Positive Changes Coming to the AMEX Business Platinum

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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The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • You can also receive 35% points back on all First and Business class flights, with all airlines available through American Express Travel.
  • You can enjoy access to The American Express Global Lounge Collection℠ offering access to the most lounges across the globe, when compared with other U.S. credit card offerings. As of 6/2017
  • Terms Apply
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Can you show me where AmEx states that they are adding the benefit of two free guests for the Priority Pass membership for Business Platinum owners? I don't see that anywhere, and View From the Wing simply said that he wants to know if they'll add that benefit to the business card just as they did to the personal version of the card. So far I have found nothing that definitively states this as a new added benefit for the business card.

Patrick, that page is for the personal platinum...not the business platinum.

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

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.