American Express Platinum Priority Pass Benefit Update

by on April 7, 2011 · 12 comments

in American Express, Priority Pass

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Amex Platinum Card has expired. View the current offer here.

Two quick things to add to my recent post on Priority Pass Select as an additional benefit for American Express Platinum cardholders:

1) Additional Platinum cardholders are indeed eligible for Priority Pass Select, but you can’t do it online – you have to call and manually register them. This is a great benefit because up to 3 additional Platinum cards can be ordered for a total of $175 (yes – for all three – amazing). So in essence three of your friends/family members can get Delta, American, US Airways, United/Continental (until Sept 30, 2011) AND Priority Pass Select lounge access for $58.33 each per year. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me! Also, if you don’t trust people having additional cards linked to your account, you can set their spending limit at $1 so they can’t run up a bill and stick you with it.

2) Check out this new site, which includes video, to learn about all of the new benefits. I’ve done my best to explain them here, but this may help paint the bigger picture better.

If you want to get the Platinum card (application link), there’s currently a 25,000 point bonus when you spend $1,000 within 3 months. If you apply through my link I can guarantee the offer is still active and I get a commission – so it’s a nice way to support my obsessive blogging habits :-)

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  • thenewrenew

    i can’t seem to get the offer. instead i get the below message when i click on your link and then APPLY NOW. thoughts?

    We apologize that the offer you are looking for may no longer be available.
    Click here to learn more and apply for the current offer.

  • The Points Guy

    You need to log out of your Amex account and clear cookies (or just use a new browser). Once you do that, it should work fine. Let me know if you need anything else!

  • karan c

    I inquired about the priority pass offer 6 weeks ago on the phone, but was denied. Is this a new offer?

  • The Points Guy

    @Karan- yep- it just launched this week. Sign up here or call Amex to get additional cardholders this benefit.

  • thenewrenew

    thanks – that worked! do you know how long it typically takes to receive a card? can you start using the card online for purchases right away? i would like to take advantage of the delta transfer of 50k points, but want to make sure i’ll have sufficient time for the amex points to post before the may 31st deadline.

  • Spicy B

    @thenewrenew – You can get your card within about 24 hours if you really want. After you get your approval, call in to Amex, then tell them you want to purchase something with it tomorrow. They will pretend you lost your card, issue you a new card/new number, and free overnight the card to you. You can points advance up to 60k points, so when you get the card, activate it, sign up for MR with it, and get the points transfer almost instantly. If you are only using this for a churn, don’t forget to transfer 51k, not 50k. The $1000 spend requirement will also get 1k points on top of the 50k signup bonus. I just did all this Mar 30-31 hoping to possibly get a double dip 30% + 50% bonus, but alas it didn’t work; only 50%.

  • Katie

    Are you certain you can advance up to 60k points right away? I got the platinum card at the beginning of January, and I wanted to try to advance points to get the Delta 50% promotion, and multiple customer service reps told me that I’m not eligible for 6 months after opening the card…

    If there is a trick, I would love to know it! Thanks-

  • dan ramsen

    AMEX hhonors ‘surpass’ also gives a free priority pass membership.

    the card has a $75 annualy fee

    if they also give membership to additional cardholders, that an unlimited amount of memberships.

  • Dan Ramsen

    just checked the fine print; it’s the lower tier of priority pass- you have to pay $27 per lounge visit.

  • The Points Guy

    @dan – no it’s not. It’s free- you only pay $27 for guests

  • La Casalinga

    Are children under the age of 18 allowed to enter the lounge without paying the $27 guest fee?

    Do you have a list of the lounges that one may use with the priority pass?

  • The Points Guy

    @La Casa- yes, children should be able to enter for free

    Here is a list

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