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For years American Express has had an ‘International Airline Program’ for Platinum and Centurion cardholders which amounted to 2-for-1 business class tickets provided you were buying full fare.
This has had limited usefulness for many cardmembers, often full fare business class is about twice as much as discounted advance purchase business, at most you’d save a few hundred dollars buying business class for two passengers. A limited subset of cardmembers, though, found this very useful.
Quietly it seems that American Express has revamped the International Airline Program. They no longer offer ‘two for one’ instead they offer discounts on premium cabin tickets from one to eight passengers. You have to price and book by phone. Early results appear highly promising.
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1-800-525-3355 for Platinum Travel Service or
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- No longer limited to refundable fares, you can get a discount off of lower-priced premium cabin fares now too.
- Applies to first class, business class, and premium economy now
- $39 per ticket service fee (waived for Centurion cardholders)
- “Travel must originate in and return to U.S. gateway (may exclude certain overseas territories) and select Canadian gateways” although one-way travel is permitted on some airline partners.
- You can use Membership Rewards ‘Pay With Points’ to cover ticket cost
Interestingly, the big Star Alliance airlines which fly transatlantic aren’t participating. So you can’t travel with Star between the US and Europe (except for Los Angeles – London) or for that matter US – South America.
Though the change happened within the past few weeks, some people are already reporting great savings. For instance one Flyertalk member found $500 off Seattle – London roundtrip in business class, and another found 12% off Cathay Pacific premium economy and $1000 off Qatar Airways business class although they found the actual agent booking process less and satisfactory.