If you haven’t caught wind of the announced changes to the American Express Platinum Card, there have been quite a few updates to the benefits (including an increase to the price tag), and they kick in starting today.
In addition to the existing benefits of the American Express Platinum Card, beginning today, card holders will also receive the following benefits:
- Monthly Uber credits – Every month, receive $15 in credit on charges spent on uber, plus a bonus $20 in the month of December
- Complimentary Additional Gold Cards – Platinum card members can now add Gold Cards to their Platinum account with no annual fee.
- 5X Membership Rewards on Hotels –Earn 5 membership rewards per dollar spent booking eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com. This benefit comes in addition to the previously announced 5X point benefit when booking airline tickets through Amex Travel.
- Access to a new Global Dining Collection – Through partnerships with world class chefs, Platinum Card members are granted access to exclusive dining events (such as EMPT Summer House, the Hamptons pop-up of the popular Eleven Madison Park restaurant in Manhattan).
- New Card Design – Members will receive a new metal card
- Additional Guests with Priority Pass – Cardholders who obtained Priority Pass membership through their card will be able to bring 2 guests into lounges at no extra cost.
The last new benefit has been far less publicized though it’s actually the one I will use pretty frequently since I frequently travel with friends who don’t always have Priority Pass access.
These new benefits come along with the existing ones, including:
- $200 Airline Fee credit
- Complimentary access to Boingo Wireless
- Fee credit for Global Entry or the TSA Pre✓® program
- Gold status with Starwood Preferred Guest and Hilton Honors
- Access to the Global Lounge Collection (including Centurion Lounges).
While the other new benefits don’t require action, you’ll have to add your Platinum Card as a payment option to your Uber account (and use it to pay for rides) in order to get receive credits. Bonus – the credits work for Uber Eats charges too!
And don’t forget – existing Platinum cardholders will be billed the old $450 annual fee (despite the new benefits) if your anniversary date falls before on or before August 31, 2017.
While the update to the benefits was not exactly what I’d hoped it’d be, I still find value on the card, so I’ll be keeping it – at least for now.
Are the new benefits with the Platinum Card worth the new price tag to you?