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

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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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