Amex refreshes Business Platinum card with new perks, higher annual fee and a 120,000-point bonus
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Earlier this year, Amex made a significant revamp to one of the most premium travel cards on the market: The Platinum Card® from American Express. There are a variety of new statement credits and a new (higher) annual fee.
But now, Amex is getting down to business (pun intended). The Business Platinum Card® from American Express is getting some major updates of its own with refreshed perks, an annual fee that jumps by $100 to $695 per year (see rates and fees), and a welcome bonus that is a full 20,000 points more than the previous public offer.
The card’s new annual fee of $695, which will match that of the personal Amex Platinum, kicks in for both new and existing Business Platinum cardholders on Jan. 13, 2022. That means if you apply before Jan. 13, 2022, you can take advantage of several new perks the card is adding while still paying the lower $595 rate for another entire year before your next renewal.
As for new cardholders, the card’s welcome offer has jumped up to 120,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership, which make it worth applying for right now.
With exceptional travel perks and premium benefits, the Amex Business Platinum has been one of the best business cards on the market. With this latest update, though, does it still merit adding to your wallet (or keeping it in there)? Let’s take a closer look at the changes and this newest offer.
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New card benefits and annual fee
Welcome to the land of statement credits.
It should come as no surprise that, similar to the personal Amex Platinum, the Business Platinum is also receiving a plethora of new and updated perks. Those benefits are mostly in the form of statement credits.
There’s some method to the madness of how Amex decided on these credits specifically. Amex says that from July 2020 through June 2021, almost 90% of existing Business Platinum cardholders used their card to spend on key business services such as wireless, technology, software, shipping, and recruitment.
And that’s what Amex is homing in on with this latest update.
Full list of Business Platinum credits
|Credit||Annual amount||New or existing||How it works|
|Dell||Up to $400||Existing but up from $200 as of Oct. 2021||Annual statement credit on all U.S. Dell purchases, up to $200 semi-annually. This is a $200 increase from the existing Dell benefit.|
|Indeed||Up to $360||New as of Oct. 2021||Annual statement credit on all Indeed hiring and recruiting products and services to post open positions and find talent, up to $90 per quarter.|
|Adobe||Up to $150||New as of Oct. 2021||Annual statement credit on select purchases, including Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC.|
|Wireless telephone services||Up to $120||New as of Oct. 2021||Annual statement credits for purchases made directly from any US wireless telephone provider, up to $10 per month.|
|Clear||Up to $179||New as of July 2021||Statement credits toward an annual Clear membership for expedited airport security.|
|Airline fee||Up to $200||Existing||Annual airline fee credit of up to $200 on charges by the airline you select per calendar year.|
|Global Entry or TSA PreCheck||Up to $100||Existing||Statement credits for Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) every four years (4.5 years for PreCheck).|
In total, the Business Platinum has over $1,400 in statement credits that you could potentially maximize, with over $800 in added credits through this refresh. Enrollment is required for select benefits. However, it’s clear from the specific nature of several of these credits — and their respective restrictions — that some cardholders will not be able to fully utilize them all.
Annual fee increase
Amex will soon have parity across its premium card products, at least when it comes to the annual fee. The Amex Business Platinum is raising its annual fee by $100 to $695 per year starting in January 2022. That means new cardholders and existing ones with a renewal before Jan. 13, 2022, will be charged the $595 rate until the changeover date.
That $695 annual fee is the same as the personal Amex Platinum, as it was bumped from $550 earlier this year.
New bonus categories
The Business Platinum also gets new bonus categories. Cardholders will now earn 1.5 points per dollar on up to $2 million in eligible purchases in the U.S. per calendar year with:
- Electronic goods retailers
- Cloud service providers
- Construction materials and hardware supplies
- Shipping provider
- Purchases of $5,000 or more
A list of providers in each specific category can be found on the Amex site here. This new bonus is in addition to the existing categories that were already on the card, which include:
Current welcome offer: Worth up to $2,400
For new Business Platinum members, the card’s welcome offer is now 120,000 points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership.
Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, 120,000 Membership Rewards points are worth a whopping $2,400 in travel. However, you may be able to get even more value if you redeem your Amex Membership Rewards points for high-value redemptions. For example, here are some of the best ways to use Amex Membership Rewards points.
To get the full 120,000-point bonus, your business will have to put a large amount of spending on the card in a pretty short period. Therefore, with the card’s new statement credits and the hefty initial spend required, this card is really targeted for businesses with multiple employees and significant expenses.
Who is eligible for the Amex Business Platinum welcome offer?
This Amex Business Platinum welcome offer carries Amex’s standard language regarding welcome offer eligibility:
“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.”
The personal and business versions of the Amex Platinum are considered different products. So, even if you currently have The Platinum Card® from American Express, Amex’s one-bonus-per-card-per-lifetime rule won’t prevent you from earning the business card’s bonus.
However, Amex may not offer you a welcome offer based on the number of American Express cards you have opened and closed as well as other factors. So, look out for any messages or pop-ups while you apply. Amex’s welcome bonus qualification tool will notify you if you aren’t eligible for the welcome bonus and allow you to withdraw your application.
Additional Business Platinum benefits
The welcome offer and statement credits are only one part of the Amex Business Platinum‘s appeal. After all, the Business Platinum also confers many excellent ongoing perks, including:
- Access to Amex Centurion Lounges, Delta Sky Clubs (on same-day Delta flights), Priority Pass lounges, and other lounges in the American Express Global Lounge Collection.*
- Gold elite status with Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy.*
- Cellphone protection, for a maximum of $800 per claim with a limit of two approved claims per 12-month period. Note that a $50 deductible will apply.
- Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program, The Hotel Collection, the Cruise Privileges Program, and the International Airline Program.
- Upgrade with Points to request an airline ticket upgrade on select airlines.
- A 35% rebate when you Pay With Points for a first or business class ticket on any airline or an economy ticket on one airline of your choice (up to 500,000 points per calendar year).
- Premium Private Jet Program: Access to a 20% discount on Wheels Up Connect and a 40% discount on Wheels Up Core memberships. Plus, a $500 or $2,000 credit added to Wheels Up account to use toward an initial flight within the first year, depending on selected Wheels Up membership.
- Global Dining Access by Resy: Exclusive reservations at some of the world’s top restaurants, access to premium events, and other perks like priority notify and VIP status.
*Enrollment required for select benefits, terms apply.
See the full review of the Business Platinum Card from American Express for more details.
The Business Platinum Card from American Express will soon have a new $695 annual fee and an array of new credits and benefits. But if you can maximize several of them, such as the existing up to $200 airline fee statement credit, the up to $179 Clear membership statement credit, and updated up to $400 Dell credit for U.S. purchases, you’ll effectively come out ahead.
Once you factor in the extensive lounge network the card can get you into, and other perks, the Amex Business Platinum could easily be worth it. And of course, earning a 120,000-point welcome bonus makes it extra enticing to give this card a try.
After all, there is no other business card on the market with as many travel benefits as this one. Remember, if you apply before Jan. 13, 2022, you’ll be locked in to the current $595 annual fee for a full year, then $695 per year after that.
Additional reporting by Stella Shon and Katie Genter.
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