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Platinum, Reinvented: New Travel, Airline, & Hotel Benefits

New benefits of the revamped American Express Platinum Card® advance the promise of everyday adventure by adding travel credits and perks to an already lavish assortment.

By Megan Doyle  | American Express Credit Intel Freelance Contributor

5 Min Read | July 1, 2021 in Cards



The new Amex Platinum Card offers a variety of special travel benefits, credits, and perks aimed to help make every trip even more special. 

And new Card Members can earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $6,000 in their first six months of Card Membership – up to a $1,000 value or more, depending on how points are redeemed.

Additional travel perks can help you make the most out of every moment, including complimentary benefits at participating hotels and access to over 1,300 lounges in over 140 countries. 

Yearning for a do-over? Craving the revitalization that comes from a real vacation? Or simply thirsting after a close-to-home adventure? You are not alone: 91% of Americans say their ability to travel is important to their overall happiness.1 And after a year of spending time at home, 76% of people surveyed internationally by the American Express 2021 Global Travel Trends report are already creating a destination wish list for future travel.2

If you’re ready for a transcendent travel experience, try refueling your passion for adventure with the refreshed American Express Platinum Card. Here’s a close look at how the Platinum Card expands on the many travel benefits Card Members have come to know and love – so you can get more out of every trip, whether you’re planning a staycation or a journey to a far-flung destination.

Terms apply to all benefits listed below and all offers listed are subject to change.


How to Earn Amex Platinum Points

As always, the American Express Platinum Card provides lucrative ways to earn points on travel spending, including:

  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on airline ticket purchases made directly with airlines or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 in eligible spending per calendar year.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked through American Express Travel.

And new Card Members are eligible to earn 10X points on dining purchases and at qualifying small businesses on up to $25,000 in combined purchases during their first six months of Card Membership. That’s up to an additional 250,000 points that can, for example, be redeemed for as much as $2,500 when booking eligible flights or hotels through American Express Travel. All Card Members earn 1X points on all other eligible purchases. 


Treat Yourself to a Luxury Stay with Amex Platinum Hotel Benefits 

Earning points is one thing, but there are plenty of rewarding perks that come with the Platinum Card and its $695 annual fee,3 including premium hotel benefits like the new $200 Hotel Credit. Card Members can receive $200 back in statement credits every year on prepaid bookings at over 1,800 hand-selected hotels that are part of the Fine Hotels + Resorts® and The Hotel Collection programs. Bookings must be made through American Express Travel and charged to your Platinum Card.

Those two hotel programs are designed to provide Platinum Card Members with the most rewarding, rejuvenating stay possible. For example:

  • Fine Hotels + Resorts offers an exclusive suite of benefits, including perks like room upgrades when available at check-in, daily breakfast for two, guaranteed 4 pm late check-out, and complimentary Wi-Fi – worth an average value of $550 per stay.
  • The Hotel Collection offers a $100 experience credit to spend on qualifying dining, spa, and resort activities, plus room upgrades when available at check-in. Note that the experience credit varies by property, and you must stay at least two nights to qualify for the benefit.

Platinum Card Members also can enroll to receive complimentary Hilton Honors™ Gold status and Marriott Bonvoy™ Gold Elite status. Perks of Gold status depend on the hotel loyalty program, but you can generally earn benefits like extra loyalty points on stays and room upgrades when available.


Amex Platinum Airline Credits and Expedited Screening Make Flights a Breeze

Every minute counts when you’re eager to travel. Platinum Card Members can now benefit from a $179 CLEAR credit. Earn up to $179 back in the form of a statement credit on your membership in CLEAR, an expedited security screening program that uses secure biometric scanning technology to help you quickly get through security lines at participating airports across the U.S. Membership must be charged to your Platinum Card to receive the statement credit.

Card Members are still eligible to get either a $100 statement credit every four years for Global Entry, or an $85 credit every four-and-a half years for TSA Pre✓, as long as the application fee is paid with the Platinum Card. If you’re approved for Global Entry, you’ll receive access to TSA Pre✓ at no additional charge. Card Members can apply for TSA Pre✓ through any Authorized Enrollment Provider.

Platinum also offers a $200 airline fee credit. This means that each calendar year, Card Members can receive up to $200 in statement credits toward eligible incidental fees, such as checked bags or in-flight refreshments, charged by the airline to your Card at one qualifying airline of your choice. You must select the airline prior to incurring an incidental charge, and you can change your chosen airline every January. That way, you can be sure you’re always getting the most out of the credit.

American Express relies on accurate airline transaction data to identify incidental fee purchases. If you do not see a credit for a qualifying incidental purchase on your eligible Card after four weeks, simply call the number on the back of your Card. See terms & conditions for more details.


Platinum Lounge Access Helps You Start Your Adventure Before Boarding

American Express Platinum helps you live for all moments, big and small. This includes offering respite when traveling, with access to the Global Lounge Collection® – more than 1,300 airport lounges across 140 countries. Platinum Card Members receive complimentary access to the newly expanded Centurion® Lounge Network, which now includes over 40 Lounge and Centurion Studio locations around the world.

Whether you’re looking for a unique dining experience, a craft cocktail, or simply a space to relax or catch up on work, every Centurion Lounge provides unique amenities and exclusive perks – so you can fully appreciate even those in-between moments. In addition, the Escape Lounges – The Centurion Studio Partner – provide exclusive perks to eligible Card Members.


Ride in Style with the Amex Platinum Uber Credit

In partnership with Uber, Card Members get the $200 Uber Cash benefit, which involves $15 toward orders with Uber Eats or rides with Uber in the U.S. every month – plus a bonus $20 in December, for a total of up to $200 in Uber Cash. The benefit renews annually. Card Members must enroll by adding their Platinum Card to their Uber profile. Uber Cash and Uber VIP are available to Basic Card Members only.

Beyond Uber, Card Members can enjoy complimentary membership in select premium car rental loyalty programs. These memberships generally offer perks like earning points that can be redeemed for rentals and free upgrades. Card Members must enroll with qualifying partners to be eligible for rental car loyalty programs. 


You can get over $750 in travel value annually

with a Platinum Card Membership

$200 Hotel Credit
$179 CLEAR Credit
$200 Airline Fee Credit
$200 Uber Cash Credit
Plus airport lounge access, perks at participating hotels, and more.
See benefit described throughout article above. Terms Apply.


The Takeaway

The Platinum Card from American Express has always paved the way in travel benefits, but the new Card goes above and beyond. Card Members can now get over $750 in travel value – including hotel and airline credits, access to more airport lounges, and faster journeys through airport security – which can help add extra gratification to every trip while making each moment more memorable. Click to learn more about the Platinum Card if you’re interested in applying


1Amex Trendex: Consumers Concentrate on Financial Wellness and Redefining Travel,” American Express


2Global Travel Trends Report,” American Express


3 “For more on Rates and Fees for The Platinum Card®,” click here.

Megan Doyle

Megan Doyle is a business technology writer and researcher whose work focuses on financial services and cross-cultural diversity and inclusion.


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