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I was excited to recently get The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN because of the limited time 100,000-point sign-up bonus and card perks like 50% points back on paid airfare.
But there are so many other benefits with the card like automatic elite status at certain hotel chains. And concierge services that can help you with exclusive dining reservations and much more!
Plus, I also love the card earns flexible AMEX Membership Rewards points. Because there are many ways to redeem these for Big Travel!
Here are 15 things you can do with the AMEX Business Platinum card!
1. Earn 115,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points
The current sign-up bonus on the Business Platinum card is 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements. This is a limited time offer through January 25, 2017.
Note: Here’s how to use “Pay with Points” turn those 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points into $2,000 worth of flights with NO blackout dates!
You’ll earn 50,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. And an extra 50,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points after you spend an additional $10,000 on qualifying purchases within the same timeframe.
So you’ll need to spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account to earn the full bonus.
But between the sign-up bonus and the minimum spending requirement, you’ll earn at least a total of 115,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points!
2. Transfer Points to Airline and Hotel Partners
AMEX Membership Rewards points are terrific for Big Travel because you can transfer points to fantastic airline and hotel partners.
And sometimes AMEX offers bonuses on certain transfer partners. This can make it easier to book award travel!
And there are 3 AMEX hotel transfer partners.
Don’t forget, you can indirectly move points to other airlines and hotels that are not direct AMEX partners. For example, you can transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Starwood. Then, convert the Starwood points to Marriott or Ritz-Carlton points at 1:3 ratio.
3. Use Pay With Points for Airfare
One perk exclusive to the Business Platinum card and not other AMEX Platinum cards (like the personal version) is the 50% points back benefit.
That is, you can use AMEX Pay With Points to purchase paid airfare. And you’ll get 50% of your points back for coach airfare on your selected airline. And 50% of your points back on ANY Business or First Class ticket.
I calculate this perk alone makes the sign-up bonus and minimum spending points worth at least $2,300 in paid airfare!
Plus, you can combine points from other AMEX Membership Rewards cards to increase the value of your existing points!
4. Earn $200 Airline Credit
With the Business Platinum card, you’re eligible to receive a $200 airline incidental fee credit on an airline of your choice each calendar year.
This can save you money on things like:
- Checked baggage
- In-flight food or beverages
- Lounge day passes
- Change or cancellation fees
- Seat assignments
- And many other additional airline fees!
I’ve also had success purchasing airline gift cards for $50 or less to get the airline credit reimbursed. Technically, these are excluded from AMEX terms, so only do what you’re comfortable with.
Remember, you can select your airline immediately after activating your card and then only in January of each year after.
5. Earn Bonus Points on Large Purchases
If you’re making a large purchase, you can benefit by using the Business Platinum card.
Because you’ll earn 1.5X AMEX Membership Rewards points per $1 on purchases of $5,000+.
This is a nice perk for small business owners who are making large purchases on new equipment. Or paying taxes like Million Mile Secrets reader John did.
Remember, you might pay fees when using credit cards to pay income or property taxes. So do the math to see if earning the extra rewards is worth any fees.
6. Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
I like Global Entry because you can avoid the long lines at US Customs and Immigration when you return to the US from overseas. And when you have Global Entry, you’ll also be approved for TSA PreCheck on most flights.
If you already have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, you can pay for someone else’s application and still earn the statement credit!
7. Airport Lounge Access
With the AMEX Business Platinum card, you can get access to lots of airport lounges throughout the world.
And if you have a Delta flight on the same day, you can use your AMEX Business Platinum card to access Delta Sky Club lounges.
With the Business Platinum card, you also get a Priority Pass Select membership. Priority Pass is an independent lounge network with over 1,000 locations around the world.
It’s free for the primary cardmember to enter, but $27 per person for all guests.
8. Save Money With AMEX Offers
I love AMEX Offers because they can help folks save money or earn extra points on everyday purchases. And you can combine them with other discounts and coupons for more savings!
Plus, they’re constantly updating the offers with new deals!
Just be sure to add the offer to your card before making a purchase.
9. Elite Hotel Status
The Business Platinum card can get you elite status at Hilton and Starwood hotels. This is a great perk to get late check-outs, room upgrades, and extra bonus points.
To get Starwood Gold elite status, you can enroll online or request a complimentary upgrade by calling 800-525-3355 and select option 3. Give the representative your Starwood loyalty number (it’s free to join!), and your upgrade will be processed the same day.
Even if you don’t stay at these hotel chains, it can open up elite status at other hotels. For example, you can use the hotel statuses with the Business Platinum to get a status match at Best Western.
Or you can link your Starwood Gold status to your Marriott or Ritz-Carlton account to get an instant status match.
10. AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts Program
When you have the Business Platinum card, you can book hotel rooms at over 900 hotels that participate in the AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts program.
And you’ll get perks, including:
- 12:00 pm check-in, when available
- Guaranteed 4:00 pm late checkout
- Room upgrades when available
- Free daily breakfast for 2
- Free in-room Wi-Fi when available
- A benefit unique to your hotel, like a $100 dining credit, free meal, or spa service
- 3rd or 4th night free at certain hotels
11. Exclusive Dining Reservations and Experiences
You’ll have access to the American Express Platinum Concierge service when you have the Business Platinum card.
You can contact the helpful concierge folks if you need assistance getting reservations at a popular restaurant or are searching for tickets for a special event.
For example, Million Mile Secrets team member Keith contacted AMEX Concierge to get tickets for his parents to see Hamilton, the musical on Broadway. It was an amazing deal because AMEX had exclusive access to regular-priced tickets.
12. Free In-Flight & Airport Wi-Fi
Link: Gogo AMEX Registration
The Business Platinum card gets you access to 2 types of Wi-Fi.
First, you can register for the free Boingo American Express Preferred Plan. This plan includes:
- Access to 1 million hotspots worldwide, including 200+ airports
- Access on up to 4 devices
- Unlimited Wi-Fi access at global hotspots
And exclusive to the Business Platinum card, you get 10 free Gogo internet passes. These can be used in-flight on many major airlines, like Delta or United Airlines.
13. Car Rental Savings
With the Business Platinum card, you can register for elite status and automatic discounts with car rental programs, which can save you money.
The Business Platinum card gets you savings and status with:
Once you’re enrolled, you can save up to 25% off of your rental. And because of the status you’ll get with the rental programs, you can enjoy perks like:
- Bonus points
- Free upgrades
- Waived fees
You might even get upgraded to a Ford Mustang, like I recently did on a trip to San Francisco!
14. AMEX OPEN Savings
One of the additional benefits of AMEX Business Platinum card is the AMEX OPEN discount program.
You get discounts of up to 5% or earn up to 2 extra Membership Rewards points per $1 at these merchants:
You can also combine the OPEN savings with other promotions or discounts for your purchases at these merchants.
15. Organize Business Receipts
ReceiptMatch with AMEX is a helpful way to link business expense receipts directly to credit card purchases. This means you won’t have to keep physical copies of receipts. And the electronic copies will be saved and organized in your AMEX account.
This is helpful for small business owners who need organized receipts for:
- Flexible spending or health savings accounts
- Reimbursement from your employer
- Tax deductions
The AMEX Business Platinum card is fantastic because it comes with a 100,000-point sign-up bonus after meeting tiered minimum spending requirements, which can be used for Big Travel with AMEX airline and hotel transfer partners.
But the card comes with other amazing perks too, like access to AMEX Platinum Concierge, which can help you book reservations at top restaurants. Or even get tickets to sold-out Broadway musicals.
What’s your favorite AMEX Business Platinum perk?