REPORTS: New 60,000 Point Amex Platinum Cards Come in Wood Case, Doubles as Phone Stand

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The Platinum Card® from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express is the card with the best benefits. The value proposition here is airline lounges and elite status.

It comes with Hilton Gold, Starwood Gold (matches to Marriot Gold), and National Car Rental Executive status. It gets you into Centurion lounges, Delta lounges (when flying Delta), and gives you a Priority Pass card for lounge access. There’s a $200 airline fee credit, and an Uber credit up to $200. The card earns 5 points per dollar on purchases made directly with airlines.

The card is now metal. I received my metal card, and it’s pretty impressive.

However my metal card was sent as a replacement kit.

What I didn’t know is that according to multiple reports new cards are apparently being sent with a wood case that can be used as a nice phone stand as well.

You can see a photo here and here and here.

The The Platinum Card® from American Express currently has a signup bonus of 60,000 points after $5,000 in purchases within 3 months.

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  1. I received my metal version yesterday and called Amex and asked if I could keep my plastic one. It’s much lighter in my pocket, and there’s nothing more obnoxious than hearing someone clank their metal card on the counter at the register to try to impress the person in line behind them. Amex said of course and is mailing me a postage-paid return envelope to return the metal card

  2. sorry to quibble but that’s not a wood box. it’s a slab of cheap wood in a cardboard box. it a slab of cheap wood with a bit of crappy stain on it and a slot cut through to hold a phone.
    To me this is NOT the image that Amex should be projecting with the packaging for the Platinum card. It’s hardly premium, it just screams CHEEEEEEEEZEEEEEEE!

  3. I find the new card packages to be a shameful waste of packaging materials. To the extent that AMEX is experimenting with new card packages that allow them to cater to the segment of their cardholders that are impressed with receiving a thick package, but at the same time provide some amount of useful ongoing value, I say huzzah.

  4. I show my black Amex and they apparently know what to do immediately it’s great. Amazing luxury service and endless substantial upgrades.

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