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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 of today, January 5, 2015, TPG readers have been writing in that they are being offered two amazing deals through the Card Match tool. They are offering a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points sign up bonus for the American Express Platinum Card after spending $3,000 in your first 3 months of Card membership. There is also another lucrative offer for 50,000 Membership Rewards points for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months.
The CardMatch tool allows you to see if you have any special credit card offers targeted towards you. The great thing about CardMatch is that it does NOT cause a hard credit inquiry on your credit report.
Both of these offers are through the CardMatch site so we can’t guarantee you’ll get the offers, so I’d still take screen shots just in case.
To get the offer legitimately, what you can do is go to the CardMatch tool and then you enter your information. Hopefully the Amex Platinum 100k offer will populate for you, as will the Premier Rewards Gold offer for 50,000 points, if you’re targeted for both of those. If you go this route, you should get the 100,000-point bonus without any issues, just be sure to take a screenshot to prove you were provided with the offer.
American Express Platinum Card Benefits:
$200 Airline Rebate: As a cardholder, you get a $200 airline rebate once per calendar year, meaning every January 1st you get $200 to spend on an airline that you designate. The rebate is automatic; you should receive a rebate when you charge any airline fees directly from your chosen airline.
Airport Lounge Access: This was one of the cornerstones of the Platinum card, though the benefit experienced major changes this past year. As of May 1, 2014, only cardholders get complimentary access to Delta SkyClubs when holding a valid ticket for same-day travel; guests must now pay $29 per person. Perhaps to offset the loss of American Airlines/US Airways lounge access, Amex has ramped up access to its own Centurion Lounges, with locations in Dallas (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), New York (LGA) and San Francisco (SFO), and more to come in Miami (MIA) and Seattle (SEA) this year. Amex Platinum cardholders get complimentary access along with immediate family or up to 2 guests.
Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check Application Reimbursement: Platinum cardholders can receive a statement credit for the $85 TSA PreCheck application fee or the $100 Global Entry application fee once every five years. Global Entry (which will also qualify you for TSA PreCheck, and which I personally love) will get you out of lengthy customs and immigration lines when you return from traveling abroad.
Automatic Starwood Gold Status: When you have a Platinum card, you can get automatic Gold status with Starwood. Gold status is normally attained after 25 nights or 10 stays, and gets you a 50% bonus on Starpoints (so you earn 3 points per $1 spent at Starwood properties), free internet, room upgrades, 4 pm late checkout, and overall better customer service.
Fine Hotels & Resorts Program: The Fine Hotels and Resorts program for American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders is a hotel booking site that includes a bunch of added perks and benefits when you use it to book hotel stays. Benefits include availability-based room upgrades, free night offers, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and guaranteed 4 pm check-out, resort credits for expenses like restaurants or spa treatments, and sometimes free WiFi.
New Benefits Recently Added:
- Free unlimited Boingo Wifi, or 10 Gogo in-flight WiFi passes for Amex Business Platinum cardholders (starting in 2015)
- Access to a growing number of Centurion lounges (Dallas-Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, New York LaGuardia, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Sydney, with one in Miami scheduled to open early in 2015, as well as an Amex Studio Lounge in Seattle).
- The choice between TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application fee refunds (introduced in March)
Signing up for the American Express Platinum Card with the 100,000 Membership Rewards sign-up bonus is a no-brainer to me. In my December monthly valuation, I value Membership Rewards points at 1.9 cents each meaning 100,000 Membership Rewards points is worth $1,900, so this is something you won’t want to miss.
The American Express Premier Rewards Gold offers 50,000 points after spending $1,000 with no annual fee the first year, meaning those 50,000 points are worth about $950, another great deal. It’s important to note for both of these cards, these offers are not available to applicants who have or have had this product, so if you’ve ever had before you wouldn’t be able to sign-up again and receive the bonus.
As a reminder, there is no hard credit inquiry, meaning that you won’t see any negative hit to your credit score for looking for offers through the CardMatch tool. Even though I’ve just mentioned these two cards, there may be other cards that you might be targeted for as well, readers have also reported higher offers for the Delta Gold Amex, and the Amex EveryDay, so it’s worth taking a look!
Feel free to share your success below if you were able to find these offers in your CardMatch account.