Reduced wait time at security and free access to Wi-Fi while traveling are the latest perks for American Express Platinum cardmembers.
In June 2014, anyone with an AmEx Platinum card, whether it’s a business, corporate or consumer account, will be able to hop on the Boingo Wireless network at hotspots in airports, hotels and participating retail locations.
They will also be eligible for an $85 statement credit when they apply to join TSA PreCheck, a program that lets travelers save time at the airport by qualifying for expedited screening at participating airports.
TSA PreCheck lessens security hassles for travelers
In 2011, American Express launched a partnership with TSA by offering a $100 statement credit when members applied for the Global Entry program. The $85 credit replaces the $100 offer. Cardholders may receive the application fee credit once every five years.
The TSA program pre-screens members so that they can go through security faster at the airport. The program offers shorter security lines and wait times, and members do not have to remove belts, shoes or jackets when going through security.
Boingo hotspots abound in places frequented by travelers
If you’ve ever tried to connect to the Internet in an airport, you’re likely familiar with the Boingo Wi-Fi network. Boingo has over 700,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the globe, in places like airports, stores and hotels. But in order to get online via Boingo, you must join and pay a fee.
For American Express Platinum cardholders, the process of going online on the go will be easier. After being authenticated as an eligible cardholder, members will create a Boingo American Express Preferred Plan (AXP Plan). They can then connect up to four devices to the Boingo network simultaneously. No roaming fees or data caps apply.
A word to the wise: since Internet access is required to go through the authentication process and get set up with the AXP Plan, people may want to set up their Boingo accounts before heading to the airport.
Also note that the AXP Plan applies only to land-based Wi-Fi services. Boingo provides in-flight Wi-Fi on select flights, but these are not an included benefit for American Express Platinum cardholders. If folks already have a paid Boingo account, they will need to call and cancel the plan. Joining through American Express will not automatically nullify any plan previously set up.