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The Platinum Card from American Express has received plenty of attention for various recently introduced features, from 5x points on airfare purchases to $200 in annual Uber credits. While these updates have definitely made the card better than ever, one area where the Amex Platinum has long reigned supreme is airport lounge access. Cardholders can head to Delta Sky Clubs (when flying Delta), plus Priority Pass and Centurion lounge locations — so you should have some options for pre-flight beverages and relaxation away from the hectic terminal on most international trips. And now, cardholders have yet another option via MAG USA, which operates Escape Lounges at three US airports.

You’l find Escape Lounge locations at Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford, Connecticut, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). As an Amex Platinum cardholder, you’ll get complimentary access for yourself and up to two guests — which is in line with the recently updated guest policy for Centurion lounges.

As for what you can expect if your travels take you through one of the three US airports with an Escape Lounge, the website promises daily menus of “delicious dishes using the best in fresh produce,” and each location apparently partners with a locally renowned chef to curate the menu — though you do have to pay for “premium food and beverage options,” unlike at Centurion lounges where everything is complimentary. There’s also a fully stocked bar along with cocktail and smoothie options, plus essentials like free Wi-Fi and power outlets.

Bottom Line

A day pass to an Escape Lounge costs $40 (or $45 if you purchase it day-of), so you can definitely score some solid value from your Amex Platinum if you travel through BDL, MSP or OAK and flash your card to get access. This latest perk won’t move the needle for the majority of cardholders, but for those who do frequently visit these airports, this will improve the pre-flight experience — especially at Bradley International Airport, where the only other lounge option is an American Airlines-operated Admirals Club.

Featured image courtesy of Escape Lounges.

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), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 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 $550 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.
  • Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can 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.
  • $550 annual fee.
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