AMEX and Toronto Pearson in a unique partnership

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by: planensimple

AMEX privileges itself on exclusivity, doesn’t matter whether it’s exclusively high transaction charges or the amount of privileges it offers to its customers. I am a big fan of AMEX and enjoy the way they offer such a unique outstanding experience to their customers. Their Membership rewards program is one of the best programs to earn miles and avail related benefits such as AMEX lounges and Travel benefits.

Continuing with the theme is the partnership AMEX has forged an exclusive partnership with Toronto Pearson airport whereby to market itself and show what special it has to offer across the range of its products. AMEX is offering free downloads of e-books, Wi-Fi to all the airport passengers, exclusive lounge access which is similar to the AMEX lounges that have sprung up worldwide, priority lanes for hailing taxis and limos and last but not the least the most important benefit of having a dedicated immigration lane for its card members that guarantees them a quick and seamless experience. More details about the benefits can be found here and here


Somehow AMEX has decided to name its service Cloud 10 maybe to show it’s a notch better than being on cloud 9? Whatever it maybe it just sounds a bit tacky. I wish they could think of something more relevant. Has anybody used the AMEX services at Toronto Pearson? Let me know about your experiences in the comments below.

Make the most of your credit card’s extended warranty

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by: planensimple

Most of us are so focused on the earning capabilities of our credit cards that we sometimes end up forgetting the not so visible benefits of our cards. One such sweet benefit is the extended warranty on our qualifying purchases. Over the years I have personally had the credit card provided extended come to rescue in times when my gadgets or daily drivers have suddenly died on me for no rhyme or reason. The important aspect is that the cards usually cover most of the purchases that we would make and would usually have their original warranty which would get extended with these provisions. You can find more details about it from the card issuers like American Express, VISA and MasterCard.

In case you guys also have an Apple product like me you can check out a detailed process to make genuine claims in this very informative post written by the guys at Cult of Mac here, although a similar process would typically apply for all the cards and any of the products covered by the credit card terms and conditions. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of your credit cards before making the purchase to use the right card for the purchase and register the product for speedier processing of your claims.

Have you guys ever used your credit card provided extended warranty? Let me know your experiences in the comments below.

American Airlines, AMR take the bankruptcy protection route

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by: planensimple

After being the only major airline in the US history to not have filed one, American Airlines and its parent company AMR Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.

There had been speculation going around ever since AMR shares suffered a hug 40% drop in October that airline may file for bankruptcy sooner or later to cut costs specially its labor costs which are currently the highest in the industry but the timing of this announcement seems to have caught everyone by surprise. While the bankruptcy protection gives AMR some elbow room in its ongoing discussions with the pilots and other work groups, it also renders the airline a ripe target for takeovers in an industry that is currently in a very fluid state due to high operational costs specially fuel and labor.

As per its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in a New York court, the company listed assets of $24.72 billion and liabilities of $29.55 billion and around $4.1 billion in cash.  During the 18 months of bankruptcy protection that the airline is seeking both American Airlines and its regional carrier American Eagle were expected to fly normal schedules. The airline has also stated that it would be business as usual all during this time so the transatlantic venture with IAG members British Airways and Iberia is expected to be operating smoothly all during this time.

With this all focus now comes down to American Airlines frequent flier program AAdvantage, which is a cash cow for the company and may prove to be a decisive tool in this whole process just like the Delta FFP proved to be for its parent Delta during its bankruptcy protection when American Express brought loads of miles from them which provided a very valuable lifeline. A similar kind of step maybe expected from Citi but as of now that’s to early to say whether such things materialize or not. As for now the best advice would be burn the accumulated miles with the AAdvantage program as the program seems to be not going anywhere for some time to come but in the long run no one really knows how things turn up.

SAS Eurobonus points available at 40% discount

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by: planensimple

Star Alliance member SAS is offering Eurobonus points at 40% discount. These points do not count towards upgrade to the higher membership level in the Eurobonus program. There is no limit as to how many you can Buy and Gift. The catch here is that to be able to buy or receive points, there need to be at least one registered activity on the EuroBonus account. For the exact details you check out this link.

The offer runs from September 3 to October 5,2011 and any valid MasterCard, Visa or AMEX credit card is acceptable. The buying chart looks something like this:

In my opinion the US Airways Grand Slam is a better offer when it comes to getting miles for Star Alliance but for people outside the United States and specially Europe this offer maybe worth considering.

The link to buy the points is here.

American Express adds Virgin America to Membership Rewards program

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 by: planensimple

American Express just announced that it will be adding Virgin America to it’s Membership Rewards program.

Beginning October 5, 2011 AMEX card members who are registered for the Membership Rewards program will be able to redeem their Membership Reward points for Virgin America Elevate points. The exact details of the tie-up are awaited.

This is a welcome addition to the program after they lost Continental which ceases to be a partner of the Membership Rewards program from October 1, 2011 onwards.

I will blog about further details as and when they become available.

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