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I was excited to be approved for the limited-time AMEX Platinum Business Card offer.

Between the 100,000 point welcome bonus and points from the minimum spending requirement, I earned more than 115,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points.  That’s almost triple the amount you’d normally earn with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN!

These points are worth at least $2,300 in paid airfare because of the card’s Pay With Points perk.  So it’s a fantastic card for folks looking to get Big Travel!

And this is an AMEX small business card.  So it does NOT count toward card limits for new Chase applications!

American Express Business Platinum Activation
The AMEX Business Platinum Card Offer Is Great for Folks Looking to Get Big Travel!

Activating the AMEX Business Platinum was a breeze!  I’ll show you how to do it!

American Express Business Platinum Activation

Link:   The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

Link:   My Review of the American Express Business Platinum Card

It’s always fun to activate a new card and begin working toward earning the sign-up bonus.  Plus, with the AMEX policy, I know I’ll only get the Business Platinum sign-up bonus ONCE in my lifetime.  So I’ll enjoy be sure to enjoy this bonus!

My AMEX Business Platinum card came 2 days after I was approved.

Here’s how to activate the card once it arrives.

Step 1.   Enter Your Card Number

You can visit the dedicated AMEX website for activating new cards.  Then, enter your new card number.

American Express Business Platinum Activation
Enter Your New Business Platinum Credit Card Number

Step 2.   Set Paperless Billing Settings

Next, you’ll have the option to enroll in paperless billing.  This is a personal choice, but I prefer less paper.  And it’s better for the environment!

American Express Business Platinum Activation
The Choice Is Optional to Enroll in Paperless Billing

Step 3.   Set-Up Account Alerts

During the activation process, you can also establish account alerts for things like payment reminders, fraud notices, and spending alerts.

You’ll have the option to change your account settings afterward.  But it’s a good to set-up at activation, so it’s one less thing to worry about in the future.

American Express Business Platinum Activation
You Can Opt-In for Payments, Fraud, and Spending Alerts

Step 4.   Add Employee Cards

You can choose to add employee cards.  Remember, you’ll earn points from purchases made by employees linked to your account.

But consider any fees you’ll have to pay.  To add employees with Business Platinum cards, you’ll have to pay a $300 annual fee.

But you’ll also have a free option to add American Express Green Corporate cards.

American Express Business Platinum Activation
Add Employee Cards If You Choose

Step 5.   Review Your Benefits and Begin Using the Card

You’re all set!

Before using your card, you can review the benefits of your card, like earning 1.5X AMEX Membership Rewards points on large purchases of $5,000+.

American Express Business Platinum Activation
Earn 1.5X AMEX Membership Rewards Points on Large Purchases & Get a Rebate on Flights Using Pay With Points!

Plus, the card has other terrific perks like a $200 airline fee credit and gets you access to airport lounges!

American Express Business Platinum Activation
The AMEX Business Platinum Comes With a $200 Annual Fee Credit, Complimentary WiFi Passes, and More!

Why I Got the Business Platinum Card

Link:   If You Don’t Know This AMEX Secret, You’re Missing Out!

Link:   Now Get 50% of Your Points Back With AMEX Business Platinum

I took advantage of the Business Platinum offer because it’s the highest public welcome bonus I’ve seen for the card.

In addition, the card comes with perks like:

This card does have a significant minimum spending requirement to earn the 100,000 points.  You’ll have to spend a total of $15,000 on the card within the first 3 months to get the full bonus.

But with an upcoming blog redesign, I was able to put a large dent in the spending requirement.  Other small business owners might have large purchases to make at the end of this year or early next year that can help hit the minimum spending.

The AMEX Business Platinum has a $450 annual fee that’s NOT waived.  But using the Pay With Points perk to book paid airfare through the AMEX travel portal, I’ll get at least $2,300+ worth of paid airfare using points earned from the welcome bonus and minimum spending requirement.

American Express Business Platinum Activation
I Plan to Use My AMEX Membership Rewards Points for Big Savings on Airfare!

If you’re considering this card, keep in mind American Express small business cards are often relatively easy to get.

Bottom Line

I applied for the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN because of the increased 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards point sign-up bonus and Pay With Points perk, which will save me lots of money on airfare.

The points earned from the welcome bonus and $15,000 minimum spending requirement are worth at least $2,300.  That’s amazing for just 1 card bonus!

That’s why I was excited to activate the card when it arrived!

Do you plan on taking advantage of the limited-time AMEX Business Platinum card offer?

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Hi Darius,

I just received an AMEX Business Platinum offer letter in the mail. I looked at your website to try & decide if it was worth it to spend $450(ack!). FYI, the current offer lets you earn up to 150,000 points after spending $15K in the first 3 months. Since you decided to jump when it was only 100,000, I guess this is a good (i.e., better) deal. My concern is, if I cancel the card after a year or two (I’m pretty frugal and paying $450 every year seems crazy), can I roll those miles elsewhere? For example, could I combine the miles with another airline mileage program or do I lose the remaining miles that I cannot use through the AMEX portal (one never has exactly 75,000 miles, or the cost of a ticket)? Thanks!

I applied for and was denied 2 chase cards recently one personal and one business because of Chase new rule. I have excellent credit. Would the fact that chase recently denied me impact the approval for the AMEX Business Platinum?

You’ll have “hard pulls” on your credit report from applying for the Chase cards. But there are more important factors like income and credit score that AMEX will use to evaluate your application.

Love the format this is written in!

Another question: I’m considering adding my wife to the card with the fee free option of an Amex Green Corporate card. Will that show up as a new authorized user card for her hurting her chances for getting other cards (especially Chase cards with the 5/24 rules)?

The AMEX Green Corporate card should not show up on your wife’s personal credit report.

I am half way done with the min spend on this card. I did buy one $300 Amex gift card because it was fee free at CVS. I also bought $1000 of grocery store Albertson’s grocery gift cards (with 5% discount) for future shopping at Albertson’s. I have since been concerned about blog warnings about claw backs by Amex for any MS. My plan was to do the last $5000 of the min spend by paying my estimated taxes. Is this card less likely to get claw back than the Amex cards with hacked offer landing pages? I applied by phone with Amex rep directly. Would you think paying $5000 estimated taxes or my previous purchases risk claw back and frozen account?

As you mentioned, some folks report having their AMEX sign-up bonuses removed if they purchased gift cards to meet the minimum spending requirement. To be safe, I recommend meeting the spending requirement with other purchases. Here’s a post with some suggestions: https://millionmilesecrets.com/2011/07/20/40-powerful-ways-to-complete-your-credit-card-minimum-spending-requirements/

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