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American Express Platinum Cardholders Rumored to Receive Priority Pass Membership

by on March 14, 2011 · 10 comments

in American Express, Credit Cards

There has been some chatter recently that US Amex Platinum cardholders are going to receive Priority Pass membership, which will be in addition to the current lounge benefits (America, Delta & US Airways clubs). This makes sense to me, since the impending departure of Continental in September is going to leave a pretty big void in the program. Already, Amex has beefed up the Platinum card benefits to include up to $200 a year in travel reimbursements (baggage fees, in-flight snacks/drinks, pet fees, taxes on award tickets, etc).

I had a full access Priority Pass that was valid until December 31, 2010 and I have to say I was pretty impressed with it. While it didn’t include Delta lounges, I had access to Continental, US Airways, and United lounges, along with a lot of individual lounges like the JFK T4 Oasis. The Platinum card allows Delta lounge access, so the addition of Priority Pass Select (details here) should fill some of the gaps.

While we don’t have the full details on what the Amex Platinum membership will look like, it will most likely exclude Continental lounges and guests will cost $27 each. Even so, its nice a nice benefit added to an already impressive lineup of perks for the frequent traveler.

If you are thinking about getting a Platinum card, check out my review of the card and if you decide it makes sense for you, you can now get the card (application link) with a 50,000 point sign-up bonus when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. I conservatively value 50,000 Amex points at $1,000, so the bonus more than covers the $450 annual fee, plus you get tons of other benefits (like the lounge access) that will make your travel more enjoyable.

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  • Scott

    Based on your comment about there being a big, pending change to the Amex Plat benefits, wouldn’t we want to wait to see if it would still be worth it for us to apply for the card, other than immediately applying for the card through your ad link that you included in the same post??

  • The Points Guy

    @Scott- If Priority Pass is a huge deal for you, then I’d absolutely recommend waiting to hear the details before applying for the card. However, the major changes to the program have already been announced:
    Gains: No foreign transaction fee starting late March 2011, $200 fee rebate on airline of your choice, 20% bonus when redeeming points for “any airfare” awards
    Losses: Continental as a transfer and lounge partner

    For me, the Priority Pass will be the cherry on top of an already good card (with a pretty outstanding sign-on bonus).

  • Jamie

    Would this be the full prestige pass or just the standard pass where you have to still pay each time you use a lounge?

  • The Points Guy

    Jamie- it looks like it will probably be Select Membership, which gives free access to most clubs (besides Continental/United) and guest are $27. I’ve updated the post
    http://www.prioritypass.com/select/FAQs.cfm

  • Jason

    Is this going to replace existing club access or be in addition?

  • The Points Guy

    @Jason- in addition to current club access (Delta, American, US Airways) https://www295.americanexpress.com/cards/platinum/benefit.do?benefitTemplate=template_c&benefitId=1

  • Kev

    With priority pass, do you have to fly on the respective airlines to gain access to the lounges?

  • The Points Guy

    @kev- nope!

  • CaySquared

    When is this going down?

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