Without warning, the long-standing offer for a waived first-year annual fee on the Ameriprise version of the Platinum card has been killed and replaced with the standard welcome offer of 60K points after $5K in purchases in the first 3 months. That’s a massive disappointment for those who had intentions to apply for this card but hadn’t yet done it.
There are several “flavors” of the Amex Platinum card (See: Which is the best Amex Platinum card?). Unlike other flavors of the Platinum card, the Ameriprise version has not offered a standard points-based welcome offer. Instead, the benefit of this flavor has long been that the Ameriprise Platinum card’s $550 annual fee was waived in the first year. That created the possibility to enjoy the Platinum card’s many benefits fee-free for a year (including the annual airline credits, Uber credits, etc). Better still, since this was considered a benefit rather than a welcome offer, it was not subject to the once-per-lifetime restriction placed on points-based welcome offers.
Unfortunately, that has changed without warning today. Interestingly, you can still find a landing page for the waived-fee Ameriprise Platinum card here.
However, when you click through to apply, it produces the page shown above saying that the offer is no longer available.
Reddit users shinebock / drew_carnegie reported a link to a new “standard” offer that does not include a waived fee as seen here.
This is certainly unfortunate news for anyone who had it in mind to apply for this card but had not yet done so. This offer was an excellent way to enjoy Platinum card benefits at a large savings, and that was surely quite appealing to those who would otherwise be ineligible for welcome offers on other Platinum cards based on lifetime language.