It Never Hurts to Ask: Possible 100,000 Point Payday for Amex Platinum Cardholders

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Update: Amex has strongly cracked down on these bonus IDs, so I no longer recommend applying if you only want the increased bonus

As I’ve written about in the past, one of my favorite ways to earn points is simply by asking. I certainly do not encourage people to needlessly complain to get points, but I do think leveraging your loyalty to increase your point wealth is fair game. This type of relationship happens every day in the business world – companies always ask vendors to lower prices if they buy in bulk or refer their business. I see no difference with credit card companies and high-end customers. If you use your credit card a ton and pay on time, then why not ask for a little love here and there?

Recently, several TPG readers have emailed me  saying they’ve been able to ask American Express to give them an extra 50,000 points, because there was a little known promotion that was offering a sign up of 100,000 points. If you’ve recently gotten a Platinum card (and I know a lot of you have), it can’t hurt to either call or send Amex a message through the secure message center (when you log into your Americanexpress.com account you’ll see a message box with X amount of unread messages displayed on your home screen), asking for the 50,000 point difference. I would be as nice as possible (throw in how much you love the Platinum card and all of the benefits) and ask for them point difference as a gesture of goodwill. Mention the 100k promo Offer ID: 3882 or 5748 . For more information on this topic, check out this Flyertalk thread.

Premier Rewards 75k bump code: 5985

Don’t get upset if this doesn’t work out, but considering it will only take 2 minutes of your time to do it, it’s worth a shot. Please feel free to report your experience in the comments section.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at Marriott and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,200 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the annual fee makes sense for you.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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