Million Mile Secrets reader Frank asked:
If I received the sign-up bonus on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, can I get the sign-up bonus on the The Platinum Card® from American Express card, too? Or would I be disqualified from receiving that bonus?
Great question, Frank!
AMEX Application Rules
With American Express, you can only earn a sign-up bonus once per card per lifetime. But because the AMEX Delta Platinum card and AMEX Platinum card are considered different card products, Frank IS eligible to earn the sign-up bonus from both cards!
That’s great news, because earning sign-up bonuses with multiple cards is the easiest and quickest way to get Big Travel with Small Money!
Lots of folks misinterpret the once per lifetime rule to mean you can only earn 1 American Express card bonus (period!) during your lifetime. In fact, it’s once per card.
And not only are sign-up bonuses once per lifetime with each card, but the opportunity to earn each bonus is once per lifetime, too! So you can NOT receive the sign-up bonus if you’ve ever HAD the card, even if you didn’t earn the bonus on it.
In Frank’s example, it’s easy to see why these rules could be hard to understand. Because both cards are “platinum” cards.
Card issuers often put out cards with names that sound the same! So if you’re confused about all of the cards with similar names, here’s a chart with popular credit cards that are easily mistaken with one another. With each card’s benefits listed side-by-side!
And don’t forget, while there’s NO official limit to the number of AMEX credit cards or charge cards you can have at once, the decision to approve you or not is still ultimately up to the bank.
AMEX Cards to Consider
If Frank is targeted for the 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus on the AMEX Platinum card, he should jump on it. Because with AMEX’s application rules, it’s best to get AMEX bonuses when they’re at their highest-ever.
Plus, Frank (and everyone else!) will soon have the chance to apply for the new AMEX Hilton cards that will be available later this month!
It’s also important to remember that AMEX small business cards do NOT appear on your personal credit report. So they won’t hurt your chances of being approved for any great Chase cards in the future.
So cards like the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express are worth considering, too.
Our Hot Deals page always shows an up-to-date list of the best credit card offers.
So, for example, you can earn the sign-up bonus on the AMEX Platinum card even if you’ve had the AMEX Delta Platinum card in the past.
Thanks again to reader Frank for the great question!