As I blogged about last week, the partnership between American Express and Continental is ending September 30, 2011. That means that American Express cardholders will no longer get access to Presidents Clubs, and also that Continental OnePass will no longer participate in Membership Rewards.
To make up for this loss, American Express is adding a couple of benefits for Platinum members, including a $200 airline fee credit. Here’s how it was described back then:
Cardmembers can check a bag or enjoy an in-flight meal on American Express. Every year American Express will cover up to $200 of incidental airline fees that are charged on the Cardmember’s enrolled Card on a selected airline. The $200 Airline Fee Credit can apply to fees such as baggage fees, flight change fees, in-flight food and airport lounge day passes.
I was curious about what the terms and conditions would be. Well, they’re out now, and can be reviewed here. To summarize, the benefit starts on December 1 of this year, and the cardmember must enroll and choose a single airline to which they want to apply the $200 credit. The real catch is that you have to use your American Express card to purchase the ticket if you want to get any sort of discount for the incidentals.
Overall this is a nice new benefit. For those that don’t fly Continental, this is probably a net gain. For those that fly Continental, it’s probably a net loss, since you’ll have to find a new way to gain access to the Presidents Clubs.