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Update: this deal has expired
You don’t need to be a Mercedes Benz customer to get the card, and you get the bonus after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of holding the card.
It’s valid until June 22, 2016, and this is considered a different product than the standard The Platinum Card® from American Express.
The card includes all the usual benefits of The Platinum Card® from American Express, including…
- Access to all Amex Centurion Club lounges in airports like San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York La Guardia, Miami, and Dallas
- Access to all Delta Sky Club lounges when you’re flying Delta Air Lines
- Priority Pass membership for access to over 800 worldwide airline lounges
- Hilton HHonors Gold and Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold status
- An annual $200 incidental airline fee credit
In addition, you get a $1,000 certificate each year you charge $5,000 on the card good toward the purchase or lease of a new Mercedes-Benz.
Is this a good deal?
Some people report being targeted for 100,000 points for signing up for The Platinum Card® from American Express, so this doesn’t quite beat that in terms of sheer number of points, but the minimum spending requirement of $3,000 is pretty reasonable, and this is the highest we’ve seen for the Mercedez-Benz edition of the card.
The Platinum Card® from American Express earns Amex Membership Rewards points, which you can transfer to over a dozen airline mile programs, including:
- Delta SkyMiles
- Air Canada Aeroplan
- British Airways Executive Club
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Virgin America Elevate (1 Amex point = 0.5 Virgin America points)
- Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
- JetBlue True Blue (1 Amex point = 0.8 Jet Blue)
- Air France / KLM Flying Blue
- Alitalia Mille Miglia
- AeroMexico Club Premier
- ANA Mileage Club
- ElAl Matmid
- Hawaiian Miles
- Iberia Plus
- Singapore KrisFlyer
Hotel programs you can transfer to include Hilton HHonors and Best Western Rewards.
75,000 points can get you a one way from the U.S. to Europe in Business Class on Delta or any of its partners like Virgin Atlantic, Air France, or Alitalia for 62,500 points.
It’s almost enough for a Business Class ticket to Europe on United using ANA miles (88,000 miles roundtrip).
And it’s enough for 3 or more domestic roundtrip tickets on United via Aeroplan, or 3 trips from the West Coast to Hawaii via British Airways Avios.
Or, at worst, you can use the points for $750 worth of flights, hotels, car rentals, or cruises booked via the American Express Travel website.