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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Platinum Card from American Express, The Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN
As I’ve written about before, one of the best benefits of the family of Platinum American Express cards – including the personal version, the business version and the Mercedes-Benz version, which I just got myself back in March – is that it will reimburse each cardholder, including additional cardholders, for the $100 Global Entry application fee.
Global Entry is the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers. It costs $100 to apply, and is good for 5 years once you are accepted – beware that lately there have been huge wait times for appointments, though there are ways to get around them.
I’ve had Global Entry for a couple years now, but I still wanted to get that $100 rebate and I figured Amex wouldn’t know the difference if I applied for someone else. So last week my mom finally applied for Global Entry and I used my Mercedes-Benz Platinum card to pay for the $100 fee. Lo and behold just a couple days later I got a statement credit notification from Amex and the $100 was taken off! Score on two fronts- love getting something for “free” and now I won’t have to debate whether to leave my mom behind or not when going through security 😉
The Amex Platinum $100 rebate is a one-time benefit per card (not yearly) and Global Entry is only valid for 5 years, so I suppose I could have waited and kept the credit for myself, but I figure by the time I need to renew I’ll probably switch back to the Business Platinum card, which I’ve never had and includes all of the benefits of the personal Platinum, plus gives OPEN Savings access and increased Pay With Points ratio– plus it sits on your business credit report so balances don’t affect your personal credit score.
As I wrote about last week, you can get up to 3 additional cardholders for $175 total and they each get the $100 Global Entry rebate (plus a ton of other benefits like lounge access), so this route can make a lot of sense as well.
Have any of you used your Platinum card for the Global Entry reimbursement? How was your experience? Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.
Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.