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American Express Expands Benefits for Platinum Card® Members
NEW YORK,  March 20, 2014 -- 

American Express today announced it will expand its travel benefits aimed at enhancing the airport experience for Consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum Card Members.  These benefits include complimentary, unlimited access to Wi-Fi hotspots provided by Boingo Wireless, a global market leader in Wi-Fi, as well as an application fee statement credit option for the TSA Pre✓™ program.  These expanded perks are part of a growing roster of travel benefits that Platinum Card Members can take advantage of to help save time, money and hassle.

“American Express is committed to offering a variety of travel benefits and services that further elevate every point of a Card Member’s travel journey,” said Gary Portuesi, Vice President Travel Innovation, American Express.  With enhanced benefits like the TSA Pre✓™ $85 statement credit option and Boingo Wi-Fi, American Express Platinum Card Members can save money and enjoy an easier airport experience whether traveling domestically or abroad.”

Boingo Wireless
Starting in June 2014, Platinum Card Members will receive complimentary, unlimited access to more than 700,000 land-based Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide in airports, retail and hotel locations through the Boingo American Express Preferred Plan. Once enrolled in the plan, Card Members can have simultaneous internet access for up to four devices without worrying about data caps or roaming fees. 

Statement Credit Option for TSA Pre
Starting in June 2014, Platinum Card Members will have the option to receive a statement credit for a TSA Pre✓™ application fee. The $85 statement credit for TSA Pre✓™ is an alternative to the existing benefit that American Express launched in 2011―a $100 statement credit for a Global Entry application fee.  Card Members can receive a statement credit for either the TSA Pre✓™ or Global Entry program application fee once every five years. 

  • If the Card Member travels internationally, Global Entry can reduce wait time at US Customs when returning from international travel. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, the Card Member will receive access to TSA Pre✓™
  • If the Card Member does not travel internationally or does not think he/she meets the requirements of Global Entry, the Card Member can opt to apply for TSA Pre✓™ alone.  TSA Pre✓™ allows low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airports.

1Boingo Wi-Fi Access
The following terms will apply upon benefit launch.  Complimentary access to Boingo Wi-Fi is being provided as a benefit to eligible American Express Card Members.  In order to access the benefit, eligible Card Members must first be authenticated and create a Boingo American Express Preferred Plan (or, the “AXP Plan”) account.  Internet access may be required in order to be authenticated and create an account.  For questions on eligibility, call the number on the back of your Card.   

If you have an existing paid Boingo subscription plan, your existing plan will not be automatically cancelled when you enroll in the AXP Plan.  If you would like to cancel any existing paid subscription plan, call Boingo’s dedicated AXP Plan line.

The AXP Plan only provides access to land-based Wi-Fi services and does not include in-flight Wi-Fi.  Available hotspots in Boingo’s network, including those managed and operated by Boingo and its partners (“Boingo’s Network”) are subject to change at any time. Visit http://wifi.boingo.com/ for a complete listing of hotspots. 

Your use of Boingo’s Wi-Fi services is subject to Boingo’s End User License Agreement and Customer Agreement and other applicable terms and conditions, including Boingo’s privacy and security policies, available at www.boingo.com.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in Boingo’s terms and conditions, eligible American Express Card Members (i) will not be charged for enrollment in the AXP Plan, and (ii) will be permitted to connect no more than four devices to Boingo’s Network at any time. 

By subscribing for this benefit, you acknowledge that American Express is not responsible for and does not guarantee the quality, security, coverage or availability of Boingo’s Network or the free Wi-Fi hotspots accessed through the Wi-Finder tool.  You agree that use of Wi-Fi accessed through Boingo is at your own risk. 

Enrollment in the AXP Plan is limited to authorized Card Members only.  This benefit is non-transferable and may be terminated for breach of any terms or conditions or for abuse of your AXP Plan account.  This benefit is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

2 Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre
The benefit is available to (i) Corporate Gold Card® Members, (ii) Consumer Platinum® Card Members, Corporate Platinum Card® Members and Business Platinum Card® Members. The benefit is also available to Additional Card Members on eligible Consumer and Business Card accounts.  To receive the statement credit, Additional Card Members must charge the application fee to the eligible Additional Card account.  Card Members are eligible to receive one (1) statement credit every five (5) years for the application fee for either Global Entry or TSA Pre✓™ when charged to an eligible Card.  Card Members will receive a statement credit for the first program (either Global Entry or TSA Pre✓™ ) to which they apply and pay for with their eligible Card regardless of whether they are approved for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓™. However, Card Members can receive no more than one $85 credit or $100 credit, depending on which program the Card Member first applies for, every 5 years for an application fee charged to an eligible Card.  American Express has no control over the application and/or approval process for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓™, and does not have access to any information provided to the government by the Card Member or by the government to the Card Member. American Express has no liability regarding the Global Entry or TSA Pre✓™ Programs. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) (for Global Entry) and U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) (for TSA Pre✓™) charge an application fee to process each respective application regardless of whether the Card Member’s application is approved.  American Express will provide a statement credit for the application fee regardless of the decision made by CBP (for Global Entry) or TSA (for TSA Pre✓™) but will not provide a statement credit for subsequent application fees charged to the same eligible Card within five (5) years, even if the original application is rejected.  

Membership for Global Entry and TSA Pre✓™ is per person, and a separate application must be completed for each individual.

For additional information on Global Entry and the TSA Pre✓™ programs, including information regarding the application and/or approval process and for a list of participating airlines and airports, as well as the full terms and conditions of the programs, please go to www.globalentry.gov for Global Entry and www.tsa.gov  for TSA Pre✓™.  The Global Entry and TSA Pre✓™ programs are subject to change, and American Express has no control over those changes.

The statement credit benefit applies to the Global Entry and TSA Pre✓™ programs only.  Other program applications including, but not limited to, NEXUS, SENTRI, and Privium are not eligible for the statement credit benefit.

Please allow 6-8 weeks after the qualifying Global Entry or TSA Pre✓™ transaction is charged to the eligible Card account for the statement credit to be posted to the Card account. Card Members are responsible for payment of all application charges until the statement credit posts to the Card account. To be eligible for this benefit, Card account(s) must be active and not in default at the time of statement credit fulfillment.

Global Entry Fee Credit Option:
Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk international travelers upon arrival in the United States. Global Entry membership also includes access to the TSA Pre✓™ programs with no additional application or fee required. However, if a Card Member applies separately for TSA Pre✓™ with the same eligible Card, the TSA Pre✓™ application fee is not eligible for a statement credit.

To receive the $100 Global Entry statement credit, Card Members must pay for the $100 Global Entry application fee with an eligible Card. Additional Cards on eligible Consumer and Business accounts are also eligible for the $100 statement credit. To receive the statement credit, the Global Entry application fee must be charged on the eligible Additional Card. Global Entry members can opt-in to TSA Pre™ by entering their Global Entry membership number (PASS ID) in the "Known Traveler Number" field each time a flight reservation is made on a participating airline.  Alternatively, Card Members can add their Global Entry PASS ID to their frequent flyer profile(s) with the participating airline(s) and then ensure that their frequent flyer number is entered for each flight booking. If approved, membership into the Global Entry program is valid for 5 years and subject to the program’s terms and conditions.

TSA Pre™ Fee Credit Option:
TSA Pre✓™ is an intelligence-driven program managed by the TSA that allows pre-approved and low-risk travelers to apply for expedited screening at participating U.S. airports. Enrolling in TSA Pre✓™ does not guarantee selection for expedited screening each time a passenger travels.

To receive the $85 TSA Pre✓™ statement credit, Card Members must pay for the $85 TSA Pre✓™ application fee with an eligible Card. Additional Cards on eligible Consumer and Business Card accounts are also eligible for the $85 statement credit. To receive the statement credit, the TSA Pre✓™ application fee must be charged on the eligible Additional Card. If approved, Membership into the TSA Pre✓™ program is valid for 5 years and subject to the program’s terms and conditions. 

About American Express
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Kimberly Litt212.640.0453Kimberly.B.Litt@aexp.com

       
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