Fly Companion To London or See US Open With American Express

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I just received an email from American Express with a few offers that caught my attention. I received these offers because I have both the Personal American Express Platinum card (through a now expired 100,000 signup bonus) and the Business Platinum American Express card (through a recent 100,000 signup bonus campaign).

Fly Companion To London

Select American Express cardmembers are being offered the chance to purchase a premium economy ticket on Virgin Atlantic Airways and receive a companion ticket when you book through Platinum Travel Service and mention the code PECTO001. The travel must be completed by December 31, 2013 and be booked by June 30, 2013.


Terms And Conditions

Companion ticket subject to government taxes/fees from $52 to $252 roundtrip. Total charge for companion ticket may also reflect airline-imposed fuel surcharges of up to $1,334 roundtrip. Non-refundable American Express service fee of $39 (per ticket) applies to each purchase, itinerary change and refund, with this fee waived for Centurion Cardmembers. Ticket refunds may require cancellation of reservation prior to scheduled departure. Companion ticket requires purchase of qualifying non-restricted Premium Economy Class ticket through American Express Travel with an American Express Card issued in the U.S., with the Platinum or Centurion Cardmember’s name on Virgin Atlantic Airways. May not be available to residents of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Travel must be booked by June 30, 2013 and completed by December 31, 2013. Travel must originate in and return to a U.S. gateway (may exclude certain overseas territories). One-way travel permitted where routing originates in the U.S. Seat availability determined by airline. Seat availability is limited. Cardmember and companion must travel on same itinerary. Limit one companion ticket per Cardmember traveling. Tickets are non-transferable or endorsable. Full-fare ticket and companion ticket must both be cancelled before Cardmember is refunded. Not combinable with any other promotion and not available on Virgin Atlantic Airways’ code-share partners, i.e., flights marketed by Virgin Atlantic Airways but operated by its partner airline. Virgin Atlantic Airways reserves the right to modify fare rules/program participation prior to booking.

The taxes and fees still make this offer costly.

US Open With American Express

We are taking a once in a lifetime Ultimate Gold AAward trip later this year to Scotland where the game of golf began. So the news that American Express is offering a package for VIP US Open access is interesting to this 6-card American Express cardmember.


The package costs $750 and includes:

  • Friday evening Welcome Reception featuring a moderated Q&A with a golf icon, who will share insights on the championship and the game
  • Photo and autograph opportunity with golf icon
  • Unlimited access to the fully catered American Express hospitality chalet located on the 6th fairway on Saturday and Sunday
  • Access to championship grounds on Saturday and Sunday
  • Commemorative U.S. Open merchandise for each guest

Terms And Conditions

Transportation and accommodation costs are additional unless otherwise stated. The price indicated covers event costs only. Tax and gratuity extra. All sales are final and non-refundable, and resale is prohibited. Payment must be made using an eligible American Express® Card. Details and prices are subject to change. Packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability is limited. Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly. Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards First® program apply. or call 1-800-297-1300 for more information. Participating merchants and available rewards are subject to change without notice.

If you are a golfer, this may be an interesting option.

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  1. Yes, tickets to London are mostly taxes and fees, the base fares itself is not that much, so not a great deal.

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