Is the pricing on AmEx Travel website really competitive?

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Postby Crashem » Sat May 26, 2012 12:20 pm

With AMEX (unlike visa/mc), each cardholder whether primary or added, get their own individual numbers.
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Postby PopiLopi » Sat May 26, 2012 2:27 pm

Amex has 2 different sites to book travel, the regular online travel that's for everybody, there you get 2x points and usually the prices is the same as with the airline plus a $6.99 fee per ticket. Thru platinum travel you can also do it online or call, keep in mind that they charge you a booking fee over the phone of $39, it might be worth it for a big trip, but not for a simple domestic flight. They recently book a flight for my father to Rome and they overcharged him close to $150 per passenger, plus since he's flying Alitalia he won't be able to use the lounges because priority pass select doesn't give you access to several lounges when your membership is thru a financial institution
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Postby DoingHomework » Sun May 27, 2012 9:56 pm

Celestine wrote:Does the primary and secondary card will have same card number or different?

They have different numbers. AMEX is unusual in that AU cards (almost) always have different numbers,

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Postby Celestine » Sun May 27, 2012 10:30 pm

PopiLopi wrote:Amex has 2 different sites to book travel, the regular online travel that's for everybody, there you get 2x points and usually the prices is the same as with the airline plus a $6.99 fee per ticket. Thru platinum travel you can also do it online or call, keep in mind that they charge you a booking fee over the phone of $39, it might be worth it for a big trip, but not for a simple domestic flight. They recently book a flight for my father to Rome and they overcharged him close to $150 per passenger, plus since he's flying Alitalia he won't be able to use the lounges because priority pass select doesn't give you access to several lounges when your membership is thru a financial institution


What is the website address for the second one - the one exclusive to Platinum members? I was only able to see the travel website that has a link in my online account.
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Postby Celestine » Sun May 27, 2012 10:31 pm

DoingHomework wrote:They have different numbers. AMEX is unusual in that AU cards (almost) always have different numbers,


This question might sound stupid but... the second card will be in the name of the person who I want to add, in this case my brother?
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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon May 28, 2012 12:00 pm

PTS may or may not be cheaper. What you get is certainty of upgrades and such.

I for one have had experiences where my personal travel agent has best Centurion travel's prices of first class tickets. So, always check prices before you buy.
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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Mon May 28, 2012 12:21 pm

PopiLopi wrote:Amex has 2 different sites to book travel, the regular online travel that's for everybody, there you get 2x points and usually the prices is the same as with the airline plus a $6.99 fee per ticket. Thru platinum travel you can also do it online or call, keep in mind that they charge you a booking fee over the phone of $39, it might be worth it for a big trip, but not for a simple domestic flight. They recently book a flight for my father to Rome and they overcharged him close to $150 per passenger, plus since he's flying Alitalia he won't be able to use the lounges because priority pass select doesn't give you access to several lounges when your membership is thru a financial institution


I have never been charged a $6.99 or $39 fee when booking travel, either online or over the phone. When you are logged into your American Express account, if you are a Platinum or Centurion member your login takes you to different pricing and hotels. FHR always requires you to login. I had an instance where the pricing I saw for a hotel was completely different for another member, who had a Hilton AmEx card. Same dates, same hotel, logged into the same website, but different pricing. If you are wondering, the Platinum pricing was better than the Hilton login.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue May 29, 2012 10:49 am

Each card member/holder needs to sign a PTS form to allow charges to go thru.
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Postby Celestine » Thu May 31, 2012 12:12 am

FastSRT8 wrote:Each card member/holder needs to sign a PTS form to allow charges to go thru.


Does the PTS form needs to be signed each transaction or just one time?

For additional cards, does AmEx do a credit check for the authorized user and a credit check again on the primary account holder? Like is there a chance that the authorized user gets rejected by AmEx?
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Postby Crashem » Thu May 31, 2012 1:43 am

No credit check, but run through amex internal screening. If they are Amex blacklisted, they will get rejected.
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