American Express Is Surprising Some Platinum Cardholders With BLADE Gift Cards

May 25, 2019

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The Platinum Card® from American Express is one of the most premium and luxurious travel rewards cards on the market, but with a $695 annual fee it’s important to study the Platinum’s many perks and benefits to make sure you’re getting a good return on your money.

Many of these benefits, like the $200 annual airline fee credit or $200 annual Uber credits, are easy to value, but it’s the soft, unadvertised perks that can really make you feel like a valued customer. From time to time, Amex has been known to surprise select Platinum cardholders with gifts ranging from Tiffany & Co. gift cards to Amazon Echos and more. Enrollment required for select benefits.

Doctor of Credit is reporting that a number of Platinum cardholders are now receiving in the mail $295 gift cards for BLADE helicopter rides. There’s no rhyme or reason as to who is being targeted for this extra gift, though it’s safe to assume that big spenders are more likely to receive some extra attention from Amex.

This is not the first time that Amex has sent out BLADE gift cards to Platinum customers, though it appears that the amount has been raised from $250 to $295. More importantly, this new round of gifts comes after the launch of “BLADE Continuous.” It’s now possible to get a helicopter ride from Manhattan to any of New York’s major airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) all day long.

BLADE rides currently cost $195 each way, so a $295 gift card would be enough to cover a one-way trip with a little bit left over. If you use the promo code BRIANF&F you and TPG will each earn $50 in BLADE credits. You can apply a maximum of $50 in credit to each flight, dropping the cost to $145 and turning your $295 gift card into enough for a round-trip helicopter flight. Be sure to check out TPG’s Zach Griff reviewing the exhilarating five-minute ride to JFK on BLADE Continuous.

Featured image courtesy of Blade.

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