120,000 Amex Points And $1500 In Credits, Get In Before Business Platinum Annual Fee Increase

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Big news on a refresh of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. There’s a big new up front bonus and new benefits – and the annual fee doesn’t go up until next year – making this an amazing time to apply. The card has a $595 annual fee – $695 for applications received on or after 1/13/2022. (See a href=”http://vftw-links.com/bizplatfees” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>rates and fees)

For those who are diligent about using this card’s rich suite of benefits, the higher fee going into effect next year pays back several times over. But you’ve got to think through whether the particular benefits are worthwhile, and whether you’ll remember to use them.

  • Initial bonus: earn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your card within the first 3 months of cardmembership.

  • Earning for spend: 1.5x Membership Rewards® points earned on purchases for up to $2 million per calendar year across new categories that include: electronics goods, retailers, software, and cloud service providers construction materials and hardware supplies shipping providers; as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else; plus 5X points on flights and pre-paid hotels booked in advance through AmexTravel.com.

  • Lounge access: American Express Centurion lounges, Delta lounges when flying Delta same day, and a Priority Pass Select card for lounge access as well.

  • Statement credits: Up to $1509 in a given year, many of which require registration:
    • annual $179 statement credit for a CLEAR membership
    • up to $400 annual statement credit on all Dell purchases (up to $200 semi-annually)
    • up to $360 annual statement credit on all Indeed hiring and recruiting products and services (up to $90 per quarter)
    • $150 annual Adobe statement credit on select purchases, including Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign
    • $120 annual statement credits for purchases made directly from any US wireless telephone provider, up to $10 per month.
    • $200 Airline Fee Credit annually for up to $200 back in statement credits each year on incidental fees at one Card Member-selected qualifying airline.
    • Up to $100 credit on a Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application fee (once every four years)

  • Use points towards paid travel: and don’t just get a penny per point, you’ll receive 35% points back when paying with points to purchase all or part of an airline fare (up to 500,000 points back per calendar year).

  • Transfer points to airlines and hotels: Points transfer to these programs:

    • Star Alliance: Aeroplan, ANA, Singapore, Avianca
    • oneworld: AsiaMiles, British Airways, Iberia, Qantas
    • SkyTeam: Aeromexico, Alitalia, Air France KLM, Delta
    • Non-alliance: Etihad, Emirates, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic
    • Hotels: Choice, Hilton, Marriott

  • Cell Phone Protection for repair or replacement costs following damage or theft up to $800 per claim, up to two approved claims per 12 month period, when the cell phone line is listed on a wireless bill and the prior month’s wireless bill was paid by an eligible card account. $50 deductible applies to each approved claim.

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express is packed full of value. The initial bonus offer is huge. And you have a window to get the card before its annual fee goes up. This is a great deal for many.

The initial bonus in year one, before the fee increase, makes it a no-brainer. The Dell credit is especially easy to use. Combined with the CLEAR credit, lounge access and other benefits the card should be worth keeping long-term even if you don’t maximize everything offered.

For rates and fees of the The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click heres.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. The offer is likely going up when the af increases. This increase in the offer will likely way offset 100 dollars more in af. Similar to how on the personal plat it went from 250k mr points with a 550 af to 500k mr points with a 695 af.

  2. Most the credits are an absolute waste for most the population but nice click bait on the $1500 in credits, not even AMEX dives that low on their website.

  3. I’m pretty sure alot of college kids would love to have an American Express credit card right about now with not just an extensive line of credit, but also cah back and airline points perks.

  4. Excellent news for coupon clippers willing to track their spending and buy stuff they don’t really need or want to try and make back an outrageous annual fee while all the truly special aspects of this card (2 for 1 First/Business, FHR, Concierge) have been eliminated or rendered pointless.

    Didn’t notice whether or not they still even have the emergency private air ambulance back to the USA in case of accident or medical need? Don’t know if this is worth the fee, but I’ll concede this has some real value – though don’t know what it would cost if purchased separately.

  5. @Mak, they never guaranteed the “the emergency private air ambulance back to the USA,” LOL. Just like other premium cards, they only offered a medical evacuation benefit, which is getting you to the nearest decent hospital, not repatriation to your home country. There was one highly touted occasion when AmEx repatriated someone from Singapore, and it bought them the kind of publicity money couldn’t. Credit cards that offer evacuation, including AmEx, normally will only repatriate you to your home country if no cheaper alternative is available, and that’s an uphill battle.

  6. I wonder if this will work since I had this card until mid 2020?
    Would they approve it but not give me the welcome offer (that would be bad).

  7. do we know when the statement credits become active?

    fore example new credits such as the $150 annual Adobe statement credit?

  8. @DNN
    You’re exactly right about the college kids
    I honestly love what Amex is doing for the Platnium cards personal and business
    In my own these cards both need to be raised to $995
    That way it will make sure people will think twice about applying for these cards

  9. @CH- I’m guessing it may be targeted but I received an offer for a 2nd Biz Plat card in the mail recently, same AF and min spend to the the bonus that I believe would be 150,000 MR’s. What was ironic is that my husband and I had both gotten Amex to waive the AF for this year on each of our biz plat accounts when we called in to Amex bc we felt that much of the value was lost without being able to travel. They sent me an offer on my account but didn’t send him one for a 2nd card on his account.

    @Gary- I don’t believe the Dell Credit is at $400 right now, I thought they dropped it back down to $100 for first/second half of year for $200 annual total. But it is still a great deal. I do love the Amex offers they give each month, wish they gave more mainstream offers though. We live in a rural community near HSV and unfortunately many of the offers are useless to us because our area doesn’t have the stores or provide the service, heck, we can’t get Door Dash or Uber Eats most of the time because they don’t have enough drivers!

  10. @PennyinAL – I used the Dell credit in the first half when it was $200 annually. I was able to get an additional $200 (half of $400 annual as revised) a week ago for the second half benefit.

  11. Your blog has a new pop up ad that comes out every time I try to read a story. This was not there before. It is very annoying since I need to click several times for it to disappear. This happens when reading the blog via my mobile device.

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