Get 10% Cash Back on Your Travel Spend with the Travelocity American Express Card

As a travel junkie and someone who booked not just travel for myself but for all sorts of friends and colleagues, I like the American Epxress Premier Rewards Gold card which earns triple Membership Rewards points on airfare purchases.

And I do like my Membership Rewards points, especially for transfers:

  • To Continental, which will hold Star Alliance awards when you don’t have enough miles in your account. Points transfer instantly, as well. This partnership ends September 30.
  • To Aeroplan, because of their favorable award chart (e.g. 80,000 miles for business class from the US to much of Europe, or 120,000 miles for first class from the US to as far South in Asia as Singapore. Points transfer instantly.
  • To British Airways, because of their 100,000 mile business class awards on Cathay Pacific from the US to Asia and the current 40% transfer bonus through March 31.

But I’m equally intrigued by the Travelocity American Express card (the offer on the left hand side of the linked page, as discussed in this Milepoint thread).

  • The first thing to know is that Travelocity points are worth 2 cents apiece when redeemed 20,000 at a time (20,000 points is a $400 credit to spend on Travelocity).

  • Spending with the card on Travelocity earns 5 points per dollar, so that’s a 10% cash rebate to spend on travel.

  • Spending in your chosen category (choose restaurants, gas, groceries) earns 2 points per dollar, a 4% cash rebate to spend on travel.

  • Spending in all other categories earn 1 point per dollar, a 2% cash rebate to spend on travel.

So in the worst case, it’s a 2% cash rebate card where the funds can be spent on travel. So at the bottom end it’s like a Capital One Venture card that they pump on TV. But I wouldn’t use it for regular spend.

The card comes with an annual fee of $39 (folks have reported getting it waived for the second year) and a signup bonus of 7,500 points (worth uo to $150) after first purchase. They say it’s a $75 value but you’ll save the points for a higher value redemption…

Not a bad card for sure for travel spend, especially if you can stomach using Travelocity for your bookings. I’m not a huge fan of the booking engine myself but that’s just an aesthetic preference. Though I think I could get over that!

And of course whenever you book your travel through a site like Travelocity (or Expedia or Orbitz) you should start at a cash back site like Big Crumbs or e-Bates for additional cash back for your purchases on top.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. […] American Express Premier Rewards Gold card. Earns Membership Rewards points, which are more flexible and more valuable than the Chase Sapphire points. And earns double points on gas and groceries and triple points on airfare. Membership Rewards transfer to programs like Aeroplan, Delta, British Airways, All Nippon, Singapore, etc. and with many programs like Aeroplan, Delta, and British Airways the transfer is instantaneous. Plus they frequently run bonuses as high as 50% on transfers. So airfare spend winds up getting you 4.5 Delta or British Airways points per dollar. $175 annual fee is waived the first year. My wife just got this card with a targeted 75,000 point signup bonus, it was recently broadly available with 50,000 points, so you may want to wait until one of these offers is live again. Note that the only card that is arguably better for airfare purchases, if you can buy your tickets on Travelocity, is the 10% rebate Travelocity Amex. […]

  2. […] Travelocity American Express. At root it’s a 2% cash rebate card if you spend your rewards on travel, with the opportunity to earn even larger rebates — up to 10% back with Travelocity spend. Go through a shopping portal to earn a rebate for your Travelocity spend, then put the purchases on this card, and the strong rate of return will more than offset what I consider to be one of the least useful online travel agency sites. […]

Comments

  1. Important that it’s Barclays, for good and bad.

    From the US deal it appears Barclays pulls TransUnion for most of the country, even here in DC which is unheard of.

    OTOH, Barclays csr’s are all overseas outsourced and have a very poor reputation.

  2. Gary – what criteria do you take into consideration when determining what spend to put on your AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card vs your Starwood AMEX?

    Are all your AMEX Membership rewards to airline transfers only done during specific promotions?

    I’m very interested to hear from you & others in how you balance the spend for optimal return.

    Cheers.

  3. I have this card and basically it is ok for the 2% value you can get on airline tickets. One thing it the customer service is terrible. It is managed by Barclay Bank and they are pretty strange to deal with. I have little service issues however for many months you could not even redeem the points online. There were all sorts or glitches and the engine did not work. They had me charge the tickets and they cedited me back the money after several calls.

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