NEW YORK -- American Express is offering cardmembers enrolled in
its Membership Rewards program a chance to venture into outer space
-- or at least the edge of it.
Through a partnership with Arlington, Va.-headquartered Space
Adventures, which describes itself as "a space tourism company,"
cardmembers can redeem their rewards points for an "almost
limitless number of things ... [including] a journey to the cusp of
space," said Chris Lynch, vice president, rewards management at
American Express is offering three Space Adventures packages to
Membership Rewards enrollees:
• Sub-Orbital Space Flight: For 20 million American Express
Membership Rewards points, enrollees could be rocketing -- so to
speak -- to an altitude of 62 miles in a "sub-orbital spacecraft,"
experience a few minutes of weightlessness, and catch a view of the
Earth like they've never seen before. Flights are expected to begin
• Edge of Space Flight: 3 million points earns a trip in a
MiG-25 at Mach 2.5. Passengers reach an altitude of 80,000 feet and
can see the curvature of the Earth.
• Zero-Gravity Flight: 1 million points offers an experience in
a specially-outfitted jet aircraft used for training astronauts and
testing equipment in a weightless environment.
Operations take place at space and aviation facilities --
including the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City,
Russia -- around the world and include onsite training, tours and
For details about Space Adventures' programs, visit www.spaceadventures.com.