10 things to do when you get the Amex Platinum

Jan 11, 2020

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Official Application Link: The Platinum Card® from American Express 

If you were recently approved for The Platinum Card® from American Express, congratulations! This is one of the best premium credit cards, offering extensive benefits for regular travelers. With it, you’ll be able to take advantage of perks such as 5x points on airfare and prepaid hotels booked through American Express Travel (or directly with airlines for airfare), up to $200 in annual Uber credits and more. The $550 annual fee (see rates and fees) may seem hefty, but the benefits that come with the card far outweigh that fee.

Now that you have the card, below are 10 ways to take advantage of all of its perks.

Claim your annual airline fee and $200 Uber credits

You can use your $200 airline fee credit toward baggage fees.
You can use your up to $200 airline fee credit toward baggage fees. (Photo by izusek/Getty Images)

One of the best perks of the Amex Platinum card is its 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, giving you a $400 return in the first 365 days. Use it for fees such as airline lounge passes 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 credits, this no longer works on most airlines.

Amex Platinum cardholders also get up to $200 in Uber credits each year, as well as Uber VIP status. Once you add the card to your Uber account, you’ll receive $15 in credit to use each month, plus an additional $20 in December. But the credit won’t be automatically applied — you’ll need to specifically request to use your credit by opting to pay 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 get started.

Request Gold status from Hilton and Marriott

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
Use your Marriott Gold status for extra perks at hotels such as the Marriott Marquis Times Square New York Hotel. (Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

You have to manually enroll with each chain in order to get the benefits of Gold status from the Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy loyalty programs. You can get your Hilton Honors Gold by enrolling on the Amex website. Call 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)

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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)

Customs lines are growing 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 cost (and again when you renew every four years). Global Entry almost always ensures you’re eligible for TSA PreCheck as well, making it much easier to go through TSA security. But Global Entry interviews are taking longer than normal, so 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.

Get your 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. You’ll need to enroll for each program on the Amex website.

Shop at Saks

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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.

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.

Book ultra-high-end hotels and restaurants

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Stay at the St. Regis Florence with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts. (Photo courtesy of St. Regis Florence)

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, guaranteed 4 p.m. late checkout and, at some properties, a third or fourth night for free. Plus, you’ll earn 5x points on stays booked online through FHR, and you’ll 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 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 Concierge number on the back of your card. These perks are only available to Platinum, 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 card member, 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.

Carry your card when you travel for lounge access

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Summer Hull/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. 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. The new Centurion Lounge in Phoenix is now open, and you can check out our guide to all the lounges you can get into with the Amex Platinum.

Add up to three authorized users

Your authorized users will also get complimentary SPG Gold status to stay at the Sheraton Taipei.
Your authorized users will also get complimentary Marriott status so they can take advantage of perks at properties like the Sheraton Grand Taipei.

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 the Uber credit or separate airline incidental credits.

If $175 is too steep, you can add additional Gold Card cardholders to your Platinum Card for free (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 on dining and U.S. supermarket purchases (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 Card holders.

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 $550 annual fee.

Additional reporting by Jen Yellin and Carissa Rawson.

Featured photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy

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

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CARD HIGHLIGHTS: Delta Sky Club and Centurion lounge access, $200 annual airline fee credit and up to $200 in Uber credits annually

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  • 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.
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