LAS VEGAS -- Travel Leaders Group and American Express have
partnered to offer American Express Gold Card members in the United States
access to a travel program from Travel Leaders Group.
The program, Travel Collection by Travel Leaders Group, was
announced during Travel Leaders Network's EDGE conference at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
By calling an agent, a Gold Card member can access the
collection, which features a number of exclusive offers like discounts on
flights (international and domestic), benefits at accommodations, shipboard
credits and discounts on packages.
For CEO Ninan Chacko, this is a "missing piece"
for Travel Leaders Group. With this agreement, it has
a new source of clients, revenue and opportunity.
"All of a sudden, there's just an unlimited set of
opportunities that I think nobody else in the travel business anywhere
else in the world can come close to matching," he said.
Travel Leaders Group said it has already begun testing the
program with a "limited number of agents," and expects to roll it out
to more later this year.
In addition, Travel Leaders Group said agents will be able
to book some American Express travel services and redeem rewards points for
their clients, "significantly expanding the opportunities for card members
to redeem their Membership Rewards points."
Agents can also help clients without the Gold Card apply
directly to American Express so they can access Travel Collection.