As we cruise through the peak travel season of 2022, the summer of Amex Offers continues rolling on.
After great offers for groceries, Lululemon apparel, and Marriott Bonvoy hotel bookings, American Express is now offering $50 or $150 in statement credits on prepaid hotel and car rental bookings made via Amex Travel. These offers appear on many of American Express’s travel credit cards, and are valid for purchases made through September 13, 2022.
Amex Travel Hotels & Car Rentals: Earn a $50 or $150 Credit
There are two different offers for Amex Travel bookings this time around, on a variety of personal and business credit cards. As expected, the chunkier offers tend to be assigned to premium cards with higher annual fees.
There is one glaring exception, though, where some premium cards still receive the lower $50 offer. Otherwise, the $50 offer seems to be distributed amongst all Amex credit cards – including business cards.
Spend $500, Get $150
The first offer is for a $150 statement credit upon making a $500 purchase via Amex Travel Online.
In order to maximize the offer, you could make a purchase of exactly $500, which would be equivalent to a 30% discount on any prepaid hotel or car rental booking.
This offer has a registration cap of 7,500 cardholders – one of the lowest registration caps we have ever seen – so make sure to register as soon as possible to lock in your eligibility.
Spend $175, Get $50
The second offer is for a $50 statement credit upon making a $175 purchase via Amex Travel Online.
To maximize this offer by making a purchase of exactly $175, this is equivalent to a 29% discount on your prepaid hotel or car rental booking.
This offer has a registration cap of 30,000 cardholders. As per usual, you’ll want to log in to your Amex online dashboard or the mobile app now to make sure you manage to get in on this offer.
Amex Travel can be used to book a wide range of travel purchases, including flights, hotels, and car rentals. However, the terms of the offer include the following:
Offer only available when booking prepaid hotels or car rental online at www.americanexpress.ca/travel where American Express Travel (not the hotel or car rental company) is the merchant and charged to your registered Card at time of check out. Flight purchases, purchases or bookings made by phone or email, and travel insurance purchases are excluded.
Notably, only prepaid hotels and car rentals booked online will be eligible for this offer. Single or cumulative purchases count towards this offer, and the purchase(s) must be charged to your card before the offer ends on September 13, 2022, but the actual hotel or car rental may take place on a later date.
Make sure to select the “Pay Now” option when booking via Amex Travel Online, so that the reservation is processed as a prepaid booking. Paying upon check-out would render your booking ineligible for these Amex Offers.
Therefore, the most likely best-use case for the majority of cardholders will be to plan ahead for future travels later on in 2022, or even 2023. Of course, if you still have reservations to make for travel this summer, it’s worth considering switching them over to Amex Travel on a prepaid booking to lock in some savings.
Keep in mind that not all prepaid bookings are non-refundable, so you can still book fully refundable hotels and car rentals in case you change your travel plans later on. Be sure to read the cancellation terms of your booking to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Furthermore, while honouring elite benefits at hotels and car rental companies is usually assessed on a case-by-case basis for online travel agency (OTA) bookings, I would not expect to receive hotel points or elite qualifying nights on these prepaid Amex Travel bookings. This would apply towards all major chains like Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, or World of Hyatt.
Personally, I’ll be applying my credits towards prepaid car rentals (where elite status makes a smaller difference), or booking some hotels via Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR), where I know I’ll get comparable benefits to elite status.
I would also look forward to see if I have any boutique hotel bookings for the next 12 months, in which case I’ll check to see if that hotel is available on Amex Travel.
Since cumulative transactions still count towards the Amex offer, you don’t have to spend the full $175 or $500 in one go – you can also make multiple smaller purchases in order to unlock the credit.
This time around, the terms and conditions of the offer specify that the credits will be applied to your account “within 90 days after 13/09/2022.” However, in practice, they should show up within a few business days of competing your purchase.
Stack with the Platinum Card’s $200 Annual Travel Credit
If you’ve received the “Spend $500, Get $150” offer on the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll be able to stack this offer with the annual $200 travel credit in order to unlock even further savings.
The $200 annual is applied towards a booking a few days after the full amount is charged to your Platinum Card. Thus, by making a prepaid hotel or car rental booking with Amex Travel, the $150 should stack as well, making a total discount of $350 off a $500 purchase – a whopping 70% discount!
American Express has introduced its latest travel-oriented Amex Offers to soften the blow that the summer of revenge travel is making in your wallet. Should you have already booked all your travel this summer, you can always apply it towards any Amex Travel booking in the next year.
The Platinum, Gold, and Aeroplan Reserve Cards offer a “Spend $500, Get $150” rebate, whereas other American Express cardholders are treated to a smaller deal of “Spend $175, Get $50”.
Since the offers are only valid on prepaid hotels and car rentals, their overall appeal may be limited when compared to other, more flexible existing offers. But for those who have specific travel bookings to make this summer and fall, it’s an easy way to put some money back in your pocket.
Furthermore, you can always book a prepaid fully-refundable booking for next year, so it’s a no-lose scenario to lock in a booking in the next two months.
Registration caps this time around are especially limited for the $150 offer, so be sure to register immediately. The cap is higher for the more moderate $50 offer, but it is also offered on a much wider swath of cards.
Book soon to lock in your savings before the offer expires on September 13, 2022.