Pokemon's Travel Stipends Discussion Topic

Discussion in 'TCG News & Gossip Discussion' started by PokePop, Sep 13, 2016.

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  1. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Starting the topic at the request of some parents.
    If you wish to discuss how the stipends are working or not working for you, please do so here.
  2. Deblmeye

    Deblmeye New Member

    I used our travel stipends for the upcoming regional championships (to book our hotel room). It was a long process to use the AMEX system. Multiple phone calls and emails. Do it when you have time and not in a hurry. It was a pain, but I am not wasting that money by not using it. Would love to hear others reactions to it.
  3. wcobb

    wcobb New Member

    I would like to summarize what others have said on this topic. My family had a fairly positive experience using the certificate my son won at Nationals this year. We had no issues working with the AMEX travel agent and feel they provide a good customer experience.

    But, the main issue is that by using AMEX travel, there are significant additional costs involved to use the travel certificate(s).

    1. The price of hotels, flights, cars, etc offered by the AMEX travel agency are typically more than what can be found online, and they will only price match the airlines sites. They do not price match against Travelocity, Orbitz, etc.

    2. If you do not have enough money on the certificate to make a purchase via the AMEX travel agency, they charge a 1.5% fee to use a credit card to cover the rest of the purchase.

    3. The certificates cannot be used directly online. You have to work with an AMEX travel agent, and the travel agent may have to verify with Pokemon if the travel qualifies to use the certificate. I.e. the travel has to be Pokemon related.

    4. There is a $30 booking fee per flight. If a family of four uses a travel certificate, they will be charged $120 in fees to use it for four flights.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2016
  4. Deblmeye

    Deblmeye New Member

    I can tell you that when the hotel discounts were released for the Fort Wayne regionals, I asked that AMEX would match those prices and they did -- after a long phone call. Please note you do not have to book 60 days in advance. I learned my lesson with this. I am waiting until the discounted hotels come out and then book the AMEX. We have enough left on our stipend that we should have enough money for the St. Louis regionals. That is our plan.

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