Summer may have slipped past us, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to use your hard-earned vacation time before the end of the year. Get ready to plan a perfect fall getaway!

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A reef in Hamilton, Bermuda

amex_spendsave.jpgRegardless of how much time you have to take off of work—from one day to an entire week—there’s a city just a short drive or plane ride away where you can experience exciting art, culture, food, and entertainment that will inspire you well into the new year.

We're working with American Express to make sure that you spend your precious travel time right: During the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing city guides for excursions lasting from a long weekend to an extended week (use those weekends!), complete with insider travel tips that will guarantee that you make the most of your fall vacation. And a vacation doesn’t have to break the bank either!

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Looking over the city of Edinburgh at dusk from Calton Hill, Scotland

amex_rewpoints2.jpg There are plenty of ways to save money while traveling, like using American Express Membership Rewards or booking reservations in advance to receive the best rates and value. And if you're looking for added value, the Platinum Card from American Express offers select airport lounge access and a $200 airline fee credit, so you can be reimbursed for extra charges like baggage fees or in-flight food.

Did you realize that destinations like the Caribbean and Hawaii are considered off-season right now? So there are great deals out there! You can also use the expertise of American Express Travel Insiders, who not only have insight into the best hotels, dining and attractions, but also the hard-to-find hidden gems of any destination. With the help of an Insider you can spend less time planning and more time enjoying your remaining vacation days.

From the sandy, pink beaches of Bermuda to Scotland's ancient Edinburgh Castle, we’ve got all kinds of ideas about how to make your trip the best one yet. Now all you have to do is pack your suitcase (and tell your boss “see ya later!”)—it’s time to have a little fun.