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Late in the week we learned that the Platinum Card by American Express gets new benefits effective March 30th.
- New metal card design
- $200 annual Uber credit (parsed out monthly)
- 5x earning on some hotel bookings
- Free authorized user Gold cards
- 2 free guests on Priority Pass lounge visits
This comes after after adding 5 points per dollar earning on airfare. The card’s annual fee will be going up from $450 to $550 a year.
Meanwhile the American Express OPEN Business Platinum recently started letting you select an airline with which to get a 50% rebate when redeeming for travel with pay with points, effectively getting 2 cents per point in value. It also added 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of $5000 or more.
Turns out that there are more new benefits coming for the Business Platinum card.
An American Express spokesperson tells me,
Beginning March 30, 2017, Business Platinum Card Members will get 5X Membership Rewards Points on flights and prepaid hotels at amextravel.com.
Business Platinum Card Members also get access to the recently announced new Global Dining Collection, as well as the expanded Global Lounge Collection and the Global By Invitation Only Events.
While I’m unlikely to book prepaid hotels at amextravel.com — those hotel bookings won’t come with elite benefits which undermines the point of Starwood and Hilton Gold status benefits that come with the card! — booking flights shouldn’t undermine airline points-earning or status benefits and could come close to approximating the personal Platinum card’s 5x earning on airfare.
I have several questions out, such as whether the card’s annual fee will change and whether ‘expanded Global Lounge Collection’ means also getting 2 free guests for Priority Pass lounge visits.