The American Express Platinum card comes with a hefty annual fee of $450. Historically, this cost has been partially offset by some of the best credit card perks in the industry, including an annual $200 fee reimbursement for airline-imposed fees and Amex’s Platinum Travel Desk, which includes two-for-one business class tickets on many international airlines.
One of the most valuable benefits has been the access the card offered to airline lounges around the world, including those run by American Airlines, Delta and US Airways. (more…)
Posted on January 13, 2014
American Express Membership Rewards (MR) points are a valuable and versatile currency. They can be transferred to a variety of airlines, including members of all three global airline alliances, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue, and more. This gives travelers dozens of redemption options on almost every major airline in the world. But if you can transfer to one of several airline partners to make your award booking, does it matter which one you choose? (more…)
Posted on December 30, 2013
Yesterday I wrote about the double miles promotion offered by United Airlines this fall. That was the carrot. We have now been hit with the stick.
Effective February 1, the miles needed to book award tickets are going up. This is standard if unpleasant practice every few years among frequent flyer programs, and it’s called “award inflation.” Typically airlines raise award levels for international tickets 5,000 – 20,000 miles, elite frequent flyers grumble about it for a while, and everyone moves on.
But this time United dropped a surprise nuclear bomb on us. (more…)
Posted on November 5, 2013
This is going to be a controversial post. I know there are some die-hard Delta SkyMiles fans out there. And while I hope they are extracting value from Delta’s program, I’m going to lay out three key reasons why SkyMiles is inferior to the programs run by Alaska, American, United and US Airways. (more…)
Posted on October 15, 2013