Last night I came across the news that one of the best travel benefits of the American Express Platinum Card is going away. In March 2007, AmEx introduced a 2-4-1 deal for domestic airline tickets. Unlike the International Airline Program 2-4-1 deal which always required purchasing tickets that were way more expensive than what you could normally buy, the domestic program actually had some value. There are, as usual, restrictions and limitations to the program and it certainly isn’t perfect. But when it works there are real, measurable savings to be seen. I’ve been able to take advantage of it a couple times and have saved a couple hundred dollars each time. That pretty much covers the $450 annual fee before taking in to account any of the other benefits that are there. But with this disappearing the value diminishes significantly.
The last day to call in for the program is November 15th, 2008.
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