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Good news, AmEx Corporate Platinum card holders! American Express just announced three new benefits for you today. First of all, you get free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi, and a free Global Entry membership, which lets you skip customs lines at 20 major airports nationwide. You’ll be able to get through the airport more quickly and be more productive once you’re actually on the plane. You also get free access to over 100 airport lounges, including the AA Admirals Club, the Delta Sky Club, and the US Airways Club, just to add icing on the cake (or an extra olive in your martini, perhaps). But let’s be honest: American Express travel benefits are already top-notch, and you’re probably used to being spoiled. Seriously, with your airline and hotel discounts, airport club access, Priority Pass Select membership and concierge services, we image you’re already pretty comfy on the go. Just add these three fantastic options to your long list of excellent AmEx corporate benefits.
Free Global Entry membership: a boon for frequent fliers
Run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB), Global Entry is an expedited clearance program for pre-approved, low-risk travelers entering the United States, and even some airports in Canada. Instead of waiting in line for a passport review, you can swipe your machine-readable passport or permanent resident card at a kiosk, make a customs declaration, and be on your way. The kiosks will even direct you to the baggage claim area. Neat, right?
To sign up, you’ll need to use your AmEx card to pay the $100 application fee. Global Entry applicants must clear a rigorous background check and be interviewed before they are approved for enrollment. If approved, you’ll receive a statement credit covering the fee. A Global Entry membership is valid for five years. Unfortunately, acceptance doesn’t exclude you from being randomly selected for “further examination” upon entering the United States, but this is something all travelers have to risk putting up with. That’s the CPB for you.
Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi for the workaholic on the go
Gogo, a leading provider of in-flight Wi-Fi, offers Internet connectivity on nearly 1,200 airplanes flying routes in the continental United States. AmEx Corporate members can use their card to purchase Gogo access for one flight and receive a statement credit up to 10 times per calendar year. Participating airlines include Alaska, Delta, United, US Airways, Frontier, Virgin America, Air Canada and American Airlines. Sorry busy business execs, but you’ve got no more excuses for not answering your emails on the plane. Budget your Angry Birds and Facebook time wisely.
Even more VIP access
If you’re an AmEx Platinum, Business Platinum or Corporate Platinum cardholder, you already had access to over 100 airport clubs in the United States and overseas. You also had access to over 600 with a Priority Pass Select membership. Now you also get complimentary access to the Airspace Lounge at Baltimore Washington International Airport. Be sure to stop by next time you’re in Baltimore and check it out.