AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL BECOMES FIRST TRAVEL COMPANY TO OFFER
SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS’ EDUCATIONAL TOURS
NEW YORK, May 3, 2007 – American Express Travel, the largest travel agency in the world and
one of the most trusted companies for travel, has announced a new partnership with Smithsonian
Journeys, the educational travel program of the Smithsonian Institution, and the world’s largest
museum-based travel program. American Express Travel agents can now exclusively offer
Smithsonian Journeys’ cultural and educational group trips, marking the first time that an outside
travel company’s agents can offer the majority of Smithsonian Journeys tours to their clients.
Enriching, exclusive and educational, Smithsonian Journeys’ trips delve deeply into travelers’
personal passions, from archaeology to opera, civil war history to architecture, astronomy, literature,
cuisine and wildlife safaris. Encompassing every corner of the globe and every mode of travel –
land, cruise, rail, private jet – Smithsonian Journeys are escorted by study leaders, passionate and
knowledgeable experts who share insights and compelling commentary designed to engage
participants and to maximize each travel experience. Itineraries also feature inside access
experiences including private recitals, curator-led tours and backstage admissions.
When booking with an American Express Platinum Card® or Gold Card, Cardmembers will receive
a special benefit: a gift certificate to Longitude, an on-line travel bookstore, keeping with the overall
educational theme. These Charge Cardmembers will also receive a $100 gift certificate when
purchasing vacations $3,000 or more and a $50 certificate for vacations under that amount.
American Express Green Card® members receive a $50 gift certificate for any vacation.
“American Express Travel is so pleased to partner with Smithsonian Journeys to offer our customers
enriching travel experiences that creatively combine learning an