American Express Launches New Travel Benefits for Platinum Card

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American Express Launches New Travel Benefits for Platinum Card

Postby Smerri » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:48 am

NEW YORK, December 1, 2010 --
Just in time for the holiday travel rush, American Express Platinum Card members can now take advantage of a new suite of benefits launched today that is worth hundreds of dollars — including an Airline Fee Credit up to $200, a 20% Travel Bonus and a Travel App. These new benefits, combined with existing ones, reinforce the Platinum Card as a smart choice for travelers looking to get more value for their money and time during the holidays and all year-round.

Card members can enroll, earn and download the following new benefits beginning today at americanexpress.com/transformtravel:


Full Press Release:
American Express Launches New Travel Benefits for Platinum Card® Members, Making Travel More Rewarding in Time for the Holidays


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Postby philt » Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:18 pm

This is a good deal but too bad for me there's no way I have the $ for its annual fee

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Postby CCG » Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:13 pm

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Postby Litany » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:25 am

We're thinking of upgrading to the Platinum but I keep hearing from a friend that to get the travel rewards, you need to book through amexs' travel service and they charge more (much more) than if you booked through the airline and/or hotel directly.

So my question is, is it true that we'd need to go through Amexs' travel service? Or can I book flights any way I want and still get the rewards?

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Postby Pete838 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:18 pm

I've found the AMEX travel site to have the exact same fares as Travelocity. In fact, I think Amex uses Travelocity to power their travel website
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Postby DoingHomework » Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:50 pm

I think that what Pete said is true. I've also found AMEX to have similar prices to travelocity or the airlines.

But, one of the major benefits of the plat card is free business class companion tickets on international flights. I understand that in order to get this you need to buy a non-discounted ticket. A discounted business class ticket to Europe might cost $2500-$3000. The non-discounted might be $7000. So, buying two discounted tickets would normally be cheaper than the Amex offer. Very few people report being able to take advantage of that benefit.

I'm seriously considering the plat card for the lounge access and a couple of the minor benefits. But I think you have to really read the details carefully because the benefits are exagerrated.

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Postby DoingHomework » Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:59 pm

And by the way, the $200 fee credit basically reimburses you for baggage fees. If you fly enough to gain premier status, which most people carrying the platinum card would do, you wouldn't pay bag fees anyway.

These new "benefits" of the platinum card seem fairly empty to me. I alread get most of those from my visa card.

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:35 am

I'm seriously considering the plat card for the lounge access and a couple of the minor benefits. But I think you have to really read the details carefully because the benefits are exagerrated.


I have debated getting the Platinum card the past three months but decided to go with the Citi Thank You Premier because of its companion airfare and rewards. If I were to get the Platinum it would be for the lounge access but I don't travel enough to make it worth it. Nor do I stay at luxury hotels or fly international business class, making the card not worthwhile at this point in my life. If Platinum still had companion airfare 4x annually I would probably go for it.
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Postby ronnieloo » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:12 pm

that is a sweet benefit but i would rather have the card for a 250 annual fee without the 200 rebate option then pay 450 for the card.

i think the 450 fee for the platinum is pie in the sky, too high for what it gives.



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