American Express Membership Rewards Program Launches Flight Finder and Room Finder For Charge Cardmembers

NEW YORK, March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Express, through its Membership Rewards(R) program, introduces Flight Finder and Room Finder, two innovative online booking tools that make booking an award flight or hotel room easier and faster than before.

Flight Finder and Room Finder enable Charge Cardmembers enrolled in the Membership Rewards program from American Express to easily search award inventory, transfer points directly into a frequent flyer or frequent guest account, and book flights or hotel stays in a single online transaction. Featured partners currently include: Priority Club(R) Rewards (InterContinental(R) Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza(R) Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn(R) Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express(R), Staybridge Suites(R), Candlewood Suites(R) and Hotel Indigo(R)); AirTran Airways A+ Rewards; and the Hilton HHonors(R) Program (The Hilton Family of Hotels: Hilton(R), Conrad(R) Hotels, Doubletree(R), Embassy Suites Hotels(R), Hampton Inn(R), Hampton Inn & Suites(R), Hilton Garden Inn(R), Hilton Grand Vacations Club(R), Homewood Suites by Hilton(R), Scandic(R) by Hilton, and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection(R)). Additional airline and hotel partners are scheduled to follow.

"These online tools are a great complement to other travel redemption options currently available to Charge Cardmembers," said Ralph Andretta, senior vice president and general manager, Membership Rewards Program, American Express. "Flight Finder and Room Finder are leading examples of our commitment to enhancing the Membership Rewards customer experience with next- generation features and capabilities that make it increasingly easy and simple to earn and redeem points."

Using Flight Finder and/or Room Finder is Easy

To redeem award flights or hotel stays, enrolled Cardmembers visit membershiprewards.com/flightfinder or membershiprewards.com/roomfinder to begin searching for flight or hotel room availability, respectively. Flight Finder or Room Finder will return a list of available options based on the traveler's search criteria and the travel partner's available award inventories. Alongside the search results displayed, Cardmembers can view the total points needed for booking, their current frequent flyer or frequent guest program point balance, and Membership Rewards point balance.

Based on total points available, Charge Cardmembers can instantly transfer points needed from their Membership Rewards account to their frequent flyer or frequent guest program account to finalize the booking. Through Flight Finder and Room Finder, Cardmembers can also instantly link or establish a frequent flyer or frequent guest account with the selected partner.

Additional Membership Rewards(R) Travel Reward Booking Options

In addition to Flight Finder and Room Finder, the Membership Rewards program offers a variety of redemption options for travel, giving Cardmembers the opportunity to choose the method that best suits their needs and preferences. For example, American Express' Pay with Points feature allows Cardmembers to instantly redeem Membership Rewards points for all or part of the cost of any airline ticket, hotels, cruises and travel packages, without blackout dates or restrictions when booking travel at: www.membershiprewards.com/paywithpoints.

Membership Rewards' Points Transfer feature allows Charge Cardmembers enrolled in a frequent flyer or frequent guest program to transfer points online into any one or more participating partner airline or hotel programs. To transfer points, Cardmembers must first link their frequent flyer or frequent guest program account to their Membership Rewards account -- a simple process they can do online. Cardmembers must then work with the travel partner directly to facilitate the reservation.

The Membership Rewards program also makes it easy for enrolled Charge Cardmembers to redeem points for travel certificates when needed. In some cases, an airline or hotel partner may require point redemption for travel certificates, which are then used for booking a reservation.

About The Membership Rewards Program

The Membership Rewards program from American Express has more than 140 redemption partners. The program allows Cardmembers to earn one point for virtually every dollar charged on eligible, enrolled American Express(R) Cards.(1)

Membership Rewards points are redeemable in a wide selection of reward categories, including travel, retail merchandise, entertainment, shopping and recreation gift certificates, experiences, financial services and charity rewards. Enrollees may also customize their own redemption experiences through the program's Your Reward(R)(2) option and use points for just about anything they can imagine. Points have no expiration date, and there is no limit on the number of points a Cardmember can earn.

For more information about the Membership Rewards program, or to apply for an American Express Card, consumers can call 1-800-THE-CARD or visit 800TheCard.com.

About American Express

American Express Company (www.americanexpress.com) (NYSE:AXP) is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.

    (1)  Some Cards require enrollment and the payment of an annual program
         fee. Terms and conditions apply.

    (2)  Your Reward packages are subject to availability. Terms and
         conditions may apply. Your Reward only fulfills requests that accept
         the American Express Card. Unless otherwise noted all gratuities and
         taxes are included in the point value of the package.

Source: American Express

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