Amex cuts Gogo plan and other benefits from Business Platinum cards
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American Express is ending their relationships with both Gogo® and Boingo effective Jan. 1, 2020.
If you have the Business Platinum® Card from American Express or an American Express Corporate card, that means that you will lose the complimentary access that came with the card as seen on recent statements.
In a statement to TPG, Amex shared “Similar to how we add benefits that we know our Card Members want, from time to time we also remove benefits from our Cards that are not being used as regularly by our customers. These changes are part of our ongoing efforts to provide the most valuable benefits and services to our Card Members.”
Both of these benefits were especially valuable to business travelers who used the perk to stay connected while on the road. And while it may not seem like a significant loss when compared to the other perks the card offers, let’s take a look at what each service will cost now.
|Monthly cost||$4.98 for the first month
$14.99 after the first month
|$49.95 for domestic access, per airline
$69.95 for Delta Global access
|Annual cost||$169.87 for annual access||$599.40 for domestic access
$839.40 for Delta Global access
In total, that’s about $1,608.67 annually that cardholders are losing. However, that was not a part of our original $7,246 calculation of perks the card offered, including:
- Access to Centurion Lounges, a Priority Pass Select membership and Delta SkyClubs free of charge
- $200 annual airline credit
- Global Entry and TSA PreCheck
- Car rental elite status with Avis, Hertz and National
- Bonus points for airfare
- Access to Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts
- Purchase bonuses and discounts
- International Airline Program
- Personal Concierge
- Baggage insurance
- Travel accident insurance
- Global assist hotline
The Business Platinum card is still a highly rewarding card when you take a look at all of the other rewarding perks it offers. Not to mention, the card is also currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 75,000 Membership Rewards points: 50,000 bonus points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 bonus points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. However, it is a big loss for business travelers who utilized the service monthly.
Featured photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy.
Aside from the up to 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.
- Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
- Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases made on your Business Platinum Card® within your first 3 months of Card Membership.†
- Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
- Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's an extra half point per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
- 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year when flight is booked on amextravel.com.
- Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
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