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Priority Pass Select Now an American Express Platinum Card Benefit

by on April 1, 2011 · 40 comments

in American Express, Credit Cards, Lounges, Priority Pass

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As I wrote about a couple weeks ago, American Express has added Priority Pass Select as a Platinum cardholder benefit (Registration link – enrollment required). So what does this mean? Cardholders can access Priority Pass select lounges for free and pay $27 per guest. This benefit also applies to additional cardholders, which is an amazing value when you think about it- for $450+$175 for additional for 3 extra card members- 4 people can have Delta, US Airways, American and Priority Pass access every year. Thats not even taking into account the numerous other benefits like free Global Entry, $200 a year in rebates and free Starwood Gold status.  Click here for the full list of lounges, but note that after Sept 30, Continental/United lounge access will not be a benefit of Priority Pass Select.

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.

Overall, this is a great enhancement because this benefit is in addition to the current Platinum Lounge Access program which includes Delta, American, US Airways and Continental/United until September 30, 2011. I think this is a very generous benefit, because it costs $399 to buy Priority Pass Prestige, which gives similar access, though with a little more flexibility with guests and it will continue to have Continental/United after September 30. The Amex Platinum and Priority Pass Select lounge access programs complement each other nicely because Priority Pass’ main gaps (Delta and American) are filled by the Amex Platinum lounge benefits. The big hole will be United lounges, but you can use your $200 yearly fee rebate Platinum benefit on United/Continental and use that towards paying for a Red Carpet Club or President’s Club membership.

If you currently pay $400+ for lounge access on just American, Delta or US Airways, you may want to consider just getting an Amex Platinum card so you have a much wider network of lounges to choose from. The annual fee is $450, but in addition to lounge access, you also get:
- 25,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up through this link if you are first time Amex Platinum card holder. If you have another Amex card, you need to log out of your Amex account/clear cookies and apply for the Platinum card as a new application (otherwise you will get an error saying the offer is no longer available). As long as you use a new browser or clear cookies, the application page will load. (Disclosure: I get a commission on applications, but this is the best offer out there for the card and I can vouch it’s still active). Those 50,000 Amex points can be transferred to a number of airlines like Delta (at a 50% bonus until May 30, 2011), Continental (Until Sept 30, 2011), British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Airtran, Frontier, JetBlue, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Hawaiian, Singapore, El Al and ANA.
- No foreign transaction fees (savings of up to 3% of total spend when you travel abroad vs. cards that have these fees)
- $200 in fee rebates on an airline of your choice. You automatically get a rebate for all luggage, lounge membership, on-board food and beverage and other fees coded by the airline. Some people have even gotten award fees and change fees rebated, but technically this benefit isn’t for airfare or ticketing fees.
- 25% redemption bonus when redeeming points for “Anytime” airfare. Instead of 1 point = 1 cent, Amex Platinum members get 1.25 cents. So a flight that costs $250, which would normally cost 25,000 points, only costs Platinum members 20,000 points. You earn miles and elite miles on these types of tickets, so sometimes these redemptions make the most sense when award availibility isn’t there and you don’t want to shell out cash for a flight.
- Complimentary Starwood Gold status. 50% bonus on points, late checkout, room upgrades and overall better customer service.
- 4 hour grace period on Hertz rentals. A 28 hour rental costs the same as a 24 hour- a nice benefit.
- Fine Hotels and Resorts program membership. When you book hotels with your Amex Platinum you get extra benefits, like free meals, upgrades and resort credit.
- And a bunch of other smaller benefits, like targeted promotions and year-end gifts.

Overall, its a solid card made for frequent travelers, but note that it is a charge card, so you have to pay the balance off each month, or else you get hit with some high charges and fees that will probably negate the value of any benefits you receive. As I recommend with all credit cards- only apply if you think it makes sense for you.

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  • Josh B

    Might want to fix this typo. Great info, thanks!

    Those 50,000 Amex points “can’t” be transferred

  • PowerJoe

    Thanks for the info! Registration still not ready, will check later on.

  • The Points Guy

    @Josh fixed-thanks!

    @Powerjoe- It may not work until April 4, so hang tight.

  • Dan

    If you have an existing Gold card from Amex, are you still eligible for the 50K points?

  • The Points Guy

    @Dan- yes- you just have to clear you cookies/log out of Amex when you apply for the card using the link above. If you call Amex and upgrade, they will give you a much less lucrative offer. The 50k is for first time Platinum card holders.

  • tassojunior

    How does this compare to the Ameriprise $150 Priority Pass, other than the 50K points and $200 fee allowance?

  • The Points Guy

    @tasso- The Ameriprise w/ Priority Pass doesn’t have Delta or American lounge access, but the Amex Plat card does. Also, Amex points are worth much, much more than Ameriprise points because they can be transferred to airline frequent flyer programs- and sometimes at huge bonuses. If I understand correctly, Ameriprise points can’t be transferred- only used on airfare.

  • The Points Guy

    @tasso- also, not sure if the Amerprise has foreign transaction fees- the Plat card does not

  • Jim

    I called Am Ex Platinum Card, and CSR additional card holders would qualify for this new benefit when registered over the phone.

  • John D

    I don’t see anything in the offer about the 25 percent redemption bonus?

  • The Points Guy

    @Jim- that is great news.

    @John D https://www295.americanexpress.com/cards/npz.do?pmccode=137#CARDS/137/1/0/4
    Its listed as the 20% Membership Rewards Travel Bonus – heres a video too http://transformtravel.americanexpress.com/#/New_Benefits/Videos/2/

  • http://www.fromthephotowell.com Andrew Fielding

    Jim, did you just call and ask to add additional card members or was there something special you had to say?

  • Steve

    Thank you for the info; I was able to enroll today:

    —————-

    Thank you for enrolling in this benefit.

    Priority Passâ„¢ will process your membership and send you your personalized membership card together with your Priority Pass Select lounge directory, which you will receive within the next 10-14 days. Your Priority Pass Select card and airline ticket are required for entry.

    Your enrollment will remain in effect unless you decide to cancel the benefit. To learn more about Priority Pass Select, please visit the Priority Pass website at http://www.prioritypass.com/select.

  • Steve W

    Great news. Wish they had done that three months ago. I shelled out $79 for a basic PP membership so I could access lounges in Nairobi and Schiphol on a recent trip. Think they would give me a prorated refund?

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  • Darren

    I use to be a Delta AMEX platinum member, but cancelled it 6 months ago, so do you thank that disqualifies me?

    Has anybody transferred the newly awarded 50,000 points to Delta and received the 50% bonus and 25,000 MQM miles?

  • The Points Guy

    @Darren- you’d be eligible for the 50,000 Amex Plat card bonus as long as you havent had the Amex Plat before. As long as you aren’t logged into your Amex card when you apply, you shouldn’t have any issues applying through the link in the post (which is still active). Many people with other Amex cards (including Delta PLat and Reserve) have gotten the Amex PLat, gotten the 50,000 points and then transferred them to Delta for the 25,000 MQMs. Works like a charm, but you should act soon because the 25,000 MQM bonus ends May 31

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  • DB

    Re “- 4 hour grace period on Hertz rentals. A 28 hour rental costs the same as a 24 hour- a nice benefit.”

    I used my platinum for a hertz rental this past weekend. Returned it 90 minutes after the 24 hour period ended, and was charged a full second day..

    Where’d you see this perk? Any suggestions?

  • The Points Guy

    @DB From Amex: Enroll online or call Platinum Card Customer Service at 1-800-525-3355 to request a fee-waived enrollment kit.

    When you use CDP# 211762 to enroll in Hertz #1 Club Gold and when making a vehicle reservation, you will receive these benefits:
    Fee-waived membership in Hertz #1 Club Gold – a $60/year value
    Expedited service at over 40 of the world’s largest airports (no stopping at the counters)
    Up to 20% off best contract rate at participating Hertz locations worldwide2
    Up to 25% off best contract rate on Hertz Prestige Collection weekend rentals3
    A 4-hour no-charge grace period, before an extra day charge is applied4
    10% bonus on Hertz #1 Awards Points
    A One-car-class upgrade5

  • Ryan

    Hello TPG,

    I currently have the Delta Basic AMEX card, would I be eligible for this card cause you are right I do not get this offer when I enter my information. I have to clear the history.

    Also who is eligible for the points advance also and can you link this to another AMEX after to see all your cards in one account.

    Thanks

  • Ryan

    sorry for the 2nd post but I was looking at the terms and conditions and it says:
    This offer is valid for first time American Express cardmembers only.

    Can you clarify? Thanks!!

  • Eduardo

    Could you please confirm that Amex Platinum cardholders can access Priority Pass select lounges for FREE and pay $27 per guest? I received my card today buy apparently everybody has to pay $27 to access. Also, do you need a ticket from specific Airlines to access the lounges?

  • Okidude

    What’s the phone number to register additional card members for Priority Pass Select?

  • The Points Guy

    @Ryan- yes you would be eligible (sorry this is late)

    @Eduardo- access to lounges is free and guests are $27. Where do you see it saying everyone pays $27?

    @Oki- just call the customer service number on the back of your card.

  • Ryan

    Hi – is the 50K bonus points to join still in effect? Thanks

  • Peter

    Are the Delta lounges included in Priority Pass? I don’t see them listed on the Priority Pass website. The loss of United/Continental is a big blow for US domestic travel.

  • sil

    For Platinum Lounge Access for Delta Sky Club and AA admiral Club, is it free for your guest (s) as well?

  • Anonymous

    Yep

  • Info

    Just came back from London Heathrow via Continental – Terminal 4. My Amex Platinum and Priority Pass did not work at any of the lounges at T4 so beware!

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  • Dan

    How does Amex Membership Rewards points work with a Corporate Amex Card? Currently my Corp Amex charges me a $75 fee if I want to be in the Membership Rewards program. Would it be possible to link the Membership Rewards points between the Amex Platinum and the Corporate Amex? If so, is the $75 fee on the Corporate card still required?

  • Judy King

    Is the Canadian American Express Aeroplan Plus Platinum Supplementary Cardholder eligible to have the Priority Pass free as well?

  • The Grouse

    Points Guy, two questions for you:

    Question 1: Is the link above for the 25,000 bonus points still valid? I clicked it, but the page I land on says nothing about it, it appears to be the regular application page.

    Question 2: Are these 25k points in ADDITION to the current offer of 25k points bonus if you spend $2000 in the first 3 months? In other words, (assuming the offer in question 1 is still valid, I can land 50k points total.

    Thanks.

    The Grouse

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  • iowa gal

    can’t get in United Clud any more that is bad

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