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By: 10xT Staff
The Platinum Card from American Express has long been a staple in the travel world thanks to the ability to earn valuable Membership Rewards points and a long list of perks to take your travel experience to the next level.
Did that sound salesy and overdone? Well, stick with us.
To start, the Amex Platinum ranks first on our list of card of best cards for lounge access. As a cardholder, you’ll receive a Priority Pass Select membership which allows you to access over, 1,200 airport lounges and restaurants around the world—you can even bring 2 guests with you. On top of that, you’ll also have access to Centurion Lounges and Delta SkyClubs—when you fly Delta.
You’ll also receive complimentary gold elite status with Hilton and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)—soon, this will be with Marriott). While gold status with Marriott won’t be crazy valuable as of August 1, 2018, gold status with Hilton is enough to get you free breakfast at a number of Hilton brands.
When it comes to the limited time offer, the standard offer is 60,000 Membership Rewards points with a $5,000 minimum spend. However, some have had success getting a higher welcome bonus of 100,000 points with a $5,000 minimum spend by using the Card Match Tool.
Here are some of the other details you should know about the Amex Platinum:
- 5X on airfare purchased directly with airlines and airfare/hotels purchased through AmexTravel
- 1X on all other purchases
- $200 Uber credits—$15 per month with an additional $20 in December
- $200 airline fee credit
- $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit
- Access to Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR)
To provide you with a little travel inspiration, the 10xTravel team has put together how we would use the Amex Platinum’s welcome bonus. For the purposes of our examples, we’ll assume that you earn 1X point per dollar on $4,400 while spending $600 on airfare purchased from airlines and prepaid hotels with Amex Travel.
This leaves us with 68,000 Membership Rewards points to use.
We’ll also cover how we’d use 108,000 Membership Rewards points just in case you happen to get that offer through the Card Match Tool.