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Got an American Express Platinum Card? Here are 9 things you should do immediately
I’m currently in the midst of a credit card reshuffle. I keep anywhere from 15 to 25 credit cards at one time, and I tailor it every year to suit my spending habits and travel goals. Amex has been offering a series of tremendous upgrade opportunities, and I just triggered one of them. The first move I made was upgrading my Amex Gold to an Amex Platinum. Over the past 10 years I’ve kept an Amex Platinum on and off, but it reminded me of the plethora of benefits and statement credits that need to be added immediately after sign up. But American Express has been running has been running some of the very best welcome offers we’ve ever seen. More and more people are adding Amex Platinum to their wallets and I thought it’d be super helpful to take a look at the 9 things you should immediately do after getting your card.
How do I add these benefits to the American Express Platinum card?
When you log into your account, just click on benefits and you’ll see a list.
Before we get into any of these benefits…you should be aware of the amazing transfer partners you have:
Amex has over 20 incredible transfer partner and using these partner is how we are able to take bucket list trips every single year.
I’d highly recommend you read our article on the Best ways to use Amex points. One of our favorite uses is Lufthansa First Class
1st thing to do after getting your Amex Platinum: Claim your $200 Uber credit
Every single year you get $200 Uber credit. This can be used for rides or as an Uber Eats credit and is divided across the year as such:
- $15 a month
- $35 in December
You just need to enroll your card in order to claim the credit – it’s super easy. Adding the card to your account should do it, if not, read this article and it walks you through it.
You can actually pool multiple Uber credits. So if you carry an Amex Gold, or anyone in your family has an Amex Platinum or Gold, you can add their cards to your account and the credit is lumped together. You can read about this technique in detail here.
#2 and #3 thing to do after getting your Amex Platinum: Claim your complimentary hotel elite status with Marriott and Hilton
The American Express Platinum card gives you both Marriott Gold and Hilton Gold status just being a cardmember, but you need to enroll your card.
It’s super simple – All you need to do is enter your information and you’re good to go. Having hotel elite status can substantially change the quality of your stay with a brand. Both of these statuses are what is referred to as “mid tier” but can often result in upgrades or lounge access where available.
I write about purchasing points quite often as a way to offset the cost of your trip – having elite status with Hilton means you’ll get a 5th night free when you use points to redeem. This is epic when you look at aspirational resorts around the world. For instance, the Conrad Bora Bora, shown below, costs 95k per night. But, if you have Hilton Gold status, you’d get a 5th night free. This is a huge savings in points and you get that status just for being an Amex Platinum cardmember. Hilton Gold also grants club lounge access at many hotels around the world.
4th thing to do after getting your Amex Platinum: Claim your $100 Saks 5th Avenue credit
Every year, American Express Platinum cardmembers, get $100 statement credit at Saks 5th Avenue. This is broken into two statement credit periods and you need to enroll your card in order for them to trigger.
- January through June you’ll get a $50 statement credit
- July through December you’ll get another $50 statement credit.
5th thing to do after getting your Amex Platinum: Claim your $200 Airline Incidental Credit
Every year, American Express Platinum cardholders get a $200 airline incidental credit. Usually you have to select your airline by the end of January, but when you get a card mid-year, you can select it then. If you don’t select an airline, your card isn’t enrolled, and you won’t be able to trigger that credit. So make sure you select one!
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Spirit Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
And then these are the expenses that usually qualify
- Airport Lounge membership and passes
- Checked bag fees
- Overweight or oversize fees
- Inflight purchases like food and beverage – note that WIFI may not trigger it since it can be processed by 3rd parties
- Pet flight fee
- Phone reservation fees
- Seat assignment fees
- If you’re get a economy plus, etc
- Ticket Change fees
- * Anecdotally both the AA 500 Mile upgrades and Mileage Multiplier have been working as well
6th thing to do after getting your Amex Platinum: Enroll in Priority Pass Select
Do you like phatty phat lounges to occupy your time during a layover with snacks, beverages, and sometimes whole meals of food? Ya…me too. Enroll in Priority Pass and you’ll gain access to over 1300 lounges worldwide. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this feature.
If you are still lining up at the normal security lines…your life just got a lot better. As a benefit of American Express Platinum, you get a statement credit to offset your Global Entry or TSA Pre credit. Simply enroll and then charge your fee to your card and you’ll see the reimbursement.
8th thing to do after getting your Amex Platinum: Claim free 2 day shipping with ShopRunner
Over 100 stores are part of the ShopRunner network including Saks 5th, but again…you need to enroll your card.
Once you’ve done so, when you use your $50 credit at Saks, click ShopRunner and get it delivered in 2 days because Amex Platinum ALSO includes a free ShopRunner membership. Simply click the link embedded in the benefit option and you’ll be a member.
9th thing to do after getting your Amex Platinum: Switch your phone bill over to get Free Mobile Phone Insurance
American Express Platinum cardholders get a fantastic benefit of mobile phone insurance.
- Covers up to $800 with a $50 deductible
- Damaged, lost or stolen
Other cards provide multiple points per dollar spent as well as coverage in different amounts. Read our article on the complete breakdown of Mobile Phone Insurance benefits to compare and make the best selection for your needs.
The American Express Platinum card offers a bevy of benefits, services, and statement credits. This is just a list of the 9 most important things you should do immediately after opening your card. If you’d like to read about more ways the Amex Platinum can provide outsized value…read our article on the top reasons why Amex Platinum is worth the annual fee.
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