ENDS SOON: 100,000 Points Worth At Least $2000 and Elite Status in 4 Programs

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The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card

There’s a limited-time offer for the Enhanced Business Platinum Card® that lets you earn up to 100,000 Membership Rewards points: 50,000 points after $5,000 spend within 3 months and an additional 50,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 within those first 3 months.

This offer only runs through January 25, 2017.

I carry the personal version of the card, but the small business version in many ways is even better.

Most of the benefits are the same. Here are elite status benefits you’re entitled to just for having the card:

  • The card gives you Hilton Gold status. That’s one of the things I value, I have historically stayed with Starwood and Hyatt whose foot prints don’t get me hotels everywhere. This way I had some status walking into a ‘backup’ hotel chain.


    Conrad Koh Samui

  • The card gives you Starwood Gold status as well. Key benefit here is 4pm late checkout guaranteed (but subject to availability at resorts and conference hotels).


    Al Maha Desert Resort

  • Starwood Gold status matches to Marriott Gold status or Ritz-Carlton Gold status. Golds get 4pm late checkout and club lounge access at full service Marriotts.


    SkyCity Marriott, Hong Kong Airport

  • The card gives you National Car Rental Executive status. Choose your own car from the upgraded ‘Executive aisle’.


    National Car Rental Popup Lounge, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

The card has some of the best benefits — access to American Express’ own proprietary Centurion lounges plus Delta lounges (for the cardmember, when flying Delta) and Priority Pass lounges.

Here are the current Centurion lounges you can get into:


American Express Centurion Lounge Complimentary Spa, Miami

There’s also 10 annual Gogo internet passes and unlimited Boingo Internet. Those 10 gogo passes can be worth up to $300.

The card comes with a $200 annual airline fee credit, which in my experience (it’s not supposed to work this way, and not guaranteed to) has allowed me to buy (2) $100 American Airlines electronic gift cards. You can use the fee credit in 2016 and again at the beginning of 2017 — in other words $400 during your first $450 annual fee year.

Recently the card got 2 new benefits:

  • 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of $5000 or more. They want to incentivize big charges from businesses.

  • 50% back with your selected airline when you buy airline tickets using ‘pay with points’ — I view this as being like getting 2 cents per point towards airfare, instead of one cent [Buy a $1000 ticket for 100,000 points, get 50,000 points rebated, so the $1000 ticket costs you a net of 50,000 points].


American Express Centurion Lounge Self Pour Wine Wall, San Francisco

The 100,000 signup bonus, viewed as 2 cents a point towards travel, is worth $2000. You can transfer to airline miles and potentially get even more value.

The gogo internet passes can be worth $300. The airline fee credit is worth $200. Lounge memberships often cost about $500 and so you might value Amex’s 3-in-1 lounge benefit at least that much.

That’s $3000 in value before you even get to a Global Entry fee credit or the value of elite status which comes with the card, or access to luxury hotel benefits through the Fine Hotels and Resorts program.

The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community Milepoint.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. Quick, sign up! So Gary Leff can get his referral bonuses.

    Credit card Peddler dba ‘Travel Blogger’

  2. Linda Olsen,

    I’ve got no problem with Gary’s biz model. Gary provides a great service and deserves to get compensated. It’s no skin off my back. Were it not for him and his fellow bloggers, I would not be flying to Malaysia and Thailand for 3 weeks this winter in biz class on ANA and Thai Airways, staying in Marriott resorts for free.

    These AMEX benefits in particular I did not know about. Hats off to him for bringing it to my attention.

  3. I have this card for Business “A”. I called AMEX to apply for Business “B” and was told the lifetime rule precludes the bonus as it is tracked via SSN and not TaxID. Seems a bit unfair and not good PR, especially as I have been a loyal AMEX member since 1983. Any idea as to a workaround or do I simply have to suck it up. I was declined on the Chase Sapphire due to the 5/24 rule and am now finding it quite challenging to accumulate new miles in this hobby. Any advice would be appreciated.

    PS to @LindaOlsen: Don’t you have anything better to do than offer unneeded and unwanted negative comments to helpful bloggers?

  4. Somebody pee in your cornflakes, Linda Olsen? I love every day’s info from Gary and totally agree with Geoff Stuart on this. Livin’ the dream! Gary, do you know if the “Enhanced” version counts as a different bonus than the “unenhanced” Business Platinum Card that I’ve previously gotten bonused on, but closed out last year?

  5. How many years does it take for Amex to “forget”?

    (My last SPG Personal card was back in 2010… would consider signing up again if bonus were available).

  6. I applied for and was approved for this card. However, it shows gold status for starwood but i don’t see the hilton gold staus. Any thoughts?

  7. @Geoff Stewart
    I’ve got no problem with Gary’s biz model. Gary provides a great service and deserves to get compensated. It’s no skin off my back.

    Well stated. I have met Gary several times at meetups and have told him similar. Gary is one of the few blogs I get the email alerts on. I think Gary puts a huge amount of content on his website.

  8. Does anyone know if you can change your “selected airline” for the $200 credit and/or the 50% back when paying with points? for example can i select AA for the $200 credit and the select Delta for the 50% back when paying with points?

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