American Express Platinum Card for Schwab

American Express Platinum Card® for Schwab

Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Earning rate: ⚬ 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel ⚬ 5X points for prepaid hotels booked through American Express Travel

Noteworthy perks: This card includes all of the great perks that come with the American Express Platinum Card, plus: ⚬ Use Membership Rewards® points for deposits by Schwab to your eligible brokerage account. (For example, 10,000 points = $125) ⚬ $100 credit with Schwab holdings of $250,000+ or $200 credit with holdings of $1,000,000+ on approval & each year.

Note: This card is only available to clients that maintain an eligible Schwab brokerage account.

See also: Which is the best Amex Platinum card?

Rewards

Amex Membership Rewards points can be incredibly valuable if you know how to use them. In general, if you use Membership Rewards points to pay for merchandise or travel, you won't get good value from your points. One exception is with the Business Platinum card where you'll get a 35% point rebate when using points to book certain flights. This gives you approximately 1.5 cents per point value, which is pretty good. If you don't have the Business Platinum card, then your best bet is to transfer points to airline miles in order to book high value awards. More details can be found here: Amex Transfer Partners.

Application Tips


Amex Application Tips



  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at a new welcome bonus. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from getting a welcome bonus for the card if you sign up now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 5/90 Rule: In general, you can get at most one credit card within 5 days and 2 within 90 days. The 5 day limit is not enforced when your applications are automatically approved. Neither rule is enforced for charge cards.

  • 5 credit card max:Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards open. This limit does not apply to charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day


Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)


How to Meet Spend Requirements

In order to meet minimum spend requirements, people often look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting the money back. These techniques are often referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their signup offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus. For example, most signup bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount of this offer do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchase of travelers checks, purchase or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or other cash equivalents.
That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements (click each link for more information):

Related Cards (Membership Rewards)

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN
75K points
Up to 75K: 50K after $10K spend + 25K after additional $10K spend in 3 months.

$450 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 150K after $20K Spend (Targeted)

The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
50K points
50K after $5K spend in 3 months (You may be eligible for a bigger signup offer. Call Amex to ask)

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $175

Alternate offer: Some have been targeted for a 75K offer. See this post for more info.

Recent better offer: 75K after $5K spend, targeted -- call to ask for offer. (last reported 2/25/16)

The Platinum Card® from American Express
60K points
60K after $5K spend in 3 months

$550 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 100K after $3K spend direct link (last reported 5/10/16)

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
25K points
25K after $2K spend in 3 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $195

Recent better offer: 50K after $1K spend targeted via CardMatch Tool (last reported 2/11/16)

Gold Card from American Express
25K points
25K after $1K spend in 3 months

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $160

The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card
10K points
10K points after $3K in purchases in the first 3 months (Offer ends 9/26/18)
(Offer Expires 9/26/18)

$0 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 20K after $3K spend in 3 months (Expired 6/21/17)

Platinum Card® from American Express for Ameriprise Financial
Free First Year
No first year annual fee for you and up to 3 authorized cardholders

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $550

The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express

Click here to view details about a similar card: The Blue Business Plus Credit Card

Recent better offer: Expired 2/22/17 -- 10K points after first purchase + 10X points at U.S. restaurants the first six months (up to $2K in spend) + 2X on all purchases the first year (up to $50K in spend)

Expired 4/26/17 -- 25K: 10K after first purchase plus 15K after $5K spend in 6 months

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