August 14, 2007

American Express and American Airlines Partner to Add Admirals Club(R) Lounge Access for Platinum Card(R) & Centurion(R) Members

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- American Express and American Airlines today announced that consumer, small business and corporate Platinum Card and Centurion members will now have access to American Airlines 44 Admiral Club lounges worldwide. The relationship expands the American Express Airport Club Access Program for Platinum and Centurion Cards, which now provides Card members with complimentary access to more than 125 participating partner clubs when traveling on the partner airline.

In addition to access to the American Airlines Admirals Club, The Airport Club Access Program allows Card members access to Continental Airlines Presidents Club(R), Delta Crown Room Club(R), and Northwest Airlines WorldClubs(R). To take advantage of the Card benefit, Card members simply present the club representative with their Platinum or Centurion Card, a ticket valid for same-day travel on the corresponding airline that is operating the flight, and a government-issued ID. Spouse and children, or up to two traveling companions, can join the Card member as guests in the airport lounges.

"Our Card members are passionate about travel and enjoy receiving access and benefits through their American Express(R) Cards that enhance their experiences, such as our popular Airport Club Access Program," said Simon Kahn, vice president, Platinum and Centurion Product Management. "American Airlines is a wonderful addition to the program, adding yet another valuable reason to carry the Platinum or Centurion Cards."

"American Airlines continues to strengthen our premium product and global network, including opening eight new Admirals Club lounges in the past two years," said Nancy Knipp, president -- Admirals Club for American Airlines. "We believe American Express Platinum and Centurion Card members will enjoy the amenities we have to offer and we look forward to welcoming them both on the ground and in the air."

American Airlines opened the industry's first VIP lounge in 1939 at LaGuardia Airport in New York, forever changing travel at airports. The Admirals Club lounge has become synonymous with productivity, comfort and convenience at major airports through the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Admirals Club lounge provides private surroundings where Card members traveling on American Airlines can now relax or work before, after or between flights and enjoy personalized, professional service from club staff. Club amenities include, depending on location:

     -- Conference rooms     -- High-speed Wi-Fi access at all domestic locations through a        subscription to T-Mobile     -- Showers     -- Cyber cafe     -- Lenovo PCs with complimentary high-speed Internet access     -- Complimentary light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages     -- Food for purchase and bar services     -- Children's room     -- Music rooms at LAX, MIA D and DFW A locations     -- Complimentary Wi-Fi in most international lounges   

Card members will have the opportunity to access Admirals Clubs in the following airport locations: Atlanta, Austin, Bogota, Boston, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Frankfurt, Honolulu, Kansas City, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Nashville, Newark, New York Kennedy, New York LaGuardia, Orange County, Panama City, Paris, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Rio de Janeiro, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Sao Paulo, St. Louis, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington, D.C. Dulles, Washington, D.C. Reagan.

About the Platinum and Centurion Cards from American Express

Launched in 1984, the Platinum Card from American Express was the first of its kind in the market and is designed specifically to meet the needs and desires of the affluent consumer. For more than 20 years, American Express has continued to evolve and enhance the Card by adding new benefits and services to meet the changing needs of Card members. Today, the Platinum Card offers more than 40 distinctive benefits and services, including: airport club access, special amenities such as room upgrades and guaranteed late check-outs at more than 550 of the world's most luxurious hotels and resorts; VIP shopping benefits, including access to private sales and dedicated personal shoppers at top luxury retailers; and access to once-in-a-lifetime "By Invitation Only(R)" experiences from a Zero Gravity flight with astronaut Buzz Aldrin to on-stage seating at a Rolling Stones concert. Platinum Card members also enjoy a superior level of personal service through the Platinum Concierge and Platinum Travel Service. The Platinum Card also provides Card members with the financial securities and protections that are synonymous with the American Express brand and reputation. The Business Platinum Card offered by OPEN from American Express(R) is designed specifically to meet the needs and desires of the small business owner and delivers the purchasing power, flexibility, control and rewards to help customers run their business. Through its Global Commercial Card group, American Express also offers the Corporate Platinum Card, featuring exclusive benefits and world-class services for senior executives. To learn more, visit

The Centurion Card, launched in 1999, pushes the boundaries of what a card can offer. It is by invitation only and is designed to provide remarkable benefits and services to individuals with demanding lifestyles who need a higher level of personalized service.

About American Express

American Express Company ( is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection(R) airlines, Admirals Club, and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

American Express

CONTACT: Desiree Fish of American Express, +1-212-640-4761,[email protected]; or Charley Wilson of American Airlines,+1-817-967-1577, [email protected]

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