Who is eligible for the Amex Business Platinum Card?

Aug 30, 2021

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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express is currently offering up to 100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership.

That’s worth $2,000 by TPG’s latest valuations, which is reason enough to have many people considering an application.

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But before you start filling out your information, you might be wondering if you’re even eligible to take advantage of this offer. This is a small business card, so there are different requirements than when you apply for a personal card. However, you might qualify for the Amex Business Platinum Card without even realizing it. Here are some of the ways to determine who is eligible to apply for the Amex Business Platinum Card and whether it makes sense to do so.

Related: Review of the Business Platinum Card from American Express

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Amex Business Platinum Card details

Just as a quick reminder, here are the current offer details, as well as a roundup of the card’s key perks.

Current welcome offer

The Amex Business Platinum is available with 100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership. Unfortunately, a TPG exclusive offer of up to 125,000 bonus points just ended, but 100,000 is still a number that will turn heads.

You can also check the CardMatch tool to see if you’re targeted for an up to 150k-point Platinum Card® from American Express offer. These offers are subject to change at any time.

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Annual fee

$595 (see rates and fees)

Related: Is the Amex Business Platinum worth the annual fee?

Earning

The Amex Business Platinum earns points at the following rates:

  • Earn 5 points per dollar spent on flights booked through Amex Travel.
  • Earn 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Earn 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of $5,000 or more, up to 1 million additional points per calendar year.
  • Earn 1 point per dollar on everything else.

Related: 8 things to do when you get the American Express Business Platinum card

Key benefits

Thanks to all these benefits, the Amex Business Platinum regularly ranks among the best business rewards cards.

Related: Lesser-known benefits of the Amex Business Platinum card

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Are you eligible to apply for the Amex Business Platinum?

If all that has you interested in this premium card, you might be wondering whether you’re eligible to apply. First, let’s look at the terms and conditions of the card itself, and then we’ll delve into some of the more specific application rules Amex has in place.

Amex Business Platinum application terms

Like many other American Express cards, the Amex Business Platinum explicitly excludes current or former cardholders from earning its welcome bonus multiple times.

The application terms clearly state: “Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this Card. We may also consider the number of American Express Cards you have opened and closed as well as other factors in making a decision on your welcome offer eligibility.”

So not only might you be disqualified for being a prior cardmember, but if you have several other Amex cards open, the issuer might automatically deny you as well. If you can’t remember whether you’ve held a specific Amex card in the past, you can apply and the issuer’s handy tool should flag whether you might qualify for a specific introductory bonus.

It’s not quite so cut and dried as all that, though.

Amex application restrictions

According to our most recent findings, Amex is currently limiting most folks to four personal and business credit cards from its own stable at any given time and anywhere from five to 10 cards (formerly known as charge cards) at most. Like  The Platinum Card® from American Express, the Amex Business Platinum falls into that latter category of “card” rather than “credit card,” so you might be able to sneak in under the higher threshold.

While carrying five to 10 cards might seem like a high bar to hit, if you’ve applied for some of the truly fantastic offers Amex has fielded in the past year, you might be getting close to that ceiling.

It’s also not like the issuer will simply approve everyone up to those maximums. If you have more than a handful of cards from Amex, you might have a much harder time convincing the applications department that you need yet another product.

Not only that, but Amex will typically only approve an applicant for up to two cards in a 90-day period (usually one credit card and one card). So if you applied for another card recently, you might have to wait in a holding pattern.

Plus, if you already have even just a few cards from American Express with high credit limits, Amex might consider your credit line fully extended and deny your application.

Related: The ultimate guide to credit card application restrictions

Speaking of issuer application restrictions, if you have your eye on a Chase card like the United Quest Card with its introductory bonus of 80,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months your account is open, you might be concerned about whether applying for the Amex Business Platinum might put you over Chase’s 5/24 limit on cards. Luckily, business cards don’t count toward that threshold, so you should be able to get the Amex Business Platinum and then apply for a Chase card at a different time without repercussions.

Does it matter if you already have the personal Amex Platinum card?

You might also wonder whether having the personal Amex Platinum card precludes you from getting the Business Platinum Amex and its welcome offer.

Related: Credit card showdown: Amex Platinum vs. Amex Business Platinum

Luckily, Amex considers these two cards as separate products, so if you already have the personal version, it shouldn’t make a big impact on your ability to apply for the business one.

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Do you need a business to apply?

As the Amex Business Platinum is a small-business card, you might be wondering whether you actually need your own business to apply. The answer is perhaps not what you expect.

Issuers, including Amex, understand that freelancers, independent contractors and even folks who have a side hustle (that produces some income) need business cards to help them separate their work expenses from personal ones. So, you may not need to have as formalized or large of a small business as you think to need a small-business credit card.

Before you get too excited, remember that the Amex Business Platinum is one of American Express’ most premium products. So Amex won’t just approve anyone who has a random side gig. You might have to demonstrate the income that your venture generates and provide information such as “doing business as” forms or similar to qualify.

Can you get the card twice?

If you do have your own business, though, and have a solid financial history of spending responsibly with Amex, there are reports of targeted cardholders being prequalified – and eligible for the welcome bonus – for a second Amex Business Platinum account. It makes sense that if you have multiple businesses, they each may need a separate card for record-keeping purposes.

Likewise, if you have more than one business or work for more than one company, you might be targeted to apply for an additional Amex Business Platinum for that enterprise. These instances still seem to be pretty rare, but if Amex contacts you with such an offer, be sure to talk to a customer service representative and verify that you are indeed eligible.

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Call the reconsideration line

If you apply for the Amex Business Platinum but are initially rejected, you might want to try your luck with the bank’s reconsideration line. By ringing them up, you can ask if there were specific issues with your application that you can address over the phone or by providing further information.

You might be expected to explain why you want or need the Amex Business Platinum card (beyond just the welcome bonus), such as key features or benefits you find attractive. You could be asked to supply further information about your business (or freelance work), including documentation of income, address and more.

After all that, if you’re still denied, the good news is that at least you might still be eligible to apply for the card in the future when it is offering another elevated introductory bonus. So take that as a silver, or platinum in this case, lining.

Bottom line

The Amex Business Platinum is one of the best small-business rewards cards around.

Right now, it’s also offering one of its highest-ever introductory bonuses. If you’re interested in applying, make sure that you meet the card’s eligibility requirements to improve your chances of being accepted.

Application link: The Business Platinum Card from American Express: Available with up to 100,000 bonus points after $15,000 in spending in the first three months.

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

Featured photo by Ryan Patterson/The Points Guy.

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