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Two For One

Perhaps the highest value promotion to float by cardholders this summer is hitting mailboxes this week. For travel between now and September 15, American Express cardholders can get a free companion ticket on Virgin Atlantic airlines, a free night at Summit Hotels and deeply discounted tickets from British Midland airlines for intra-Europe travel. According to CardWatch, Virgin Atlantic is offering AmEx cardholders two ‘Upper Class’ tickets to London for the price of one. A single ‘Upper Class’ ticket runs about $5,000 for roundtrip travel between Washington, DC and London. Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Upper Class’ service includes complimentary chauffeur-driven service at both the U.S. and London airports, access to VA’s expansive ‘Clubhouses’ and ‘Touch Salon’. AmEx cardholders can also receive a second night free at Summit Hotels & Resorts and a discount of up to 55% for each additional night. British Midland is offering AmEx cardholders a flat rate of $99 each way to fly to Brussels or Dublin. BM is also charging $139 each way for travel to Prague or Frankfurt.

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