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American Express will be giving personal Platinum cardmembers a statement credit up to $200 for spend with American Express Travel, valid August 2020 through December 2021. This will only be available to cardmembers whose renewal date is between April 1 and December 31, 2020.
Presumably anyone with a March renewal date already made their decision to keep the card one way or another, though it seems weak to exclude January through March renewing cardmembers. It is a cost savings however and American Express clearly focuses on data and margins in rolling out benefits.
Centurion (Black Card) members will receive $2000 (along with the Platinum $20 per month wireless and $20 per month streaming credits through the end of 2020),
In appreciation of your Membership, beginning in August of this year through 2021, you can earn up to $2,000 in statement credits after you use your Centurion Card to make eligible travel purchases through Centurion Membership Services or AmexTravel.com. Details to come.
We don’t yet know the terms of these credits. Devil is always in the still-unannounced details, $200 on $1000 purchase not so useful. If they’re valid for hotels only but at a straight $1:$1 credit that’s quite nice, a free night somewhere potentially – ideally you’ll use it at a property that isn’t part of a major chain because Amex Travel bookings do not earn points, count towards earning status, or receive elite status benefits in hotel loyalty programs (at least per policy, individual stays can vary).
It’s always struck me as surreal that American Express is a co-brand card issuer for both Hilton and Marriott, they give their Platinum cardmembers Hilton and Marriott status, but aren’t able to get loyalty program access for their customers making bookings at those chains through their own travel agency – when corporate travel agency bookings are eligible for such participation.