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New American Express Platinum Benefits + Higher Fee
I received an email this morning alerting me to the New American Express Platinum benefits beginning March 30th. Since then many bloggers have posted on the deal and details have been improved. There are some great additions to the program, but also a higher fee of $550 per year, so let’s take a look at the additional benefits and whether or not it’ll be worth sticking around when the new $550 annual fee hits.
The new benefits:
- Uber credit of $200 per year
- According to The Points Guy the card will earn a $15 credit per month, and $35 for December, totaling $200 for the year. Credits don’t roll over month to month unfortunately.
- 5x Membership Rewards on Hotels
- Must book through Amex Travel
- Must be pre-paid
- Expansion of the Priority Pass program
- According to ViewFromTheWing, Two guests will be able to access the lounge with you for free. An improvement from the current rule of cardmember free, and $27 per additional guest.
- Comped Gold cards for additional cardholders
- decent improvement. Right now you can add 5 cards for $45, this allows you to add them free.
- THE CARD WILL BE METAL!
- I dunno, I just like it.
Here’s a look at the email I was sent.
*These new changes affect the personal platinum and all of it’s various forms. Not the Amex Business Platinum. At least that’s what we know right now.
What’s my take on this?
If you use Uber a lot, a $200 credit is pretty awesome, but if you don’t – who really cares about that benefit? I’d say that this is a value to those who live on the coasts or cities where they use ride-shares a lot. I have a lot of family and friends in the midwest and they NEVER use Uber or Lyft. If the benefit rolled over from month to month, then maybe they could use it for airport transfers, but it doesn’t. Use it or lose it. This benefit doesn’t them help offset the extra $100 annual fee. At all.
If you book your hotels with the brand’s website, and not Amex travel, OR want rates that are flexible…the 5x benefit doesn’t help you either because it doesn’t apply. It’s only thru Amex travel and pre-paid. In fact, Amex Travel will not earn you Elite night credits either. They are consolidator rates and most hotel chains don’t recognize those when earning status.
We get a metal card, but I’m not sure that people are willing to pay more for it. Consumers want more real benefits.
The Priority Pass membership improvement is a real gain. The ability to bring in 2 additional guests is great and was needed. This basically brings it in line with the Prestige, but not the Reserve which allows your whole group to come in with you.
If they’d done all of this and kept the annual fee at $450 I’d say these are steps in the right direction. But, with a new $550 annual fee, I’m not sure these are enough “extra” benefits for most to swallow the new cost. If they’d sweeten this with a 100k sign up – that’s a different story 😉
I love Amex, their transfer partners, and ability to earn points through Amex offers, referrals, and category bonuses. I’m interested to hear your thoughts and whether you’ll stick around with the new annual fee.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.