Amex Introduces Two New Platinum Card Designs For Customers To Choose From

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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?

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

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Comments

  1. Thank you, Gary. My wife chose the one with the flowers. It’s on the way. CF Frost was my first boss out of college in 1978. He passed away this year. Not Covid

  2. I would not have considered this card, but with the new design I’m all over it.
    If the brought out a rose gold version I’d pay an AF of $795 or even $895.

  3. I couldn’t care less what my card looks like or the material it’s made from. Those things don’t add any more points or miles to the accounts in my portfolio, and the card itself in my wallet 99.9% of the time where I can’t see it. But hey, others must disagree or Amex wouldn’t be doing this.

  4. It’s a good card, however, calling it the biggest no brainer is a bit much. Cashing out is king when I haven’t traveled in 2 years because of Covid. Many people are in the same boat. I don’t like to pile up points for them to be clawed-back or devalued if transferred. Cash in my pocket allows more Tesla, Nvidia, or Crypto which returned 2x even if purchased last year. 5x doesn’t matter without travel.

  5. I will not be foolish enough to pay high fees just for a pretty card, but I will use the opportunity to whine that I miss my beloved purple Starwood card and despise the Marriott replacement card with what they think is artwork and I do not appreciate. This card with the flowers is lovely and tempting. But I still have my mind and am not financially able to consider the annual fee…

  6. I’m certainly going to upgrade my card as it seems the new ones have the touch to pay and my current card does not. Makes sense to get something a little different.

  7. I’m tempted to get one just so there’s more distinction between my personal Amex PLT and my company’s Amex PLT corporate… it would save me from my bad habit of using the wrong card for the wrong charge and then dealing with reimbursements.

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