美国运通白金卡教程(2):International Airline Program简介 - 牧羊博士-The PhD Guy

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2017年7月5日星期三

美国运通白金卡教程(2):International Airline Program简介

上期介绍了白金卡的五次入住获取费尔蒙白金会籍,达到住五送二外加若干券的玩法,这次要说的美国运通白金卡的另一个很多人忽视的权益:International Airline Program (IAP)。之前一直很少人去提或者去用这个权益,因为都觉得它鸡肋,不过今年随着整个IAP的强化和升级,其实还是有些地方值得研究和加以利用的。
                                   
As a Platinum Cardmember, you can take advantage of the International Airline Program, which offers you discounted companion tickets, complimentary upgrades, or special airfares on some of the world’s finest airlines to destinations around the world.


如官网描述,IAP主要功能:
  • 提供打折伴飞票
  • 免费升舱票
  • 特价票
打折伴飞票应该是这里面最鸡肋的权益了,因为限制你买商务舱或者头等舱,并且对票的属性(往往要求你买全价或者高仓位的票)、路线、航司有着各种限制。

免费升舱票个人感觉厚道一些:购买满足条件的商务舱机票,可以直接升级头等舱机票。不过目前加拿大版的白金卡只支持两家航司,而且都还不是北美的主流航线(仔细一看都是土豪航司。。。):SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES 和ETIHAD AIRWAYS。

重点要说的其实是第三项:特价舱票(Special Airfares)。在所有的参与航司里,对于加拿大居民比较利好的消息就是有西捷航空!不过风评比较差的加航并不在本表单。。。这一项我相信是IAP里面最有用也是最可能利用上的权益。
可惜的是,官网并没有对special fare进行明确的定义(估计也是先到先得,并且不是所有航线均可),同时对于舱位也因航司而异。好消息是,最关注的西捷航空是可以购买经济舱特价票的

不过这项权益必须本人才能享受,不可转让,也不能带人一起用(副卡持卡人可以享受)。同时,没有网上预定通道,必须电话:加拿大拨打 1-800-263-1616 其余地区拨打416-868-1888

还记得之前提到过,美国运通白金卡699的年费里面有200的Travel credit吗?这个200也可以用在IAP里面。

综合来讲,IAP前两项适合土豪,最后一项才是真正值得利用的实用权益,牧羊博士有空会测试一下这个Special fare的价格究竟是大概怎样一个折扣;也欢迎读者提供DP,谢谢。

对美国运通白金卡的General介绍,查看我的简版测评:
http://www.thephdguy.com/2017/03/blog-post_7.html


最后附上amex对IAP的条款细则:

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. The International Airline Program (the “Program”) offers a discounted companion ticket, complimentary upgrade, special class fare or discounted fare on participating airlines to holders of an eligible Basic and Supplementary American Express Platinum Card as described in your American Express Welcome Brochure or are otherwise identified to you by American Express (“Eligible Cardmember”). In order to take advantage of the Program, the Eligible Cardmember’s account must be active (meaning not cancelled). 
I. To receive a companion ticket, the Eligible Cardmember must purchase an eligible ticket in an eligible class on a participating airline for an eligible flight originating in and returning to a designated gateway and charge the purchase of such ticket to an Eligible Card. Only select airline(s) offer a companion ticket. Limit of one companion ticket per travelling Eligible Cardmember per booking, Eligible Cardmember must be one of the travellers.  
II. To receive a complimentary upgrade to First Class or special discounted fare on participating airline(s), the Eligible Cardmember must purchase a full-fare non-restrictive ticket or an eligible ticket on an eligible flight and class of service originating in and returning to a designated gateway and charge the purchase of the ticket to an Eligible Card. These three offers cannot be combined with each other or with any other offer at any time including the discounted companion ticket offer. Only select airline(s) offer upgrades or special discounted fares.  Eligible Cardmember must be one of the travellers. 
III. Other restrictions may apply.  For additional details including participating airlines and additional terms, conditions and restrictions, and to book travel please visit americanexpress.ca/platinum or call Platinum Card Travel Service at 1-800-263-1616.  
VI. Eligible routes, class of service, code-share arrangements, designated gateways and similar matters relating to travel in the Program are determined by and will vary by airline.
V. The Program is valid for travel purchases booked and/or completed within designated dates. Designated dates are subject to change without notice and are updated based on arrangements with participating airlines from time to time.
VI. All Program bookings and purchases must be made through American Express Travel Services of Amex Canada Inc. in Canada, except as we otherwise permit in our sole discretion. A travel service fee per booking may apply.
VII. The Program is subject to availability on the participating airlines’ eligible flights. Participating airlines may have limited seat allocations and destinations in respect of the Program and may have other terms, conditions, exclusions, restrictions and fees. Eligible class(es) of service are determined by each participating airline. 
VIII. Tickets issued for this Program cannot be transferred or endorsed. Full-fare ticket and the associated discounted fare tickets, must be issued at the same time, for the same itinerary, with departure and return on the same flights and in the same class of service. All tickets are subject to all applicable government fees, taxes and charges including airport levies. Once issued, names cannot be changed. Passengers and companions under the Program must travel together.
IX. Tickets must show a confirmed reservation for the entire trip and must be purchased in Canada using an Eligible Card prior to the start of travel. No split currency ticketing is permitted.

X. Prepaid and miscellaneous charge orders (“MCOs”) may not be permitted. 
XI. Electronic tickets are mandatory and will be issued whenever the itinerary is e-ticket eligible. 
XII. Re-routings, one-way, circle-trip and open-jaw itineraries may not be permitted. 
XIII. International Air Transport Association fare construction principles and rules apply. There are limitations on the number of transfers through the international hub(s) of the participating airline. Maximum numbers of transits allowed through international hub(s) may vary and are determined by participating airlines. Sector and side trips may not be allowed. Certain code share flights may not apply.
XIV. Interlining is not permitted unless otherwise stated. Flights on participating airlines cannot be combined under the Program. Flights on non-participating airlines are not eligible for the Program and must be ticketed and priced separately.  Canadian domestic fares to and from the designated departure gateways must be ticketed separately and are not included as part of the Program unless otherwise stated.

XV. Discounted companion tickets have no refund value and may not accrue frequent flyer mileage. Once tickets are issued, changes, cancellations and refunds, as applicable, may be subject to a fee per ticket and will be at the Eligible Cardmember’s expense. Refunds after departure or “no shows” may not be allowed. Refunds are allowed on the full fare ticket only, and must be accompanied by the unused discounted companion ticket. Discounted companion tickets are not refundable and have no refund value, however, if applicable, taxes and fees may be fully refundable. Refunds may be allowed on an eligible discounted fare ticket and an eligible discounted companion fare ticket based on the issuing airline’s fare rules and provided both tickets are refunded at the same time. Where allowed, special class fare tickets and upgrade tickets will be refunded at the original ticket price subject to any applicable fees.
XVI. This Program cannot be combined with any other promotion, travel agent discount, consolidator fares, travel industry and airline employee discounts, child, infant or senior citizen fare, frequent flyer award, group rate, corporate rate, MCOs, or any other promotional offer. 
XVII. Ticketing is based on Fare rules of the participating airlines, and the corresponding fare class in which the ticket is booked. 
XVIII. We reserve the right to cancel or change the Program in whole or in part or change the terms and conditions of the Program at any time, for any reason and without notice. Participating airlines are subject to change without notice. Under no circumstances will Amex Bank of Canada, Amex Canada Inc. or any of their affiliates be liable for any loss or damage howsoever incurred as a result of the termination of the Program, the termination of any participating airline or any change in the Program.
XIX. All recourse for any and all liability in connection with full-fare and/or discounted companion tickets, special class fare tickets, discounted fare tickets and/or upgrade tickets issued under the Program, the refusal to issue or honour any such tickets, travel pursuant to any such tickets or the failure of any participating airline or other party to adhere to the terms of the Program is as against the relevant participating airline only. Under no circumstances will Amex Bank of Canada, Amex Canada Inc. or any of their affiliates be liable for  any conduct, action or failure of any participating airline whatsoever, including, without limitation, for any expense, loss, injury (to person or property), damage, delay, flight cancellation, denied boarding, missed connection, accident  or any other matter whatsoever, however suffered or caused, directly or indirectly in connection with tickets, transportation or other services provided or refused to be provided by any participating airline or other party. To t extent permitted by applicable law, Amex Bank of Canada, Amex Canada Inc.  or any of their affiliates will not be liable for any incidental,  indirect, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary  damages of any kind whatsoever arising from or in connection with the Program (whether in contract, tort, strict liability, products liability or otherwise), including, without limitation, lost revenues, loss of profits or loss or interruption of business.
  
2. The $200 CAD Annual Travel Credit can only be redeemed at time of booking through Platinum Card Travel Service or at americanexpress.ca/travel. Travel booking must be charged to The Platinum Card. If you choose to use the Travel Credit, it will be credited to your Card account within 2 business days. Cardmember is entitled to one (1) Annual Travel Credit each calendar year, towards a single travel booking of $200 or more, and will appear on the Platinum Cardmember’s billing statement as “Platinum Annual Travel Credit”. If you cancel your travel booking after redeeming the Annual Travel Credit, you will not be able to use it again in the same calendar year. 




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