Last night I shared that the American Express Business Platinum card would be adding new benefits on March 30.
We already knew about changes coming to the personal platinum card. But we didn’t know about changes to Business Platinum.
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I learned exclusively from American Express that:
Beginning March 30, 2017, Business Platinum Card Members will get 5X Membership Rewards Points on flights and prepaid hotels at amextravel.com.
Business Platinum Card Members also get access to the recently announced new Global Dining Collection, as well as the expanded Global Lounge Collection and the Global By Invitation Only Events.
I’ve since gained several clarifications on what this will mean for Business Platinum cardholders.
- 5x points earning is only at Amextravel.com. It wasn’t clear to some readers whether “5X Membership Rewards Points on flights and prepaid hotels at amextravel.com” meant that you could earn 5 points per dollar on all flights, or only flights booked at Amextravel.com. American Express clarifies that 5 points per dollar applies to flights booked at amextravel.com and to prepaid hotels booked at amextravel.com.
- Priority Pass Select will allow 2 complimentary guests.
When Business Platinum Card Members enroll in Priority PassTM Select and visit a lounge, they can bring two accompanying guests for no charge.
- The annual fee is not going up on the Business Platinum card. According to a spokesperson, “the fee on OPEN Business Platinum will remain at $450 annually.”
With a continued $450 annual fee, and certain benefits that the personal card doesn’t have, some will prefer the Business Platinum.