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It’s that time of the year. The clock is ticking to make sure you’ve squeezed every ounce of benefit from your credit cards. Case in point: The American Express Platinum. You’ve paid your $550 annual fee, made use of a few Amex offers, free brekkie with Fine Hotels and Results, maybe even added an inch to your biceps by incorporating it into your HIIT workouts, BUT NOW is the time to make sure you’ve recouped all those nifty credits. Let’s take a look at some free money on the table.
Uber: $15/mo, but $35 in December
It’s December! You get a $20 bonus to bump up your annual credit to $200. Whether its to a holiday party, airport, or Aunt Susie filled your eggnog mug one too many times – you’re gonna get a little more rideshare this month.
Airline Fee Credit: $200 – resets January 1st
Don’t forget that American Express sets the clock on their fee credits annually. This means you have until December 31st to use up the remainder of your $200 for 2018 before it resets.
If you want some hints on how to use it…check out this article we specifically wrote on Amex airline fee credits.
Saks – $50, Semi-annual.
That’s right. You will get $50 back on your Saks Fifth Avenue purchases 2 times a year ( January to June, July through December.) The 2018 credit expires at the end of the month so you’ve still got time.
Saks isn’t cheap, but one great place to look is toiletries. They carry brands like Kiehl’s and Clinique where you can use the $50 to offset grooming and skin care products you’d otherwise buy elsewhere. This one is a great gift for travelers and prices at $48 – use your free Shoprunner membership to get it in two days!
Miles highly recommends Lufthansa First Class – 70k points when transferred to Aeroplan
Also…A few other things to make sure you’re taking advantage of:
If you haven’t already signed up – do so. In addition to some pretty great lounges they are continually adding restaurants to their program. Most will give you and up to 2 guests $28 per visit. That’s a helluva good deal.
FHR – Fine Hotels and Resorts
One of the best programs Amex has to offer and includes upgrades, free breakfast, early check-in and late check-out, hotel credits, and often times promotional free nights. You’ll also get treated like a super duper VIP.
Global Entry/ TSA Pre
Every 4 years you will get a $100 credit for you an your additional cardholders. Just charge to the card.
Hilton Gold/ SPG+Marriott Gold
Why stay at a property without status when your credit card comes with automatic mid-tier elite status with both Hilton and the newly merged SPG/Marriott. Simply enroll and you’re good to go. It’s how I ended up getting a super swanky breakfast at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
I mentioned it above regarding Saks, but your Amex Platinum comes with a free membership. Just link it and you’ll start enjoying free 2 day shipping at select retailers.
Free Wifi can be super Sketch. Use your Amex Plat for free access via the AXP plan and start safeguarding your devices at over a million of their hotspots.
On the fence about an Amex Plat?
$550 is a lot of money, and you should read this more extensive article that goes through the top 10 reasons why we keep our Amex Plat. We easily extract over $1000 from both our personal Plat and our Amex Business Platinum. Every situation is different, but make sure you really crunch the numbers and decide if its the right decision – we’re big fans.