Checking-In for a Mini Vacation

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I would love to be on the beach right about now, but sometimes heading out of town on a big trip just isn’t in the stars. That doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself and your family to a little getaway. Checking into a local hotel can be just the break the whole family needs. Kids get to jump on the beds and watch Cartoon Network and I don’t have to cook or clean. Sounds like a vacation to me.amex_mini_vacation2

This time of year we love to head across the border to do a little Christmas shopping and just get away. What makes this year’s trip even better? Our hotel stay is free thanks to the points I’ve accumulated on my American Express Gold Rewards Card. Along with offering Cardmembers the option to redeem reward points for hotel gift cards, you can also transfer points to frequent traveler programs like Aeroplan and Priority Points.

As I am a Priority Points member too, I was thrilled to be able to transRead Morefer my Gold Rewards points over (1,000 points equals 800 priority points), enabling me to book a hotel room at a Holiday Inn across the border. Plus, transferring my rewards to my Priority Card enables me to keep my Platinum Elite status, earning additional benefits like free room upgrades.

If you find a great hotel deal online, you can use the TripFlex feature of the Gold Rewards Card to pay for any travel on your Card. Then you simply call Amex and use your points to pay for that purchase – including fees and taxes! You even have up to one year after the purchase to use your points for a statement credit.

It’s amazing how using one card, my American Express Gold Rewards Card, not only enables me to take my family on a mini vacation, but also earns me added benefits with my other frequent traveler programs.

For more information on the American Express Gold Rewards Card or to apply for your own, visit their site at www.amex.ca.

This post has been sponsored by American Express Canada to promote their new American Express Gold Rewards Card.

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