The Platinum Card from American Express

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

$550 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: This card is absolutely loaded with high end perks. Depending upon your situation, those perks may be worth the annual fee or much more.


Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Base
Travel

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: ⚬ $200 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $200 a year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline ⚬ Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status for Basic Member only ⚬ Up to $100 in credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue (up to $50 in credits semi-annually, enrollment required) ⚬ $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement ⚬ Airport lounge benefits ⚬ Rental car elite status ⚬ SPG Gold status ⚬ Hilton HHonors Gold status ⚬ Free Gold card AUs. Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)

See also: Maximizing value from Amex Platinum Cards

Overview

The Platinum Card from American Express is a high end travel rewards charge card that is loaded with perks:

  • 5X points per dollar for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X points per dollar for prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel
  • Up to $200 a year in statement credits for airline incidental fees
  • Up to $200 per year in annual rides with Uber ($15/month, $35 in December)
  • $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement.
  • Airport lounge benefits: Priority Pass Select membership, plus free access to Delta SkyClubs, Amex Centurion Lounges, and Airspace Lounges
  • Rental car elite status. National Executive status is particularly valuable in my opinion.
  • SPG Gold status
  • Hilton Gold status. Free breakfast.
  • .

For many, the personal Platinum card's 5X airfare bonus and Uber credits may be enough to make this card worth keeping. For the rest of the benefits, though, some would do better with the Amex Business Platinum card which includes Gogo In-Flight Wifi, 35% points rebate when points are used to purchase select airfare, and 1.5 points per dollar for purchases of $5K or more.

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. Another exception is with the Business Gold Card where you'll get a 25% point rebate when using points to book certain flights. This gives you approximately 1.33 cents per point value. If you don't have either 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 Membership Rewards Complete Guide.

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 apply 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 welcome offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus. For example, most new cardmember 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
Up to 100K points
Up to 100K: 50K after $10K spend in the first 3 months + 50K after additional $15K spend in the first 3 months.

$595 Annual Fee

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

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

$550 Annual Fee

American Express® Gold Card
40K points
40K after $2K spend in 3 months

$250 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 50K after $2K spend in 3 months + 20% back as a statement credit at US Restaurants within the first 3 months (up to $100 back). [Expired 1/9/19]

American Express® Business Gold Card
50K points
50K points after $5K spend in 3 months

$295 Annual Fee

The Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express

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

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

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

Business Green Rewards Card from American Express
3x points in select categories
Limited time offer: Earn 3x points on combined eligible purchases up to $50K in the first 3 months on spend on US Restaurants, hotel stays booked directly with hotels, and airfare purchased directly from airlines
(Offer Expires 11/6/2019)

$95 Annual Fee

Last updated on May 30th, 2018

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