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What Changes Would YOU Make to the AMEX Platinum Cards?

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

Link:   The Platinum Card® from American Express

Link:   American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum

Link:   The 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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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

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I hear you on rewarding loyalty earned over decades. I’m optimistic that the once per lifetime rule will change.

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.

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More Centurion lounges are always welcome!

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

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

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Million Mile Secrets

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!)

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

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And not limit it to the more expensive fares!

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