American Express

American Express

September 20, 2011 09:00 ET

Let Everyday Spending Finance Your Family Travel With Innovative New Rewards From the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Card®

- Pay for travel related spending with Membership Reward (MR) Points

- A new bonus of 7,500 MR points on anniversary of Cardmembership

- Complimentary airport VIP lounge access at over 350 locations worldwide

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2011) - American Express® is offering new Preferred Rewards Gold Cardmembers the opportunity of making their everyday spending take them further with Tripflex™ - a brand new feature that uses reward points earned on everyday purchases to pay for virtually any travel related spending. As well as being able to redeem Membership Reward points for a range of luxury gifts and experiences, from today, new Cardmembers will be able to directly offset MR points against the cost of hotels, flights, rail travel and cruises paid for on their Card.(1)

To make their journeys even more pleasurable, Cardmembers will also receive two complimentary visits every year to any of 350+ airport lounges around the world and will be given the first three months of their Cardmembership for free – a saving of £32. In addition, a bonus of 7,500 MR Points will also be paid every year on the anniversary of account opening, in a move to reward Cardmembers for their long-term loyalty.(2)

This further boost comes only months after introducing a welcome bonus of 20,000 bonus points and double points on travel purchases whilst abroad and spending on supermarket and petrol, making the Preferred Rewards Gold Card even more valuable than ever before.(3)

Other features and benefits:

- American Express Preferred Gold Cardmembers are automatically enrolled into the American Express Membership Rewards Programme, one of the most flexible reward programmes in the world that allows Cardmembers to earn points every time they spend on their Card.

- New Cardmembers get 20,000 bonus points when they spend £1,000 in the first three months. That's enough for two return flights to selected European cities with British Airways or an upgrade to premium economy with Virgin Atlantic.(4)

- Double points on travel-related spend including flights, hotels, trains, cruises and car hire, as well as most purchases made abroad.(5)

- Double points for the first year on major supermarket and fuel purchases.

- Transfer points at 10 of the world's major frequent flyer programmes including BA and Virgin.

- No limit to the number of points that can be earned.(6)

- Points never expire.

- Points can be redeemed online at membershiprewards.co.uk.

- £125 annual fee (first three months are free - a discount of £32).

- Primary Cardmembers can apply for one free Supplementary Card for friends or family members, meaning more points can be accrued even more quickly.

Where points can be redeemed?

American Express has one of the most comprehensive Membership Rewards programmes on the market. In addition to using MR points to pay for travel related expenditure, reward points can be redeemed across a wide range of American Express partners, including:

  • Ten of the world's major frequent flyer programmes including Alitalia, bmi, British Airways, Finnair, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
  • Hotel stays at over 25,000 properties worldwide including Hilton, Radisson Edwardian and Sheraton.
  • Any rail travel with Eurostar.
  • Car rental with Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
  • In addition MR points can be redeemed for a whole range of luxury gifts and experiences from M&S vouchers to spa days, cases of fine wine or an iPod.

American Express Cardmembers are also eligible for additional benefits such as 'Preferred Seating' (a programme offering card members exclusive access to some of the best in UK shows and events) and a range of travel inconvenience and insurance benefits.

For more information or to apply for a Preferred Rewards Gold Card, visit amex.co.uk/gold or call 0870 606 6906

Notes to Editors

(1) Tripflex™ can be used to redeem points against airline booking and airportfees, car rental, cruises, hotels, package holidays, rail journeys and travel insurance premiums
(2) The 7,500 MR anniversary bonus is on the basis of a spend level of £15,000 on the Card in the previous year
(3) 20,000 Membership Rewards bonus points will be awarded to your account once you have spent and charged £1000 within the first three months of Cardmembership.
(4) Based on airline transfer redemption with British Airways Executive Club and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Rewards flights are subject to applicable taxes, fees, charges and surcharges. Full terms and conditions apply.
(5) Rewards points are not refundable once transferred.
(6) MR points are not earned on items such as cash advances, Amex Travellers Cheques and Foreign Exchange. Double points apply on transactions made in a currency other than UK sterling but does not apply to internet transactions

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About American Express

American Express is a global service company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.

A leader in global payments, American Express is the largest card issuer by purchase volume and operates a worldwide network that processes millions of transactions daily.

We offer the broadest array of payment, expense management and travel solutions for consumers including, credit cards, charge cards, travel, home and car insurance, as well as a travelers cheques, a foreign exchange service, and a worldwide travel service.

Established in 1850 as an U.S. express delivery service, American Express has remained a leader for generations by embracing both innovation and tradition. As our company has grown and evolved, sometimes reinventing our business outright, we have never strayed from the customer-service ethos and values on which the company was built -- trust, security, integrity, quality, good citizenship, respect and customer commitment.

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