The Platinum Card® from American Express has been the subject of numerous rumors during the past several months. Would Amex jack the card’s already substantial annual fee? What would happen to the Platinum Card’s array of statement credits?
Well, we now know.
Amex announced a major Platinum Card refresh today. (Is there something in the water with all these refreshes going on?! 🙂 )
New Amex Platinum Welcome Offer
First of all, The Platinum Card® from American Express launched a new welcome offer for those thinking about getting the card:
- Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases within six months of being approved for card Membership.
- Earn 10X points on eligible purchases on up to $25,000 in combined purchases (within the first six months of card membership) in these categories:
- Restaurants worldwide
- Shop Small in the U.S. merchants
- See rates and fees.
If you max out the 10X opportunity, you’ll end up raking in 350,000 Membership Rewards points during those first six months!
Amex Platinum Card Changes
There’s a lot to digest. I know many people are curious about the changes — so I’ll detail them here and offer commentary in a separate post.
Amex Platinum Card Annual Fee
The $695 annual fee takes effect immediately for people applying for the card today or in the future. (See rates and fees.)
Current cardholders pay a $550 annual fee — but that increases to $695 for renewals on or after January 1. (See rates and fees.)
There was a lot of speculation that the annual $200 airline incidental credit would be slashed, as would the Uber Cash benefit (Enrollment required for both.) They were not!
With that out of the way, here’s what new:
- $200 Hotel Credit: Earn up to $200 in annual statement credit for prepaid bookings at Fine Hotels + Resorts or The Hotel Collection properties. Reservations must be booked through American Express Travel. The benefit is available immediately and per calendar year. (Jump on this one, current cardholders!)
- $179 CLEAR Credit: Earn up to $179 in annual statement credit for a CLEAR membership. This could be particularly valuable, seeing as how CLEAR now offers a “vaccine passport.” Plus, don’t forget how easy it is to get a CLEAR discount — and add family members to your account. (Enrollment required.) If you don’t yet have CLEAR, use our referral link (thank you!) to enjoy your first two months for free.
- $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Earn up to $20 in statement credits each month on eligible purchases or subscriptions with Peacock, Audible, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. (Enrollment required.) The purchases must be made through the respective providers’ websites. Not their apps or other services.
- $300 Equinox Credit: Earn up to $25 in statement credits each month for purchases of select Equinox Fitness Club monthly memberships or a digital subscription to Equinox+. (Enrollment required.)
Here are the statement credits that remain:
$200 Airline Fee Credit: Earn up to $200 back in statement credits each year on incidental fees spent with one participating airline selected through Amex. (Enrollment required.)
$200 Uber Cash: Monthly Uber Cash deposits valid for Uber rides or Uber Eats purchases in the United States. Dispensed as $15 each month from January through November, and $35 in December. (Enrollment required. Uber Cash deposits are if-used and do not roll over to the following month.)
Global Entry or TSA Pre✓: Earn up to $100 statement credit on a Global Entry (every four years) or TSA Pre✓ (every 4.5 years) application fee.
Saks Fifth Avenue: Earn up to $100 statement credits each year for purchases made in-store at Saks Fifth Avenue or online at saks.com. Available as $50 from January through June, then $50 in statement credits from July through December. (Enrollment required. Statement credits are if-used and do not roll over to the following period.)
Travel and Dining Benefits
Here’s what’s new in the travel benefits and perks department:
Access to More Centurion Lounges: Visit more than 40 Amex Centurion Lounges worldwide. But remember that guesting privileges are getting a major overhaul in February 2023.
Premium Private Jet Program: Platinum Card holders now have access to a 20% discount on Wheels Up Connect and a 40% discount on Wheels Up Core memberships. They can also get a $500 or $2,000 credit added to Wheels Up accounts toward an initial flight within the first year depending on a selected Wheels Up membership.
Global Dining Access by Resy: Access to the new Global Dining Access program by Resy that gives Platinum Card Members exclusive reservations at some of the world’s top restaurants, access to premium events and other perks like priority notify and VIP status.
Here’s what stays:
- Airport Lounge Access: Priority Pass Select Membership (enrollment required), Delta Sky Club access when flying a same-day Delta flight, Escape Lounge access, and more.
- Hilton Gold Status: Complimentary Gold status with Hilton Honors. (Enrollment required.)
- Marriott Gold Status: Complimentary Gold status with Marriott Bonvoy. (Enrollment required.)
- Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection
Nothing’s changed in terms of points earnings. The card earns 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel. This is capped at $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year.
Everything else earns 1X.
The Platinum Card® from American Express made a pretty major refresh. I have a bunch of thoughts on the changes and will let you know what I think. In the meantime, how do you feel about the changes? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section.
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