100,000 Bonus for Amex Platinum Available to Some Through CardMatch Tool

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The Platinum Card by American Express has a standard signup offer currently of 60,000 points after $5,000 in purchases within 3 months. However some people can do even better than that right now it appears.

American Express is strategic in trying to identify people who aren’t already cardmembers of other Amex products when they are acquiring new customers with the biggest offers, but that may not be their only criteria.

One of the great ways they have to target bigger signup offers is the CreditCards.com CardMatch tool. You enter your name, address, and social security number and they’ll match you against the profile they’re looking for.

While you provide your social security number, the site is explicit in assuring “A soft credit check will be performed but it will not affect your credit score.”

Right now some people are receiving an offer through the CardMatch site for a 100,000 point initial bonus for the Platinum Card by American Express.

Offered Retrieved November 7, 2017

This is a fabulous offer for a fantastic card. The annual fee is $550 but there’s a $200 annual airline fee credit (which you can use once in 2017, and again at the beginning of 2018, so twice during your first cardmember year) and a $200 annual Uber credit. There’s also a $100 Global Entry credit.

Lounge access is American Express’ own Centurion lounges, Delta lounges when flying Delta same day, Airspace lounges and Priority Pass lounges.

And you get elite status with Starwood (which matches to Marriott), Hilton, National Car Rental, and Uber.

It’s also a pretty hefty metal.

Definitely worth checking to see if you’re eligible.

(HT: Emily McNutt)

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  1. I receive a 60k offer, with $4k spend, every time I sign into my account. It has gone up every few months. I took the aother offer of a Delta Amex Gold for 60,000 miles with $1k spend. I never had the Gold card, only the base card and Platinum cards. So it was a very easy 60,000 miles.

    This is a great offer for the Platinum Amex. But at this time, I can’t do the spend in 3 months without resorting to manu. spend. I will be starting my own business soon and this card is on my list. But these 100k offers keep popping up, I don’t think I’ll have to worry about getting one.

  2. I received the 100k offer through Amex’s own pre-qualification link last month, and until recently I was getting the 100k pre-qualified offer on one of the free credit score apps (pretty sure it was Credit Sesame; otherwise it was Credit Karma)

    So, worth trying other options if creditcards.com doesn’t show it!

  3. @JohnB, 60k is not a great offer for a platinum. Period. End of sentence. If you can’t meet the spend on the 100k offer right now then you should just wait and get a different card since if you take a low offer from amex now, you never get a chance at the higher one again.

  4. CardMatch never is able to identify me or my wife. There’s no “appeal” link that I can find, so that’s the end of it. The site needs to be more robust in terms of ID’ing clients with the credit agencies.

    CardMatch is now on my list of “waste of time” sites.

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