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The Platinum Card® from American Express has new limited-time designs that new and existing cardmembers can choose from if they wish. They come a partnership with artists Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley. These options will be available to request starting January 20, 2022.
This follows the introduction of artist-designed Amex Black cards and a Prada wearable Centurion card this past summer.
For new cardmembers in the first year, the Platinum Card® from American Express is the biggest no-brainer in the history of earth, because not only is it the best tool for airport lounge access and you’re able to opt into elite status and a wide variety of credits, but there’s an offer now to earn:
- 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of cardmembership.
- Plus, earn 10x points on eligible purchases on the card at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small – on up to $25,000 in combined purchases, during your first 6 months of Card Membership. That’s up to 225,000 additional points, which adds up to total initial bonus offer potential of 325,000 points.
I’ve said that the card has become something of an Entertainment Book but at the same time Entertainment Books had real value. Just look at only some of the things this card offers:
- $200 Airline Fee Credit which provides up to $200 back in statement credits each year on incidental fees at one airline you select from eligible carriers. I’ve used Southwest for this and consumed by full $200 each year since shifting my selection over from American. (Enrollment required)
- $200 Uber Cash which is a $15 per month benefit plus a bonus $20 in December. It can be used on rides or Uber Eats. (Enrollment required)
- $100 Saks Fifth Avenue Credit on purchases in-store or online at saks.com is available in $50 chunks twice a year (January – June, July – December, enrollment required).
- $179 CLEAR Credit: Annual statement credit for a CLEAR membership, up to $179. I’ve found CLEAR indispensable in the era of long security queues.
- $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: $20 per month statement credits on purchases or subscriptions with Audible, New York Times, SiriusXM and Peacock.
- $200 Hotel Credit: Annual statement credit for prepaid bookings at Fine Hotels and Resorts or Hotel Collection properties made through American Express Travel. You aren’t going to get elite status recognition or credits, or earn hotel points. This is perfect for non-chain stays, or one night stays where those features as meaningful. And of course Fine Hotels and Resorts bookings frequently come with value-add additions like late checkout, upgrades, breakfast or other credits.
- 5X Membership Rewards Points on flights booked directly with airlines and on prepaid hotels booked through AmexTravel.com on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year.
- Hilton Gold status and Marriott Gold (enrollment required) bas well as National Car Rental Executive status.
This card has the broadest lounge access benefit including Centurion lounges, Delta lounges when flying Delta, and more.
The Platinum Card® from American Express has a higher annual fee and more benefits. The annual fee has gone from $550 to $695 for new cardmembers (see rates and fees) and existing cardholders (accounts open prior to July 1, 2021) will see the increase starting with annual renewal dates beginning January 1, 2022.
What do you think of the new Platinum card designs? Does it influence your desire to have the card, or use it? If you’re already a Platinum cardmember will you request one next one?