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It Just Got Easier for Amex Cardholders to Book Travel Using Points

Cardholders can access Point.me’s full suite of features and enter their origin and arrival airports, departure date, and class of service.

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American Express has inked a new partnership with a popular award search tool, Point.me, making it easier than ever to book flights with points.

The Point.me tool shares “real-time results from over 150 airlines, 30+ reward programs, and all major credit card rewards programs. A standard membership to Point.me normally costs $129 per year, but travelers with eligible Amex cards can now enroll in the new feature via this exclusive link.

Once logged on, cardholders can access Point.me’s full suite of features and enter their origin and arrival airports, departure date, and class of service. Then, Point.me will generate a list of flights that can be redeemed with Membership Rewards points.

“Whether traveling for business or planning a family vacation, we hope to create an easier, streamlined way for Card Members to plan their travels and make the most of their Membership,” executive vice president of U.S. consumer product management and lending at American Express, Anthony Cirri, said in a statement.

American Express has nearly two dozen airline and hotel transfer partnerships, including Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Hilton. Members can transfer their points to most programs at an easy 1:1 ratio, meaning 1 American Express point results in 1 point in any of these partnering programs.

But finding out the exact number of points needed to book their desired flight can be challenging — especially for business class flights. The tool will help guide members to know how many points they’ll need to transfer to book their desired reward flight, along with step-by-step booking instructions.

Travel + Leisure tested out this new tool to find business class flights between New York and London this summer. Rather than paying well over $3,000 for the cash ticket on British Airways, it’s possible to transfer just 57,000 Amex points to a partner airline for the same flight.

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