Positive Changes Coming to the AMEX Business Platinum

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Last week I told you about upcoming changes to The Platinum Card® from American Express.

And now, via View From the WingThe Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is getting some changes, too.  And they’re for the better!

AMEX Business Platinum Improvements March 2017

You’ll Soon Be Able to Take 2 Guests Into Priority Pass Lounges for Free With the AMEX Business Platinum Card

I’ll tell you about the new improvements coming to the AMEX Business Platinum!

Positive Changes Coming to the AMEX Business Platinum

Link:   The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

Link:   My Review of The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

AMEX announced changes to the AMEX Platinum card, which begin on March 30, 2017.  Some were good (like a $200 yearly Uber credit), and some were bad (like a higher annual fee).

And now we’ve learned that AMEX will be making changes to the business version of the card on March 30, 2017, too!

1.   Earn 5X Points Through AMEX Travel

When you book your airfare or hotels through the AMEX Travel Portal, you’ll get 5 AMEX Membership Rewards points per $1.  This is especially good for airfare, because the AMEX Travel portal usually has competitive prices.

But booking hotels through the AMEX Travel Portal is a bit more complicated.  That’s because hotels give folks a lot of incentive to book DIRECTLY through the hotel website.

AMEX Business Platinum Improvements March 2017

Don’t Count on Benefiting From Elite Status During Your Hotel Stay If You Book Through the AMEX Travel Portal

For example, you won’t earn hotel points or elite status credits through AMEX Travel.  And you might not have your elite status recognized at all during your stay!  So this deal is best for folks who are staying at boutique hotels instead of major chains like Starwood and Hilton.

2.   Priority Pass Guest Privileges

You will now be able to take 2 guests into any Priority Pass lounge, free of charge!  Guests used to cost $27 per person, but that fee is now waived for your first 2 guests.

And, unlike the personal version of the card, AMEX will NOT raise the annual fee along with these improvements.

Bottom Line

AMEX is making positive changes to the AMEX Business Platinum card.  You’ll earn 5X points when you book airfare and hotels through the AMEX Travel Portal.  And you can take 2 guests into any Priority Pass lounge for free!

I love seeing AMEX making improvements to their cards to keep up with other cards, like the Chase Ink Business Preferred,

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4 responses to “Positive Changes Coming to the AMEX Business Platinum

  1. I can’t see many people taking advantage of the 5x on hotels since they will not get any status or points from it and it seems more logical to just let people book the airfare directly through the airline to get the 5x, like with the personal Plat. Also, they really had no choice but to up the number of guests included with Priority Pass, as their main new competitor, the Sapphire Reserve, allows unlimited guests. It was extremely tacky of AMEX to try and make you pay $27 for even your spouse to enter a lounge with you. They are releasing these too little, too late “improvements” while Chase is running circles around them. It would have been smarter for them to maybe increase the fee to $499 for both business and personal Plats, add the Uber credits (which I’m sure the majority of will go unused anyway, the way they are setup), give the 5X points on airfare and the 50% points rebate on flights booked through them. That is what competition looks like.

  2. What was the airfare benefit before? I thought they earned 5X on airfare before

    • That was only on the Personal Platinum. On the Biz Platinum it was only 1x and sometimes 2x if booked through AMEX travel