100K Membership Rewards points w/ new referral offer

There is a newly-increased offer on the Business Platinum Card from American Express that is only available via referral and is good for up to 100,000 Membership Rewards points, though it requires heavy spend: get 50K points after $10K spend in the first 3 months plus an additional 50K points after an additional $15K spend in the first 3 months. That’s only an increase of $5K in the spending component over the more typical offer. While that’s a lot of spend in 3 months, I suspect those who would have considered this card at the $20K spending requirement can likely handle the increase in spend — in which case, it’s worth a look now with this increased offer.

The Offer

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

Key Card Details

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

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.


Annual Fee: $595

Card Type: Amex Charge Card

Base
Travel
Other

Earning rate: 5X flights and prepaid hotels at AmexTravel.com ⚬ 1.5X points per dollar on eligible purchases of $5000 or more (up to 1 million additional Membership Rewards points per year) ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Up to $200 a year in statement credits for airline incidental fees ⚬ Up to $200 a year in statement credits for Dell purchases ($100 Jan-June; $100 July-Dec) ⚬ $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement.⚬ Airport lounge benefits ⚬ Rental car elite status ⚬ SPG Gold status ⚬ Hilton Gold status ⚬ 10 complimentary single flight segment passes for Gogo inflight internet each calendar year. ⚬ One year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork (enroll between 2/15/2019 and 12/31/2019). Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)

See also: Maximizing value from Amex Platinum Cards

Quick Thoughts

Again, the spending requirement for this offer is obviously high — you’ll need to be able to spend $25K in 3 months and Amex has made it clear that they aren’t fond of gift card purchases for minimum spending requirements. This offer is therefore most useful for those with high monthly expenses or perhaps high tax payments to make. Keep in mind that Simon Mall purchases are earning 0 points, so don’t be tempted to hit up Simon for the $1K Visa Gift Cards to meet your spending requirements.

However, for those able to meet the requirements here, this is a nice offer. There are occasional targeted mail offers good for up to 150K and/or for 100K with a lower spending requirement (and some people have had success in calling in to request the 100K offer that requires $10K spend). Keep in mind that you could also open multiple cards with lesser spend requirements in order to earn 100K points. On the other hand, the Business Platinum comes with a couple of nice benefits in addition to the slew of benefits that come on personal Platinum cards (See: Which is the best Platinum card?). The new twice-annual $100 Dell credit and points rebate on your selected airline and business and first class fares are fairly valuable benefits. That said, the newly-increased $595 annual fee on this card makes it questionable for the long term. The welcome offer here is the main attraction.

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t refer yourself (but a referral to or from a spouse should be no problem). The person referring you can now get 20K points if they have generated their referral link from their Business Platinum card (up to an annual cap of 55K points). Find more information about this card and a link to apply on our dedicated Business Platinum card page.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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