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Holders of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express got a new perk today, and thankfully it’s a pure “extra” and nothing has been taken away nor has the annual fee risen like on the personal Platinum Card which saw a major fee increase today, to $695.

The Business Platinum has a now slightly lower annual fee than the personal flavor, at $595, and is still offering the same welcome bonus of 100,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees).

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With the CLEAR credit (this is a priority access to security lines at select airports that gets you to the front of the TSA PreCheck line), this is what the current lineup of benefits looks like for the card.

  • Hilton status (enrollment required)
  • Marriott Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection which includes Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass Lounge access (enrollment required)
  • Fine Hotels and Resorts benefits
  • $200 annual incidental airfare credit (enrollment required). Terms apply.
  • $100 in free Dell credits twice annually. (Jan-June and July-Dec; Enrollment required / terms apply).
  • Up to $179 in fee credits for a CLEAR® airport security service plan. (Enrollment required; credit is a statement credit.)
  • Receive up to $100 as a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry or every 4.5 years for TSA Pre✔®

Technically, if you can use all the benefits without any fuss, this is up to $579 in statement credits (not counting Global Entry credits since they are every 4+ years and most of us have that on many cards) which is essentially the whole annual fee. And then you get all of the lounge access benefits plus the Hilton and Marriott statuses and access to FHR hotel rates.

Primarily, I see this as a nice benefit in terms of that it was the only reason I would have renewed  my Amex Green card next year, and now I won’t have to 😉

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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