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Up to 50,000 Amex Points With New Morgan Stanley Credit Cards

by on March 14, 2012 · 10 comments

in American Express

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

Morgan Stanley is teaming up with American Express to offer their wealth management clients co-branded cards, which have pretty nice sign-up bonuses. You can’t apply online – you need to talk to your financial adviser or call 1-877-263-9607.

1) The Morgan Stanley Credit Card from American Express (A glorified Amex Green Card). Here are the details:

  • Sign-up Bonus: 10,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $1,000 within three months.
  • Annual Fee of $0 for the first year, then $95 each year3
  • Receive an Anniversary Spend Award4 of $100 from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney each year you spend $25,000 on your Card by your anniversary date
  • Limited time offer from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney: convert your Morgan Stanley Smith Barney rewards points into Membership Rewards points through December 31, 2012. 5
  • Get Membership Rewards points on all eligible purchases6
  • Add Additional Cards, each with its own individual spending limit,7 at no extra fee8

2) The Platinum Card from American Express Exclusively for Morgan Stanley:

  • Sign-up bonus: 50,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $1,000 within three months.
  • Receive an Anniversary Spend Award10 of $500 from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney each year you spend $100,000 on your Card by your anniversary date
  • Limited time offer from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney: convert your Morgan Stanley Smith Barney rewards points into Membership Rewards points through December 31, 2012. 5
  • Get Membership Rewards points on all eligible purchases6
  • Enjoy complimentary access to participating American Airlines Admirals Club®, Delta Sky Club, and US Airways® Club lounges,11 and enroll in Priority Pass™ Select,12 with access to over 600 participating airport lounges worldwide — no matter what class or airline you fly
  • Get up to $200 in statement credits for airline incidentals such as checked bags and change fees13
  • Enjoy these benefits for an Annual Fee of $450
  • Add one Additional Platinum Card, at no extra fee,8 and set an individual spending limit with Custom LimitsSM 1

For the rest of the Terms and Conditions, you can check out Morgan Stanley’s information page here.

Overall, this is a pretty decent offer if you have a brokerage account with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. American Express Membership Rewards points are more value than the proprietary MSSB rewards, so I’d look into that transfer option as well.

If you aren’t a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney client, you can get a 50,000 point sign-up bonus from any existing Amex Platinum cardholder by having them go to this referral page (expired). If you need a referral, feel free to email me at info @ thepointsguy.com with Amex Platinum in the subject line. You can also get the Mercedes-Benz Amex Platinum with a 50,000-point sign-up bonus after $3,000 spent within the first 3 months and $475 annual fee.

For more info, check out my full review of the American Express Platinum card.

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  • guest

    does the plat card include all the other benifits of Amex Plat such as Hertz Gold etc.?

  • Dalong402

    Will we still be able to apply for the regular Amex Platinum and get the sign-up bonus in the future too?

  • thepointsguy

    I think so- this seems to be a completely separate product and Amex will let you get both, for example regular Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum

  • Idin

    $450 per card is tough.
    Let’s say Amex gives you this MS card with the regular Platinum and Business Platinum.
    That’s $1350 for 150,000 MR points. Is it worth it?

  • PJ

    The Green card might be a good card to have for avoiding the $175 annual fees on GPR ( gold premier rewards) which many of us hopped on for 75K MRs; the green card can keep the MR alive at least for another year without paying fees on keeping MR points alive

  • studd

    the cc companies are getting smart to all the middle class people playing the game.

  • Scott

    $450 per card includes $200 per calendar year in airline incidental fees that can be used to purchase gift cards. So, if you were to apply now, you can recoup $200 right away, and another $200 in January, 2013. Furthermore, this likely includes a $100 reimbursement for an application for Global Entry. If you instead apply for NEXUS (which includes Global Entry), it only costs $50, but a $100 credit still posts. You’ve now retrieved your $450 card fee.

  • Nbtcp

    I think you’ve lost most of your audience here!

  • Csmgormly

    I called to signup and completed (almost) the process. When I siad yes to agree to all terms they hungup. I wanted to ask about a card for my wife and autopay from MS account. I called bakc and they told me that once I receive my card I would then have to cancel it and ask for a new one with one for my wife. How starange is that? It Amex that bad?

  • Montey

    TPG is there a minimum balance req for the brokerage acct?

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