A few days ago I wrote a post about why I hold onto The Platinum Card® from American Express, which offers all kinds of awesome perks. We all value different benefits of credit cards, and in that post I outlined the perks of the card that get me the most value.
Personally what I value most is the $200 annual Uber credit, $200 annual airline fee credit, 5x points on airfare, access to Amex Centurion Lounges, and access to Delta SkyClubs. There are lots of other great perks to the card (many will appreciate Hilton Gold status, Starwood Gold status, a Priority Pass membership, the TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry fee credit), though personally those are the ones I value most.
However, on that post reader Jon left a comment about how I didn’t mention the Amex Platinum Card International Airline Program, since this is a really great perk. This is one I had forgotten about for a while, so I figure if I forgot about it, presumably many others did as well.
In June American Express introduced a new International Airline Program, which is available to those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.
Back in the day Amex offered a 2-for-1 international airfare deal, which personally I never used or found value in. That’s because you had to buy a full fare ticket in order to take advantage of that, and more often than not it was possible to buy two discounted business class tickets for less than the cost of one full fare business class ticket.
So Amex discontinued that program, and instead introduced this new program. What’s so great about the new program is that it’s valid on all first class, business class, and premium economy fares on the following 18 airlines:
Nowadays airlines seem to be offering more premium cabin fare sales than ever before, in many cases making premium cabin travel quite affordable. With this perk you can save even more on the cost of premium cabin tickets, even if they’re already discounted.
As a reminder, the basic terms of using this benefit are as follows:
- Valid for first class, business class, and premium economy tickets booked through Amex Travel, including both refundable and non-refundable tickets
- Valid for the purchase of 1-8 tickets
- A $39 service fee applies, which is waived for Centurion Card members
- Only valid for travel originating in the US and “select Canadian gateways”
- You can use the “Amex Pay With Points” benefit to book tickets through this program
- To get quotes using this deal, you need to call 1-800-525-3355 if you have the Amex Personal Platinum Card, or 1-800-553-9497 if you have the Amex Business Platinum Card
Save on Etihad business class tickets using the Amex International Airline Program
Shortly after this benefit was introduced, I made several calls to inquire about pricing, and it was pretty consistently $100-400 cheaper than what I could otherwise find. It has been a while since I’ve booked a discounted business class ticket for travel originating in the US, though when I do, you can bet I’ll be using this program.
If you have the Amex Personal Platinum Card or Amex Business Platinum Card, be sure you remember this benefit the next time you’re booking a premium cabin international ticket, even if it’s already a discounted fare.