What Changes Would YOU Make to the AMEX Platinum Cards?

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Via Doctor of Credit, it’s possible AMEX will add new perks to the AMEX Platinum cards in early 2017.

This follows recent positive changes, like a new 5X bonus category on certain airfare purchases!

It makes sense that AMEX is stepping up their game after the overwhelming demand for the Chase Sapphire Reserve.  And more competition is great news for folks in the miles & points world!

What Changes Would YOU Make To The AMEX Platinum Cards

How About a New AMEX Platinum Bonus Category for Dining Purchases? That Would be Fantastic!

Let’s look at what other changes could be made!

Potential AMEX Platinum Changes

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Link:   American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum

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

The AMEX Platinum, AMEX Mercedes-Benz Platinum, and AMEX Business Platinum are premium cards that earn transferable AMEX Membership Rewards points, which are fantastic for Big Travel!

And recent changes have made these cards better, like 5X AMEX Membership Rewards points on airfare purchased directly from airlines or from American Express Travel with the AMEX Platinum card.

And 1.5X AMEX Membership Rewards points on purchases of $5,000+ with the AMEX Business Platinum.

But these cards could still use more perks to compete with Chase cards, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

My Wish List for the AMEX Platinum

I think it would be great to add a new bonus spending category.  AMEX already offers bonus categories on other cards like the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.

Currently, AMEX Platinum cardholders get access to airport lounges (Delta, Priority Pass, Airspace, and American Express Centurion Lounges).  But it costs $27 for guest access to Priority Pass lounges.  AMEX could make this perk similar to the Sapphire Reserve and remove the guest fee.

Note:  AMEX has listened to all of us!  As part of the American Express Platinum refresh, at any visit to a Priority Pass Select lounge, you may bring in 2 guests for no charge!  Though you will be charged $27 for any additional guests.

Lastly, the AMEX Platinum cards come with $200 in statement credits per calendar year for airline incidentals with your selected airline (luggage fees, in-flight food & drink, etc.).  It would be fantastic if AMEX expanded this benefit so you were not limited to airline incidentals.  Or if it applied to any travel purchase like the Sapphire Reserve.

Bottom Line

There are rumors of more positive changes coming to AMEX Platinum cards in early 2017.

AMEX has been coming on strong with improvements to their cards.  So it makes sense that they may add new card benefits.

What new perks would you like to see?

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19 responses to “What Changes Would YOU Make to the AMEX Platinum Cards?

  1. 100,000 sign up bonus and match the $300 travel credit (and make it eligible for ANY type of travel).

  2. I believe AmEx would be wise to take the best benefits of the other top end cards and use them. Broader multiple points categories, travel, guest fees gone, primary rental insurance, loose the point transfer fee, make platinum THE go to card.

  3. If they really want to draw people away from the CSR then they at least have to make a concerted effort to compete with it. I don’t have the card, but if I had to pay a transfer fee, on top of not getting a 1:1 transfer ratio to their partners, it really would start to eat away at the value. They should at least do the unrestricted $300 travel credit, the 3X travel and dining points and the unlimited comp guess in the lounges. As it is, they are less widely accepted than Visa.

  4. The obvious answer would be to make the travel credit easier/larger, and to add more reward categories.

    I’d like to see them think outside the box too. Their Explorer card in Australia offers smartphone screen insurance, something that could be quite helpful.

    Also, I bet there are a lot of people who get Green Corporate cards through work and are frustrated paying to activate rewards on. If I could get a personal Amex that could also unlock rewards on my Green, that would be awesome.

  5. In order to get me seriously interested in the Platinum, they’d have to match the CSR with 3x dining.

  6. would be great offering companion vouchers on certain airlines on tickets with points.

  7. They could do 4 things:

    Match the sign up bonus of CSR
    Increase the travel credit
    Remove restriction to choose airlines
    Temporarily change the transfer ratio of MR to Starwood from 3:1 to 1:1

    I think MR transfer partners are severely lacking and since they can’t and won’t increase the partners changing the ratio of MR to Starwood would do 3 things:

    Strengthen the MR program
    Stick it to Chase
    Leverage their credit cards for the time being until they lose control of the Starwood CC partnership

    • I like the idea of increasing the transfer ratio to compensate for the limited partners! Yeah, and there’s no current incentive to spend on the Platinum besides the 5x for airfare (which is best in class, and bodes well for future changes!)

  8. I somehow forgot to add “increase the point per dollar spend on everyday expenses” 🙂 the platinum card is useless for everyday spend.

  9. Amex has several other airport lounges around the world, but are not announced with same fanfare as US Centurion and its amenities vary widely, I think they should standardize up its amenities and have a single semi-global network listing.

  10. more miles (we have had amex for 40 years and only get 1-1)the newbies get a better deal…no deals for loyals!! also the $200 credit could be for a family member too vs the main cardholder only!! Make deals with more airlines to use the reward points. Do a better job of reward points for shopping and retail gift cars with points