FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

David Rabkin, Senior Vice President, Consumer Lending Products, American Express

Jun 1, 2013
2013 / June 2013

Name: David Rabkin
Title: Senior vice president, Consumer Lending Products
Company, city: American Express; New York, N.Y.
Number of employees: 63,500 worldwide
Recent project: Working to raise the bar in delivering value associated with our affinity cards, including partner-specific benefits like frequent-flyer rewards and services like priority boarding
First job: At 15, I scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins; postcollege, I was a sales representative for Proctor & Gamble in San Francisco.
Little-known fact about you: I’ve worked in 20 countries and lived in six, including two and a half years in Jamaica.

David Rabkin’s Business

Essential business philosophy: Strategy is what you do, which is not necessarily the same as what you say you will do.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Be closer to your customers than your competitors are. Listen to them.

Yardstick of success: Is my team engaged? If you hire the right people, you create a meaningful, winning team.

David Rabkin as a Traveler

What is the most important item you take when traveling? My American Express card

How do you spend your time on board? Using my iPad; since the availability of in-flight Internet, this has become the ultimate device for work and entertainment.

What is your favorite restaurant in the world? Jardineira Café, São Paulo

What is your favorite destination in the world? Israel

About American Express

What do the American Express co-branded credit cards offer frequent travelers? At American Express, our heritage is travel. In fact, we are one of the largest travel agencies in the world and one of the world’s largest co-branded card issuers. Our cards offer a number of benefits for travelers, ranging from lounge access to hotel and airline loyalty program rewards.

In addition to our co-branded cards, we have credit and charge cards that feature our Membership Rewards Program, which allows cardmembers to pay for travel directly with points or transfer points into a frequent-flyer program like Delta SkyMiles.

Our Platinum card offers premium benefits like lounge access and an international airline program, as well as hotel benefits including late check-out, room upgrades when available and free breakfast when you book through our Fine Hotels & Resorts program. We also offer a Blue Sky Preferred card that features a $100 airline credit to use for incidentals like checked bag fees.

Which travel-related brands are affinity card partners? We have a full line-up of cards with Delta Air Lines which offer a range of benefits from complimentary bags and priority boarding to Medallion Qualification Miles and companion tickets. Our JetBlue card offers new discounts, like 50 percent off in-flight purchases. For hotel partners, we offer two co-branded Hilton HHonors credit cards, earning multiple points on every eligible dollar spent; and our Starwood Preferred Guest credit card is widely recognized as one of the best travel rewards cards.

What are the plans for the future in terms of affinity cards? We are always looking for new partners to expand our portfolio with benefits and services that appeal to new customers. That’s an ongoing process.

We’re also testing new ways to engage with our cardmembers through social media and dynamic emails. We’re using these channels to serve up special offers and deals from our partners that are most relevant to cardmembers in real time.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Daily
Jun 1, 2020

Portugal Plans for Reopening Next Week

Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.

Goway Offers Travelers Journey of a Lifetime

Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Daily
Jun 1, 2020

United Airlines Launches United CleanPlus Partnership with Clorox, Healthcare Experts

United Airlines introduces United CleanPlus, a partnership with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic. The company is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, and hopes to deliver an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. This partnership brings together Clorox and some of the country’s top medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic to help guide United Airlines’ new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols.

Daily
May 29, 2020

6 Reasons We Can’t Wait to #ComeBacktoTravel to the Florida Keys

At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Join us over the next several weeks as we entice you with photos from some of the places we’re most excited to visit. Take a visual journey through some of the Florida Keys’ most breathtaking sights with us, just in time for the June 1 reopening.

Adventure of a Lifetime with Volvo

Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.

Daily
May 29, 2020

Four Seasons Resort Revamps Reef Club

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa unveiled its newly renovated Reef Club. The Mediterranean eatery offers the warm vibes of the southern coast of Europe, combined with views of the Maldives.

eFlyer News
May 27, 2020

Abu Dhabi Launches Safe and Clean Certification Program

A first of its kind in the region, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi launched a safe and clean certification program. The program seeks to uplift and standardize cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organizations in the tourism sector, including hotels, malls and other attractions. DCT Abu Dhabi will offer certifications that ensure compliance of standardized hygiene levels, and the program will roll out in phases, with the first dedicated to hotels.

Five Things You Need to Know About Punta Cana’s New Finest Resort

Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.

eFlyer Deals
May 27, 2020

Uniworld Celebrates “The Heroes Among Us” with Complimentary Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is celebrating the heroes. Travelers can nominate the unsung heroes in their lives for a chance to be selected for one of 25 complimentary, seven-night European river cruises for two through July 31.