The Exclusive Yellow Amex Platinum Card Has Arrived

Oct 4, 2018

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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.

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