American Express Co. added Aer Lingus and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flagship airlines of Ireland and Argentina, respectively, to its platinum card international airline program.

Holders of the super-premium cards can get free companion tickets on 14 international airlines with the purchase of full-fare first or business- class tickets.

First USAOffers VisaFor Tenn. Tourist Town

WILMINGTON, Del.-First USA said it has introduced a platinum Visa card for the Smoky Mountain town of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The no-fee card offers a 10% discount at participating theaters, attractions, hotels, restaurants, and retail shops. The introductory interest rate is 4.9% for six months; it then jumps to a fixed 16.9%.

"Each year more than 10 million people visit Pigeon Forge," said Leon Downey, executive director of the town's department of tourism. "The card offers many benefits that will make the Pigeon Forge experience even more enjoyable for our visitors."

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