American Express reboots Premier Rewards Gold card, South African now goes to the Maldives, COPA has an award sale, Norwegian has a sale for Primera customers and more expansion plans for hotels in Africa

Posted on October 4, 2018 by in American Airlines, American Express

– American Express has re-launched the Premier Rewards Gold Card and made the (so far) boring card a little Platinum Card

Gold Card Members will now enjoy four times the rewards when dining out or eating in, including:

4X Membership Rewards points at U.S. Restaurants

4X Membership Rewards points at U.S. Supermarkets (on up to $25,000 in purchases annually)

A new $120 dining credit which gives enrolled Card Members up to $10 per month in statement credits when they use their Card at eligible dining partners including participating Shake Shack locations, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Grubhub/Seamless

Creative welcome bonus: New Card Members who apply for the Gold Card through January 9th, 2019, American Express will help “pick up the tip” by offering 20% back in statement credits on dining purchases at U.S. restaurants, up to $100 per Card account, during the first three months of Card Membership.

Look up the card with an Incognito Window or use a referral link for the 50,000 bonus. Keep in mind that American Express typically only gives one sign-up bonus per product in your lifetime (this should hold true even after a re-launch).

The high annual fee of $250 is not waived anymore in the first year.

– South African Airways is starting non-stop, charter flights to GAN island from Johannesburg

SAA will be the first long-haul international carrier to fly to Gan International Airport situated at the southern tip of the Maldives. The non-stop charter flights start this holiday season as part of the airline’s innovative solutions to increase aircraft usage.

The seven-hour, non-stop charter flights from OR Tambo International to Gan in the Maldives will depart from 24 November 2018 until 12 January 2019. The flight will depart from OR Tambo International Airport on Saturdays at 22H00 and arrive at Gan International Airport at 09H00 on Sundays. The return flight will depart at 10H30 on Sundays and arrive the same day at 15H00.

– COPA ConnectMiles is running a 10%-25% off promotion if you are planning to redeem miles

– Norwegian is doing the right thing and is offering 50% off fares if you had a prior ticket with (now defunct) Primera; call the hotline to learn more +47 201 16771

– it is not just Marriott, Hilton and Radisson are also falling over each other to announce expansion in Africa


About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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