Amex platinum benefits are aimed primarily at frequent travelers with a focus on offering value at hotels and flights. These benefits do come with an upfront cost and high annual fee, so is it worth it? The card comes with enough perks, rewards, and benefits to far outweigh that annual fee.
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Amex Platinum card details
Annual fee: $550
Welcome bonus: 60,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months
Points earning: 5x points on airfare purchased directly through the airline, and on flights and prepaid hotels booked through Amex Travel, 1 point per dollar on everything else
Foreign transaction fee: None
Airport Club Access and Priority Pass Select
No other credit card can give you access to Centurion Lounges, which are some of the best as far as lounges go. Centurion lounge offers gourmet food options, craft cocktails and comfortable places to rest. As a Platinum cardholder, you can also get into Delta Sky Clubs and Priority Pass Select lounges. You have to be flying with Delta that same day to be allowed entry into their Sky Club. A single year of Sky Club would otherwise cost you $495. The Priority Pass membership itself is valued at about $399 per year. These Amex platinum benefits alone make the annual fee irrelevant.
(Centurion lounge Houston)
Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit
Members are compensated for applying for either the TSA Pre or Global Entry programs, both expediting the process for travelers going through security and customs at airports with the Amex platinum benefits. When you go through security with TSA PreCheck, you don’t have to remove your shoes, coats or belts during screening. You can also leave your laptop inside a bag.
Elite status at Marriott and Hilton hotels
Amex platinum benefits come with elite status at Marriott and Hilton hotels. That means you get perks like daily breakfast, room upgrades, early check-in or late checkout, premium internet, lounge access, free nights, points-earning bonuses, and more. Usually, only the top frequent travelers earn status, but with the Platinum Card, you can earn it before you’ve stayed a single night.
If you stay at hotels even a few nights a year, these benefits can be extremely valuable, Hilton offers Gold elites free breakfast for two each morning.
$200 in Uber credits
If you travel regularly or live close to or in a city, this is an easy perk to get value from. You can also put the credits toward UberEats orders. Besides, your account will be upgraded to Uber VIP status. There aren’t a ton of perks with this, and it’s available only in some cities, but you’ll only be connected to drivers with at least a 4.8-star rating. The credit is up to $200 a year.
Airline fee credit – $200
Amex platinum benefits come with $200 in airline fee credit every year. It doesn’t cover tickets but it does apply to a wide variety of things such as checked bags, flight-change fees, in-flight food and drinks, fees for traveling with a pet, airport-lounge day pass, and sometimes even things like seat assignments and extra-legroom upgrade fees.