American Express Partners with Luxury Vacation Provider Inspirato

Wed Mar 6, 2013 8:00am EST

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Inspirato announces special membership offers and club benefits for American
Express Cardmembers

NEW YORK & DENVER--(Business Wire)--
American Express (NYSE: AXP) and luxury vacation club Inspirato LLC announced
today a partnership to deliver the club`s unique vacation experiences under the
new brand "Inspirato with American Express," available to all consumers with
special benefits to American Express® Cardmembers. The new partnership is
designed to accelerate Inspirato`s growth and raise awareness with relevant

"Inspirato and American Express share a similar passion for creating exceptional
experiences for members, and delivering best-in-class service. This partnership
is an opportunity for us to introduce consumers to an innovative concept in
luxury travel, offer American Express Cardmembers special benefits, and share in
the future success of Inspirato," said Eric Feldstein, executive vice president,
Enterprise Growth, American Express. 

Launched in 2011, and backed by prestigious private equity partners including
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners, Inspirato
is the first luxury destination club to lease rather than own its properties -
and as a result, avoid the six-figure, up-front fees common in the industry.
Members enjoy personalized pre-trip vacation planning and on-site concierge
services, and pay members-only nightly rates - often at significant savings - to
vacation in exquisite homes that average $3.6 million in value and are
exclusively managed by Inspirato. 

"Our club is specifically designed for people who want the spaciousness and
privacy of a multimillion-dollar villa while on vacation but are not willing to
sacrifice the five-star service received at the finest hotels," explains Brent
Handler, Inspirato`s co-founder and CEO. "Our members are not scouring the
Internet looking for the least expensive online rental. They place high value on
the peace of mind that comes from vacationing with a private club." 

Inspirato has attracted more than 3,000 members since its inception, including
some of the most affluent travelers in the U.S. "We are excited to partner with
American Express, a company with world-class marketing capabilities and brand
expertise, as we look to grow the club`s membership options and enhance our
vacation experiences," said Brent Handler. 

Inspirato offers private vacation homes, luxury hotel partners and adventure
travel experiences in such world-class destinations as Aspen, St. Barts,
Nantucket, Sonoma, Los Cabos, Maldives, Tuscany, Maui and Provence.
Additionally, the club features exclusive members-only benefits and privileges,
including special access to vetted partner venues, such as high-end spas, golf
clubs and children`s clubs; discounted pricing with private air and luxury
transportation services; and VIP treatment at elite events worldwide. Inspirato
provides different membership options for consumers to customize their personal
travel needs and for businesses to use the club for company retreats, incentive
reward trips and event planning services. 

Inspirato has been recognized as one of "America`s Most Promising Companies" by
Forbes magazine, and won the vacation homes category in Robb Report`s "Best of
the Best 2012." 

To celebrate the new partnership, starting today, American Express Cardmembers
can join Inspirato and receive $2,500 off the club`s one-time initiation fee for
any membership type, and $400 off the club`s annual membership fee when paying
with their American Express® Card. For more information, including offer terms
and conditions, please visit 

About Inspirato with American Express

Inspirato with American Express is a private club for luxury travelers who
expect exceptional experiences when they vacation. Our members enjoy exquisite
vacation properties, highly personalized service and the luxury of certainty
when they travel with the club. Learn more about our exclusive collection of
private vacation homes, member-only rates and rich club benefits and privileges
by visiting 

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access
to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business
success. Learn more at and connect with us on,,,, and 

Inspirato® is owned by Inspirato LLC.All products and services offered and
rendered by Inspirato® are provided solely by Inspirato LLC or its agents and
affiliates, and not by the American Express Company or its subsidiaries or

American Express
Charlotte Fuller, 347-446-0240 (m)
Director, Public Affairs and Communications
Christine Rafanelli, 720-281-8175 (m)
Senior Public Relations Manager

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