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The American Express Travel Portal allows you to book travel and redeem American Express Membership Rewards points directly for travel reservations and activities, rather than transfer your rewards to airline or hotel partners like Delta SkyMiles or Marriott Bonvoy.
In 2019, Amex rolled out some new features on the portal, including the ability to book discounted premium tickets online instead of over the phone or via Amex’s chat tool. We’ll examine the pros and cons of booking travel through the portal and highlight tricks to maximize your next trip.
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Amex Travel Portal guide
Where you book your travel is just as important as where you’re traveling. Should you book directly with the airline or hotel to earn rewards, or an OTA like Expedia or Orbitz because it’s easy? If you hold an American Express Membership Rewards card, like The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express or American Express® Gold Card, you’ll probably utilize the Amex Travel portal at some point.
It offers some perks you may be familiar with, but there might be some hidden gems you haven’t heard. Let’s dive in.