Save Money Skiing: New Amex Offer at Aspen Snowmass
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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, American Express® Gold Card
If you haven’t booked your family’s 2018 – 2019 ski trips yet, it’s time to get serious. Luckily for those who aren’t fully booked for the season, Amex Offers may work to save you a few bucks should Aspen Snowmass be on your ski agenda. There is a brand new Amex Offer available on some American Express Cards that will provide a $75 statement credit or 7,500 bonus Membership Rewards points with $300 in one or more eligible transactions at Aspen Snowmass. The offer for $75 or 7,500 bonus points varies by eligible card, but if you have the 7,500 point offer available, I would choose that version as TPG values 7,500 Amex Membership Rewards points at $150!
Eligible charges that count toward the necessary $300 in cumulative spending include lift tickets, equipment rentals or ski lessons booked directly at Aspen Snowmass Mountains or online at AspenSnowmass.com by March 8, 2019. Hitting that $300 should come quickly as adult lift tickets start at about $179 on peak days (if you don’t have an IKON Pass), and group child ski lessons start at $230 per day. The good news is that Aspen Snowmass has one of the best ski schools in the country with a fun Treehouse Adventure Center, so you can feel pretty good about where your money is going.
Should this new Amex offer be the catalyst for a family trip to Aspen Snowmass, I recommend using 35,000 Marriott Rewards points per night or a Marriott 35k certificate to stay at the slope-side Westin Snowmass. Marriott 35k certificates are available each year with the following cards:
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
- Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card
- Marriott Rewards Business Premier Plus Credit Card
Using 35k Marriott Rewards points per night during the ski season when paid rates are over $500+ per night is a tremendous use of points.
If you are interested in this Amex Offer, be sure to check your Amex account to see if your card has the offer attached — if so click “Add to Card” immediately as these offers can disappear if you haven’t added them to account. Examples of eligible cards include:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express
- American Express® Gold Card
If Aspen Snowmass isn’t on your family’s wish list for this ski season, here are tips for using miles and points to visit a whole host of winter resorts throughout Colorado and beyond.
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