AMEX Platinum Cards Will Offer 2 Guests Free Lounge Access!

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Yesterday I let you know about changes to the AMEX Platinum card.  And via Doctor of Credit, there’s another change we didn’t know about!

The AMEX Platinum cards, including the personal card, business card, or Mercedes-Benz card, will soon offer the cardmember AND 2 guests free access to Priority Pass lounges.  Before, you had to pay $27 per guest.  So this is great for folks who travel a lot with family and friends.

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According to the American Express representatives I spoke with, starting March 30, 2017, AMEX Platinum cardholders can bring up to 2 guests with them into Priority Pass lounges for free.  Previously, guest passes cost $27 per person.

Doctor of Credit reports these changes went into effect February 21, 2017, but AMEX didn’t publicize it.  Commenters report being told different dates when they’ve called AMEX to confirm.

It’s strange they wouldn’t want to let cardmembers know about a positive change!  And there are conflicting reports about when these changes happened.  So I’d recommend checking with American Express and Priority Pass regarding your account if you plan to use the perk soon.

But it brings the AMEX Platinum card more in-line with the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige cards, as far as lounge access goes.

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Folks with the Citi Prestige can bring 2 guests or immediate family (spouse, domestic partner, children under 18 years of age) into the lounge for no extra charge.  And the Chase Sapphire Reserve allows folks to bring traveling companions to the lounge for free.

And don’t forget, if you want to get the AMEX Platinum card before the annual fee increases, you need to apply before March 30, 2017!

Bottom Line

Starting March 30, 2017, AMEX Platinum cardholders, including folks with the personal, small business, and Mercedes-Benz card, can now bring up to 2 guests to Priority Pass lounges for free.  

This is good news for cardholders who travel a lot with friends and family!  Because Priority Pass guest passes used to cost $27 per person.

With this added perk, the AMEX Platinum cards are more in-line with the Citi Prestige and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards, that both offer free lounge access to a certain number of guests.

What do you think of this change?

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