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AMEX Platinum Card Losing Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Benefit This Year (Rumor?)

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AMEX Platinum Card Losing Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Benefit This Year (Rumor?)

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Have The Platinum Card® from American Express card?  Take note!  It looks like the AMEX Platinum card will no longer offer Boingo Wi-Fi access as a benefit as of May 1, 2019.

Boingo is a worldwide high-speed Wi-Fi service that provides mobile internet service in public places like airports, coffee shops, and hotels.  And while the service is free with certain credit cards, you’ll need to take the extra step of registering to use the perk.

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It looks like the personal AMEX Platinum Card won’t be offering free WiFi much longer

People are reporting seeing the following note on their most recent AMEX Platinum card statements:

Effective May 1, 2019, Boingo Preferred Plan will no longer be a benefit on the Platinum Card®.  Card Members who are enrolled in Boingo Preferred Plan as of 4/30/2019, will continue to have access to this benefit until 12/31/2019.

We haven’t confirmed this with AMEX, but it looks to be a credible rumor.  If you have the AMEX Platinum personal card, let us know if you have the same note on your most recent statement.

If you have a card that’s eligible for the Boingo membership, you’ll want to register for it by April 30.  This step-by-step guide will show you how to register.

It’s always a bummer when a card benefit is removed.  But the good news is that it doesn’t look like this change will effect The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.  Both my mother and I have the card and there isn’t a note about the benefit going away on either of our most recent statements.

Personally, I don’t find this perk really valuable because many airports have free Wi-Fi anyway.  Plus, you get lounge access with the AMEX Platinum cards and every lounge offers free internet.

That said, I would be upset if they took away the Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes benefit because I find those incredibly valuable!  So pretty please, AMEX, don’t touch that perk.

Will this benefit change affect you?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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“I would be upset if they took away the Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi passes benefit because I find those incredibly valuable! So pretty please, AMEX, don’t touch that perk”

Is this even a perk on the Amex Platinum? Or are you talking about the Platinum Business?

Amex Business and other Amex Cards will be next ….it is a contracts and it seems Amex aren’t interested in boingo anymore …so when all their contract are expired one by one than it will all gone.

I have the Plat business and have to say, getting a bit fed up with the benefit changes and fee increase. I just don’t see this card being worth the annual fee any longer. Luckily my renewal was in January before the increase. Not sure who at Amex is making these changes, but they are clearly out of touch.

The good news is that this round of changes doesn’t appear to be affecting the business platinum version.

Hopefully you’ve still found the other perks on the card worth the annual fee, despite the recent increase?

Actually, after this year I shall be dropping it down to the Gold card. No, the benefits are not outweighing the annual fee any longer. Even the personal Plat. doesn’t seem to be worthwhile any longer. Better off getting gold.

Yes, my recent statement stated that Boingo is going away.

Hi Steve, thanks for letting us know. Hopefully it’s not something that will affect you too much!