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Check the CardMatch Tool to see if you’re targeted for a 100,000 Platinum Card offer or 50,000 Premier Rewards Gold offer. These offers are subject to change at anytime.

Every once in a while, targeted credit card welcome bonus offers come around that are much higher than what’s available to the public on the same card. And, one of the best places to look for these offers is the CardMatch Tool.

If you haven’t visited recently, now is an excellent time to check your CardMatch offers because as of Sunday afternoon we’re seeing the return of the incredible 100,000-point offer on the Platinum Card® from American Express. The offer that we’re seeing requires $5,000 spending within the first three months of account opening to earn the 100,000 point welcome bonus:

Offer seen on May 27, 2018.
Offer seen on May 27, 2018.

American Express welcome bonuses are “not available to applicants who have or have had this product,” and that limitation is found on this offer as well. While there are some reports of being able to get a welcome bonus for the same card many years after closing the account, this “once per lifetime” welcome bonus limitation is an important restriction to keep in mind.

How To Use CardMatch

CardMatch is straightforward to use, but those who haven’t used the tool before might be curious about the process. Here are the easy steps to check your offers:

  1. Go to the CardMatch homepage.
  2. Enter your first name, last name, home address and last four digits of your social security number.
  3. If you want to be contacted by CardMatch, enter your email address. Otherwise, uncheck the contact box.
  4. Click “Get Matches.”
  5. Check the box to accept the terms & conditions.
  6. After a 60-second or less search, your pre-approved offers will appear.

Note that this process creates a “soft” credit inquiry on your credit report. This means that the inquiry will show up on your credit report, but it’ll have no impact on your credit score — similar to if you checked your own credit report through a free annual check or a paid service.

Is The Amex Platinum Worth It?

The headline is certainly the spectacular 100,000 Membership Rewards point welcome bonus. Based on TPG’s most recent valuation at 1.9 cents per Membership Rewards point, the welcome bonus alone is worth $1,900. Once you learn to maximize the value of your Membership Rewards points, you can get much more value than that.

The Platinum Card only gets more valuable the more you travel. On the spending side, you’ll earn 5x points on airfare purchased directly through the airline or through American Express Travel, as well as 5x earnings on prepaid hotels booked through AmexTravel. The card also rewards frequent Uber users with up to $200 per year in Uber credits.

And then there are the lounges. Cardmembers are granted access to nine spectacular Centurion Lounges — seven of which we pitted against each other this summer, plus two new lounges in Philadelphia (PHL) and Hong Kong (HKG). Two more Centurion Lounges are coming soon to New York’s Kennedy (JFK) and Denver (DEN), while the new larger Dallas (DFW) lounge will open later this summer. Cardholders also get access to more than 1,000 lounges through a Priority Pass membership and access to Delta SkyClubs when traveling with Delta.

Public Amex Platinum Offer

If you aren’t targeted for this excellent offer, the current public offer for The Platinum Card from American Express is a 60,000-point welcome bonus for spending $5,000 in the first three months after signing up. Considering the incredible value that this card offers frequent travelers, this isn’t a bad offer. But, obviously, 100,000 points is much more lucrative.

Not Just the Amex Platinum

We’re also seeing increased offers for the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express. The targeted Premier Rewards Gold offer can get you 50,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first three months, which is double the welcome bonus on the public offer (25,000 points) for half the spending requirement ($2,000).

Offer seen on May 27, 2018.

Be sure to check the tool today to see what offers are available for you.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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