Holding a NRA membership no longer delivers the travel savings it once did. In the past few days – pushed mostly by consumer backlash related to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – several travel related companies pulled out of discount agreements with the group.
On Thursday it was the Alamo/National/Enterprise group of rental car companies dropping the discount rate offered to NRA members:
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/gwYeQR3xAh
— Alamo Rent A Car (@alamocares) February 23, 2018
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/tRdHdoevfT
— EnterpriseRentACar (@enterprisecares) February 23, 2018
Thanks for contacting us. We ended the program – effective March 26. https://t.co/BMqcoac4s2
— National Car Rental (@nationalcares) February 23, 2018
Mildly amusing to me to see all three brands from the same company replying to the same initial tweet, but it gets the job done.
On Friday afternoon Hertz cut ties:
We have notified the NRA that we are ending the NRA’s rental car discount program with Hertz.
— Hertz (@Hertz) February 23, 2018
Avis Budget group is also cutting ties later in March.
Delta announced on Saturday morning that the organization would no longer be eligible for discounted airfare through the carrier’s group travel program.
Delta is reaching out to the NRA to let them know we will be ending their contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from their website.
— Delta (@Delta) February 24, 2018
United followed suit shortly thereafter, removing the group’s discount for travel to the annual meeting.
United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website.
— United Airlines (@united) February 24, 2018
That these both came out on a Saturday morning is all sorts of strange. Are they trying to bury the news? If so, why make the statement. If not, why wait until Saturday?
There’s also the part where not everyone is happy about the cuts, though it seems the numbers overall are notably skewed in one direction.
Airlines hearing from both sides in the gun debate. pic.twitter.com/jL8P48KMci
— David Koenig (@airlinewriter) February 24, 2018
Hotel brand Wyndham is getting credit online for acting similarly in conjunction with the latest events, though the company says it cut ties in late 2017.
Hello Elaine. Please know, Wyndham is no longer affiliated with the NRA.
— Wyndham Worldwide (@Wyndham) February 23, 2018
Best Western hotels similarly claims to not have a corporate relationship with the group, though the NRA does list a corporate discount code on some publications.
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts does not have an affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of the National Rifle Association.
— Best Western (@BestWestern) February 23, 2018
The NRA does still maintain hotel discounts through a third party OTA HotelPlanner.com.
I’m not at all convinced that anyone is paying the $40 NRA membership fee to get travel discounts. I also don’t really believe that losing those discounts will skew the membership rolls nor affect the group’s policy decisions. But it certainly appears corporations are far less willing to carry that relationship any further.
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