Now Get 50% of Your Points Back With AMEX Business Platinum

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Update:   For a limited time, the sign-up bonus on the The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN has been increased to 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after meeting tiered spending requirements!

Earlier today I let you know about the new AMEX Platinum (personal and business) bonus categories.  And AMEX just announced another change to the business version of the Platinum card!

Starting tomorrow, October 6, 2016, if you have The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, your AMEX Membership Rewards points will effectively be worth 2 cents per point when you use Pay With Points to buy any flight with your selected airline through the AMEX travel portal.

And 2 cents per point for Business or First Class tickets on ANY airline booked through the portal.

That’s double what they’re normally worth!

AMEX Business Platinum 50 Back

Folks With the AMEX Business Platinum Card Will Effectively Get 2 Cents per Point When Using the Pay With Points Feature on the AMEX Travel Portal. So You Can Save on a Ticket to Venice WITHOUT Having to Search for Award Seats!

I’ll explain what this change means for you.

AMEX Business Platinum Changes

Link:   The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

If you have the AMEX Business Platinum card, your AMEX Membership Rewards points will be worth up to 2 cents per point starting tomorrow, October 6, 2016.

Because when you redeem them for certain tickets using Pay With Points through the AMEX travel portal, you’ll get 50% of your points back.

This means the 40,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus on the AMEX Business Platinum card is effectively worth $800 (40,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points X 2 cents per point) in airfare!

Usually it’s only worth $400, because AMEX Membership Rewards points are worth 1 cent per point on the AMEX travel portal.  But because you’ll get 50% of your points back, it’s like getting a value of 2 cents per point.

But be aware, while you’ll get 50% of your points back for ANY Business or First Class ticket you purchase using Pay With Points, you’ll only 50% back for coach tickets booked with Pay With Points on your selected airline.

So choose your airline wisely if you plan on using your AMEX Membership Rewards points for coach travel. 😉

I’d definitely hold off on applying for this card until after tomorrow, in case more changes are announced!

Bottom Line

Starting tomorrow, October 6, 2016, your AMEX Membership Rewards points will be worth TWICE as much for flights booked using Pay With Points through the AMEX travel portal.  But only if you have the The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

Normally, you get 1 cent per point when you use your AMEX Membership Rewards points to book paid flights through their travel portal.  But with the AMEX Business Platinum card, you can get 50% of your points back.

So the current 40,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus for the AMEX Business Platinum card is effectively worth up to $800 in flights.

Just remember, you’ll get 50% of your points back for ANY Business or First Class ticket booked through the portal.  But to get 50% back on a coach ticket, you’ll have to use Pay With Points AND fly with your selected airline.

So it’s worth considering your future travel plans when you choose your selected airline!

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6 responses to “Now Get 50% of Your Points Back With AMEX Business Platinum

  1. This blog is written by many people.. Daraius, Emily and their employees.. So everytime you write “I” it would be nice to know who is writing this particular post… I see Emily’s picture lately in most of the posts, so does it mean that these posts are written by Emily?
    who is this mysterious “I”?
    I believe a bit of transparency would be beneficial for this blog..

  2. What if your selected airline is Southwest? Can you even buy WN tickets through the Pay with Points portal?

  3. So from what I’m reading, 40,000 points would get you $400 in flights, not $800. Yes, you would get 20,000 points (50%) back after the exchange, meaning that you effectively redeemed 20,000 points for 2 cents/point, but 40,000 points would still not earn you an $800 flight.

    Am I missing some math on this?

  4. @Aaron, you’re right, it would never be possible to actually get $800 worth on a flight or flights out of 40,000 points, though you could get fairly close if you could keep finding flights that are cheap enough. You could get a $400 flight, then a $200 flight, then a $100 flight, then a $50 flight, then a $25 flight…but this goes on endlessly and you can never use up all your points via flights. Obviously they want you to continue using the card, building up the balances, so that you’ll keep having amounts in your account that you can actually use.

    Along with the 5x on airfare, this is a legitimate enhancement, though obviously it has its limitations. I imagine some bloggers with affiliate links will be promoting it now as effectively a “2x on all spend” card, when that would really be stretching the point because of the considerations you bring up.

  5. @Mike – You can’t buy Southwest tickets directly through the portal. But you may have luck if you call.

    @Aaron @DaveS – Good point. I’ve edited the post to make that more clear. Thank you!