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At the beginning of the month American Express announced a slew of changes to their Platinum cards. Changes go into effect today.
New Platinum cards are metal. American Express will replace current Platinum cards with metal cards when those cards are close to their normal expiration, however you can request a replacement metal card now.
I called this morning and was told that a new card will be Fedexed to me for delivery during the day tomorrow.
One key new benefit of the card, to go along with an increased annual fee from $450 to $550 (for new card applications; existing cardmembers will see their fee rise for card renewals September oneward — if you’re an existing cardmember whose annual fee hits by the end of August you’ll get another year at $450) is an annual $200 Uber credit.
Platinum cardholders now receive up to $200 in annual Uber credits for rides within the United States — $15 in Uber credit per month (to be used in that month), with an additional $20 bonus in December — when they add their American Express Platinum Card as a payment method to the Uber app.
Crucially you don’t have to pay for your Uber trips with the Platinum card, just add it to your Uber account. When you do, the Platinum benefit is recognized instantly.
American Express also instantly sends a confirmation email as well.
Platinum cardmembers also receive Uber VIP status (only available in a few markets), giving you the option to have only the highest rated drivers, though VIPs have said it can mean a longer wait time for a car.
Here are official details of the benefits:
Here are two key things to know right now
- Link your card right away because a $15 Uber credit becomes immediately available, each month’s credit expires at the end of the month if unused. So by acting now you get $15 for March. If you want that credit can never be recovered (though of course you’ll continue to receive future credits).
- The $15 monthly credit reportedly works for UberEATS as well. So if you don’t need to go anywhere today or tomorrow, food may be able to come to you.
Remember that you still can earn Starwood points for Uber regardless of the card you use to pay for rides.