Tutorial – Use American Express Travel Credit

by Zac George
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American Express has to be my favorite card issuer in terms of benefits. A few of the cards have a travel credit that regenerates every year, so I decided I may as well use the credit to book a flight for the upcoming the Middle East and Europe trip. I used the $400 credit attached to the new American Express Explorer card.

One of the legs I needed to do is Doha to Dubai; the flight is very short at 1-hour max, but it is expensive. Especially in business or as Qatar label it ‘first.’

Bellow is what it normally would have cost through Google flights. I could have paid for an economy ticket which was much more reasonable. However, Qatar has B/E Diamonds on their A320’s which I want to try out. Call me crazy, but yes I want to try them even though it’s a short flight.

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Funnily enough, I have never used Amex travel before. I’ve used FH&R with the Platinum charge but haven’t ever booked flights through Amex.

To be begin click on the Travel tab and click ”Book Travel Online”

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Here you’ll be at the landing page for American Express Travel. Fill in your details and click ”Search Flights

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This page is where you can choose the carrier you want to fly with. As I will be arriving into Doha on Qatar it’s a logical idea as I can enjoy the Al Safwa first lounge beforehand.

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So you can now select the flight you would like. The route has many options I choose to leave Doha ealier than later to make sure I had enough time to connect in Dubai on Emirates. Once you’ve choosen click ”Select”

a screenshot of a computerOnce selected you can choose whether or not to use your travel credit.

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After choosing yes or no to using the credit you select how you are going to pay for rest of the booking. I would heavily advise not using points to pay for the booking!

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Once you slected how to pay you use your Amex (obviously) to pay the remainder.

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After you book you’ll be sent an email with the booking reference. The email will contain the Amex travel number and PNR for the airline.

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The whole booking process was very simple and easy, using the credit is a great way to have a discount on a flight or hotel and it’s a brilliant feature of the Explorer card.

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