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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.
Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, American Express Card Members will no longer have access to American Airlines Admiral Club and US Airways Club airport lounges through Airport Club Access / Airport Lounge Program. This means that Card Members will no longer be able to gain complimentary access to the American Airlines airport lounges (known as Admirals Club lounges) or the US Airways Club airport lounges as a benefit of their Platinum Card Membership. Cardmembers will continue to receive access to participating Delta Sky Club lounges, Priority Pass Select (enrollment is required), and Airspace lounges in JFK, CLE and BWI airports.
I recently wrote about a great new benefit of the American Express Platinum card – free enrollment in the Priority Pass Select program. Priority Pass Select is in addition to their current lounge program, so all together I’ll have access to the following airline lounges: Delta, American, US Airways, Continental/United (until Sept 30, 2011), Alaska and a bunch of international lounges. I’m really happy about the international front, because I can now access lounges when flying low-cost carriers around Europe. In Madrid’s airport alone I now have access to lounges in all four terminals and the satellite terminal.
I only signed up online (registration page for current Amex Plat members) last week, so I was surprised to get the card in the mail already. And even better is that the card is valid until April 2014. If you want to get cards for your additional Platinum cardholders, you have to call customer service at 1-800-525-3355 and request general customer service (not Travel). The rep will read a short disclaimer and then you will be good to go. Remember, you can get 3 additional Platinum cards for a total fee of $175 and they all get Priority Pass Select. A pretty incredible value, if you ask me. Remember, no credit pull is done for additional cardholders and it’s been reported that they benefit from having the card attached to your credit, so this could be a good way to help build a family member’s credit without harming your own (plus giving them a ton of benefits). Besides lounge access, Amex Platinum gets you $200 a year in airline fee rebates, free Global Entry ($100 value), valuable Membership Rewards points, Starwood Gold status, purchase protection and a bunch more.