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American Express Introduces Blue Sky Preferred Credit Card, Offers $100 Reimbursement for Airline FeesValuable Travel Benefits Also Include Double Points on Hotel, Dining and Car Rental Purchases
NEW YORK,  November 1, 2010 -- 

Just in time for the peak holiday travel season, American Express is launching a new travel rewards Card -- the Blue Sky Preferred Credit Card. The new Card is the first to offer travelers an annual $100 Airline Allowance to cover fees such as checked baggage, in-flight meals, entertainment or Wi-Fi purchases on any airline. It also offers double points on hotel, car rental and dining purchases, and one point on all other eligible spending. The Blue Sky Preferred Card is available for an annual fee of $75, which travelers can quickly recoup by using the $100 Airline Allowance.

"Blue Sky Preferred is a timely addition to our family of Cards that brings superior value to travel seeking consumers and helps build business for our merchant partners," said E-Bai Koo, vice president, American Express. "With this new Card, we're giving consumers a flexible, rich rewards program plus an airline allowance to help them reduce the cost of flying throughout the year."

The $100 Airline Allowance is an exclusive benefit for Blue Sky Preferred Cardmembers created to take care of airline incidentals that can add to the overall cost of a trip. To use the allowance, travelers must book their flight using their Blue Sky Preferred Card and also use the Card to pay for any eligible incidental fees such as checked baggage, in-flight meals, entertainment and Wi-Fi purchase. To be reimbursed, travelers simply contact American Express within 60 days after the airline incidental is first billed to their Card.

Points earned on the Blue Sky Preferred Card can be redeemed for travel on any airline, any hotel, any cruise, any car rental and more with no travel restrictions and no blackout dates. Redemptions start at just 7,500 points and represent one of the best values of any travel rewards card. These 7,500 points can be redeemed for a $100 statement credit. The value of this reimbursement is 33 percent greater than most travel rewards cards. To redeem points, Cardmembers purchase travel and contact American Express online or by phone to be reimbursed. There is no need to transfer points to frequent flier programs. Point redemption requests must be made within 60 days after charges are first billed.

If Cardmembers aren't traveling, they can also redeem points for gift cards and cash back. There is no expiration date or cap on the number of points a Cardmember can earn as long as the account remains open and in good standing.

Blue Sky Preferred Cardmembers are also eligible for even more money-saving benefits through the Blue Savings Program(SM). In addition to earning double points on car, hotel and dining purchases, Cardmembers will also receive exclusive savings, hotel room upgrades and food and beverage credits at the following travel and dining partners: Hertz® Car Rental, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Atlantis Paradise Island, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Dunkin' Donuts®, and Fleming's® Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Blue Sky Preferred Cardmembers can also enjoy the peace of mind and security that comes with carrying an American Express® Card with benefits such as:

  • Emergency assistance when Card members are 100 miles or more away from home with Global Assist ® Hotline
  • Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance(1)
  • 24/7 Roadside Assistance Anywhere
  • Baggage Insurance Plan(1)
  • Purchase Protection(1)
  • Extended Warranty(1)
  • Return Protection

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply to these benefits. Consumers can visit americanexpress.com for details.

The Blue Sky Preferred Card joins American Express's Blue Portfolio of Cards, which includes: Blue Sky(SM) from American Express, Blue Cash® from American Express, Clear from American Express®, and Blue from American Express®. For more information about the Blue Sky Preferred Card, consumers can visit americanexpress.com/getthecard. To apply for this product, consumers can call 1-800-THE-CARD (1-800-843-2273).

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, twitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress.


(1) American Express Baggage Insurance Plan (Policy AX0400 or Policy BIP-IND), Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance (Policy AX0925 or Policy CRLDI-IND), Extended Warranty (Policy AX0953 or Policy EW-IND), and Purchase Protection (Policy AX0951 or Policy PP-IND) are underwritten by AMEX Assurance Company, Administrative Office, Phoenix, AZ. Coverage is determined by the terms, conditions, and exclusions of the respective policies (see above) and is subject to change with notice. This document does not supplement or replace the Policy.


Contacts

Leah Gerstner212.640.3174Leah.M.Gerstner@aexp.com

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