16 things to do when you get the Amex Platinum

Jul 2, 2021

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The Platinum Card® from American Express is one of the best premium rewards cards on the market, thanks to the extensive benefits it offers to travelers. And now American Express has unveiled a new suite of benefits — but at the same time also hiked up the annual fee. However, with all of the new benefits, this could become an even more tantalizing proposition for some consumers who will make use of all of the perks.

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The Amex Platinum card now has an annual fee of $695 (see rates and fees) — the highest among consumer cards.

For new cardholders, the Platinum card now offers a generous 100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $6,000 on the card in the first six months of card membership. New cardholders also earn a whopping 10 points per dollar at restaurants worldwide and when you “Shop Small” in the U.S., on up to $25,000 in combined purchases, during your first six months of card membership.

Note that you could potentially be targeted for a 125,000-point or 150,000-point welcome bonus by using the CardMatch Tool. These offers are subject to change at any time.

The new perks that new and current cardholders will benefit from include: an annual up to $200 hotel statement credit for prepaid bookings via Amex Travel, an up to $240 annual digital entertainment statement credit for select providers, an up to $300 annual statement credit on select Equinox memberships or Equinox+, and an annual up to $179 Clear membership statement credit. Enrollment required for select benefits.

(Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)

You still earn 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or via Amex Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year) and 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked through American Express Travel, up to $200 in annual Uber Cash (for U.S. services) and more. Enrollment is required for select benefits.

The card’s new $695 annual fee may seem hefty, and it certainly is, but the benefits that come with the card far outweigh that fee for me. Once you have the card, below are 16 ways to take advantage of all of its perks.

Application link for the Amex Platinum card and its 100,000-point welcome offer.

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Use the $200 hotel credit

You can use your FHR benefit to book the Fairmont San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of the Fairmont San Francisco)

American Express has added an up to $200 annual credit on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts or The Hotel Collection bookings when paid with the Amex Platinum card. FHR gets you the following benefits:

  • Room upgrade upon arrival, when available at check-in.
  • Daily breakfast for two people.
  • Guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout and noon check-in, when available.
  • When a property includes Wi-Fi in a mandatory resort fee, you’ll receive a daily credit.
  • An experience credit that usually consists of a property, dining or spa credit.

The Hotel Collection’s perks include a room upgrade at check-in when available; up to a $100 hotel credit to spend on qualifying dining, spa and resort activities; and the ability to use Pay with Points on prepaid bookings. You only receive these perks when you book a stay at an eligible property through American Express Travel and stay at least two nights.

Related: When to book through Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts vs. Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection

Enroll in Clear

Clear airport
A Clear membership can help you speed through airport security checkpoints. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

The Amex Platinum now comes with a statement credit for Clear membership, which usually costs $179 a year without any discounts, although kids 18 and under are free and spouse memberships can be added for $50 a year.

Clear has a separate line to handle travelers’ identity verification and security screening via a fingerprint or iris scan. Once approved, you’re escorted by a Clear employee to the top of the TSA PreCheck line (or regular line if you don’t have PreCheck) to an agent for final approval. As TSA checkpoint lines continue to growhaving Clear and TSA PreCheck can save you a lot of time.

Related: Should you get TSA PreCheck or CLEAR — or both?

Get your digital entertainment credits

During the pandemic, American Express unveiled a $20 monthly streaming credit from May through December 2020 on the Amex Platinum card covering most providers — except Amazon Prime Video. Now a similar credit has become permanent with an annual up to $240 digital entertainment credit of up to $20 in statement credits each month when you pay for eligible purchases with the Platinum card at Audible, The New York Times, SiriusXM or Peacock.

Related: The best cards for streaming service subscriptions in 2021

Claim the annual airline fee

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One of the long-standing best perks of the Amex Platinum card is the annual up-to-$200 airline fee credit for one airline. Make sure to select your desired airline on the Amex website before making a purchase. Since you get this credit every calendar year, you can potentially use it twice during your first year as a member if you join midyear, giving you a $400 return in the first 365 days. You can use the credit for fees such as airline lounge passes, seat assignments, onboard snacks and checked bags.

Technically, you can’t purchase tickets or use the credit for award taxes and fees; however, depending on how the airline codes your purchase, you may get reimbursed for some of those costs (though we don’t recommend banking on it). Although buying an airline gift card used to trigger the credit, this no longer works on most airlines.

Related: What still triggers Amex airline fee reimbursements?

Access the American Express Travel portal

The portal allows cardholders to book discounted premium tickets online and redeem Amex Membership Rewards points directly for travel reservations and activities, rather than transfer them to airline or hotel partners such as Delta SkyMiles and Marriott Bonvoy.

Sign up for your Uber credit and Uber Eats pass

Delivery Cyclist with Green Uber Eats Backpack
(Photo by Wiewimage/Shutterstock)

Amex Platinum cardholders get up to $200 in Uber Cash each calendar year (for U.S. services), along with Uber VIP status.

Once you add the card to your Uber account, you’ll receive up to $15 in credit to use each month, plus an additional up to $20 in December for a total of $200 per calendar year. The credit also works for Uber Eats in the U.S.. To use the credit, you’ll need to opt to pay for your order or ride with Uber Cash. Credits can be applied to rides within the United States and expire at the end of each month. See our guide for more details on how to enroll and get started using this perk.

Amex Platinum cardholders in the U.S. also have 12 months of complimentary access to Uber’s Eats Pass*, valued at $10 per month, if you enroll by Dec. 31. Pass members get unlimited deliveries with a $0 fee, plus 5% off restaurant orders over $15 at eligible restaurants (taxes and service fees may apply and do not count toward order minimum). Additionally, members in select markets get free grocery delivery on orders over $30. Uber Eats Pass will auto-bill starting 12 months from initial enrollment in this offer, at the then-current monthly rate.

Related: 4 ways to use your Amex Platinum Uber credit while stuck at home

Request Gold status from Hilton and Marriott

Take advantage of your Hilton Honors Gold elite benefits at hotels such as the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

Having the Platinum card means you are eligible for Gold status with both the Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalty programs. You can get your Hilton Honors Gold by enrolling on the Amex website. You’ll need to call 1-800-525-3355 to enroll for Marriott Bonvoy Gold.

Because of the perks with both programs, we value Hilton Honors Gold status at $1,255 and Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status at $840, assuming you spend a certain number of nights at each chain’s hotels. Once you have status at either chain, you can request a status match with many other loyalty programs, such as Best Western Rewards, Radisson Rewards, Choice Privileges and Wyndham Rewards.

Sign up for Global Entry (and TSA PreCheck)

If you don't already have Global Entry, sign up now with your Platinum credit.
If you don’t already have Global Entry, sign up now with your Amex Platinum credit. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection lines can sometimes be long at international airports in the U.S., which makes this a good time to sign up for Global Entry.

When you enroll in this trusted-traveler program with your new Amex Platinum card, you’ll get a credit for up to $100 to your account to cover the application cost (and again when you renew every four years). Global Entry also gives you automatic access to TSA PreCheck as well, making it much easier to go through airport security checkpoints.

This is a perk you’ll definitely want to take advantage of as soon as possible. If you already have Global Entry, you can use the credit for another family member — just pay for their application fee with your Amex Platinum card.

Grab your cruise perks

The American Express Cruise Privileges Program offers U.S. Amex Platinum and U.S. Centurion cardmembers exclusive benefits and complimentary amenities on sailings of five nights or more. If you book an eligible cruise, you’ll receive exclusive benefits and complimentary amenities on your cruise. In particular, you’ll get a shipboard credit and additional exclusive amenities that are unique to each cruise line.

However, you must book through an approved channel and on an eligible cruise line in order to receive them. Before you book a cruise, check americanexpress.com/cruises to see if Amex offers the cruise you want at a competitive price. If so, you could enjoy extra benefits on your trip.

Related: Enjoy shipboard credit, cruise perks with Amex Platinum and Amex’s Cruise Privileges Program

Get car rental program elite status

Get complimentary Avis Preferred status in time for your next car rental.
Get complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards status in time for your next car rental. (Photo by @isr4el via Twenty20)

In addition to Gold Hilton Honors and Gold Marriott elite status, you are also eligible for status with several car rental programs, including Avis Preferred, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive status. With a limited supply of cars at record-high daily rates, your status at rental companies can be the difference between getting a car — or not — depending on where you’re trying to rent. You’ll need to enroll for each program on the Amex website.

Related: Credit cards that offer elite status for car rentals

Shop at Saks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 4, 2013: The Saks Fifth Avenue store is located in San Francisco's upscale Union Square shopping district. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
Use your credits at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in San Francisco’s upscale Union Square shopping district. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Enroll in this program and get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue or saks.com on your Platinum Card. That’s up to $50 in statement credits from January through June, and up to $50 in statement credits from July through December. Even if you don’t normally shop at Saks, there are plenty of ways to put this to use. For example, TPG senior reporter for cruise and travel Gene Sloan used his Saks credit to buy a hipster beanie cap. Enrollment required for select benefits.

Related: Your guide to the Amex Platinum Saks Fifth Avenue credit

Sign up for free two-day shipping with ShopRunner

ShopRunner gives you free two-day shipping and free return shipping on eligible items at participating online stores when you use your Amex Platinum. This is a nice benefit if you have your eyes on something and want to get it within two days — especially because expedited shipping can be expensive. Enroll for the service at ShopRunner’s Amex site.

Get perks at high-end hotels and restaurants

The Global Dining Collection gets you special access to fine dining restaurants around the world.
Get special access to global fine dining restaurants including Eleven Madison Park in New York City, helmed by three-star Michelin chef Daniel Humm. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Blancpain)

The Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts program gives you elite-like benefits at top hotels, including noon check-in (when available), room upgrades upon arrival (when available), daily breakfast for two people, complimentary Wi-Fi, a guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout and, at some properties, a third or fourth night for free.

Plus, you’ll earn 5 points per dollar on stays booked and paid for online through FHR, and you’ll usually even get elite benefits and hotel loyalty points during your stay.

You also have access to The Hotel Collection, which offers room upgrades and up to $100 in hotel credits. You must stay at least two nights and can book your stay through American Express Travel Services online at amextravel.com or by phone at 1-800-297-2977.

The Global Dining Collection gets you special access to fine dining restaurants around the world. The program includes events with top chefs such as Massimo Bottura, owner of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, Italy. Book available events and restaurants by calling the Platinum Concierge number on the back of your card. These perks are only available to Platinum, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and Centurion cardholders.

Contact the Platinum Concierge to make travel arrangements

Booking your own reservations can be a daunting task, especially at high-demand restaurants and events.

As an Amex Platinum cardmember, you have access to a special phone service that helps you with these bookings, as well as with finding a perfect dinner spot or even delivering items on demand. You’ll need to call to activate this benefit, and make sure you sign up for texting when you do so to make things more convenient. There are also Platinum Travel counselors available to provide you with custom itineraries and tailored recommendations.

Related: Platinum problem solvers: How Amex’s Concierge team handles ordinary, extreme requests

Carry your card when you travel for lounge access

American Express Centurion Lounge in Denver
The American Express Centurion Lounge at Denver International Airport (DEN). (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

One of the greatest travel perks of the Amex Platinum is lounge access.

You’ll get access to Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs (when you have a same-day flight on Delta), Airspace Lounges, Escape Lounges, Plaza Premium Lounges and Priority Pass lounges (you’ll need to request your membership card here) with the card. Amex Centurion Lounge agents can look up your account info if you do end up leaving your card behind, but access will be quicker if you have it with you. Check out our guide to all the lounges you can get into with the Amex Platinum.

Related: Latest details on the upcoming new and expanded Amex Centurion Lounges

Add up to three authorized users

With your new Amex Platinum card, you can add up to three authorized users to your account for a total of $175 per year (see rates and fees), which can really help you maximize the value you’re already getting from being a cardholder.

Authorized users are eligible for many of the same benefits as the main accountholder, including lounge access, Global Entry/TSA PreCheck reimbursement, hotel elite status and Fine Hotels + Resorts benefits. However, authorized users don’t get their own Uber credit or separate airline incidental credits.

If $175 is too steep, you can add additional Gold Card holders to your Platinum card for $0 (see rates and fees).

However, note that this Gold Card isn’t the same as the American Express® Gold Card that offers 4 Membership Rewards points per dollar on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarket purchases (on up to $25,000 in purchases each calendar year, then 1x). Instead, additional Gold Card members get the same earning rates as your Platinum card, but without access to most of the same card benefits that are given to additional Platinum cardholders.

Bottom line

The Amex Platinum can be tremendously valuable for frequent travelers. Once you have the card, start using the many benefits right away. From getting an annual airline fee credit to a Global Entry application fee credit to Uber credits to Marriott Gold status and Hilton Honors Gold status, it’s easy to get a lot of value from the card despite its $695 annual fee.

Related: How our cruise writer got $4,456 in value from his Amex Platinum in a year — even during the pandemic

Featured photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, please click here.

*For Uber Eats Pass terms and conditions, click here.

Application link: Amex Platinum for 100,000 bonus miles after spending $6,000 or more in six months. 

Check the CardMatch tool to see if you’re targeted for a 125,000 or 150,000-point Platinum card offer (after meeting minimum spending requirements). These offers are subject to change at any time.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

WELCOME OFFER: 100,000 Points Terms Apply.


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: Delta Sky Club and Centurion lounge access, up to $200 annual airline fee credit and up to $200 in Uber Cash annually (only for use in the U.S.)  (Enrollment required for select benefits)

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Plus, earn 10x points on eligible purchases on the Card at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the U.S., on up to $25,000 in combined purchases, during your first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Hotel Credit: Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 in statement credits each month when you pay for eligible purchases with the Platinum Card® at your choice of one or more of the following providers: Peacock, Audible, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • New! American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. Now there are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status available to Basic Card Member only.
  • $300 Equinox Credit: Get up to $25 back each month on select Equinox memberships. Enrollment required.
  • $179 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $179 back per year on your CLEAR® membership.
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