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Ends Saturday: Save on travel while you explore Australia with the ‘Open for Travel’ promotion by American Express

Australia’s domestic tourism sector is buzzing again as travel-starved Aussies seek out fun and adventure ‘at home’ while international borders remain closed.

With so many incredible destinations and experiences on offer across the country, it’s a great time to get out and about – whether that’s a staycation near home or a getaway further afield.

American Express is doing its part to help Aussies travel again by offering eligible American Express Card Members some very attractive deals as part of its Open for Travel promotion.

If you’re an Amex Card Member and considering a trip, this could be a great opportunity to save some money.

But hurry, as the promotion ends on 15 May.

First up, Amex has partnered with a range of booking platforms to offer the following deals:

  • Agoda: get 12% off eligible hotels at agoda.com/amexau
  • Expedia: spend $250, get a $25 discount using coupon code AMEX25 at expedia.com.au/amex
  • Hotels.com: get 5% off hotel bookings using coupon code AMEX5, plus sign up and collect Rewards stamps at hotels.com/amex
  • Wotif: spend $250, get a $25 discount using coupon code WOTIF25AMEX at wotif.com/amex.

Card Members can also take advantage of the following offers with accommodation and transport providers at participating properties and locations:

  • Hilton: spend $400, get $80 back
  • IHG Hotels & Resorts: spend $350, get $85 back
  • Marriott Bonvoy: spend $300, get $75 back
  • Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns: get 20% off 3-night stays using promo code ZAMEX.
  • Avis: spend $270, get $50 back
  • Hertz: spend $200, get $40 back.

Offers end 15 May 2021.

To whet your appetite, here’s a selection of hotels and experiences around the country you could enjoy.

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

The 5-star Shangri-La Hotel provides luxury accommodation in the gorgeous surrounds of the Cairns marina, with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and many local tours and attractions. The hotel’s spacious and inviting rooms are decorated with local artworks that express the natural beauty of the tropical north and feature private balconies with memorable views of the city, the hotel’s tropical gardens, Trinity Bay or Marlin Marina.

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

voco Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley (IHG Hotels & Resorts)

Located in beautiful New South Wales wine country, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley offers boutique accommodation in a charming 70-acre manor-estate. Guests can relax in well-appointed rooms, immerse themselves in nature or indulge in local wines and “estate-to-plate” dining. Thanks to its strong focus on sustainability, the estate produces its own vegetables, honey and eggs, powers lights with a solar farm and feeds manicured gardens with recycled water. There are also recreational facilities for guests to enjoy and easy access to the Hunter Valley’s popular attractions and wineries.

voco Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley

W Melbourne (Marriott Bonvoy)

The latest addition to Melbourne’s luxury hotel scene takes its design cues from the streets of Australia’s cultural capital. Located in the CBD, the ultra-stylish hotel is billed as a playground for everyone to enjoy: from the early risers to the late-night revelers. You can detox in the state-of-the-art FIT gym, or retox with a dip and a sip in the WET® pool. To further amp up your stay, savour some of the distinct offerings from hotel’s three restaurants and two bars.

W Melbourne

InterContinental Adelaide (IHG Hotels & Resorts)

Exclusively positioned on the banks of the River Torrens, InterContinental Adelaide provides luxury city centre accommodation. Guests enjoy stylish rooms with city views, several restaurants and bars, and access to the adjacent Adelaide Festival Centre, Convention Centre and Casino. A short walk from the hotel you will be immersed in cultural North Terrace and Adelaide’s key attractions, including The Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australian Museum, Adelaide Oval, Rundle Mall and Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

InterContinental Adelaide

While in Adelaide, why not hire a car using the Hertz or Avis offer and explore some of the famous wine regions nearby?

Explore South Australia’s famed wine regions

The Ritz Carlton, Perth (Marriott Bonvoy)

Cutting a striking silhouette along the Swan River, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth evokes timeless luxury and the joy of discovery. Newly built on Elizabeth Quay, the hotel overlooks the river, skyline and urban parks. The beauty and bounty of Western Australia are celebrated through culinary experiences highlighting local ingredients, a river-view infinity pool and a luxury spa featuring bespoke pampering rituals.

The Ritz Carlton, Perth

Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection (Marriott Bonvoy)

Canberra’s Midnight Hotel invites guests to experience the beat of a growing city, the personal touch of exceptional service, and the originality and authenticity of high design. Located in the neighbourhood of Braddon, the hotel is perfectly positioned in a melting pot of design, culture, food and fashion. Guests can also delight in fresh, local produce across seasonal menus in the hotel’s chic restaurant Braddon Merchant as well delicious beverages at the atmospheric Midnight Bar.

Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection

Hilton Darwin

From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city’s Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers’ paradise. The Hilton Darwin is the perfect base for exploring the city, located in downtown Darwin overlooking the harbour. Nearby you’ll find Bicentennial Park, Darwin Convention Centre, and the beach at Darwin Waterfront Precinct. The hotel has stylish guest rooms, an outdoor pool on a high floor, a fitness centre, a restaurant and a bar.

Hilton Darwin

Explore Tasmania by road

Self-drive journeys on the compact island of Tasmania offer the freedom to find the things you want – natural wonders, inspiration, calm, great food – and much you never expected. Whether whisky or wine, history or farm-fresh produce, there’s a trail on this beautiful island to match your passion. Hire a car using the Hertz or Avis offers, jump in and go.

For more details about the Open for Travel promotion and to take advantage of these deals ending soon, visit American Express.

This article was produced in partnership with American Express.


  1. Hi Sheila, I just tried the code and it worked fine. Perhaps try again. It’s available online only and must be for a 2+ night stay.


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