American Express Platinum Charge Card Bonus Returns

Amex Platinum CardAfter dropping their bonus to a measly 2,000 Membership Rewards points a couple of weeks ago, American Express has reintroduced a decent bonus for taking out their American Express Platinum Charge card. The bonus is now 35,000 Membership Reward points. This is still some way off the previous best of 52,000 points, but is still a very good deal.

It looks like Amex is testing the market, to see what level of bonus they need to offer to entice people to take the card and its benefits, albeit for a fairly hefty £450 per year charge.

You can find out more details on the card here.


American Express 52,000 Membership Rewards Bonus – Time Running Out

Amex Platinum CardTime is running out if you want to be referred, for the American Express Platinum Charge card and receive 52,000 Amex Membership Rewards points, which can be converted to 52,000 Avios, or to other airline and hotel programs.

This offer expires on 3rd March and, after this date, it is likely that the offer will reduce significantly, possibly back to the 40,000 bonus it was last year.

You can find more details on this offer here or you can apply for the card here.

Miles Mania Returns

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So Miles Mania went quiet all of a sudden in the middle of last year – some family/personal stuff came up that had to be dealt with, but its all ok now, so we’re back, hoping to help us all make the most of our frequent flyer programs.

The first thing I’ve done is update the American Express Credit Cards page with the latest sing-up deals – a great way to quickly earn some Membership Rewards points that you can then convert to other airline programs, such as British Airways Avios.

I’ve also summarised these offers below.

52,000 Bonus Membership Reward Points with the American Express Platinum Card

22,000 Bonus Membership Reward Points with the American Express Gold Card

26,000 Bonus Avios with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card

Please keep checking out the site as I bring you more offers.

Amex Platinum Charge Card – New Benefits Announced (UK)

Amex Platinum Card

American Express has started sending out the letters announcing the new benefits Platinum charge cardholder get for the increased annual fee of £450.

Some of the benefits are pretty good, such as Cathay Pacific Gold status, access to Cathay Pacific and OneWorld business lounges, allowing guests into Priority Pass lounges and automatic elite tier status with various hotel and car rental programs.

So, the card does still provide some great benefits, despite the increase in the annual fee, and the bonus 42,000 Membership Reward points for applying for the card still make that fee worthwhile, even if you later cancel the card and receive a pro-rata annual fee refund. However, whether the card is worth keeping once you have the 42,000 points bonus will have to be each individuals own decision based on their circumstances.

We are still digesting the full content of the letter, an example of which is below:

Amex Platinum Charge Card Fee Increase (UK)

Amex Platinum Card

As we reported last week, Amex has increased the annual fee on its Platinum Charge card by 50% to an eye-watering £450 per year!

There are apparently a whole swathe of new benefits coming with the card, rumoured to be things like a free round of golf or 6 guest Priority Pass vouchers, but Amex will have to do better than that to make this increase worthwhile to most people, particularly since the changes to the insurance benefits at the end of last year.

We still believe it is worth new cardholders applying for the card to earn the 42,000 Membership Reward points, and once they have the points in their account, cancel the card to receive a pro-rata refund on the annual fee, but people should think long and hard as to whether this card is one they want to keep year-on-year.

(Almost) Free 42,000 Membership Reward Points (UK)

Amex Platinum Card

Update (August 2013): The bonus for the American Express Platinum card is now 35,000 points, still a great deal.

Update (February 2013): American Express have increased the bonus for taking out this card to a whopping 52,000 Membership Rewards points. 

Update (2012): American Express have now increase the annual fee on this card to an eye-watering £450 per year. They are also adding new benefits but it is still worth getting the card just for the 42,000 Membership Reward points sign-up bonus. More details here.

American Express have a fantastic offer of 42,000 bonus Membership Reward points for taking out their Platinum Charge Card, when you are referred by an existing cardholder.

I am a UK Platinum Cardholder and I would be very happy to refer anyone who  would like to take out the Platinum card. You don’t even have to provide any information to anyone else, but simply follow this link, where you can see the 42,000 offer:

Once you have the 42,000 Membership reward points, its a simple online process to convert them, on a 1:1 basis, into Avios or BMI miles, or into one of the many other airline frequent flyer programs.

You can also cancel the card after you have received Membership Rewards points and have transferred them to your favourite airline scheme. You then get a pro-rata refund of the annual fee. eg, after 6 months, you’d get £150 back, based on the £300 fee.

The American Express Platinum Card

I have held the Platinum card for over two years now and travel several times a year and can honestly say it is a brilliant card to have and an absolute must if you travel regularly. It is not a credit card, but a charge card which gives you around 30 days interest-free. You simply have to pay off the balance each month and therefore incur no interest charges.

For the £300 annual fee you also get a free Priority Pass card, which gives you free access to hundreds of airport lounges around the world. This alone is worth nearly £260.

Another great benefit is the top level travel insurance which removes the need for any other annual policy and also covers anyone travelling with  with you. This policy also covers anywho who has a supplementary cardholder on your account, so you can, for example, give a supplementary card to your parents and they are covered under the same policy!

You can also get Hilton Gold Status, the equivalent with Raddison, Starwood, Hertz and others and a 24-7 concierge free of charge. I have used this to arrange gifts for  business clients, booking tickets to sold our concerts and to get tables at restaurants with several month waiting lists.

You also have access to the Amex Fine Hotels of the World Programme,  benefits such as complimentary room upgrades and guaranteed early check in and 4pm checkout, as well as perks like fast track airport security at some airport just for showing your Platinum card.

Finally, for those without Elite status with a OneWorld airline, the card allows you to get free Cathay Pacific Gold status, which is equivalent to BA Silver or OneWorld Sapphire. This status tier brings all sorts of benefits such as free lounge access to OneWorld lounges and the ability to select seats for free on certain airlines in advance of those without status.

Amex  also regularly run offers  where you can exchange your Membership Rewards points for airline frequent flyer points, such as BA’s Avios, with 30%, 40%, 50% or even 100% bonuses!

I honestly could not recommend this card highly enough.

If you’d like the bonus 42,000 miles and are UK based, please follow this link:

More information about the card can be found here.