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There is a new targeted Amex Offer out this morning on Platinum cards (both business and consumer) that’s good for $300 back when you spend $1,000 or more on “International Airline Program” flights with select airlines at Amex Travel. Note that there are a number of restrictions — like that your flights need to begin and end in a US gateway or select Canadian gateways — but if you’ll be booking paid flights with one of the qualifying airlines, this can be a great deal.
- A new targeted Amex Offer is out for $300 back when you spend $1,000+ on qualifying flights through Amex Travel [enrollment required]
- Offer valid only for flights operated by select airlines (or a flight + hotel package) and booked directly with American Express Travel online through AmericanExpress.com/us/
AmexTravelIAP, through the Amex® App, or by calling the number on the back of your Card.
- Select airlines include
- Air France
- Air New Zealand
- Asiana Airlines
- Austrian Airlines
- British Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Cathay Pacific
- China Airlines
- Iberia Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Swiss International Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic.
- Flights booked directly with a qualifying airline or through other third-party sites and apps, not listed as eligible, are excluded.
- Offer not valid for all other types of American Express Travel bookings or purchases not listed as eligible.
- International Airline Program benefits are valid only for eligible U.S. Consumer and Business Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members (Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Card Members are not eligible), on int’l tkts booked through Amex Travel for select 1st class, business class, and premium economy tickets with participating airlines, subject to availability.
- Travel must originate in and return to U.S. gateway and select Canadian gateways.
- An eligible Card Member can book for himself/herself and up to 7 passengers traveling on the same itinerary as that Card Member.
- Bookings must be made using an eligible Card in the Card Member’s name.
- Discounts are applied to the base airfare. Discounts are not combinable with other offers unless indicated and may not apply to codeshare partners.
- See offer for full terms
This could be a great offer if you intended to buy flights in the near future. Saving three hundred bucks on flights is always a nice win.
Note that there are some restrictions. For instance, I was initially excited because I was about to book a flight on British Airways before I saw this offer, but then I realized that terms indicate that only flights departing and returning to US or select Canadian gateways qualify. I’m booking a flight from Europe–>US–>Europe, so I don’t believe it will qualify for the offer.
There’s also the fact that the offer details notes that it’s good for $300 back when you spend $1,000 or more on “International Airline Program” flights. The Amex International Airline program is a special program offering discounts for Amex Platinum cardholders (both consumer and business) with select international airlines in premium cabins. You can read more about the program in this post. While the terms seem to suggest that you must be booking International Airline program fares, I don’t know whether that is enforced or if any ex-US flight on the included airlines will work.
I’m also not positive whether this will stack with the Pay With Points rebate for Business Platinum cardholders, but I think it might. Those with the Business Platinum card can pay with points for flights booked via Amex Travel and get 35% of their points back (up to 1 million points back per year) when they redeem for flights on their chosen/registered airline (US-based airlines only) or on any airline when booking business or first class. While it may not seem intuitive, I think this might stack because of the way Amex handles those reservations, first charging the flight to your Business Platinum card and then “reimbursing” it with points (note that the rebate takes something like up to 8 or 12 weeks). I’m thinking the offer may trigger at the initial charge, though I don’t know that for sure. It’s certainly worth a shot if you were buying a qualifying ticket anyway.
Also keep in mind that while most of the eligible airlines are foreign, Delta made the list. Given the requirement to use the International Airline program, it sounds like domestic flights would not qualify. One nice thing to keep in mind is that Delta has a fairly generous change policy, so you may be able to lock in the discount now and later change to the flight you want, though keep in mind that you may be in for some hassle in rebooking it through Amex Travel.
Overall, this is obviously a valuable offer that I’m sure will be of interest to many. I would recommend syncing this up ASAP if you have an intention to use it.