Well, I pulled the trigger on new hot offer on Amex Platinum. Sure, some have been able to get this bonus to come up by going to different browsers and doing various tricks. Being IT illiterate person that I am, this offer has been a unicorn of sorts. I could never manage to get it to come up. Until few days ago. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s dead at the moment, but check this direct link anyway.
First, let’s give the credit where credit is due. Apparently, it was first posted on DDF (Dan’s Deals kosher hangout) and reposted on Reddit. I hope I didn’t mix it up. Giving credit to the original source is something I really want to make sure of. I apologize to anyone who I’ve unintentionally shafted in the past.
If you currently don’t have any American Express cards, check CardMatch tool (my affiliate link) to see if this offer comes up. There could also be other Amex cards you may prefer at this time like 50,000 points sign-up bonus on American Express Premier Rewards Gold. Your credit will not be pulled and I will be able to make commission on approval.
There are other methods you may also want to try. Assuming you’ll get 100K Amex Platinum offer to come up, whether you should apply or not will depend on your goals and ability to swallow $450 annual fee. This offer does come around now and again, and in all likelihood will reappear.
So, why did I apply? Well, the offer is 100K points after spending $3,000 in 3 months. So, it’s manageable for someone like myself who doesn’t do MS or reselling. Yes, there is an annual fee of $450. You can get a $200 airline credit per calendar year and as of now, gift cards qualify.
Actually, I don’t plan to buy any airline gift cards. Instead, I’m going to charge award ticket taxes and see if they qualify. In a few months, I plan to redeem some United miles for flights on Lufthansa and hope it works out as planned.
There are mixed reports on whether this method still works, and you can follow Flyertalk thread for updates. You have to select your airline first for charges to qualify. Also, see comment from reader Katye just below the post.
If it falls through, I’m still getting 100K points which can be redeemed for $1,000 in various retail gift cards. So, even if you deduct the annual fee of $450, this bonus is still worth $550. Of course, you’ll get less if you choose to resell them. But all in all, not too shabby.
I’ve written about American Express Mercedes-Benz and some of the perks that come with it. All of those are also complimentary with a regular version of Amex Platinum that I just got. To recap:
1) Premium Roadside Assistance
“Premium Roadside Assistance provides the following services at no additional cost up to 4 times per calendar year when Card Member is present with the eligible vehicle: towing up to 10 miles, winching, jump starts, flat tire change when Card Member has a workable spare, lockout service when key is in vehicle and delivery of up to 2 gallons of fuel.”
If you are paying for AAA membership, you can cancel it if you have a Platinum card.
2) Return Protection
“Return Protection can refund you for eligible purchase(s) charged entirely on an eligible American Express Card. Coverage is limited to 90 days from purchase, up to $300 per item and up to a maximum of $1,000 per Card Member account per calendar year based on the date of purchase. Shipping and handling costs for the purchase will not be refunded.”
3) Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Benefit for Platinum – Automated Enrollment
“As a Platinum Card® Member or Business Platinum Card® Member you are eligible to enroll in complimentary Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG ®) Gold Preferred Guest status.”
This could be a very nice perk if you plan to stay at Starwood properties. As a Gold, you can qualify for upgrades, late check-out and some other goodies. Read details on this status level here
4) Hilton HHonors Gold Status Enrollment
“As a Platinum Card Member you are eligible to enroll in complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold status. Offer available only to Platinum Card Members and is not transferable.”
Not a game changer, but nice to have. You can get free breakfast at most properties, plus a potential upgrade. Read details here
5) Complimentary lounge access.
“Card Member’s spouse and children under the age of 21 or up to two companions may enter the club as complimentary guests.”
This could actually come in handy on flights with long layovers. While this benefit is not critical to me, it is not worthless either because you can get free food. And free is always good. It rhymes!
You can make out like a bandit on some routes. My uncle-in-law and his family were able to hang out in the lounge in Dubai that had nap rooms, showers and free food. As a result, they saved money by not having to pay for two hotel rooms.
6) Cruise Privileges Program
“Valid for new bookings of voyages of at least five nights made with a participating supplier through Platinum Travel Service, Centurion Travel Service, any American Express Travel office or the Agency Services Desk.
May not be combined with other offers unless indicated. Blackout dates, category and fare restrictions may apply. Payment must be made with an American Express Card in U.S. Platinum Card Member or U.S. Centurion® Member’s name.
Card Member must travel on itinerary booked. Benefits listed require double occupancy and are non-transferable. Program benefits may not be available to residents outside of the contiguous United States.
Card Members receive $100 USD shipboard credit for inside and outside staterooms; $200 USD shipboard credit for balcony, verandah, and mini-suite staterooms; and $300 USD shipboard credit for suites on Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.”
There are other perks and I recommend you read this page on Amex Platinum application page, even if it shows regular bonus of 40K points:
To be honest, none of these benefits were swaying factors to me. I’m in it mostly for the sign-up bonus. The main reason I got this card is due to the fact that at the moment I have almost no flexible points left. My plan is to sign up for Amex Everyday no-fee version later this year. That way, I won’t be under pressure to speculatively transfer my points to an airline program or redeem them at a penny each for travel charges or gift cards.
But there is one unique perk that kind of excites me: Centurion lounge access. It only comes with regular Platinum card version. I think? Oh yeah, you don’t want to be in a Centurion lounge when my family enters the premises. It will suck all the exclusivity out of it, I promise you.
We actually plan to be in Dallas airport terminal that happens to have one of these fancy establishments. There are only a few in US so far, and you can see more details on them here Obviously, I didn’t get the card for Centurion lounge access. In fact, when I applied, I didn’t even know that there was one in Dallas. But it sure looks nice on pictures, plus it’s free, so why not? We may be able to use one in Seattle, but I’m not certain we’ll be in the same terminal.
I’m going to rock that benefit! But first, I need to actually receive the cards in the mail. We are flying out next Saturday. Readers, what do you think? Will I get the card in time?
Place your bets on the day I end up getting it in my mailbox. The winner gets a smiley face from yours truly.
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