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Update 10/5/18: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Platinum cards were deactivated once the yellow replacement had been shipped, however original cards remain active until after the replacement arrives.
Last month, members of The Points Guy team got to party with Pharrell, Missy Elliott and other personalities at the very first Yellow Ball. Tickets cost $1,000 a pop, with proceeds going to Young Audiences Arts for Learning, a non-profit tasked with providing arts education for more than 5 million children each year.
Attendees left the event knowing they were directly supporting a very important cause, but those who purchased their tickets with the Platinum Card® from American Express also received a special memento in the mail: an exclusive yellow version of the card, designed by Pharrell.
TPG travel editor Melanie Lieberman was the first TPGer to unwrap her flashy replacement card, and she brought it to the office to show it off today. I swooped in to snap some pics (sorry Melanie!).
It’s, well… it’s a yellow Platinum card. There’s really not much more to it. It is noticeably lighter, though — the original metal Platinum card weighs 0.6 ounces, while the yellow replacement tips the scale at 0.5.
The yellow version also seems to support contactless payments — perhaps made possible by its slightly modified construction.
Still, with the exception of airfare, which earns 5x points per dollar, many of us turn to other Amex products when it comes time to spend, saving The Platinum Card® from American Express for its fantastic perks, like Centurion Lounge access, $200 in annual airline fee and Uber credits, and a number of lesser-known perks.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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