First Year Free American Express Platinum Card?

American Express is offering the Platinum card fee-free for the first year.

The Platinum card offers lounge access with Delta and American when flying those airlines same-day, US Airways lounge access any time, and a Priority Pass Select membership that allows unlimited free visits to member lounges (no guests, and excludes United lounges). There’s the $200 annual airline fee credit and a fee credit for Global entry.

The card comes with a bonus miles offer of “5,000 Membership Rewards points for each $20,000 in eligible spending on your Platinum Card, up to 30,000 points per year.”

The offer is intended for clients of Ameriprise:

Your ability to have this Card product is contingent on a relationship between you and Ameriprise. If no relationship exists, or if your relationship with Ameriprise ends, American Express has the right to cancel your card account or transfer your account to another American Express Card product that will have different features and benefits. B

So, as they say, “your mileage may vary.”

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  1. @Gary – do you think Ameriprise insurance counts? My home owners with them and it is great, cheap and you can pay for it each year on a points credit card no extra fee!

  2. Seems like a great deal. I use my Amex Platinum for the rental car coverage, Admiral’s Club Access and $200 reimbursement. Great deal for $450!

  3. I saw this offer last year, but the lack of MR bonus totally negated the fee-free 1st year deal

  4. Not great for those who would otherwise be able to get a 50k MR sign-up bonus, but good find for those of us who’ve already received the bonus once and are no longer eligible.

  5. Suppose this is also a good deal if you would have had trouble meeting the new $10k minimum spend requirements for the sign-up bonus.

  6. Is there a way to have a fee free relationship with Ameriprise? Would be glad to put some money in a random account but don’t want an advisor.

  7. I am trying to figure out why I would want this. I just paid for Global Entry, so I missed out on that.

    Given all the mubmo jumbo in the terms and conditions, I can’t figure out if the $200 credit would cover drinks and food on a plane. Also, I only use United lounges, and it looks like they are excluded.

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