22 Things I Love About the American Express Business Platinum Card

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How do you decide whether the American Express Business Platinum is right for you? It’s an easy choice to get the card, but you need to think through keeping it long-term. I’ll walk through the value you get to help you decide.

The specific benefits that The Business Platinum® Card from American Express offers have changed a lot over the years, and it’s also a good idea to check in to make sure the current portfolio of benefits is worth it to you. There’s no better card packed full of travel benefits than this one, but not everyone’s travel patterns will get enough use out of those to be worthwhile.

So I’m going to walk through the benefits I really like with this card. I think there’s thousands of dollars of value, the annual fee becomes like a Groupon buying great benefits at a discount, but you can do the math for yourself as you move along.

These are the top 22 things I love about the American Express Business Platinum card.

  1. Best public initial bonus offer. There’s a great new offer for the American Express Business Platinum card. When we think of 100,000 point initial bonus offers for a Platinum card we usually think of this offer that pops up from time to time through the CardMatch tool. You enter your personal information and see if you’re targeted. When you are it’s worth jumping on.

    However the Business Platinum® Card from American Express now has a limited-time 100,000 point initial offer — valid through 12/14/19 and with a high spend requirement — that is not targeted.

      You earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000 and an additional 50,000 points after you spend an additional $15,000 on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of cardmmbership.

  2. American Express Centurion lounge access which is American Express’ own network of lounges in major airports in the U.S. and internationally, plus you get access to American Express (non-Centurion) lounges around the world in places like Latin America and Australia.

    american express centurion lounge philadelphia entrance
    Philadelphia Centurion Lounge Entrance

    american express centurion lounge hong kong
    Hong Kong Centurion Lounge

  3. Delta lounge access when flying Delta same-day. I find Delta’s Sky Clubs to be nicer overall than American’s Admirals Clubs and United’s Clubs. In my home city of Austin there’s a gorgeous bar and an outdoor Sky Deck, and you can spend miles at a reasonable rate for premium adult beverages. How about a half bottle of Laurent Perrier for 1500 miles, or a bottle of Dom Perignon for 10,000 miles? (And of course Amex points transfer to Delta instantly for this..)

    sky deck at delta sky club austin
    Sky Deck, Delta Sky Club Austin

  4. Priority Pass lounge access. This is limited to actual airport lounges (and Minute Suites) and no longer includes non-lounge experiences such as a restaurant dining credit where restaurants participate with Priority Pass.

  5. Lufthansa lounge access. This benefit is only listed through October 31 but has been extended in the past. Cardmembers flying Lufthansa, Swiss, or Austrian get access to Lufthansa Business and Senator Lounges in T2 Satellite in Munich and T1 Concourse B in Frankfurt regardless of class of service.

  6. Additional lounges networks: Plaza Premium, Airspace and Escape lounges That’s more comprehensive lounge access than any other card.


    Escape Lounge, Reno

  7. $100 Global Entry credit you can receive one Global Entry statement credit ($100) for every 4 years or one TSA Pre statement credit ($85) every 4.5 years. Even if you already have it yourself, it’s just the application fee that needs to be paid with the card, so you can pay someone else’s fee with your card to generate the credit.

  8. $200 airline fee credit. You pick one preferred airline to use it on for the year. The fee credit is offered each year on a calendar year basis. The fee credit works for seat assignment fees; baggage fees; change fees; club lounge access. It doesn’t work for upgrades; mileage purchases; gift cards. You can choose from:

    • Alaska Airlines
    • American Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines
    • Frontier Airlines
    • Hawaiian Airlines
    • JetBlue Airways
    • Spirit Airlines
    • Southwest Airlines
    • United Airlines

  9. Up to $200 in statement credits for U.S. purchases with Dell each year ($100 semi-annually) and I’ve found plenty of items available priced under $100 so you can use the credit without spending additional money if you wish. Registration required for the credit.

  10. One year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork to access 300+ workspaces in 75+ cities (enroll by 12/31/19). WeWork values this at $2700.

  11. Discounts on premium cabin airfare. You may find yourself saving hundreds of dollars per ticket purchasing through American Express this way.

    american express platinum international air program

  12. Marriott Gold. Gold status gets late checkout and should avoid the undesireable rooms on property when you book direct.


    New York EDITION

  13. Hilton Gold. This is the best mid-tier status level in my view, it comes with complimentary breakfast or lounge access (when booking direct).


    Conrad Koh Samui

  14. National Car Rental Executive status. Of all the legacy car rental companies I like National because you choose your own car. With Executive status you get to choose better cards from the Executive Aisle.

  15. One of the heaviest metal cards Here’s my personal American Express Platinum but the business card’s design is similar. The card certainly feels heftier than others in my wallet. This isn’t a plastic card, and it isn’t a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card either. It’s heavier than Reserve and most other cards on the market.

    metal american express platinum card

    There are no raised numbers on the card, and no numbers on the front either. It’s a chip card (like my plastic one before it) and the numbers are written out on the back. You’ll mostly consult those when using the card for a purchase online.

  16. Earn 5 points per dollar on flights and prepaid hotels at amextravel.com. There’s little downside to booking airfare this way to earn 5 points per dollar spent. I’m less a fan of booking hotels through Amex Travel because those third party bookings won’t earn hotel loyalty points, elite status credits, or receive status benefits.

    Notably though if you’re making American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts reservations and prepay you’ll earn 5 points per dollar, and you do receive the benefits of the Fine Hotels and Resorts program which I’ll discuss below.

  17. 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of $5000 or more. Large purchases are this card’s “bonus category” capped at $2 million spend (1 million bonus points) in this category. It’s the card some pull out when they want to buy a plane from Airbus (kidding).

  18. Transfers to airline and hotel programs. This is how I use my own points. The real winner here in my view is ANA for its really great Star Alliance award chart — sure they require roundtrip bookings, but I’ve had success with a throwaway Tokyo – Honolulu coach return segment when booking first class US-Asia.

    Etihad, Singapore, and Air France KLM have really useful spots though all participate with other transferable currencies. Etihad lets you book American Airlines awards at American’s pre-devaluation miles pricing. Singapore and Air France offer lots more award space to people using their miles instead of partner points.

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


    ANA First Class

  19. Redeem at 1.54 cents apiece towards airfare. You can spend points at American Express Travel for your itineraries, and this card gives you a 35% points rebate as long as you’re booking business or first class flights or booking on the airline you’ve selected for the year for your fee rebate. You can get up to 500,000 points back each year this way.

    If you book a $1000 ticket for 100,000 points you will get 35,000 points back. Your net cost, then, for the $1000 ticket is 65,000 points, a value of 1.54 cents per point.

  20. 10 complimentary Gogo wifi passes each calendar year. You load these passes into your Gogo account and can use them on Gogo-equipped aircraft, whether domestic or international, slower air-to-ground or satellite. Alaska, American, and Delta all have at least some of their fleet equipped with Gogo.

  21. Fine hotels and resorts perks. There are over 1000 premium hotels that participate in the program and give you extra benefits for making your booking through American Express.

    This generally includes daily breakfast for two people; a room upgrade (if available); 4 p.m. late checkout; early check-in (noon, if available); complimentary in-room wifi; and a property-specific perk that is frequently a $100 food and beverage credit or spa treatment.

    Most of the time you’ll pay the same cancellable rate as booking direct, and if you prepay (potentially giving up points though many properties aren’t part of the major loyalty programs) you earn 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar.

  22. American Express business cards generally don’t show up on your personal credit report. Banks do pull your personal credit when they are deciding whether or not to approve you for the card, but after that the card doesn’t get listed.

    That’s useful because one of the major components (~ 30%) of your credit score is your credit utilization . That’s not about whether you pay off your cards each month, that’s about how much of your available credit you are using at a given time.

    What’s more adding a small business card to your portfolio from Chase, Citibank, or American Express doesn’t increase your 5/24 total for getting approved for Chase cards.

American Express Business Platinum Card Conclusion

This Business Platinum offer has a high spend requirement to earn the full initial bonus, it works out to an average of almost $8500 per month, though some of you can put a lot more on credit cards than you may think especially paying bills via Plastiq.

This card has a $595 annual fee (See rates and fees). Statement benefits and credits far outweigh the cost, even after the first year when of course the initial bonus offer is way more valuable (I value Membership Rewards points at 1.8 cents apiece and find Membership Rewards to be the best transfer currency).

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

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. Good list, thanks Gary. I love my Amex Plat card.
    BTW, #10. Don’t know how much I would value this at since WeWork apparently notoriously over-values things, to whit the problems they are having with their IPO.

  2. I do love AmEx over Chase and City but $595 is a steep fee especially if you are not using all the benefits. For example, I do fly AA primarily so I do not care about DL clubs. I am also Lifetime Titanium Elite with Marriott and Hilton Diamond by stays. Than the Chase Sapphire is still a good option because of $300 travel credit for everything (but not airline fees). So Sapphire is essentially $150 card with good return on travel + still generous Priority Pass benefits. Should I pay $595-$150=$445/year for Centurion Lounge access by switching Sapphire to PLT AmEx? I don’t think so.

  3. I have been able to use 3 or 4 Gogo passes ( mainly international) because T-Mobile gives you a free hour and unlimited texting, and JBLU has fly-fi. If you marry the bus plat with the personal platinum it greatly limits the benefits of the card because of overlap. However, this year the Dell 10% off saved me $700 as they were the lowest price for LG large screen TV’s when you stacked all the discounts.
    I’ve used up the Blue for business credit so I see some benefit in paying taxes with this card. I’ve used it on a very limited basis to actually purchase a ticket.

    Perhaps I don’t need both plats now that it’s more difficult to use the airline credit.
    It does amaze me , however, the number of people who don’t want to pay an annual fee and think they will forever be able to cancel cards at the end of year 1 .

  4. With Delta upping their investment in Hanjin-KAL there is a legitimate case to be made that we will see Korean SkyPass as a transfer partner for AMEX.

  5. @ADP, I really hope so. Besides Virgin Atlantic -> ANA, it can be hard to find good premium cabin transpacific redemption.

    Gary, do you plan on picking up the Amex Business Platinum?

  6. I’ve had this card for a few years through a reimbursement arrangement with my broker. As you point out it’s not a card that suits everyone’s needs. I’ve struggled to ever get $595 of value per year so I’d not be able to justify the annual fee if it was coming directly out of my pocket. I travel extensively but I’m a value traveler so I’m not paying the high priced airfares and hotels, etc.

    In addition to what you mention I often use the $15 per month Uber credit and have found sales at Saks Fifth Avenue to employ the semi annual $50 statement credit.

  7. my husband and I both had this card for years (different businesses). I cancelled my individual card when the fee jumped. it isn’t worth $595/year IMHO. we kept his. If it wasn’t for the Dell credit would have ditched it too. it’s too hard to use the airline credits lately. Miss all those airline lounges from years ago. plus way too many restrictions.

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