Amex Platinum Benefits You May Not Know About
I’ve been reading an article on the Doctor of Credit website going into details on many of the lesser known perks of the American Express Platinum card. I have the Business version of this card, for which I took advantage of the 100,000 point welcome offer just a few months ago, so I’m still learning all of the “hidden” benefits and that’s why DoC’s article caught my eye.
The personal version of the Platinum card hasn’t had a “public” 100,000 point welcome offer in a while, but it has been offering many people that offer via CardMatch.
The major benefits of the cards are pretty well known and documented, such as the annual $200 airline credit, lounge access, 35% points rebate when you pay with points on a business card, $20 a month Uber credits on the personal card, etc…
Some of the lesser-known benefits in the article that caught my attention:
- Eurostar lounges (St. Pancras, London, Gare du Nord, Paris, Brussels): Lounges have food and drink, though only the cardmember has access (no guests). These lounges look quite a bit nicer than any train lounges in the USA!
- Centurion lounge access in other countries (EZE, SYD, MEL, GRU, DEL, MEX, TLC)
- Virgin Australia lounge access: requires a VA ticket and for cardholder + a guest.
- Access to Centurion Lounge at Staples Center (LA) and Barclay’s Center (Brooklyn). This is really the one that caught my eye as you can probably catch a fantastic view of games here even if you are buying the cheap seats. I’ll have to check out a Barclay’s Center event soon! The Barclay’s Center also has a dedicated entrance for Plat/Centurion cardholders.
- Occasional gifts: Sometimes Amex sends out gift cards worth $100-$200. Just yesterday a bunch of Plat cardholders were getting GCs for Vicero watches, Nordstrom, and Monaco.
- A American Express lounge at Universal Studios as well as other benefits like 10% off on food and beverage. (available for ALL Amex cardholders, not just Plat/Cent)
It may be a good idea to make a note (like a iOS note in your phone, for example) of all the benefits that you find useful so you can reference from time to time.
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