Amex Platinum Priority Pass Select Arrived in the Mail

by on April 12, 2011 · 13 comments

in American Express, Priority Pass

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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.

Letter, card and lounge booklet

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.

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  • Maury

    I also received my card in the mail recently. Do you know if you can use the $200 incidental fees by buying gift cards from the airlines like AA?

  • Lindsay Young

    Thanks for this, I just got my Platinum card & couldn’t figure out how to get Lounge status. Looking forward to more tips!

  • Jason Arroyo

    Can someone please explain to me why this card is good until 2014? That’s amazing, but I expected it to expire within 1 year.

    P.S. Maury: What are you doing on this blog? Don’t you have some DNA or lie detector tests to administer? And to answer your question, it depends. Some say yes, some say no.

  • Andrew Fielding

    Lindsay, American, Delta and US Airways you can just show up at the lounge show your platinum card, ID and ticket (US Airways does not even require you be travelling with them), and they’ll let you in, simple as that. I do it all the time flying either Delta or Southwest out of LA where there is a US Airways Club. Definitely the best benefit of the Platinum Card.

  • Maury

    Jason: Where do we know each other?

  • Jason Arroyo

    Maury: We meet every morning at 10AM and 12PM on my television set.

  • Maury

    You have me mistaken with another person.

  • Kira

    Do you have to retain the AMEX Platinum card through April 2014 to continue to use Priority Pass Select?

  • The Points Guy

    Kira- yes because the amex is the funding source for guests. If that source is invalid, I imagine they’d cancel your access, though it’s a new program so I’m not really sure.

  • http://[email protected] Kira

    I applied and was approved. And, I learned that I can merge my corporate AMEX MR account with the Platinum AMEX account and save the $75 fee. (And, I went through your link since you alerted me to it.)

  • Mike L

    So Amex Plat holders will get Priority Pass Select card at the “Prestige” level which means the cardholder will be entitled free entry and any guest is $27? I just want to make sure that I, as the cardholder, will not be paying for entry.

  • Oldster3

    My Amex Surpass also includes Priority Pass and the annual fee is much less. $75(?)

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