Free Tickets to this Year’s Hot Museum Event, King Tut Exhibit in Los Angeles, Available from American Express Travel

Highly Coveted Tickets to ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs’ For American Express(R) Cardmembers with Package Trips to Los Angeles, from July 1; Register to Win 12-Day ‘Splendors of the Nile’ Dream Trip

NEW YORK, July 6 /PRNewswire/ — American Express Travel announced today that it will award free tickets to this year’s cultural phenomenon, “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs,” to Cardmembers who book a minimum three-night package to Los Angeles through the American Express Travel Web site. One of the easiest, surest ways to gain access to the blockbuster museum exhibit, the offer is valid for bookings made on the site through October 31, with travel to be completed by November 15, 2005.

The American Express Vacations packages include roundtrip flights and hotel accommodations, and can be viewed and booked only at http://www.americanexpress.com/kingtut, an American Express Travel Web site. In addition to complimentary admission tickets(1) to the King Tut exhibit, valued at $25 (weekday) and $30 (weekend), eligible Cardmembers enrolled in the Membership Rewards(R) program can earn double points on the booking at http://www.americanexpress.com/travel.(2)

“Because the King Tut exhibit is literally a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view these treasures on U.S. soil, tickets are selling out rapidly,” said Lynne Biggar, Senior Vice President and General Manager of American Express U.S. Consumer Travel Network. “We are pleased that we can deliver this privileged access to the exhibit for Cardmembers.”

American Express Travel is also offering a chance to win a dream vacation for two in Egypt, “Splendors of the Nile.” Organized by Abercrombie & Kent, Inc., the 12-day vacation package includes a five-day/four-night cruise on the Nile River aboard the Sun Boat IV, six nights in the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo and two economy-class round-trip tickets to Cairo. Visit http://www.americanexpress.com/dreamvacation between July 1 and November 30 to complete the online entry form.(3)

It has been 26 years since the King Tut exhibition last toured the U. S. The latest tour will stop in four cities, beginning with a five-month stay at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), June 16 to November 15. The exhibition includes 50 major objects excavated from Tutankhamun’s tomb, including his royal diadem — the gold crown encircling the head of the king’s mummified body — and one of the gold and precious stone canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs.

More than 70 objects from other royal graves of the 18th Dynasty (1555 B.C.-1305 B.C.) will also be showcased, including those of pharaohs Amenhotep ll and Thutmose IV. All of the artifacts in the exhibit are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old except a three-dimensional portrait of Tutankhamun compiled from CT scans.

“Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” is organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions and Arts and Exhibitions International, in cooperation with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. After Los Angeles, the exhibit will visit Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art (December 2005), Chicago’s Field Museum (May 2006) and Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute (February 2007). For more information on the exhibition, please visit http://www.kingtut.org/. From http://www.americanexpress.com/kingtut, one click opens http://www.americanexpress.com/travel, the travel Web site of the American Express Consumer Travel Network. Redesigned for easier navigation, the Web site makes it simple to plan and book a complete vacation. The site also offers customized booking capabilities for cruises and American Express Vacations packages, plus low fares and rates on flights, hotels and car rentals, last-minute bargains and special promotional offers. Eligible American Express(R) Cardmembers who purchase travel on the site earn double points in Membership Rewards — the award-winning loyalty program.(2) In addition, Membership Rewards points can be redeemed to purchase part or all of a cruise vacation on the site. Customers who prefer working with an expert travel specialist can find one by specialty or by office location using a convenient search tool on the site.

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(1) American Express Vacations tours operated by Travel Impressions. Los
Angeles offer valid for minimum 3-night air/land packages purchased on
the americanexpress.com/kingtut website. King Tut complimentary ticket
offer valid for new bookings made 7/1/05 – 10/31/05 and for travel
7/1/05 – 11/15/05. Final payment must be made by 10/31/05. One
complimentary ticket offered per person valid for one entry to the
King Tut exhibit. Promotion subject to changes, exceptions,
cancellation charges and restrictions.

(2) To be eligible to earn points, you must be enrolled in the Membership
Rewards program (“Program”) at the time of purchase and you must
charge your eligible purchases on an eligible, enrolled American
Express(R) Card. Some Cards require enrollment and payment of annual
Program fee. Terms and Conditions may vary. For more information on
the Membership Rewards program, visit
http://www.americanexpress.com/rewards or call
1-800-AXP-EARN (297-3276).

(3) No purchase necessary to enter to win. Purchasing does not improve
your chances of winning. To enter the American Express Dream Vacations
Drawing, go to http://www.americanexpress.com/dreamvacation. To enter
by mail send your handwritten name, address, and telephone number on a
3X5 card to American Express Dream Vacations Drawing, 50 West 23rd
Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10010 Attn: Sweepstakes Administrator
(“Mail-in Entry(ies)”). Mail-in Entries must be postmarked by
November 30, 2005, and received by December 7, 2005. The retail value
of this prize is $15,924 and the odds of winning are estimated at
1:100,000. Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Promotion
ends November 30, 2005. Open to persons who are 18 years or older and
legal residents of the United States, excluding residents of Florida,
Puerto Rico and U.S. territories, possessions and assigns. For
Official Rules, visit http://www.americanexpress.com/dreamvacation.
Void where prohibited by law.

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