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Monica Hibb’s travel hacks

From packing to snacking, blogger Monika Hibbs shares her trusted family travel tips.

Discover hidden Ibiza…
by bike

Amex Insider, Alex Zane, shares some local tips on discovering the island’s best-kept secrets by bike.


1.Terms and conditions, rental location and rental vehicle exclusions apply. 10% discount available on the best prepaid and non-prepaid retail rates and it applies to time, mileage and all mandatory insurance and waivers included in the base rate (excludes Dream Collection, Supercars, Vans and other commercial vehicles). One car class upgrade is available on standard vehicles only, excluding Hertz Collections (Vans, and all Collection cars, Green/Fun/Prestige/Family/Dream/Supercar vehicles), on rentals of five consecutive days or more and is applicable in all participating destinations excluding Japan and is subject to availability. Standard Blackout dates apply – visit for full terms and conditions. Fee will be waived for one (1) additional driver providing the additional driver is listed on the rental agreement and meets the required driving credentials for the country where the vehicle is rented. The following countries and/or Hertz locations are excluded from the list of Participating Destinations: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Taiwan rental locations. Rentals within Japan are eligible for up to a 5% discount and one complimentary additional driver, but no vehicle upgrade will apply. Gold Plus Rewards® enrollment is required to enjoy all benefits. Hertz standard terms and conditions of rental apply. American Express reserves the right to instruct Hertz to cancel your membership if you cease to be an American Express Cardmember or your account is not in good standing. Hertz Benefit only valid if rental paid for using an eligible American Express Card and when the Gold Plus Rewards membership number is provided at time of booking at Hertz locations or The promotional CDP #705500 for the Hertz American Express benefits must be included as part of the Cardmember’s Gold Plus Rewards membership. Rentals are subject to Hertz terms and conditions. Third party bookings through Tour Operators or Online Travel Agencies, including Amex Travel Online are not eligible for Hertz benefits.

2.Valid at participating hotels for bookings of at least two consecutive nights booked online through Available to Basic Gold Rewards Cardmembers. Supplementary Gold Rewards Cardmembers are not eligible for The Hotel Collection program. Payment must be made in full with an American Express Card in the American Express Gold Rewards Cardmember’s name at time of checkout. The Gold Rewards Cardmember must travel on the itinerary booked. The Cardmember can receive a hotel credit upon checkout of up to $75 USD based on qualifying charges charged to the room excluding charges for cost of room, taxes, gratuities and fees. The $75 USD credit is non-refundable and non-redeemable by the Eligible Cardmember for cash. Additional exclusions based on specific hotel restrictions may also apply (including without limitation, purchases within the hotel that are unaffiliated and/or owned by third parties) - see hotel front desk for details. Credit cannot be carried over to another stay and expires at check-out. Credit is non-exchangeable and non-refundable and is applied in USD or equivalent in local currency based on exchange rate on day of check-out. May not be combined with other offers or programs unless indicated. Limit one credit per room, per stay. Three-room limit per Cardmember per stay; back-to-back stays within a 24-hour period at the same property considered one stay. Participating hotels and benefits subject to change.

3.AMEX® Travel Insurance underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada. Amex Bank of Canada identifies insurance providers and products that may be of interest to some of its customers. In this role we do not act as an agent or fiduciary for you, and we may act on behalf of the insurance copy provider, as permitted by law. We want you to be aware that we receive compensation from insurance providers and our compensation may vary by provider and product. We do not require you to purchase any lnsurance product, and you may choose to cover your insurance needs from other sources on terms they may make available to you.

4.This offer is only available to new American Express® Gold Rewards Cardmembers. For current or former American Express® Gold Rewards Cardmembers, we may approve your application, but you will not be eligible for the welcome bonus. Offer subject to change. To qualify for the Welcome Bonus you must have at least $1,500 in net purchases posted to your account in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Account must be in good standing. Please allow up to eight weeks for the Welcome Bonus to be awarded. 25,000 Membership Rewards Points = 25,000 Aeroplan®* Miles. As per Aeroplan’s current reward chart, 25,000 Aeroplan Miles are currently enough for a long-haul roundtrip Fixed Mileage Flight Reward™* in economy class within Canada or to the Continental U.S. (applicable fees and taxes are additional). Reward seat availability is capacity controlled and is subject to availability at time of booking and seasonality of demand. See for details. 

5.Underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada. Coverage is in excess of any and all other applicable insurance.

6.Use the American Express Card online or off, and you won’t be held responsible for any fraudulent charges, as long as you’ve taken reasonable care to protect your account details and PIN. Notify us at once if your Card is lost or stolen, or you suspect it is being used without your permission.

7.*Purchase must be charged in full to an American Express Card. Subject to availability and to event and ticketing agent terms, conditions and fees. Not all seats are available. All sales are final. No refunds. No exchanges.