Category Archives: AMEX Mercedes-Benz Platinum

Could a Pending Application Impact the Sign-Up Bonus You Receive?

Million Mile Secrets reader, Donna, commented:

I applied in-branch for the Chase Sapphire Reserve the day before the sign-up bonus was reduced.  My application was not immediately approved.  If I’m approved for the card after the expiration date of the higher sign-up bonus offer, what sign-up bonus will I receive?

Fantastic question, Donna!

If you’re approved for a card after your application was pending, you’ll receive the sign-up bonus that was available on the day you applied for the card.  

But to avoid any issues, I always recommend you take screenshots of credit card offers during the application process.  And if you apply in-branch, the banker should give you paperwork with the sign-up bonus details for your new card.

Could A Pending Application Impact The Sign Up Bonus You Receive

If You’re Approved for a Card After a Pending Application, You’ll Earn the Sign-Up Bonus Available on the Day You Applied

I’ll explain what you should know about earning a sign-up bonus with a pending credit card application.

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5 Lesser-Known (but Valuable!) AMEX Platinum Perks for Big Travel With Small Money

The AMEX Platinum cards have terrific benefits, including the flexibility to use your AMEX Membership Rewards points to buy travel, or transfer them to airline programs.

You’ll get a $200 annual airline incidental fee credit on your selected airline.  Plus $200 per year to spend on Uber or UberEats, access to Centurion Lounges and 1,000+ Priority Pass Lounges, and free Hilton, Starwood, and Marriott Gold elite status.

But there are lesser-known, yet valuable, AMEX Platinum benefits too.

American Express Benefits You Might Not Even Know You Have

AMEX Platinum Cardholders Get Exclusive Perks at Resorts Like the Four Seasons Oahu Ko’Olina, Including Early Check-In, Late Check-Out, Room Upgrades, and Free Breakfast

Let’s check out the AMEX Platinum benefits you might not be familiar with!

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New AMEX Platinum Lounge Partner Starting Today!

Do you use your AMEX Platinum card to visit airport lounges for free?  You’ve now got a few more options!

Via USA Today, starting today, AMEX Platinum cardholders and up to 2 guests can access US Escape Lounges by presenting their card, ID, and same-day boarding pass.

This perk applies to folks who have any version of the AMEX Platinum card, including The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz, and The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.  

But don’t get too excitedThere are only 3 Escape Lounges in the US.  And one is a Priority Pass lounge, which means folks with AMEX Platinum cards already have access through the free Priority Pass Select membership you get with the card.

AMEX Platinum Escape Lounges

Enjoy a Complimentary Buffet and Premium Drinks for Free in US Escape Lounges With Your AMEX Platinum Card

I’ll explain where you can visit an Escape Lounge for free with your AMEX Platinum card!

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You Can Save a Friend or Family Member $100 With This Card Perk!

Million Mile Secrets reader, Bob, commented:

I have several credit cards that will reimburse me for the Global Entry application fee.  Can I pay for a friend’s application fee using my card and still get the credit?

Excellent question, Bob!  You certainly can!

When you pay the $100 Global Entry fee with cards like the AMEX Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve, you’ll automatically get a credit for the charge once every 4 or 5 years (depending on the card).

This terrific perk is NOT linked to the cardholder.  So you can pay the fee for ANYONE and still get the credit.  This is great for folks who already have Global Entry.

If you have a Global Entry fee credit to spare, I’m sure your friends will appreciate you saving them time and money! 🙂

Global Entry Fee Credit

You Can Use Certain Credit Cards to Pay for Someone Else’s Global Entry Fee and Still Get a Credit!  Friends or Family Will Appreciate You Saving Them Money and Time at the Airport

I’ll remind y’all which cards come with the $100 Global Entry fee credit!  And how you can use it to pay the fee for a friend or family member.

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Limited Time: 2 Free Premium Drinks at Delta Lounges With These Cards!

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!  Folks traveling in the next couple of weeks can enjoy a nice extra from Delta lounges.

Via Reddit, if you have an AMEX Delta credit card, you’ll receive 2 free premium alcoholic drinks inside Delta Sky Club airport lounges through May 14, 2017.

Delta Lounge Free Drinks

If You’re Heading to a Delta Lounge, You’ll Get 2 Free Premium Drinks for Showing Your Delta AMEX Card

I’ll tell you about this nice gesture!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 3 – Hamilton, an American Musical

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 3 Hamilton An American Musical

My Son Doing His Best Daraius Impression 😉 Thanks to the AMEX Platinum Card, We Bought Inexpensive Seats to Hamilton and Didn’t Have to Wait Months to See It

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Seeing Hamilton in Chicago for Cheap: Part 1 – Introduction and Planning

Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin visited Chicago with her 3 kids to see Hamilton – An American Musical.  And she did NOT wait months for tickets or pay a small fortune!

She’ll tell you how she traveled with her family to Chicago using miles, points, and credit card perks for an unforgettable weekend of Big Travel with Small Money!

Jasmin:   Thanks, D!  My children are huge Hamilton fans!  The soundtrack is in heavy rotation in our house, the kids know all the lyrics, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is their hero.

But tickets to the Hamilton productions in New York and Chicago are very hard to get.  Shows are sold months (or years) in advance, and ticket prices can be incredibly prohibitive.

Seeing Hamilton In Chicago For Cheap Part 1 Introduction And Planning

If You Want to See Hamilton – An American Musical, You’ll Normally Wait Months and Spend a LOT of Money

But with a bit of luck and the right credit cards, I was able to surprise the kids with tickets to Hamilton and a trip to Chicago as a Christmas gift – without breaking the bank.  I’ll explain how!

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Get Face Value Los Angeles Hamilton Tickets With the Right Card!

Are you one of the many folks looking for Los Angeles Hamilton tickets this August?

Via Miles to Memories, folks with one of the AMEX Platinum cards can call the AMEX Platinum Concierge and purchase Los Angeles Hamilton tickets early (and at regular price!), before tickets are released to the public.  But block out an hour or so to sit on the phone, because the wait time is long!

Los Angeles Hamilton Tickets

Hamilton Is Incredibly Popular, So You’ll Need to Buy Soon or You Likely Won’t Get a Seat

I’ll tell you what you need to know!

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New Way to Earn Starwood Elite Status Faster!

Via View From the Wing, Starwood is offering an elite status challenge for its loyalty members.

Through December 31, 2017, if you have enough paid stays, you can earn Starwood elite status much faster than usual!

For example, you usually need to stay at least 25 nights in a calendar year to earn Starwood Gold status.  But through the challenge, you only need to stay 9 nights in a 3-month period!

Starwood Elite Status Challenge

With Starwood Gold or Platinum Elite Status, You’ll Have the Benefit of Late Check-Out, so You Can Relax Just a Little While Longer! The Beautiful Pool at the Hotel Paracas in Peru Is Certainly Inviting!

I’ll explain the details of Starwood’s elite status challenge.  And help you decide whether it’s worth it for you.

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New: AMEX Membership Rewards 30% Airline Transfer Bonus

Via View From the Wing, you can get a 30% bonus when you transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic through May 22, 2017.

AMEX Membership Rewards Transfer Bonus

You Can Use Virgin Atlantic Miles to Fly Delta to Hawaii Without Paying Hefty Fuel Surcharges!

I’ll explain the details of this offer.  And help you decide whether it makes sense for you!

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