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American Express has an online travel-booking portal called American Express Travel. Members of the general public can use it to book flights, hotels, car rentals and cruises among other things. But when American Express cardholders log into their accounts and book travel through it, they are eligible for other benefits such as earning extra Membership Rewards points on purchases and being able to redeem their Membership Rewards points at a flat rate for travel.

TPG Contributor Richard Kerr ran through the list of Amex Travel benefits in this post. He also noted that Amex Travel is not always the cheapest option available when booking travel online. Part of that is because Amex Travel actually charges small fees for certain bookings.

Platinum cardholders will no longer be charged booking fees on Amex Travel.
Platinum cardholders will no longer be charged booking fees on Amex Travel.

Air bookings made online cost $6.99 per domestic ticket and $10.99 per international ticket. Hotel and cruise bookings don’t carry booking fees, but package deals (flight + hotel) also cost $6.99/$10.99 per domestic/international ticket.

However, Amex just informed American Express Platinum cardholders of a new perk: waived booking fees on travel purchased through Amex Travel. While that’s not going to save you a ton of money, if you regularly purchase air tickets or air + hotel packages through Amex Travel, that can end up saving you a little chunk of change.

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Let’s say you wanted to book your family of four on a trip to Paris this summer. That would be $10.99 per ticket, so you’d save just under $44. Is this a major new benefit like other recently announced additions to the card? No. But every little bit counts, and every cent you can save to offset the card’s $450 annual fee makes it that much more worth it.

For more information on the Platinum Card, check out these posts:

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
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