American Express Business Travel's Preferred Extras Hotel Program (PEHP) offers travel managers and frequent travelers more choice in best available unrestricted rates from 29 hotel chains, including well-known chains for business stays such as Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Hilton Family, Omni Hotels, Preferred Hotel Group and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.

These and other PEHP participants also may include add-on amenities such as free high-speed Internet access, fitness facilities and access to exclusive club rooms, helping travelers stay productive and feel comfortable while on the road. Additionally, and unlike the restricted offers of certain online travel agencies, with Preferred Extras travelers can continue to accrue points, miles and/or rewards from their hotel loyalty programs.

"American Express has negotiated hotel arrangements in 95 percent of worldwide cities where our clients travel for business, ensuring that our clients, no matter where they go, will not only get the best room available, but also the best deal for their stay," said McGraw.

To take advantage of the enhanced PEHP, travelers need to ask for the "Preferred Extras" rate when booking travel via American Express Online or with an American Express travel counselor. PEHP is currently available to the company's global client base.

TrackPoint Global Security Solution

American Express Business Travel enhancements to its marquee traveler security and benefit program: the company's TrackPoint global security solution.

Effective immediately, TrackPoint, a web-based application, designed to help travel managers as well as risk and security departments to quickly and globally locate their business travelers beset by unexpected events and crises, such as severe weather or terrorist acts, will be made available to the company's U.S.-based clients.

Residing within the American Express Online web environment, as a component of the American Express @Work(R) reporting suite, TrackPoint employs an intuitive, point and click graphical user interface to enable its user to quickly drill down to the country, state / province and city level, and then view an individual traveler's itinerary. By speeding such global traveler locater searches, TrackPoint aids and better informs decision-making when crises affecting traveler security and well-being break.

Additionally, by leveraging pre-travel data and updating traveler information every four to six hours, TrackPoint ensures that evolving itineraries are captured upon booking, ticketing or change. Furthermore, by allowing its user to view travel data eight days in advance of the travel start date TrackPoint improves pre-travel planning and analysis. Notably, data culled by TrackPoint can also be exported into easy-to-share and read Excel and CSV programs to support more collaborative decision-making.

TrackPoint is currently beeing offered to the company's U.S.-based clients and made available globally over the coming months.