shakespeare).

And I do remember the roller coasters at Thorpe Park, an amusement park, where I passed myself off as a year older so that I could get on some of the rides.

How To Win 3 Prizes

National offered me a “Go Like a Pro” gift basket (with a National tumbler, a National embossed leather writing pad, a National pen set, a weekend duffle bag and a driving kit) for running this contest, but I’d prefer to give it away as a prize.

This is in addition to two $25 gift cards which National is generously giving away.

How to Enter:

The contest will run until 11:50 pm CST on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

1.  Leave one comment on this post about what you were doing 25 years ago. “I wasn’t around 25 years ago is also a valid response.”

2.   Like me on Facebook and post your answer ONCE on the Million Mile Secrets wall.  Feel free to share the post with your friends.

3.  Follow me on Twitter and tweet me ONCE @MilMileSecrets with your answer.

I’ll draw 3 random winners – one each from the comments, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can also enter in National’s own Facebook Sweepstakes, Blast from the Past, for yet another chance at a $25 gift card.

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93 responses to “Win Two $25 Gift Cards and a Gift Basket – National Car Rental 25th Anniversary Giveaway!

  1. 25 years ago I was starting kindergarten. I made a new best friend named Josh. He went home that first day and told his folks he had met a new friend named Ann, as my name was a little strange for 5 year olds. At school the next day we got it all sorted out, and are still best friends to this day.

  2. Filling teeth

  3. 25 years ago today I was in Frankfurt Germany getting my first taste of going home to the homeland of my family. I ended up staying there 3 years. Germany is still today one of the best places I have ever been the people were fabulous and I would tell anyone who travels there to skip the hotels and stay in the bed and breakfast. You will have the best breakfast ever and get to spend time with wonderful German families who love entertaining. Also, forget the car, one of the best rail systems in the world. One more thing.. Drink the Beer. OMG Drink the Beer.

    Auf wiedersehen.

  4. I wasn’t around 25 years ago, BUT my parents told me one of my first airplane trips I made friends with a woman on the airplane because I peeked over the seat… now her and my mom are lifelong friends! #funfact

  5. Shari Alligood

    I was a Freshman in high School 25 years ago 🙂

  6. 25 years ago, I was planning my wedding! 🙂

  7. I was attending college in Paris. Let the traveling begin!

  8. 25 Years ago I was a fetus LOL

  9. 25 years ago, my brother, my mom and I were flying to India to see my ill aunt. We flew Pan Am and what a ride it was !
    Atl-JFK on a 727
    JFK-fra-Bom on a 747-100, and back Bom-fra-lhr-JFK-atl.
    My only time flying the historical Pan Am!!

  10. Frankly, I don’t remember 1987, except that I did a lot of traveling. I was 39 years old with a husband, a son, a job and a business. My mom passed away 11/17/1986 and my dad 1/1/1987. My only sibling, a disabled Viet vet, blew his brains out 7/17/1987. A lot of tears, travel and lawyers. That’s what I remember about 25 years ago.

  11. 25 years ago, I had just landed my 1st real job through campus/on-site interviews while I was a senior at NYU and I was elated. When I joined my job in the summer of that year, I came to realize two things – no more winter, spring, and summer breaks – only 2 weeks of vacation a year – ugh! And, I have to work for at least 45 years before I can retire. Now I have only 20 years left before retirement……and I’ve earned 4 weeks of vacation a year.

  12. 25 years ago I was 8 and learning fractions!

  13. 25 years ago I was 4. Somewhere around there, I was riding my big wheel down the drive way into the back yard…until I missed and hit the garage door. Fortunately, that has been my only driving accident

  14. 25 years ago, I was a sophomore in college, enjoy my time away from home…

  15. I was in a school bus every day. Too bad there were no frequent rider miles for that.

  16. 25 years ago I was 2 years old, so I can’t remember exactly what I was doing. I assume I was enjoying being a toddler living in Mesa, Az.

  17. 25 years ago I was 6 and had just moved to a new town.

  18. I was 4 and I think I was busy playing with the family dog!

  19. 25 years ago i was in Norway , a beautiful country the i still visit as often as i can.

  20. 25 years ago (1987!!!) I was at the ripe old age of 4. I actually remember a lot of that age very vividly. I grew up in Newark, New Jersey and my family was very poor, but my parents would go without and scrimp and save change throughout the year in order to do an outing or two during the summer. That particular year we got to go to Wildwood Beach for a weekend (my mom, dad, sister, aunt, uncle and cousin all went). That was the ultimate because we normally would only go down to Seaside Heights for a day trip. I remember we ate donuts and had Happy Meals and got ice cream, cotton candy and candy apples on the boardwalk. It rained two out of the three nights we were there,and we didn’t even get to go on the beach, but we didn’t care. Us kids had just as much fun watching Star Search in the hotel room that Saturday night and pretending we were on the show!
    We also got a chance to drive down to North Carolina to pick up my grandmother. She was visiting her family for the summer. The ride took almost 12 hours with stops! On the way we stopped to get Pepsi which were in glass bottles and came out of a vending machine that had a bottle opener built in. That was also the first time I saw a hummingbird. It was eating out of the bird feeder my great grandmother had on her back porch. Being a city kid I thought this was the coolest thing ever! On the way back home we stopped off in Washington, D.C. in hopes of taking a few pictures, but it was 1987 and campaigning was going on for the presidency…Michael Dukakis was there giving a speech so the place was packed and everything was closed off. I think we have three pictures of the monument and capital from that day!
    Sorry, for the long post, but it’s really the first very vivid year I can recall because it was my first road trip and first weekend away from home. Are you sure that was 25 years ago…? It feels like yesterday!

  21. 25 years ago I was Rock Chalk Jayhawk’in, watching Danny and the Miracles in Allen Fieldhouse, partying way too much and learning a few things too…

  22. I was 11 months old so I was probably blissfully enjoying sleeping and eating 🙂

  23. I was in second grade and I thought the whole year was a review of first grade. Too slow!

  24. I wasn’t around 25 years ago! but if I was I would have been renting cars without that extra fee!

  25. i was also 3 years old like emily!

  26. 25 years ago, I was starting my career and starting to fly alot for work. I had the foresight to sign up for every frequent flyer program out there! And wow, there were alot of airlines then!

  27. I was in the 7th grade, navigating the rough waters of junior high school in a new community. The only travel I had ever done was visiting family in neighboring states in my parents’ giant station wagon. Since growing up and having a family of my own, I’ve traveled by planes, trains and automobiles, across the country and across the ocean, exploring places in the world that I didn’t even know about 25 years ago.

  28. I was two years old then – no idea! 🙂

  29. 25 years ago I was in the second grade, learning multiplication tables and how to butcher cursive.

  30. Just out of college working my first “real” job.

  31. Happily living in Ukraine and going to 7th grade.

  32. I was a zygote!

  33. Twenty five years ago: I was 6 years old, not quite in 1st grade! I remember doing a lot of trips to the park, hanging out with my great-grandmother and aunt (not too mention my parents and 2 siblings at that time), and mostly enjoying life!

  34. 25 years ago, I was just a twinkle in my parents eye!

  35. WARNING: You must be 25 years or older to enter! 🙁

  36. I was 6, in kindergarten, and enjoying playing T-Ball.

  37. I was barely 1 year old! So probably crying a lot.

  38. 25 years ago… I just graduated and started working @ 21 … It seems like a long time ago… Thanks.

  39. AussieTraveller

    I was in tenth grade, thought I knew everything and had my future all planned out. I wanted to be six foot tall, retired at 40 and some other thing I can’t remember. There is no hope for the first, wish i could remember the last one, it was so important at the time. Oh and I need to apologise to my mother…..sorry mum, you were right!

  40. 25 years ago, I was in the 3rd grade and enjoyed playing video games on my friend’s ColecoVision!

  41. 25 years ago I was 4 months old, but from what I hear I was pretty awesome.

  42. 25 years ago I was 5 years old. All I remember around then was sitting on a bench at school playing with a little die cast construction tractor. Ahh, those were the days 🙂

  43. I was still swimming around in the womb!

  44. 25 years ago, I was younger

  45. Learning to Live the Dream… and wondering why I was not taller.

  46. I was only 2, so I don’t remember what I was doing!

  47. Still wasn’t conceived yet 😉

  48. I was 18 and a freshman in college struggling to figure out life but loving college (even with all the work)

  49. Jesse Sheridan

    25 years ago I would have been two years old living a few blocks away from the ocean. I would have likely been on the beach at the time. 🙂

  50. I was 10 and have a family trip to Washington DC.

  51. 25 years ago, I was in 3rd Grade and thought I would never be as old as I am now.

  52. 25 years ago I was mid-way through kindergarten – anxiously awaiting our family’s cross-country Amtrak trip to California!

  53. Ariosto Munoz

    25 years ago i was in kindergarten in Dominican republic trying to understand Spanish.

  54. 25 years ago I worked for a company that build trains subway, tht includes boring tunnel underground. I got to walk in the tunnel from 1 station to another. 🙂

  55. i was juuust about to be conceived 🙂

  56. 25 years ago I was just starting my 1st real job in corporate America and spending a lot of time dreaming about my first real vacation as an adult.

  57. 1987…i had just graduated high school and was in my first year of college. chicago was a fun city to be in college in…lots of concerts, museums!! thanks!!

  58. I was in the bakery business.

  59. I was 8 years old…living in California traveling around all the parks of Yosemite with my parents.

  60. I was just 3 years old…exploring and trying to figure out what life is all about. Still working on that 🙂

  61. 25 years ago I was in high school, worried about going to school formals.

  62. 25 years ago, I was 4.. I remember experiencing my first first class experience when my mother and I were flying back from Florida (visiting my grandparents), and when the ticketing agent at check in asked what our prefer was, I said “I prefer the window, but my mom likes the aisle.” I didn’t realize it until my mom said something, but it was a pretty cool experience..

  63. I had a trip to Netherland with my husband, and due to schedule/delay with KLM, we got compensated with cash, not the voucher today!

  64. Hanging out in a womb 25 years ago whooooo!!!

  65. 25 years ago I was a freshman in high school. Wow….times flies so quickly

  66. Twenty-five years ago I moved to Phoenix from Denver. It was my first time totally “on my own”.

  67. I wasn’t around 25 years ago

  68. I wasn’t around 25 years ago

  69. I was traveling on business 25 years ago

  70. 25 years ago I was traveling with my parents

  71. I had just graduated college, and was about to start my first full time job!

  72. 25 years ago today, I wasn’t born! Fast forward 7+ months though, I was born!

  73. 25 years ago I was a sophomore in high school. I had fun and was involved in lots of activities, although I didn’t get over my adolescent angst until many years later.

  74. 25 years ago today I was 7 years old. I loved playing outside with my dog and used to pretend the hill across the street from me was this vast unexplored territory only my dog and I had seen.

  75. I was a lap child. Most probably was crying and troubling my mom

  76. 25 Years I was a avid baseball card collector and was glued to the TV or radio any time a game was on. I was a wiz with stats and keeping up with my favorite players. Now a days I could care less until the playoffs are underway and don’t know half of the players names.

  77. 25 years ago I was a week shy of my 3rd birthday, and about to embark on my first trip to Disneyland in California.

  78. Tecate, Mexico on a business trip. Thanks ———

  79. Approximately 25 years ago I took my first flight(s) from MSP-LAX.

  80. Just graduated…wow how time flies.

  81. I was in China 25 years ago!

  82. 25 Years ago I was entering preschool.

  83. 25 years ago, I was 3 months away from being born!

  84. 25 years ago we were living in Europe. The travel bug already bit and the adventures began well before then and continue today! I hope to have many more wonderful adventures over the next 25 years and the 25 years after that and hopefully a few years after that!

  85. I would have been 6. I don’t remember much in particular about 6 and in Kindergarten. I do remember the first trip I ever took, which was when I was 4 to Florida to a convention with my parents.

  86. 25 years ago, I was 5. I started Kindergarten and I remember crying and leaving early on my first day. Now, my former teacher quit teaching, lol.

  87. I wasn’t around 25 years ago!

  88. 25 years ago, home daycare/4 kids/4-H volunteer/PTA volunteer….today, children, 1 grandchild and still volunteering 🙂

  89. When I travelled it was with my soccer team to TX or DC for tournaments.

  90. 25 years ago I was in Montessori preschool 🙂

  91. 25 Years ago I ws in preschool.

  92. 25 years ago I was a just a sparkle in my dad’s eye! (p.s. I’m 23.5!)

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