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The Platinum Card® from American Express Welcome Offer Review

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The Platinum Card® from American Express has a Welcome Offer where you can earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.

That’s enough for $600 worth of airfare booked via American Express travel, or you can transfer the points to any of over a dozen airline mile transfer partners, including Delta SkyMiles®, Air France Flying Blue, Singapore KrisFlyer, and Air Canada Aeroplan.

Is this a good deal?

As far as offers for The Platinum Card® from American Express go, it’s okay, but with American Express cards, it’s often a good idea to check to see what you might be targeted for individually. While 100,000 point offers aren’t the norm, you might see something better than this 60,000 point deal on the American Express website, where a different offer might be presented to you.

What can you do with the points?

It’s easy to use the points by booking flights on the American Express website. Every 10,000 points gets you $100 in flight value, so the 60k bonus gets you $600 worth of flights.

But your American Express Member Rewards® points can go a lot further than $600 in travel value if you use Amex’s airline transfer partners wisely instead of just booking flights on the American Express website.

For example, you can book…

Up to a round-trip flight to Europe via Delta SkyMiles®

Fly Delta to Europe for as few as 60,000 miles roundtrip.

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Up to 2 round-trip tickets to Hawaii via Air France Flying Blue

You can fly Air France partners Delta or Alaska Airlines for just 30,000 miles per person, roundtrip, from anywhere in the lower 48 U.S. to Hawaii. That might save you over $1,000 in airfare.

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Up to 6 round-trip short haul flights on British Airways

You can transfer points to British Airways and book flights for as few as 8,000 – 9,000 points round-trip.

The catch is that price only applies to non-stop flights that are 65 miles or less in distance each way, but within Europe that gets you to lots of places from British Airways’ hub in London, like Amsterdam, Paris, Nice, and Copenhagen.

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There are lots of other great ways to use American Express Member Rewards® points if you want to save up more for bigger awards like Business Class to Africa for 104,000 points roundtrip. The possibilities are really endless for global travel, and having a stockpile of them is a vital part of a well balanced travel miles portfolio.

What are the other benefits?

If you book a lot of airfare, 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel and 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.. The points can add up fast. But for most people, The Platinum Card® from American Express is one you get for the benefits.

Access and perks are what this card is all about, including…

American Express Centurion Lounge access

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These lounges are some of the most well appointed available to domestic fliers, with top shelf liquor and hot meals, all included free of charge with The Platinum Card® from American Express. You can also bring 2 guests along anytime. You’ll find Centurion Lounges at New York – LaGuardia, Dallas – Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, and Seattle airports. Beware they can get very crowded at times, and you might not always get a seat where you’d like, but the food and drinks on offer are a cut above regular airline lounges.

Delta Sky Club access

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You can use Delta lounges anytime you’re flying Delta. The catch is guests aren’t free, so you’ll have to pay $29 per guest if you bring any along. But there are dozens of Sky Clubs across the country and buying access on its own costs $495 a year, so getting access along with a whole lot of other benefits via The Platinum Card® from American Express can be a much better deal.

Priority Pass privileges

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You’ll be sent a Priority Pass lounge card that gets you into over 900 airport lounges worldwide that are part of the Priority Pass network. These lounges are most useful when you’re traveling outside the U.S., since the lounges Priority Pass uses in the U.S. tend to be in the international departure areas of airports. With The Platinum Card® from American Express you can bring 2 guests for free.

Hilton and Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold status

As a cardmember, you can enroll to get Hilton Honors Gold and Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold status.

Hilton Gold gets you free breakfast at many Hilton affiliated hotels, which can save you lots of money on long trips. It also gets you late check-out and room upgrade privileges.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold gets you late checkout and free wifi, but the real advantage here is that since Starwood and Marriott are merging, your Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold status via The Platinum Card® from American Express can instantly turn into Marriott Gold status. That’s even more valuable because Marriott Gold status gets you free breakfast or lounge access at many of its hotels.

Airline and Uber credits

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Each year, you can designate one qualifying airline where you can get up to $200 worth of airline fees credited back to your account.

Airfare itself doesn’t qualify, but bag fees, change fees, in-flight meals, and lounge passes all qualify for reimbursement.

In total, you can get your net cost to hold The Platinum Card® from American Express down to $150 a year if you can take advantage of all the credits, which is a bargain if you use the airport lounge privileges.


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