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The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:04:34 AM »
The new travel collection membership fee is waived with an amex gold or plat, personal and biz.

There is very very little information out there about these programs, so having done hours of training I thought I would offer to answer questions here about the program.

1. There are some very good deals on air - both international and domestic on United. Business class to tel Aviv is an exceptional deal in every inventory.

2. The deals are on Air, cruise and land tours. Often times combinable with other deals, so just extra perks on for example cruises. Where you get shipboard credits, and then TTC extra credits.

3. Sign up is easy via the phone number, or via a registered Travel leaders group travel agency.

4. Bookings through TTC or a TTC agency are eligible for amex Pay with points (depending on your standing with amex obviously).
(I am not yet 100% sure about the 35% bonus back though. I have a ticket redemption processed so will know within a month if it posts the bonus. So far it is exactly identical to regular amex redemptions though.)

5. The TTC is brand new and will likely get much better over the next few months.

Feel free to PM me with questions.
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2018, 07:40:25 AM »
Same price comps?
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2018, 09:21:30 AM »
Signed up because why not. Annoying that you have to call a rep to get prices for flights. Hotels have limited selection. You're better off using FHR through Amex for more hotels and better benefits.

  • Best rate available guarantee
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Room upgrade upon check-in (based on availability)
  • Guaranteed early check-in (1pm)
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • Receive a property amenity credit valued at $50 (per stay) on qualifying purchases

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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2018, 12:16:19 PM »
Thanks! Can you give an example of some price differentials? For domestic flights in economy I.E. NYC-MIA, and international flights, I.E. NYC-TLV? And in Business?

Thanks!

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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2018, 02:57:34 PM »
Thanks! Can you give an example of some price differentials? For domestic flights in economy I.E. NYC-MIA, and international flights, I.E. NYC-TLV? And in Business?

Thanks!
Same price comps?

On United for example - there are some great fares from LAX to TLV Via SFO RT (December 4 to December 18).
Published price is $2781.72
TTC has that fare for a few cents under $2335 .... that may be incredible - but i can offer proof via PM... (or ticket it for you!  ;D)

Will do some domestic Flight comparison soon.
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2018, 03:01:20 PM »
What about TLV-EWR 12/27-12/31 in UA J?
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 03:09:30 PM »
On United for example - there are some great fares from LAX to TLV Via SFO RT (December 4 to December 18).
Published price is $2781.72
TTC has that fare for a few cents under $2335 .... that may be incredible - but i can offer proof via PM... (or ticket it for you!  ;D)

Will do some domestic Flight comparison soon.
Thanks! I'm not sure I understand the bolded part. A travel agent can book these fares?? And still be considered eligible for Amex Biz Plat 35% back?

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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 03:13:39 PM »
Signed up because why not. Annoying that you have to call a rep to get prices for flights. Hotels have limited selection. You're better off using FHR through Amex for more hotels and better benefits.

  • Best rate available guarantee
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Room upgrade upon check-in (based on availability)
  • Guaranteed early check-in (1pm)
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • Receive a property amenity credit valued at $50 (per stay) on qualifying purchases
FHR doesn’t have BRG
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2018, 05:49:04 PM »
Thanks! I'm not sure I understand the bolded part. A travel agent can book these fares?? And still be considered eligible for Amex Biz Plat 35% back?
Only Certain Travel Agents can book these tickets. Re the 35% - I was told conflicting answers on this - so I am doing a test myself and for a client - Issued a ticket valid for 35% and redeemed with biz plat. Both me and client waiting to see if Bonus will post.
So far the redemption for the PWP (paywithpoints) shows Identical. And the charge shows directly from the airline - so I am actually hopeful.
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2018, 05:50:38 PM »
What about TLV-EWR 12/27-12/31 in UA J?
Nope - the United deals are strictly Ex-USA and Intra-USA.
For the intra USA it's business and medium through high Classes.  With discount depending on City, and class.

For example though - the 3999.12 United P class fare's EWR-TLV e.g. Dec 31-jan 09 are a few cents under 3385
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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2018, 06:44:18 PM »
Thank you @rcarentals!
Just checked EWR-TLV Sep 13 to Oct 8.  Publish price was $6052, and they came back with a price of $5029

Lets see how long this new shtick will be available on the market  ;)

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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2018, 06:48:18 PM »
How can you check it? How do you pull it up in GDS (I'm not a travel agent, just curious)?

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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2018, 06:50:39 PM »
How can you check it? How do you pull it up in GDS (I'm not a travel agent, just curious)?
Im not a travel agent anymore either thanks god! Checked availability on GDS and called them in for a quote

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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2018, 06:52:40 PM »
FYI..
They allowed me to place the Itinerary on hold at no extra cost

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Re: The Travel Collection - New amex benefit for gold and plat.
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2018, 06:53:40 PM »
FYI..
They allowed me to place the Itinerary on hold at no extra cost
Same here.