Is the pricing on AmEx Travel website really competitive?

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Is the pricing on AmEx Travel website really competitive?

Postby Celestine » Fri May 25, 2012 1:01 am

For anyone who used AmEx travel website, are the prices competitive with other websites?

And can I use my Platinum to buy international airline tickets but the airline tickets are not in my name - my younger brother? To have the benefits of the Platinum, does the ticket needs to be in my name?

Was thinking of adding my younger brother on my Platinum when he goes to South Korea to study for 6-months. Will adding my younger brother on my card affect my credit score? I have seen on AmEx online account a page on adding a card - was that that page to add an authorized user?

Is there a difference between adding an authorized user on the card but only one card, my card, and adding a second card with that person's name on it? I think there is an annual fee for the second Platinum card. Anyone knows how much - half of the primary card's AF or other amount?
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Postby DoingHomework » Fri May 25, 2012 9:27 am

A second platinum card for an AU is $175.

The AMEX travel website is competitive in my experience. It is essentially a front end for Travelocity I think. You will pay an extra $6 fee though.

I don't know teh answer to your question about tickets in someone else's name.

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Postby thomaswhitehall » Fri May 25, 2012 12:29 pm

Benefits of Platinum in this case being??

Lounge Access: Would think you'd need to show card at the front door

$200 Airline Credit: Would think you'd charge whatever you bought (drinks, etc.) on the plane on the card then Amex would credit it after the fact.

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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Fri May 25, 2012 2:08 pm

I buy tickets for family and friends through PTS. The pricing is actually cheaper and you end up getting better rooms/upgrades for hotels. With airline it is right at or below competitive pricing. You should always book through PTS as you get double points.

Yes you can buy tickets for other people and your Platinum benefits still cover them. When we travel with other couples I always book all the tickets, hotel and car through PTS as the travel benefits always are better than my counterparts cards that they carry. I also carry the premium coverages on travel. It comes in handy when your flight is canceled. Keep in mind, if I am traveling internationally and there is a medical emergency and need to be flown out by a helicopter, I want that coverage and protection for all my party, not just me. I want all my traveling friends to get free room upgrades and complimentary spa credits as well. It is always in your best interests to book through PTS.
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Postby DoingHomework » Fri May 25, 2012 2:16 pm

thomaswhitehall wrote:Benefits of Platinum in this case being??

Lounge Access: Would think you'd need to show card at the front door

$200 Airline Credit: Would think you'd charge whatever you bought (drinks, etc.) on the plane on the card then Amex would credit it after the fact.


I'm a little confused as well. The international airline ticket benefit with platinum is to get a second ticket free as a companion on the same itinerary.

For lounge access you have to show the card and usually a same day ticket on the relevant airline at the door. For US Airways you just show the platinum card and then scan it.

As far as the $200 credit, they just automatically credit your card for anything charged to an airline that is not a ticket. I'm not quite sure how they know but they do. I am buying a bunch of tickets now for travel later this year. I bought a $170 ticket and changed another international ticket a few days later that incurred a $250 fee. I had $12 in expenses already credited this year. Buying the $170 ticket did not get reimbursed but the change fee triggered a $188 credit as it should have.

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Postby Crashem » Fri May 25, 2012 3:40 pm

I don't find pts that competitive. It looks okay and I book with them when they're competitive. Remember plat card benefits are per account and not per card. So for example 200 airline reimburse is not per card. First class companion ticket hardly ever worth it. The prices are really high for first ticket, often cheaper to buy both tickets.
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Postby DoingHomework » Fri May 25, 2012 4:52 pm

PlatinumAMEX94 wrote:I buy tickets for family and friends through PTS. The pricing is actually cheaper and you end up getting better rooms/upgrades for hotels. With airline it is right at or below competitive pricing. You should always book through PTS as you get double points. Yes you can buy tickets for other people and your Platinum benefits still cover them.... I want all my traveling friends to get free room upgrades and complimentary spa credits as well. It is always in your best interests to book through PTS.


Not me. I want my traveling companions to be jealous of me!

How do you book through PTS? Do you call or can you do it online thru the travel website? I've used them once but I called. That's fine but I like to actually see my various options so I usually try to do things online. I've booked FHR hotels through the platinum travel site but I've never seen how to do flights there. I have used the regular amex travel site for flights though and found it to be competitive

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Postby agp » Fri May 25, 2012 6:22 pm

Really depends. I checked flight rates from NJ/NY to Rhode Island, and the prices were 2x or more that of the tickets I found on Chase. I guess it really depends on where you go. Chase is partners with the biggest airline company (United/Continental) so if anyone would have cheap tickets it would be Chase.

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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Fri May 25, 2012 8:00 pm

DoingHomework wrote:How do you book through PTS? Do you call or can you do it online thru the travel website?


I just call the number on the back of my card and select "Travel" at the prompt. It is always better to call rather than to do it on the website.
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Postby Celestine » Sat May 26, 2012 1:03 am

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