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My Father’s Day Present: An Additional Amex Platinum Card For Dad

by on June 3, 2013 · 33 comments

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It seems like it was just Mother’s Day, but Father’s Day is just a couple of weeks away, and while I can’t take my dad on a trip right now like I took my mom to Chile, I did want to get him something special that he’d appreciate for Father’s Day.

In my last round of credit card applications, I decided replace my American Express Platinum card with the Mercedes-Benz version of it since the card currently comes with a 50,000-point sign-up bonus (when you spend $3,000 in 3 months) and all the same great benefits of the regular Platinum card, including airline and Priority Pass lounge access and a refund of the $100 Global Entry Fee.

Dad can use his new card to get his $100 Global Entry application fee refunded.

Dad can use his new card to get his $100 Global Entry application fee refunded.

While my Mercedes-Benz Platinum card comes with a hefty $475 annual fee, I can actually get up to three additional cards for $175 total, and each of those cards entitles the cardholder to many of the same benefits including the airport lounge access and the Global Entry fee refund (though not the $200 airline fee rebate- primary and additional cardholders share the same $200 in rebates).

So I figured that instead of a traditional Father’s Day gift like a necktie or some cologne, I’d get my dad an additional Mercedes-Benz Platinum card so he could enjoy lounge access on his travels and get Global Entry for free. Since hopefully both he and my mom will be traveling internationally with me more and more, he can get Global Entry for free so we can both zip through TSA PreCheck and customs and immigration without it becoming an awkward airport etiquette question. Though $175 might seem like a lot it’s a mere fraction of the value of what I’ll be giving my dad and with the two extra additional cardholders, I was able to get my two employees extra cards as well so they can have lounge access when traveling. I swear I’m not the worst boss in the world!

A shot of the main lounge area.

Thanks to being an additional cardholder, my dad can now enjoy airport lounge access at Amex’s partners.

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.

As a reminder, the terms of Amex Platinum’s airport lounge access are that when you have a valid ticket for same-day travel, the Platinum card will get you access to Delta, American and US Airways lounges – potentially saving you membership fees of up to around $500 each per year if you were to join each separately – and you can even bring two guests or your spouse and any children under 21, so my mom can come with him when they’re traveling together. US Airways even allows entry if you are flying on a different carrier. The Card also confers Priority Pass Select access to over 600 airport lounges in 100 countries (guests can also enter for a $27 per person fee). So that’s potentially up to a $1,500 value right there, and then as I mentioned, he gets the Global Entry fee refunded, so that’s another $100.

All in all, I think he’s going to be pretty happy, and I’m thrilled to get him a gift I know he’ll love and make his traveling time a lot more comfortable.

What are the rest of you planning to do for dear old dad this Father’s Day? Any great gift ideas? Share them below!

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  • Kristi

    Do additional card holders of the “regular” American Express Platinum get access into airport lounges?

  • Jon P.

    Yes.

  • Laura

    once you have signed up the additional card holders, do you pay yearly to keep them on your card?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, the $175 additional cardholder fee is yearly and covers up to 3 additional cardholders, all who receive lounge access.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes, they receive the same lounge access benefits as the main cardholder.

  • FlyingDoctorWu

    I gave both my parents and my wife an extra plat card. Spread between the 4 of us the $625 fee is quite palatable. Unfortunately, the $200 airline credit doesn’t go so far… but the Global entry (still trying to get my parents to finish the application) and lounge access is great!

    FDW

  • Misterstuf

    Do they prorate the $175 or do you have to pay the additional $175 when you add cards and again when the annual fee comes due?

  • David

    Do you know if additional card holders also get instant SPG Gold Status on their accts?

  • Kristi

    Thank you…I know this is off the current subject but can an additional card holder use the Fine Hotels and Resorts benefits if the primary card holder is not present?

  • Kohaku

    What a brilliant idea giving your dad an Amex Card as Father’s Day gift.

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  • Dusan

    Yes, they do.

  • Kevin

    With an additional card, are you able to keep billing separate? I always experienced intermingling of charges on the bill and it was really annoying to determine what your sub-total “fair share” of the bill should be each month.

  • SadMan

    Sad birthday present.

    Basically you get him a card so he can go through customs quick (and you don’t have to wait with him) and also gets him lounge access (so he can join you and you’re not stuck waiting at the gate with him)

    You’re making high six figs (if not in the seven figs) and this is what you get your father for a birthday gift?

  • thepointsguy

    It’s not a birthday gift- it’s Father’s Day. And my family isn’t a flashy/showy/gift kind of family, so he actually appreciated the thought behind it. Spending a lot doesn’t always mean a better gift

  • Alan

    Seems more like an advertisement to me? It’s kind of like Kim Kardashian tweeting about the presents she gives… oh I just love Gucci so for mother’s day I gave my mom this particular Gucci wallet.. she’s getting paid to talk about the product and you are getting paid to talk about the American Express high-end product that costs $$$ to keep each year and probably yields one of the highest commissions. I don’t often comment on blogs, but you take away from the spirit of gift giving when you use it as an advertisement. I wonder if Jarrod from Subway writes on his blog how he gave his dad a Subway gift card?

  • Jonathan

    make sure to be careful they don’t FR (financial review) your butt. you should do an article about that as well

  • pianodude

    @ DrWu — In the first 12 months you hold the card, be sure to get the $200 airline credit in both calendar years – total of $400 credit.

  • thepointsguy

    I wrote about it because I thought it was a pretty unique, cool gift that others could replicate. Being able to give American/Delta/US/Priority Pass lounge access and global entry to 3 people for $58.33 each is pretty incredible, whether you think I’m just advertising or not. No?

  • thepointsguy

    You can have different log-ins. I used to be an addtl cardholder and I remember it being pretty easy to determine who owed what

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- just call the number on the back of your card

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- addtl cardholders get full FHR benefits

  • SuperKirby

    Nice gift. I know my father loves the relaxation at the airport. Are you going to renew it every Father’s Day and call that his gift every year? Send a card that says “Amex card renewed, Happy Father’s Day” lol. That would be humorous. =)

  • Jon

    Amex itemizes it by cardholder (thankfully!) and each cardholder has a different card number, so if one is lost only that card needs to be replaced, not all!

  • mikes

    Can this be done with minor children? We’re moving from ABQ to ATL, so suddenly things like GE and airport lounges have more meaning for me. :) I have read about issuing cards to non-existent individuals, but I don’t know if that flies with AMEX. If so, real live 3YOs should pass the test easily. And that would be a great Father’s Day gift… to myself!

    Then… if only they’d start putting GE on cruise ship piers.

  • misty

    The $200 Airline credit … can it be used to buy airline gift cards or anything else you have not l already listed?

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  • MM

    Did you cancel your Amex Platinum first and then apply for the Amex Platinum Mercedes or did you have both open and then cancel the Amex Platinum? Wondering how this works on the timing or if it matters. Thanks!

  • thepointsguy

    Canceled platinum after approved for benz

  • Flash

    Do all sub card holders (employees) maintain their own rewards?

  • thepointsguy

    No they accrue into the main account holders membership rewards account

  • JLee

    They require the social on extra applications? Do they run a credit pull?

  • pam

    How does this work with the Amex Gold and the 50,000 miles bonus? is that over? i tried to add someone and wasnt given that option. there was no bonus

  • pam

    i just tried adding people and the $200 credit is only for the main holder, the priority pass is $175 each, and they do get free Global Entry.

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