Departures magazine to increase its rate base by 3% to 900,000 from 875,000 beginning January 2013, reports its 2012 ad revenue is up 21% year-over-year

NEW YORK , September 24, 2012 (press release) –  DEPARTURES Vice President and Publisher Steven DeLuca announced today that DEPARTURES will increase its rate base to 900,000, effective with the January/February issue. This is a three percent increase from the current 875,000 guarantee.  Total circulation for the magazine increased to 1,111,424 for the sixth-month period ending June 2012 (June 2012 BPA Publishers Statement).
 
Now in its 23rd year, DEPARTURES is the only media property to reach a 100% qualified audience of affluent consumers with no waste.  DEPARTURES is delivered to the households of 1.1 million Platinum Card® and Centurion® members from American Express with an average household income of $619,000(DEPARTURES 2011 Ipsos Mendelsohn Reader Survey).

“The decision to increase our rate base is a testament to the health of the luxury industry today and the unmatched connection we provide our partners with our affluent audience,” said DeLuca.  “Our readers are primed to spend on the brands that represent the highest quality in their category and our Editor in Chief Richard David Story and his team create a premium product with every issue.” 
 
This rate base increase comes on the heels of continued revenue and paging gains.  DEPARTURES' September issue climbed 30 percent in ad revenue and 20 percent in paging compared to the same in 2011.  The publication is ahead 21 percent in ad revenue and 6.2 percent in paging year-to-date versus January through September 2011.
 

About DEPARTURES:

DEPARTURES is published exclusively by the American Express Publishing Corporation for Platinum Card® and Centurion® members from American Express. DEPARTURES’ international network includes 18 editions in more than 50 countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. DEPARTURES digital footprint includes departures.com, "DEPARTURES BlackBook To Go" available on iPad, and the "DEPARTURES Ultimate City Guides" app available on iPad and iPhone. Follow DEPARTURES on Twitter @DeparturesMag. 

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