The 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus from The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is the highest public bonus I’ve seen on this card. But it also comes with a $450 annual fee.
In the first year you get the sign-up bonus, so for some folks, paying the annual fee is a no-brainer. Because you can get A LOT of Big Travel with 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points.
But is it worth keeping the AMEX Business Platinum card for a 2nd year and beyond?
The Sign-Up Bonus From the AMEX Business Platinum Card Is More Than Enough to Fly to Croatia Like Emily Did. But Should You Keep the Card After the 1st Year?
I’ll explain why I think keeping the card after the 1st year could make sense for some.
Million Mile Secrets reader, DudeB commented:
Can you provide a side-by-side comparison of the travel protection benefits and limits from the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige cards?
Thanks for your question, DudeB!
Deciding between these 2 great premium cards might be difficult. But comparing the cards’ perks can help.
Did You Know Both the Citi Prestige Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Offer Travel Protection Benefits for Plane, Cruise Ship, AND Train Rides?
I’ll explain the details of the travel protection benefits you’ll get with each card.
Million Mile Secrets reader, Brian, commented:
Do store cards (like Synchrony and Lowes) count toward the Chase 5/24 rule?
Thanks for the question, Brian!
As long as your store card can be used at other stores, it will count toward the Chase “5/24 rule.”
Signing-Up for a Store Credit Card Can Cause You to Lose a Lot More Than You’ll Save! If It Can Be Used Outside the Store, It Will Count Against Your 5/24 Status
I’ll remind you what counts against Chase’s strict application rules. And what does not count.
Welcome to the next installment of our Reader Success Series where Million Mile Secrets Readers share how they booked a trip with miles & points to get Big Travel with Small Money!
Sarah and her family are our newest reader success story to show folks it’s possible to travel without spending a lot of money.
Sarah and Her Family at The Coliseum in Rome!
A big thank you to Sarah for sharing their story!
Please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us how long you’ve been involved in the miles & points hobby.
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Million Mile Secrets reader, Amber, commented:
I have had the Barclaycard Arrival Plus before. I closed it early last year.
I’m considering applying for it again, but the terms say the bonus offer is valid for first-time cardmembers with new accounts only. Existing cardmembers and existing accounts are not eligible for this offer. Does that mean I will not be able to get the 50,000 points since I had the card before?
Great question, Amber!
In practice, you can earn the bonus that comes with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus more than once. But the terms and conditions definitely give Barclaycard the right to not give you the bonus!
Your Barclaycard Arrival Miles Can Be Used for Almost Any Travel Purchase, Including Transportation Like Limousines!
I’ll tell you what we know about being approved for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus bonus more than once.