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American Express Platinum Card® Packs on the Perks for International TravelersPriority Pass(TM) Select, Global Entry and Elimination of Foreign Currency Transaction Fees Make Platinum Card® Membership Even More Valuable
NEW YORK,  April 5, 2011 -- 

American Express today announces the addition of three new benefits to its Platinum Card to help make international travel more enjoyable and less stressful, even in the face of increasing flight delays, endless airport lines and mounting incidental travel fees. The additions include new international lounge access, the opportunity to zip through International Arrivals at U.S. airports and the elimination of foreign exchange fees. These new benefits reinforce the Platinum Card as a smart choice for travelers looking to get more value for their money and time, at home or abroad.

U.S. consumer and small business Card members can enroll and learn more about the following new benefits beginning today at americanexpress.com/transformtravel:

  1. Priority Pass(TM) Select -- Card members can now take a break from the chaotic airport terminals with the help of Priority Pass Select, which provides access to more than 600 international airport lounges in more than 100 countries and more than 300 cities worldwide. After enrolling in the program at americanexpress.com/transformtravel, Card members will receive their Priority Pass Select card in the mail and can begin enjoying the relaxing ambience of the lounges that include a variety of benefits such as complimentary refreshments, snacks and internet access. This new international travel benefit extends the already robust airport lounge program that provides access into domestic airport club lounges for American Airlines Admirals Club®, Delta Sky Club(TM) and US Airways® Club.
  2. $100 Global Entry Credit -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offers a program called Global Entry that allows approved members expedited clearance and the ability to bypass lines at International Arrivals in major U.S. airports when returning from traveling abroad. Card members who apply and pay the application fee of $100 with their Platinum Card will receive a statement credit. And once the application is approved, the membership will be valid for five years.
  3. Elimination of Foreign Currency Transaction Fees -- Platinum Card members can now shop like locals no matter what country they are in. Effective immediately, Card members will not be charged the 2.7 percent foreign currency transaction fees on international purchases when they use their Platinum Card.

"We know our Platinum Card members are passionate about international travel, and we want their Card to provide them with the same level of exceptional service, access and value whether they are home or halfway around the world," said Robin Korn, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Charge Cards, American Express. "And with the launch of these new benefits, combined with the suite of existing ones, the Platinum Card is truly the passport to a premium travel experience."

These latest travel additions complement a core of more than 40 ever-evolving, valuable Card benefits, services and protections that include:

$200 Airline Fee Credit -- Card members can check a bag or enjoy an in-flight meal on American Express. They will receive up to $200 per year in credits towards incidental airline fees that are charged on the Card member's enrolled Platinum Card on their selected airline. The $200 Airline Fee Credit can apply to baggage fees, flight change fees, in-flight food and airport lounge day passes. Card members need to enroll and select the qualifying airline of choice online at americanexpress.com/transformtravel.

20% Travel Bonus -- When Card members use the Membership Rewards® Pay with Points feature to pay for part or all of their travel including airlines, hotels, cruises and vacation packages, they will get 20% of those points credited back to their account to bring them closer to their next trip. Notably, the Pay with Points feature allows Card members to purchase any category of ticket, on any airline, at any time, with no blackout dates or restrictions.

Fine Hotels & Resorts Program -- Card members who stay at one of more than 700 exceptional properties that are a part of the Fine Hotels & Resorts Program will receive a room upgrade (upon availability), daily continental breakfast for two, 4 p.m. late check-out and an additional special amenity worth a minimum of $450 per stay.

Platinum Travel Service and Platinum Card Concierge -- Card members have access to the Platinum Travel Service -- 24-hours a day, 365 days a year -- to help them plan both business and leisure trips. And the Platinum Card Concierge service can round out the travel experience by helping secure restaurant reservations, tickets to attractions and shows and more.

For complete terms and conditions on all new and existing benefits, please visit americanexpress.com/transformtravel.

About the Platinum Card from American Express
Launched in 1984, the Platinum Card from American Express was the first of its kind in the market and meets the needs and desires of the affluent consumer. For more than 25 years, American Express has continued to evolve and enhance the Card by adding new benefits and services to meet the changing needs of Card members. Today, the Platinum Card offers more than 40 distinctive benefits and services, including: airport club access, special amenities such as room upgrades and guaranteed late check-outs at more than 700 of the world's most luxurious hotels and resorts; and access to once-in-a-lifetime "By Invitation Only®" experiences from private events with leading designers throughout NY/Milan Fashion weeks to access to tennis champions at Wimbledon. Platinum Card members also enjoy an exceptional level of personal service through our dedicated team of customer care professionals within Platinum Card Customer Service, Concierge and Travel Service. The Platinum Card also provides Card members with a wide array of incremental travel and retail protections that are synonymous with the American Express brand and reputation. The Business Platinum Card offered by OPEN from American Express® is designed specifically to meet the needs and desires of the small business owner and delivers the purchasing power, flexibility, control and rewards to help customers run their business. Through its Global Commercial Card group, American Express also offers the Corporate Platinum Card, featuring exclusive benefits and world-class services for senior executives. To learn more, visit americanexpress.com/platinum.

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.


Priority Pass Select:
These Terms and Conditions govern [Business] Platinum Card members' participation in and use of the Priority Pass Select program. Priority Pass Select is an independent airport lounge access program. By enrolling in Priority Pass Select, you acknowledge and agree that American Express will verify your Card account number and provide updated Card account information to Priority Pass from time to time. Priority Pass will use this information to fulfill on the Priority Pass Select program and may use this information for marketing related to the program. Once enrolled, [Business] Platinum Card members in good standing may access participating Priority Pass Select lounges worldwide on a complimentary basis. Additional Gold Card members are not eligible for complimentary membership. The Priority Pass Select member must present his or her Priority Pass Select card and boarding pass to gain access to participating lounges. In some cases, Priority Pass Select member must be 21 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Priority Pass Select members must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Amenities may vary among airport lounge locations. Conference rooms may be reserved for a nominal fee. Priority Pass Select lounge partners and locations are subject to change. Member is liable for all accompanying guest visits and will be automatically charged $27 per guest after it has been reported by the participating lounge. All Priority Pass Select members must adhere to the Priority Pass Conditions of Use which will be sent to you with your membership package, and can be viewed at www.prioritypass.com. Upon receipt of your enrollment information, Priority Pass will process your membership and send you your personalized membership card together with your Priority Pass Select lounge listings, which you should receive within 10-14 days.

Global Entry:
Global Entry is a U.S. government program. American Express has no control over the application and/or approval process, and does not have access to any information provided to the government by the Consumer and Business Platinum Card' or Centurion' Card member.

American Express has no liability regarding the Global Entry Program. If you need more information regarding the application and/or approval process, as well as the full terms and conditions of this program, please go to www.globalentry.gov. The benefit is available to Consumer and Business Platinum Card' and Centurion' members only. To receive a $100 statement credit, Card member must complete the Global Entry application and pay for the fee with a valid Consumer and Business Platinum Card' or Centurion' Card. If an Account has Additional Cards, the Cards are eligible for $100 per Card. If approved, membership into the Global Entry program is valid for 5 years without additional charges and subject to the program's terms and conditions. The $100 application fee must be paid regardless of a decision by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and is required to process the application. Membership is per person, and a separate application must be completed for each individual. Individuals under 14 years of age are not eligible for this program.

Please allow 6-8 weeks after the qualifying Global Entry transaction is charged to your Card account for statement credit(s) to be posted to the account. Card members can call the number on the back of the Card if statement credits have not posted after 8 weeks from the date of purchase. Card members are responsible for payment of all charges until the statement credit(s) posts to the account. To be eligible for this benefit, Card account(s) must be active and not in default at the time of statement credit fulfillment.
 


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