AmEx offers travel rewards options

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If a family vacation, second honeymoon or visit to grandma’s house far, far away is on your horizon, you might be eyeing a new credit card to rack up flyer point and hotel rewards.

But which one should you consider?

American Express cards offer a host of rewards, including some recently added benefits.

Cards including the Delta Reserve from American Express and JetBlue Card from American Express let you earn air travel miles on either Delta or JetBlue (you can also redeem JetBlue card miles on other airlines) with every purchase.

They also come with handsome “welcome offers” that are enough miles to purchase a free flight.

But some cards -- like the American Express Platinum, which has a high annual fee of $450 -- also offer a new suite of travel benefits, too.

APR: Pay no interest charges -- you pay your balance in full each month.
Sign on bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months.

You earn a point for every eligible dollar you spend, two points at the American Express Travel website and up to 10 points per dollar spent with select partners. Points can be redeemed for items or services from more than 500 brands. Transfer points to more than 20 airline and hotel partners or use points for gift cards and merchandise.

New benefits as of April 5 include Priority Pass Select, which gives you access to more than 600 international airport lounges in more than 100 countries. This new international travel benefit extends the already robust airport lounge program that provides access into domestic airport club lounges for American Airlines Admirals Club, Delta Sky Club and US Airways Club.

You can also check a bag or enjoy an in-flight meal because American Express will cover up to $200 per year of incidental airline fees that are charged on your Platinum Card.

Card members also have access to a new complimentary mobile app, valued at $49 a year, which acts like a personal travel assistant.

The app brings together a suite of mobile travel tools available in TripIt Pro to organize and share travel plans, real time flight updates, and more. The mobile app also provides access to an airport guide, a seat expert and a travel directory of commonly used phone numbers.

If the Platinum Card isn't for you, Blue from American Express is another option.

Blue gives you the flexibility to pay charges over time (instead of with each billing statement) and there’s no annual fee. The 0% introductory APR lasts for 6 to 12 months (depending on your credit) and after that, it’s a variable rate of 15.24%, 17.24% or 19.24%. (That's the prime rate plus 11.99%, 13.99% or 15.99%.)

Blue also lets you earn one point for every eligible dollar spent and 2 points with booking online travel through American Express.

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