Category Archives: American Express

Heading To The Airport, Next Stop Russia

a map of the world
We’re putting the finishing touches on packing for our upcoming trip to Russia. I’m bringing a larger backpack than I’d like to for a trip of this length. But when you are packing for two and need cold weather items, that’s the best option.

We’ll be flying direct on Delta from New York’s JFK Airport to Moscow’s Sheremetyvo (SVO) Airport. The flight takes off around 5:30 p.m. and is approximately 9.5 hours long. 
We always like to arrive at the airport a bit early. We’ll check in, clear security and stop by the Delta Lounge (a nice perk of the Amex Platinum Card) to relax and have a snack before our flight.
a baby sitting on a chair
Lucas Miles W.
Hopefully Lucas will be his usual awesome self and cooperate on the flight. So far, he has been amazing when flying but this time around he is much more mobile and curious so it might be a bit of a different experience. Kim and I are prepared though (we think!). We have a couple of new books and toys ready for the flight as well as some of Lucas’ favorite snacks. Lucas usually goes to sleep in the 7:30-8:00 range so we are hoping he stays awake for a short while and then passes out for the bulk of our journey.

We’re really excited to be heading to Russia. We can’t wait to explore such an interesting place. I look forward to posting about the trip and our experiences very soon.

Happy holidays to all!

A Creative Airline Credit Card Display

a woman looking at a machine

This past weekend Kim and I stopped by Eataly after having lunch at Shake Shack. We went to Shake Shack to try out the special menu for Shacktoberfest. (Check out my post about it here.)
Eataly is an Italian food market that also has many restaurants inside.

While walking through Eatalay I spotted a really creative credit card sign-up display. The display was for the Alitalia American Express card. It was primarily made up of a plane fuselage (body), which is what caught my eye.

a close-up of a sign
a screen shot of a computer

No, I did not sign up for the card but I had to check out the display. Besides having a plane fuselage, it also had a couple of touch screen computers which were linked to the Alitalia site. I am pretty sure you could apply for the card from the computers on the spot and find out info about Alitalia.

a close-up of a sign

There was also a pretty large sign showing the terms for the Alitalia American Express card.

I was wondering if people actually signed up for this card while wandering through Eataly?
I mean the display was really cool but where was the mention of a nice bonus miles offer for signing up for the card!

Amex Travel Fall Giveaways- Win A Cruise of Your Choice

a cruise ship in the water

American Express is running the Fall Giveaways Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes has two monthly entry periods, each with it’s own prize.

The Grand Prize for October: A Royal Caribbean cruise for two

  • A voucher will be provided to the winner which will allow them to pick a cruise from a list of cruises provided by Amex and Royal Caribbean
  • Cruise must be selected by 10/31/13
  • Approximate retail value- $2,000

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & DC
Must be 18 years of age or older

The October prize entry ends 10/31/12 at 4:00pm ET

Enter for your chance to win a cruise for two on Royal Caribbean HERE

Win A Trip To The UK To See the Chelsea Football Club

a stadium with a blue and orange stadium
Delta’s Chelsea Football Club Contest gives you the chance to win a trip for two to London to attend the season opened for Chelsea FC.

The contest is being run through Facebook. To enter you need to fill out some basic information and let them know why you should win.
The Prize:
  • 2 tickets to the Chelsea FC home opener on August 25, 2012
  • Round trip economy airfare for 2 from the U.S. to London
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations
  • $500 American Express gift card
a close-up of a logo

Contest open to legal residents of the United States

Must be 21 years of age or older to enter
Enter by July 28, 2012 11:59 p.m. ET
Enter for your chance to win HERE

Win a Sizzling Trip to South Beach from SpaFinder

a logo for a spa resort
SpaFinder is giving away a relaxing trip to South Beach with a very generous prize package.
The Prize:
  • Roundtrip coach airfare for two to Miami
  • Three night stay in ocean view room at Delano
  • One 60 minute couples massage at Delano
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • $200 American Express gift card
  • $200 SpaFinder gift certificate
  • $200 Loehmann’s gift certificate
Prize expires June 13, 2013 and there are some blackout dates
Approximate value of prize is $4800
Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C.
Must be 18 or older to enter
Enter the sweepstakes by June 30, 2012 HERE

Delta- Dad’s Big Break Sweepstakes

a tie and a shirt
Delta is running a sweepstakes through Facebook called Dad’s Big Break for Father’s Day.
The prize is a 4-day getaway for one Dad and his family.
Entering is pretty simple. All you need to do is fill out the entry form on Facebook which takes less than a minute. All the form asks for is your name, e-mail and date of birth.
More about the prize:
  • Four roundtrip economy class tickets to any destination in the continental U.S.
  • $1,000 American Express gift card
  • Travel must be completed one year from the date of issued certificate
Open to legal residents of the U.S. 
Must be 21 years or older to enter
Enter the sweepstakes by 11:59 ET on June 17, 2012

Find out more and enter the sweepstakes HERE

American Express Travel- Spring Giveaways: A Cruise Vacation of Your Choice

a blue and white logo

American Express Travel is giving away a vacation each month through May

For March the prize is a Royal Caribbean Cruise for Two

Some details about the prize:
  • Voucher for 2 on Royal Caribbean cruise with stateroom accomodations
  • Winner will select a cruise from list provided by Amex & Royal Caribbean
  • Cruise must be selected by 12/31/12
  • Air transportation to/ from port city is responsibility of the winner
  • Average retail value of prize: $2,000
a blue and yellow logo

You can get up to seven sweepstakes entries:
One entry for signing up and six more for referring friends

Contest ends on March 30 at 3:59PM  
Open to legal residents of the 50 US states & DC
Must be 18 or older to enter

Sign up for the contest Here

Vente-Privee: Amex cardmembers get $25 statement credit

***This is not travel related but seems like a deal worthy of mentioning…

Vente-Privee is a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Express and Each day the site runs sales of up to 70% off in categories like fashion and homewares to sporting goods and electronics.

By signing up for an account, American Express Cardmembers can receive a $25 statement credit with first purchase of $50 or more when using a qualifying Amex card.

I’ve checked the site a few times and none of the sale have been of any interest but for that kind of offer I am going to try to check back each day to see what else gets added.

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