The American Express Platinum card 5x points bonus gives 5 points / $1 on eligible airfare and hotel stays; this card’s base rewards rate is 1 point / $1 spent.
American Express Platinum card’s 5 points / $1 flight bonus applies to airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel using an American Express Platinum card card (up to $500,000 spent per year). Prepaid hotel reservations booked on Amex Travel with a American Express Platinum card card also earn 5 points / $1 spent.
Expenses that don’t earn the 5x points bonus:
Car rentals, non-prepaid hotel reservations, charter flights, private jet flights, cruises and similar travel expenses do not earn the American Express Platinum card 5 points / $1 bonus. These bookings and all other purchases earn only 1 point / $1 spent.
Ultimately, keep in mind that the American Express Platinum card’s 5 points / $1 bonus usually post to your account within two billing cycles of your transaction.
You can earn and redeem American Express Platinum card points by using it for purchases. With your American Express Platinum card, you’ll earn 1 - 5 points per $1 spent. To qualify for this card’s 5 points / $1 rewards rate, flights must be booked through the airline or Amex (up to $500,000 spent per year), and hotels must be booked through Amex.
In addition, the American Express Platinum card also offers 80,000 points for spending $6,000 in the first 6 months. When you redeem American Express Platinum card points, they’re worth 0.7 cents to 1 cent each in most cases.… read full answer
Here’s how to redeem American Express Platinum card points:
Book travel through Amex. Just log in to your Amex account via the Amex travel portal, then search for the transportation and accommodations you want to book. There will be an option to pay with points at the check-out.
Transfer points. You can actually move your points at a 1:1 ratio to 17 airline and 3 hotel loyalty programs. To do so, log in to your Amex account and choose your loyalty program. Just keep in mind that you have to transfer in 1,000-point increments.
Get gift cards. Log in to Amex’s gift card reward page to make your selection. There are dozens of options to choose from, including restaurants, movie theatres and airlines.
Donate. You can make a charitable donation with your rewards points by logging in at Amex’s JustGiving page.
Amazon Shop with Points. If you connect your Amex card to your Amazon account, you can use their Shop with Points system to spend points on merchandise. But you’ll only get 0.7 cents per point using this method.
Statement credit. You can use your points to pay for charges on your statement, at a rate of 0.6 cents per point, by logging in to your Amex account.
Shopping. You can also spend your points toward Ticketmaster purchases (0.6 cents per point), Rite Aid purchases, Bestbuy.com, Staples.com and a few other sites (0.7 cents per point). Plus, you can use them at a rate of 1 cent each toward NYC Taxi rides.
In addition, American Express Platinum card points do not expire as long as your account isn’t closed due to inactivity and you keep your account in good standing. Points are forfeited when losing an account, so make sure to redeem them before that.
No, the American Express Platinum card does not offer a 100K point bonus anymore. The current offer is 80,000 points for spending $6,000 in the first 6 months. Once you’ve met the spending requirement for the American Express Platinum card’s bonus, the points will post to your account within 8-12 weeks.
In addition to the welcome offer, the American Express Platinum card offers many other benefits and extensive ongoing rewards.… read full answer
American Express Platinum card’s Rewards & Perks
Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
$240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
$155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
$200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
$200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
All in all, the American Express Platinum card is a good card for high-spending frequent travelers with at least good credit. You can learn more about this card by reading our editors’ full review.
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