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by Matt Alderton | November 04, 2015
American Express and home sharing website Airbnb have established a new partnership making it easy for American Express cardholders to book Airbnb accommodations, the companies announced yesterday.

According to the partners, the relationship leverages a first-of-its-kind tech integration whereby American Express members can create an Airbnb account with their American Express user ID and password. Doing so identifies users as American Express cardholders for the purpose of identity verification, makes it easier to sign up for Airbnb by autocompleting one's profile with American Express account information and payment details, and allows one to redeem American Express rewards points to book stays.

"Our card members love one-of-a-kind and memorable travel experiences, and with this partnership we're creating a frictionless and valuable way for them to take advantage of everything Airbnb has to offer," said Leslie Berland, executive vice president of global advertising, marketing, and digital partnerships, at American Express. "Through our technology, we're bringing to life our unique assets on Airbnb, delivering the world-class service, experience, and benefits card members expect from their Amex membership."

Added Lex Bayer, head of global payments and business development at Airbnb, "We welcome millions of Amex card members to belong anywhere with Airbnb. Whether staying at a bungalow in Bali with membership rewards points, or a business trip to London with your Amex card, this partnership makes booking an Airbnb in over 190 countries seamless and allows card members to be verified with their American Express login within the trusted community of Airbnb."

To sign up for an account on Airbnb, American Express card members should click the "Sign Up with Amex" button on the Airbnb homepage, then enter their Amex login. Upon doing so, they'll be verified with a badge on their profile as an American Express Card Member.