American Express Travel UK Frequently Asked Questions

My Benefits

Membership Reward points

Yes, the option to pay with Membership Rewards will be available at the check-out page. Available only for pre-paid products.

No, it is not possible to combine points from different accounts. But you can transfer your points between Cards to have all your points in the same account before booking travel on our site.

It is not possible to combine points from different accounts because Membership Rewards is a personal benefit.

Yes, you can use your points to pay for additional charges such as airline surcharges, taxes and insurance.

Yes, you can use points to book travel for others provided the tickets are not for resale, promotional or commercial use.

The option to pay with Membership Rewards points is available on the check-out page but only for pre-paid products.

Follow these steps to apply your points as a payment option:
Step 1: Ensure you are logged in.
step 2: Ensure you are selecting the products eligible for payment with Membership Reward points (pre-paid only)
Step 3: If you still cannot see your points contact the number on the back of your Card.

Don't worry. You may combine your Membership Rewards points and payment on your American Express Card.

There is no additional fee to redeem points for travel.

No, you do not have to travel with them.

Any bonus points will be added to your Account within five working days of making the transaction, but can take up to 10 weeks. 

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Cardmember Benefits

Yes. Cardmembers enrolled in the American Express Membership Rewards programme earn one additional Membership Rewards point in addition to their standard earn rate for every full $1 spent on flights, prepaid hotels, car hire and experiences on americanexpresstravel.co.uk/travel. This excludes cruise bookings and Fine Hotel & Resort and The Hotel Collection bookings. 

Eligible Cardmembers can book online with the Fine Hotel & Resorts program and The Hotel Collection.

Go to Fine Hotel & Resorts Program page.


Go to The Hotel Collection page.

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Fine Hotel & Resorts / The Hotel Collection

Eligible Cardmembers may book up to three rooms under the Fine Hotels & Resort program or the Hotel Collection program per stay. Back-to-back stays within a 24-hour period at the same property are considered one stay.

Eligible Cardmembers can make bookings on the dedicated page or the American Express Travel website.
Go to The Hotel Collection page.

Friends and family can enjoy benefits of this program if the Cardmember travels too.

An eligible Cardmember must be logged in in order to see the prices.

Your Fine Hotel & Resorts hotel reservation must be paid at the hotel on check-out. 

The eligible Cardmember can make a booking on the dedicated page, American Express Travel website or via the Platinum and Centurion travel service.
Go to Fine Hotel & Resorts Program page.

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Manage My Booking

Change & Cancellations

You cannot add travelers to your existing reservation so you will need to make a new booking for the additional travelers. For new booking, best available rate will apply.

Please contact American Express using the telephone number provided in your booking confirmation email.

To change or cancel your booking contact us.
All voluntary changes and cancellations will be subject to the following service fees in addition to the airline and/or supplier charges.
 A) Amendment Fee
£20 per person, per change plus all charges imposed by the supplier/s.
 B) Cancellation Fee
£20 per person, plus all charges imposed by the supplier/s.

Any charges incurred by changing your booking will be charged to the same Card used to pay for the original booking.

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Making a Booking

Cardmembers making a reservation for a third party, should log in before making the reservation. When not logged in and making a booking for someone else, the Cardmember must be part of the travelling party otherwise an Authority to Charge form will need to be completed. This is to protect you against fraudulent transactions.

On American Express Online Travel you can book flights, accommodation, car rental, airport transfers and activities.

If you are experiencing problems completing a booking on the American Express Travel website, please try again after clearing your cookies or try an alternative web browser. If the problem persists please contact us

No, you can still make a booking without being registered.

We’ll confirm your booking with an itinerary confirmation email. If you do not receive this within 24 hours of making your reservation please contact us.

No, unfortunately we do not offer price match.

Once your booking is complete American Express Travel Online will send an e-mail to confirm your booking. It may take up to 30 minutes to receive it.                   
If you do not receive you booking confirmation email within 24 hours of making your reservation, please contact us.

There are no credit card fees incurred by using your American Express credit card to purchase travel products.
American Express do not charge a service fee for making a reservation.

Our site automatically sorts results by cheapest option based on your search criteria. If you are a Centurion member or Platinum Cardmember searching for a Hotel, the site will show the Fine Hotel & Resorts and The Hotel Collection properties first.

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My Itinerary

Please go to the Travel homepage and click on the "My Bookings" tab. You can print your itinerary from there.

If the is any problem or you cannot find the booking you are looking for please contact us

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Flight

Book a Flight

We offer most domestic and international airlines on the site and are continuously working to increase our range.

All prices quoted already include Air Passenger Duty (APD), taxes or levies.

The search request will always show your lowest airfare and available flight options. You cannot mix and match by combining fares with different airlines.

American Express Travel cannot process flights where departure is less than 24 hours from the time the booking is made.

Select the number of children and Infants in the drop down menu in the 'Search Flights' box on the homepage. Then enter the ages for each child. 
For domestic and international airlines: Infants must be under 2yrs; Children are 2 - 11 years at the time of travel being completed.

You can check booking and/or fare rules during the booking process. Just select ‘view policies’ on the select/check-out or confirmation page. Flights and Hotels may be subject to the following restrictions:

Non-refundable - refunds not permitted.
Non-transferable - name changes not permitted.
Non-exchangeable - exchanges/changes not permitted.
Non-re-routable - routing changes not permitted.
Non-upgradeable - upgrading to higher fare types not permitted.

These conditions are imposed by the Airline and Suppliers and must be strictly adhered to.

Any taxes and levies on a flight will be confirmed at the time of booking as these vary according to the departure and arrival airports. These taxes and levies will be included in the price or points value quoted when you book. Occasionally a tax will be payable at the airport and cannot be included in the prepaid ticket price.

Upon confirmation of your booking we will send you an airline confirmation number. Use this to manage your booking and check-in directly on the Airline's website.

Upon confirmation of your booking we will issue an e-ticket. At check-in you will be required to produce a valid passport for international flights.  It is best to take a print out of your confirmation and present this with your ID when you check-in.

At the moment Low cost Airlines are not available on our site but we are working on it, so watch this space.

Most airlines offer a choice of four cabin classes: Economy, Premium Economy, Business, and

First class.  Some airlines also offer ‘Basic Economy’ - you’ll save money, but you’ll find there are a lot more restrictions and fewer things included.

The onboard experience will vary greatly from airline to airline, so it’s really important you check directly with the airline concerned for full details. Many airlines have the same airplane models in their fleets, but they configure the interiors differently. It’s always a good idea to check the seating map

for the airplane type and the airline you are flying, as another airline’s map may not be the same.

Some airline carriers offer Premium Economy with seating and services that differ from

standard Economy. However, Premium Economy varies significantly between domestic and international flights and between low-cost or regional airlines, US and other airliners. Premium Economy is sometimes limited to just a bit more leg room, but at its most comprehensive can feature some of the services associated with Business class travel.  We do therefore recommend you check carefully with the airline concerned to understand the differences and extra benefits offered with the type of fare you are buying.

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Changes & Cancellations

Name changes are generally not permitted. If you made an error and entered name details incorrectly please contact us for further assistance.

Unfortunately a 'no show' will result in your entire itinerary being cancelled. Rebooking may either not be possible or may be subject to penalties

Occasionally the airlines have to make changes including a different aircraft, flight number, or a slight change in departure and/or arrival time. More rarely, there may be changes to the departure city, arrival city, or date of travel.                   
American Express or the airline will notify you of any airline schedule change. Since changes can occur at any time, we strongly advise you to check times and flight numbers 24-hours before departure. 

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Luggage

If your itinerary does not provide this information, please refer to the airline’s website as baggage size and weight policies vary by airline, booking class and frequent flyer status. Baggage exceeding the allowance may be subject to fees and payment payable at check-in.

If your checked luggage is lost or if you have left something behind on the flight you were travelling on, please call the airline directly.

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Manage my flight

Most airlines offer online check-in which allow you to print out your boarding pass or send it directly to your mobile device - usually within 24 hours of your scheduled flight. However, some itineraries may only allow the boarding passes to be printed at the airport. Please check your airline’s website.

We don't send an e-ticket out as you do not need it at the airport.  However, please keep your confirmation that shows the airline booking number. If you need your ticket number please contact us.

It’s best to do this via the airline’s online check-in system prior to departure. It is your responsibility to ensure the information you enter is accurate.

When we confirm your booking we’ll send your airline confirmation number. You’ll need this to manage your booking and check-in directly on the airline's website

If your airline allows pre-allocated seating, visit the airline’s website to choose your seat.

Visit the Airline’s website directly to manage your booking, check-in and print your boarding pass.

Visit the Airline’s website directly to request special assistance for your flight.

Contact the airline or booking agent directly or you can add the Frequent flyer number at check-in or at the customer service desk.

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Other information

Domestic check-in is approximately 60 minutes prior to departure.
European check-in is approximately 2 hours prior to departure.  International check-in is approximately 3 hours prior to departure.
Failure to check-in on time may lead to your itinerary being cancelled. In this case rebooking may either not be possible or may be subject to additional penalties.

We don't send out e-tickets out as you don’t need them to check-in online or at the airport. If you need your ticket number, please contact us and we’ll send it to you.

You can only redeem American Express Membership Rewards® points on the American Express Travel website.

Yes, we offer a wide range of transfers under our Experiences section.

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Hotel

Check "Hotel Amenities" for all the hotel’s facilities, activities and services.

Yes you can select your bed type when you book.

Check this with the property using the details in your booking confirmation email. They may not always be able to accommodate this request but will let you have your room early if it’s available. When arriving late, please check with the property directly.

We will issue a booking confirmation email showing your itinerary details. Hotel vouchers can be printed online on completion of the reservation or via "My booking" section in the homepage.

You will need a government-issued ID, your hotel voucher and most hotels require a Credit Card under your name.

Your payment covers the room and where stated, breakfast. Other facilities may be subject to a fee. In certain cities an Accommodation Tax applies payable direct to the hotel.

Any local fees/taxes need to be paid at the hotel. Please see hotel information section.

For Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection you can add your loyalty number when you book. Other hotel loyalty programs do not accept third party bookings as per their T&Cs. You’ll need to contact the hotel directly to add your loyalty number to your booking at the hotel’s discretion.

With one of the American Express Travel Benefits (Fine Hotels & Resorts or The Hotel Collection) you’ll be charged when you check-out. For all other properties you will need to pay at the time you book.

Search for hotels that allow pets in the “Hotel Amenities" section. Some hotels might charge an additional fee paid locally and most will need advance notification.

Every room has a different policy set by the hotel. Find out more using each room policies link.

Yes. Before you confirm your booking you can make specific requests i.e. no smoking room. NB These are requests only and cannot be guaranteed.

You can book up to three rooms on one booking. But you can make multiple bookings.

Yes, we offer a wide range of transfers under our Experiences section.

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Car Hire

Car rental is limited to airport pick-up and drop-off. The online search must include the pick-up and drop-off time of the proposed rental period.

One way rentals: If you are returning the car to a different location a fee will normally apply.  If it is not specified that this fee is included in the rate, it will be payable in local currency directly to the supplier at the rental desk upon collection.  Please refer to the car policy/rate inclusions and your rental voucher for further information. 
If you collect or return your vehicle outside the pick-up/drop-off time and date booked, additional charges may be applicable.

We’ll issue a booking confirmation email including your itinerary details. You can print off your car hire voucher online on completion of the reservation or via "My booking" section on the homepage.

Your drivers license, valid credit Card & the car rental voucher.

This varies so please refer to the car policy/rate inclusions and your rental voucher for further information. 

For some car rental companies renters must be at least 25 years of age, while others may charge an additional fee. You must have a valid driver's license and major credit Card to complete your booking.

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Cruise

For cruises, e-tickets will be issued after final payment has been received. Most cruise lines also require an online registration form to be completed before the release of the e-tickets. Please refer to the ‘Cruise Invoice and Confirmation' section of your documentation for full terms and conditions. For a cruise reservation you will require a valid passport with photo ID at check-in. Please note that some domestic departures may require a valid passport.

Please check with your cruise consultant for bedding choices for your ship and cabin. Please note that requests cannot be guaranteed.

Generally check-in and embarkation time is approximately 90 minutes before the published sailing departure time and we recommend you check-in at least 2 hours prior. Please check with your cruise consultant for expedited online check-in facilities and any special requirements for your cruise line. For international cruises, we recommend you arrive in the city of embarkation at least one day before the published departure time. If you don’t check-in on time, you could be denied boarding.

On many cruise lines it is customary to pay gratuities (service charges or tips) to staff. Many cruise lines include these into the cruise fare at time of booking. If you have any queries, please talk to your cruise consultant.

 Please contact your cruise consultant to request special assistance.

Any taxes and levies will be confirmed at the time of booking your cruise as these vary according to departure and arrival ports. They will be included in the price quoted when you book your cruise.

Yes, cruise bookings can be paid by Membership Rewards points, your American Express Card®  or a combination of both. Simply select your preferred method of payment on the cruise payment page.

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Things to do

Once your booking is confirmed, we’ll issue a confirmation email outlining your itinerary details. Experiences vouchers can be printed online on completion of the reservation or via "My booking" section on the homepage.

You will receive a confirmation email for your booking. Please click on the print voucher link to view your voucher. This contains important information on meeting points, times, inclusions and additional requirements.

Please contact the American Express Online Travel Team to cancel or change your booking.

Some tour operators require you to reconfirm your booking with the local operator before the tour date. Please check the important information section on your voucher.

Some tour operators require a printed copy of the voucher and some allow mobile tickets. Please refer to the information section on your voucher.

In most cases you can add additional information on the check-out page. If you are not asked for this information or forget to add this at the time of booking, please contact your tour operator directly. Their contact details can be found on your voucher.

All tour details can be found in the tour information section.  if you are a Centurion or Platinum Cardmember, call us on the number at the back of your Card and our travel specialist will help you.

Please check information for minimum passenger details. If the minimum passenger number is not reached, we’ll contact you with available options.

Your voucher includes information about pick-up and drop-off points. You may need to contact the local operator before the tour date to reconfirm the information on your voucher.

Tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the tour date unless otherwise stated on the tour you are looking at. Any non-refundable tours will be clearly labelled as such.

Please check the detailed information about the experience before you book. Once your booking is complete we will send you all the information within the confirmation email.

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Other Travel information

Yes, American Express Travel Insurance offers a range of policies including single trip, annual and family cover. Please contact our insurance team for advice. 

Just sign up for our American Express Travel UK newsletter here.

Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly until the end of the 35th week for single pregnancies and the end of the 32nd week for multiple births (i.e. twins).  After 28 weeks you need to carry a certificate from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date and that there are no complications with your pregnancy. Please also check your travel insurance terms. For cruises, restrictions vary by cruise line but generally travel after 26 weeks is not permitted. Please check with your cruise consultant. If you have any other questions, please contact us.

Please refer to the Online Privacy Statement.

Yes – as required for your travel booking. For more information, please view our Privacy Statement here.

For medical advice about your holiday destination or journey, including vaccinations, please contact your family doctor or local travel clinic. Please allow time to have any necessary (or recommended) immunisations in good time.

•Your passport with at least 6 months validity from the return date.
•It is vital that the name on the booking exactly matches the name on the passport.
•Name changes later will incur a fee and could stop you boarding.
•Any necessary visas.
•Your tickets/ticket confirmation.
•Take at look at our Check List Page for other things you might need.

If you have an issue with a travel provider whilst travelling, it’s usually best to speak directly with the travel provider (airline, cruise line, hotel or car rental company). If you have a complaint post-holiday, please contact us.

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