Update 5: The signup offer is now for 25,000 points (after $1,000 in spending for a total of 26,000 points). All other benefits ($200 in airline credit, 4 years of lounge access, etc, etc) are still in place.
Update 4: I have received word from AMEX that the bonus will drop from 50,000 points to 25,000 points sometime on 04/27.
Apply immediately if you want to get the 50K bonus!
Be sure the application mentions the 50,000 point signup bonus when applying.
Update 3: Apply now for this (or other) AMEX cards with our current Passover Promotion and you’ll have amazing odds at winning an iPad 2 or a current generation 32GB iPod Touch. With only 13 people entering so far you’ll have an amazing shot at winning!
Tired of waiting in line to clear customs? AMEX Platinum cardholders now get free enrollment in Global Entry! See more details in the post below!
Want free lounge access in Tel Aviv and hundreds of other lounges worldwide? Be sure to sign up for free Priority Pass membership with the link below!
Update: The 50K signup offer is still alive!
-Membership Rewards Airline Mileage Transfer Options Linky
-Need To Meet A Spending Threshold Deadline? Get Waived Fees On AMEX Gift Cards!
-Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points!
AMEX Platinum 50K MR Points Offer Linky
Problems applying for or don’t see the 50K offer? Scroll to the bottom of this post for help!
For a limited time AMEX is offering 50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending just $1,000 within 3 months! This is the best public offer ever for this ultra-premium card!
You can get this bonus even if you’ve gotten the bonus anytime in the past!
The AMEX Platinum charge card is the best credit card that exists today. Not for spending mind you (those honors go to the Starwood AMEX Consumer card or to the Starwood AMEX Business card ), but for the benefits provided. I’m taking about better benefits than any other card comes even close to offering!
In 2009 I even got 4 free nights at the 2 of the nicest hotels in Las Vegas just for having the AMEX Platinum card!
Yes, this card costs a whopping $450/year, but you can get far more than that back out of it (Especially if you find 4 people to split it with!)
If you decide that you don’t want the card and cancel it within 60 days of getting billed for it you will get a full refund. If you can cancel after that point AMEX will prorate the card and refund the number of remaining months. So if you cancel the card after 4 months you will get a $300 refund check.
50,000 AMEX points can get you 2 free domestic tickets or even a ticket to Israel! It can even get you $500 in cash if you prefer!
Points can now even be transferred to United Mileage Plus miles via Continental Onepass miles!
As a Platinum cardholder you can also get a 20% rebate on points redeemed for air travel ticket bookings.
Here are just some of the benefits of the card besides for the huge signup bonus:
- $200 statement credit per calendar year for airline expenses:
Register here with your desired airline.
Up to $200 of incidental spending per calendar year (excluding airfare) with that airline will be credited back to your credit card!
You can buy 4 AA.com or Continental.com gift cards of $50 each and you will get the amount you spend on them refunded back to your account! (For some reason gift cards only work for the $50 amount, so make 4 separate orders of $50)
Don’t have a use for 4 gift cards to AA.com? You can sell them to Plastic Jungle for $166 in cash or $174.30 of Amazon.com gift cards!
You can also use the fee credit (in any increment up to $200) to pay for:
-Flight change fees
-Airport lounge day passes
-Upgrades to First Class
- Unlimited free lounge access for you and your spouse and kids, or for you and 2 companions when flying with:
AA: AAdmiral’s Club
Continental: President’s Club (Access to Continental lounges will end 09/30/11)
Delta: Crown Room Club
USAirways: USAirways Club (You don’t need to be traveling with USAirways for access)
Your AMEX Platinum card is valid for 4 years and you are able to use the card for lounge access until the card expires!
Hate air travel? Hint: It’s probably because you don’t have lounge access!
- Free Priority Pass Lounge Membership:
Free Priority Pass Membership Enrollment Linky
After enrollment you will be mailed a Priority Pass Membership Card. Only primary cardmembers can enroll online, but you can also get free membership for all of your additional cardholders! Just call 800-525-3355 to enroll them!
Priority Pass Lounge Directory Linky
Priority Pass Mobile Lounge Directory Linky
With Priority Pass you’ll have access to over 600 lounges worldwide and (unlike with the regular AMEX Platinum lounge access with AA, Delta, and Continental as described above) you don’t need to fly that airline in order to access their lounge!
You will get the Prestige Select level of access, which normally costs $399 per year. With this level you can access as many lounges as you want for free. However it is only free for holders of a membership card. Additional guests will be $27 each.
With this new benefit you’ll be able to use lounges like the Dan Lounge in Tel Aviv, United Red Carpet Clubs, or hundreds of other lounges worldwide! Effective 10/01/11 you won’t be able to use the membership to access Continental or United lounges, but it will still work everywhere else.
- Give an AMEX Platinum to 3 other people for one fee!
With the AMEX Platinum consumer card (unlike the platinum business card) you can add 3 other people to your account for $175. Each of these cardholders will receive nearly all of the benefits of having the card, such as lounge access. The fee is $175 regardless of if you have 1, 2, or 3 additional cardholders. Like with the primary Platinum annual card fee of $450, this fee is refundable if you decide to cancel within 60 days or prorated if you decide to cancel after that point.
- Lose something? It’s covered!!!
Almost no other card offers this! If you lose an item within 3 months of purchasing it, just let AMEX know about it within a month after the loss, fax them your receipt, and they will immediately issue a refund for the item! This protection is for items up to $10,000, and for up to $50,000 in claims per calender year. No police report or any other dirty work is required!
- Premium Car Rental Program
AMEX has just launched the Premium Car Rental Program for the AMEX Platinum card! (You need an AMEX Plat to login and view the benefits)
-A free 2 day weekend Avis rental certificate with every 2 rentals within 6 months. Plus get discounts and free upgrades.
-A 4 hour grace period on Hertz rentals. A 28 hour rental will now count as just 1 day. Plus free #1 Gold membership, discounts, bonus points and free upgrades.
-Complimentary National Emerald Club Executive with Executive Selection-your choice of any fullsize car or higher class while just paying the midsize rate. Plus get discounts, guaranteed upgrades, and a free rental day with six rental credits.
- Free Global Entry Enrollment
Global Entry is a US Government program that allows for expedited clearance upon return from an international trip.
The cost to apply for this is $100, which will be automatically refunded when charged to your AMEX Platinum card. The $100 fee will also be refunded for any additional cardholders!
You will be registered for 5 years for free with the program
- Free Regus Office Club Membership
- $10,000 Per Item Purchase Protection
Most cards only cover items up to $1,000 for purchase protection. The AMEX Platinum covers items up to $10,000.
Purchase protection means that if an item you bought within the last 90 days breaks, gets stolen, or is damaged, you will be reimbursed for the cost of the item!
- Fine Hotels and Resorts Benefit Program
Book a room at any of the 600+ Fine Hotels and Resorts worldwide and you’ll receive room upgrades, 4pm late checkout, and other special benefits and treatments.
- 24/7 Platinum Concierge
Need hard-to-get reservations, trip advice, or event planning? Need to send someone a quick gift or get any other research or help done? These guys will take care of it!
- Complimentary Starwood Gold Elite Status
This normally requires 25 paid nights in Starwood hotels or $30,000 spent in a calender year on the Starwood AMEX.
It gets you complimentary upgrades at Starwood hotels, 4pm late checkout time, and bonus Starpoints when staying at Starwood hotels.
- Baggage protection:
Up to $3,000 in coverage for loss or damage to your checked or carry-on baggage when flying!
- Complimentary Membership Rewards First membership
Expanded access to AMEX’s luxury reward options.
- Premium Seats program:
Get access to choice seats at sports and entertainment events in NYC and LA.
- Event ticket protection (Not available for NYC residents)
Get a refund on event tickets (even when bought from scalpers) if you lose the ticket, have a medical emergency, have an transportation accident, have jury duty, and for many other scenarios.
- No Pre-set Spending Limit.
There is no credit limit on this card!
- By Invitation Only Events
Get access to exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime events available only to Platinum Card members!
- No Foreign Exchange Fee
As of 03/27/11 there is no foreign exchange fee when you use the AMEX Platinum!
You will receive the same great official market rate like it published on XE.com!
Plus the AMEX Plat has many, many other benefits and protections (Full Refund Warranty Service, Online Chargeback Filing)…too many to write about in this post!
Problems applying for or don’t see the 50K offer? Read this!
If you do not see the 50K offer on the application page or it says that the offer isn’t available you need to empty your browser’s cookies and cache or just use a different web browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome. You should then be able to see the 50K offer on the application page.
If you do not see the 50K offer here is how to delete cookies and cache in popular internet browsers:
Just hold down control, shift, and delete at the same time and you should have the option to clear your cookies and cache (and browsing history) in any browser! If that doesn’t work then follow these directions:
-Internet Explorer: Go to Tools, Internet Options, then on the General tab click on “Delete” under Browsing History, And then delete your cookies and browsing history.
-Firefox: Go to Tools, Options, then on the “privacy” tab click on “clear your recent history,” then select cache and cookies and click on “clear now”
-Chrome: Click on the settings wrench on the top-right, options, then on the “under the hood” tab click on “clear browsing data” then select clear browsing history, empty the cache, and delete cookies and then click on clear browsing data.
If the application still doesn’t work or gives you an error message just try using a different internet browser!
You should use the full application page in order to get the 50K offer, not the shortened page for existing cardmembers. In the footnotes on the 50K application page it should say “Bonus ID 4986.” Be sure to print a copy of the offer for your records!