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American Express® OPEN Expands Small Business Savings Program with AirTran AirwaysOPEN Savings® Partnership Launched with Two Weeks of Free Wi-Fi for All AirTran Travelers
NEW YORK,  March 1, 2010 -- 

American Express OPEN today announced the expansion of its OPEN Savings program through a new partnership with AirTran Airways, a leading low-cost airline designed for business travelers. OPEN Savings gives small business owners automatic savings virtually every time they use an American Express® Business Card to make purchases at any OPEN Savings partner.  

Through the partnership, small business cardmembers can automatically receive a 5% discount on direct ticket purchases on all AirTran Airways flights. AirTran Airways operates over 700 flights a day to more than 65 destinations. OPEN Savings is sponsoring a free onboard Wi-Fi promotion for all AirTran Airways passengers on all flights from March 13 through March 27, 2010, to help launch this new partnership.

"Time-pressed small business travelers who are weary of coupons or special offer codes now have a better and simpler way to save, with OPEN Savings." said Kirk Fitzsimmons, VP OPEN Savings. "With this new partnership, small businesses can reduce their airline expenses just by using their American Express Business Card."

"As the only airline with Business Class and Wi-Fi on every flight, we are the perfect partner for OPEN Savings members," said Tad Hutcheson, AirTran Airways' vice president of marketing and sales. "OPEN Savings members can now enjoy a significant discount on our everyday low fares while staying productive in the air and reaping the benefits of affordable Business Class."

OPEN Savings has delivered more than $400 million in savings to American Express Business Cardmembers since 2004. OPEN Savings eliminates the need for offer codes, coupons or program enrollment and provides automatic savings from well-known brands. Savings can also be combined with other marketplace offers or volume discount pricing that businesses may already be receiving from program partners.

OPEN Savings is a benefit embedded within all American Express Business Cards. American Express OPEN Cardmembers simply need to use their credit or charge card for purchases with any OPEN Savings partner to take advantage of discounts. The savings will automatically appear on the Cardmember's monthly statement and can be tracked at www.opensavings.com. OPEN Savings discounts are calculated on the full transaction amount, including any taxes and surcharges. Terms and conditions apply.

Partners and discounts include:

Travel Partners
  • AirTran Airways: 5% off flights booked through 1-800-AIRTRAN, airtran.com or at AirTran ticket counters
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts: 3% off hotel charges
  • Hertz: 5% off car rentals
  • Courtyard by Marriott: 5% off hotel charges
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott: 5% off hotel charges
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott: 5% off hotel charges
  • Residence Inn by Marriott: 5% off hotel charges
  • TownPlace Suites by Marriott: 5% off hotel charges
  • Carey: 5% off executive ground transportation

Terms and conditions apply. 

Supplies and Services
  • FedEx: 5% off Express and Ground shipping
  • FedEx Office: 5% off business services
  • 1-800-FLOWERS®: 5% off floral and gift purchases
  • Barnes&Noble.com: 5% off online purchases

Business Building Tools

  • BizFilings: 20% off incorporation and registered agent services
  • Constant Contact: 3% off e-mail marketing
  • LogoWorks: 10% off logo and graphic design

Professional Services

  • Symantec: 10% off products to protect your business
  • Epson: 5% off digital imaging products 

To learn more about the OPEN Savings program, visit www.opensavings.com.

About American Express OPEN
American Express OPEN is dedicated exclusively to the success of small business owners and their companies. OPEN supports business owners with exceptional service. With tailored products and services, the team delivers purchasing power, flexibility, control and rewards to help customers run their business. Specifically, business owner customers can leverage an enhanced set of products, tools, services and savings, including charge and credit cards, convenient access to working capital, robust online account management capabilities and savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners. To obtain more information about OPENSM, visit www.OPEN.com, or call 1-800-NOW-OPEN to apply for a card. Terms and conditions apply.

American Express Company www.americanexpress.com is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.

About AirTran Airways
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past two years and is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Market Leadership Award from Air Transport World.  AirTran is the only major airline with Wi-Fi on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Its low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit www.airtran.com.


1. OPEN Savings®: Savings range from 3-20%. Payment must be made with an American Express® Business Card at the time of purchase.  Savings will be credited to your account. If purchases that received the OPEN Savings discount are refunded, the OPEN Savings discount will be reversed and debited from your account. Participation and offers are subject to change without notice. For full partner terms and conditions, visit opensavings.com. AirTran:  Valid on purchases directly from AirTran by visiting airtran.com, at the airport, or calling 1-800-AIR-TRAN ($15 booking fee per person is assessed for phone reservations).  Discount may not be used for reward travel


Contacts

Rosa Alfonso212.640.1712rosa.m.alfonso@aexp.com

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