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American Express will now let you earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months of cardmembership — this publicly available offer increasing from 40,000 points.
This coincides with the launch of several new card benefits – Uber credits, free authorized user Gold cards, increased earning on Amex Travel hotel bookings, and a new metal card design.
The Platinum Card® from American Express is the card with the best benefits. The value proposition here is airline lounges and elite status.
Complimentary Exhale Spa – Miami Centurion Lounge
You get access to Delta lounges when flying that airline same day (though guests will cost $29). You get a Priority Pass Select card that includes access to over 40 lounges in the U.S. and 1000 worldwide.
You can designate one airline on which you’ll receive a $200 fee credit for the year (in my experience, even though this isn’t how the terms and conditions say it’s supposed to work, small denomination American Airlines electronic gift cards have been reimbursed to me).
The Platinum American Express also reimburses the $100 application fee for Global Entry or the fee for TSA PreCheck, comes with Gold status in Starwood Preferred Guest and Hilton HHonors Gold, and National Car Rental Executive status, plus unlimited Boingo wireless internet.
And the The Platinum Card® from American Express added earning 5 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly from airlines.
New Metal Card
They’ve redesigned the card and it’s metal:
New cards will be metal. I’ve called to have my Platinum card replaced with a new metal one.
$200 Annual Uber Credits
Platinum cardholders will receive up to $200 in annual Uber credits for rides within the United States — $15 in Uber credit per month (to be used in that month), with an additional $20 bonus in December — when they add their American Express Platinum Card as a payment method to the Uber app.
You don’t have to pay for your Uber trips with the Platinum card, just add it to your Uber account.
You also get Uber VIP status (only available in certain markets), VIPs get the highest rated drivers, though VIPs have said it can mean a longer wait time for a car.
Increased Annual Fee
They’ve raised the annual fee from $450 to $550. I think the card was easily worth $450, would have been worth $550 for the benefits, but the addition of the Uber credits is a great deal. I’ll definitely be hanging onto my card and the increased $100 fee with the addition of up to $200 in Uber each year is easy.