Booking through Amex Travel

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  1. Handleman20

    Handleman20 Silver Member

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    Okay, I just got a corp Amex card (only green, sigh) and signed up for Membership Rewards. My question is, if I book through Amex's travel portal, does that negatively affect my ability to earn miles/hotel points? I know that's a total noob question but hey, I'm a total noob when it comes to Amex!
     
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    It has no affect on getting points and you will often get some extra perks by booking through Amex. The one caveat is that you can sometimes find better rates than what you get with Amex.
     
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    Are there perks from using the ordinary green card's online booking website as opposed to the Platinum Card's PTS or Centurion's CTS? The only perk I can imagine is the special AmEx select rates on some hotels. AFAIK there's an airline ticketing fee, probably about $35 per ticket which is what PTS charges.
     
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    I booked a hotel on the website and Hilton would not honor the points as they saw it as a Travelocity order. But I did get double Membership Rewards.
     
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    I don't know of any. I didn't realize that PTS charged a fee. I always use CTS when I am using Amex and they have never charged me a fee. They even book award tickets on any airline as long as I have miles at no cost.
     
  6. desamo

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    I haven't booked Hilton that way (as I have a Hilton Amex), but I did get points for both Fairmont and Hyatt as well as MR points. Also got an upgrade at Fairmont. (I am a Gold cardmember, though, so that was a specific Gold benefit.)
     
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    You pay $2,500 a year for the Centurion card....that includes free ticketing! ;)

    Do they book award tickets using your airline miles? Or is it simply they will apply your MR points to the purchase of airfare at a penny-per-point?
     
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    Unfortunately it is $4,000 per year as my wife also has one. They do book tickets using award miles on any carrier that I have them with. I would never use my MR points at one penny each as a good friend of mine will buy them from me at 1.5 cents each if I ever have too many, although I have seldom ever sold points since we travel frequently.
     
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    So how do they do it re the award tickets? They call the carrier and claim to be your authorized representative? How do they see availability - or do they just call the carrier...with you on hold, then go back and forth?
     
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    I believe that like most travel agents they have access to airline schedules and inventory. They do usually call the carrier while I am on the phone to confirm everything. If the airline is one of their partners they will also transfer points if I need to from my MR account.
     
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    Seeing schedules and revenue fare availability is one thing....reward availability is quite another. It seems like they can see award availability? Wow.
     
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    I wonder how good they are at finding award availability versus paying one of the award travel booking consultants. It would be very hard if they didn't have dedicated agents for this.
     
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    They have contracts with wholesalers for hotels at least. I used to take calls from Amex platinum agents for Grand Wailea MR bookings. Rooms were booked out of our block for categories we had block in.
     
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    That may be viable for hotels...but doesn't answer the flight question. Something seems odd about them booking award flights.
     
  15. desamo

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    Not really, could still be contract air, though that'd require a fair number of partners to pull off for the whole world. More likely they simply shell out the cash the airline requires less their commission (if they get any).

    Wholesalers do pay travel agencies commissions on air, which is pretty rare otherwise these days.
     
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    It could be aggregators/wholesalers...but it doesn't explain how the OP asserts he is using his airline miles (as distinct from MR points).
     
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    Actually, looks like he was asking if he'd earn miles. Which would be yes (if it meets the airlines' fare class requirements). That's one of the beauties, such as it is, of booking with third-party points. Sadly, it tends not to be an excessively good value.
     
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    I actually was asking if I would earn miles/points for my stays. It looks like, from everyone here, that I would likely get my FF miles (in addition to MR) but it would be hit or miss on the hotels.

    Thanks!
     

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