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One of my favorite benefits of the American Express Business Platinum
The American Express Business Platinum card has a slew of benefits whose collective value exceeds the $450 annual fee. One of my favorites is the partnership with GoGo: the company that offers in-flight internet. You will receive 10 passes each calendar year that you are a cardmember. At the very minimum, I’d value you this perk at around $150.
What the American Express Business Platinum passes will look like in your account:
A Flight I recently took from the East coast to the West coast: $27 value!
Since these passes work for the entire flight, I tend to try and save them for the longer flights where the internet packages are more expensive. I’ve actually paid for shorter duration flights out of pocket in order to the Amex passes for more expensive redemption options. I’ve redeemed 6 of them so far and I would say I’m easily averaging between $15-20 per Amex flight pass. On the low end that’s $150 of the $450 annual fee recouped there. Add in the $200 in flight incidentals and global entry fee credit and you’ve made up the $450 annual fee entirely. Not bad!
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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.