Cocktails & Panning For Gold at the American Express® Event

Mimi ON Dec 13, 2011 AT 4:08 pm

Cocktails and panning for gold at the Amex event

Cocktails and panning for gold at the Amex event

Travel Dreams with the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Card.

We had a golden night at Saint Martin’s Lane Hotel for the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Card Blogger Event.

To set the scene, we ate delicious canapés including sesame crusted salmon fish cakes and mini cheeseburgers washed down with Grey Goose Lychee Martini’s sprinkled with Jewel Dark Gold Dust and a Bourbon Gold Rush with Maker’s Mark, honey and lemon juice. We went prospecting for nuggets in a panning tank with gold prospectors Jamie and Charlie from The Ministry of Fun, digging for hidden treasures, in the shape of gold leaf champagne truffles from Charbonnel & Walker. Did you know that American Express actually dates back to great The American Gold Rush in 1850 when they were responsible for moving freight and mail around the country? So they’ve definitely had plenty of travel experience over the decades.

Some of my favourite bloggers were also in attendance at the event and I met some brilliant new ones too. Faced with such a passionate group of people who love to travel we took the opportunity to ask them about their favourite places.

Our first friendly face was the lovely @Laura_Scott editor of Brandish, who has her own blog She told us she would love to go to ‘surreal’ Iceland to see the Northern Lights. She loves the mix of city and country and would definitely be paying a visit to Reykjavik’s fashion boutiques to get the quirky local style twist.

Maria from @ThatFashionBlog, with her BarryM neon nails, would love to be in New York for Christmas checking out the bags in Hermes or choosing something special from the Return to Tiffany’s collection. She loves Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf’ style and enviable wardrobe but sees herself more with a Dan than a Chuck. I think I’d have to agree with you there Maria!

The American Express Event

The American Express Event clockwise from top left Neily and Choralie, Richard Harris from American Express, the amazing canapes and Mario fishing for gold

Yvette from @simplyluxtravel has had the pleasure of staying at Longitude 131° a  luxury wilderness camp at Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre but she is most keen to take a trip to Barcelona for its architecture and people. After shopping for her fantasy Fifi shoes from Christian Louboutin she’d step out from a penthouse at the W Hotel and cable car up to Tibidabo for the sunset with her husband. Now that is a travel fantasy!

Leemei from @mycookinghut blogs about fresh, simple, healthy and quick Asian & French cooking and loves sunshine, relaxing and loves the thought of heading off to Mauritius to sample fabulous fish.

The American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Card

The American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Card

Amanda and Jane from are both championing the ‘North’ and the ‘Cold’ as trends, and they should know as they met while working for the global fashion trend forecasting website, WGSN. Amanda’s travel dreams involve travelling to Alaska in a beaten up cruise ship. She’s obviously forsaking safety for style, and whilst we admire her for it, we’ll be taking the plane!

Neily of Cherie City has been to Toronto and Paris this year for her blog and her ideal next getaway would be to Hawaii.  She just loves the idea of the beaches and the island hoping. Her top tip for travelers to Beirut, which she also loves, is shopping at the souks and a trip to the 26th Floor of The Four Seasons Hotel for the spectacular view.

Everyone we spoke to was in agreement that wherever your next trip takes you, it’s important that you tailor it your way. That’s why the Preferred Rewards Gold Card is perfect for people who love travelling as you can redeem the points you earn by spending on the Card on flights, hotels and lots more. And to build up points quickly, you can earn double points on virtually all travel related spend and practically all purchases while you’re abroad.


The Card also gives you the flexibility to transfer your points to 10 of the world’s major frequent flyer programmes. And there is no limit on the points you can earn and your points never expire, so this is one Card that’s worth its weight in gold.

Other bonuses which I really like are that you are covered by the Travel Inconvenience Insurance, Travel Accident Insurance and Global Assist® Services and you also get two complimentary visits to more than 350 airport lounges worldwide to really start your trip off in style.

Right now, American Express is giving away a welcome bonus of 20,000 points just by spending and charging £1,000 in the first three months of Cardmembership. That’s enough for a pair of return flights to some of Europe’s most exciting cities*.

For more information on a more rewarding travel experience, visit

* Subject to availability – taxes, fees and surcharges apply.

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If you’d prefer a Card without any rewards, other features or a Cardmembership fee, an alternative option is available – the Basic Card. Terms and conditions apply. The Preferred Rewards Gold Card is offered by American Express Services Europe Limited. Registered Office: Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9AX.  American Express Services Europe Limited is authorised in the United Kingdom by the Financial Services Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2009 (reference number 415532) for the provision of payment services.


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Cocktails and panning for gold at the Amex event

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