53 Amazing Benefits of the American Express Platinum Card

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The Platinum Card® from American Express is jammed packed with over 54 amazing benefits.

The Platinum Card offers over $1,500 in statement credits, elite status, and comprehensive airport lounge access, including the extensive Global Lounge Collection, which has more lounges than any other U.S. credit card program.

This post will cover all of the Platinum’s card benefits and perks so that you can take advantage of each one. Just remember that many of the benefits require enrollment before you can use them.

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  • 5x Points on Flights Booked Directly With Airlines (up to $500,000 in purchases each calendar year)
  • Airport Lounge Access (Centurion, Delta Sky Club, Priority Pass, Escape, and Plaza Premium)
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • $695 Annual Fee (Rates & Fees)
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1. Welcome Bonus

The Amex Platinum currently offers the following welcome bonus:


There is also potentially a higher welcome bonus offer via referral.

2. 5x Points on Flights

The Amex Platinum card earns 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar on airfare purchases made directly with the airline, up to $500,000 per year.

This can be a great way to rack up lots of points if you fly frequently.

3. 5x Points on Prepaid Hotels Via Amex Travel

The card also offers 5x Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked through Amex Travel, but I don’t recommend it for chains like Hilton, Marriott, IHG, etc., since you will forgo the ability to earn hotel points and utilize any elite benefits by booking with Amex Travel.

4. 1x Points on All Other Purchases

The Amex Platinum earns 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. This is the one weak point of this card compared to 2 points per dollar on all spending with the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (review).

5. $200 Airline Fee Credit

Select one qualifying airline and then receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when incidental fees are charged by the airline to your card.

Your options for airlines for the credit are:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines

6. $200 Hotel Credit

Get up to $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection (2-night minimum stay required) bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.

Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts has no minimum stay, but The Hotel Collection requires a two-night minimum stay.

7. $240 Digital Entertainment Credit

Get up to $20 in statement credits each month when you pay for eligible purchases at: Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, The New York Times, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The Wall Street Journal. Enrollment is required.

8. $200 Uber Cash

Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 annually in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the U.S., which is split into monthly $15 credits and then $35 total in December.

9. $189 CLEAR® Plus Credit

Breeze through security with CLEAR® Plus at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues nationwide and get up to $189 back per year on your membership (subject to auto-renewal) when you use your Platinum Card®.

CLEAR Airport Security

10. $100 Saks Credit

Get up to a $100 Saks Fifth Avenue credit, split into two $50 statement credits between (1) January and June and (2) July through December.

11. $155 Walmart+ Credit

Receive up to a $155 statement credit that covers the full cost of a monthly Walmart+ membership ($12.95 plus applicable taxes) when paying with the Amex Platinum (subject to auto-renewal). Plus Up Benefits are not eligible and enrollment is required.

12. Global Entry Credit or TSA PreCheck Credit

Receive a $100 statement credit every 4 years for a Global Entry application fee or a statement credit up to $85 every 4.5 years for a TSA PreCheck® (through a TSA official enrollment provider) application fee, when charged to your Platinum Card®.

TSA PreCheck is a membership program offering dedicated airport security lines and faster security screening (typically 5 minutes or less) at more than 200 airports across the United States and includes over 81 airlines.

Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck and expedited immigration upon arrival from an international trip back to the United States.

TSA Precheck

13. $300 Equinox Credit

Get up to $300 back per calendar year via statement credits on an Equinox+ subscription, or any Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card®. Enrollment is required.

14. $300 SoulCycle At-Home Bike Credit

Get a $300 statement credit for the purchase of a SoulCycle at-home bike with your Platinum Card®. Must charge full price of bike in one transaction, and an Equinox+ subscription is required.

15. American Express Centurion Lounges

American Express Centurion Lounges are luxurious airport lounges that offer amenities such as complimentary food and cocktails, high-speed Wi-Fi, and comfortable seating.

The current U.S. locations include Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York LaGuardia, New York JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.

You can access these lounges up to three hours before departure or at any time at a connecting airport on your way to your final destination.

Guests cost $50 per adult, $30 for guests between ages 2-17, and free for babies under two. You can unlock free guest access for two people if you spend at least $75,000 per calendar year on an Amex Platinum card.

Centurion Lounge (IAH)
Photo: Centurion Lounge (IAH)

16. Delta Sky Clubs

Cardmembers can access Delta Sky Clubs when flying Delta Air Lines within three hours of departure or on arrival.

Guests are not free and cost $50 per guest, with a limit of two guests or immediate family members (spouse/domestic partner and kids under 21).

17. Priority Pass

This card offers Priority Pass membership, which gets you access to over 1,300 airport lounges.

However, this card doesn’t offer access to Priority Pass restaurants, unlike the card_name (review)

The Club Lounge
Photo: The Club (a Priority Pass Lounge)

18. Escape Lounges

Cardmembers get access to Escape Lounges – The Centurion Studio Partner. These are similar to smaller versions of the Centurion Lounges.

19. Plaza Premium Lounges

Plaza Premium Lounges are a global network of more than 135 airport lounges in more than 70 major international airports. 

From their spacious seating to gourmet food and high-end beverages, these lounges deliver an unprecedented level of luxury to frequent flyers.

20. Select Lufthansa Lounge Access

Amex Platinum cardholders receive complimentary access to select Lufthansa lounges when flying on select Lufthansa Group airlines (including Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian):

  • Platinum cardmembers have complimentary access to Lufthansa Business Lounges when flying in economy class.
  • Platinum cardmembers have complimentary access to Lufthansa Senator Lounges when flying business class.

21. Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle

The Amex Platinum Card offers complimentary Hertz President’s Circle elite status. Enrollment is required, and the status is valid for as long as you’re a cardmember. 

Hertz President’s Circle gets you the following benefits:

  • Ability to choose any card from the President’s Circle section of Hertz Ultimate Choice locations when you book an intermediate car or higher.
  • Guaranteed car upgrades, a minimum of one-class, at participating locations.
  • No additional driver fee for a spouse or domestic partner in the United States.
  • 50% bonus on Gold Plus Rewards points on all qualified rentals.
  • A dedicated President’s Circle call center line.

Another cool perk is that cardmembers get a four hour grace period for rental car returns, which has saved me a lot of money when I need a car for just over a day.

22. Hilton Honors Gold

The Amex Platinum offers Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card. Enrollment is required.

Hilton Gold status offers nice benefits such as:

  • Free breakfast credit and/or executive lounge access;
  • Late checkout (subject to availability);
  • Preferred rooms (higher floor, better view, and potentially on the executive floor);
  • 80% points bonus;
  • Fifth night free on award stays.
Hilton Moorea Lagoon
Photo: Hilton Moorea Lagoon

23. Marriott Bonvoy Gold

The Amex Platinum offers Marriott Gold status for as long as you have the card. Enrollment is required.

Marriott Gold status gets you:

  • 25% bonus points on stays
  • Room upgrades to enhanced rooms (when available)
  • 2 p.m. late checkout (when available)
  • A welcome gift of 250 or 500 points,
  • Enhanced internet.

24. Avis Preferred Plus

The Amex Platinum also offers complimentary Avis Preferred Plus status, which is their mid-level elite status.

The benefits of Avis Preferred Plus are:

  • Free 1 car class upgrade when reserving a midsize or above (when available)
  • Dedicated reservations number
  • Access to exclusive offers and discounts

25. National Emerald Club Executive

The Amex Platinum Card also offers National Emerald Club Executive status. You need to enroll to take advantage of this status, and it’s valid for as long as you have your card.

The benefits of National Emerald Club Executive include:

  • Choose any car that’s a full size or above from the Executive section and you’ll only pay for a midsize (available in the U.S. and Canada).
  • Guaranteed upgrade when you rent a midsize or above in the U.S. or Canada.
  • A free 1 class car upgrade when renting at participating locations in the U.K., Ireland, France, Spain, and Germany.
  • No second driver fees.

26. Cell Phone Protection*

Breaking or losing your cell phone is never a pleasant experience, especially when cell phones cost over $800+ to replace.

You can avoid paying these steep costs when you pay your cell phone bill with this credit card.

There is no cost for cell phone insurance saving you about $10 per month per phone, but you will have to pay a small deductible if you make a claim. 

Credit Card Purchase Protection Broken Phone

27. Extended Warranty*

Credit card extended warranty protection adds up to an additional year of coverage for eligible purchases on manufacturer’s warranties up to 5 years.

For example, if you bought a TV with a manufacturer’s warranty of three years, this card would extend the warranty for free to the fourth year.

28. Return Protection*

American Express offers return protection which allows you to return an item purchased in total with an eligible card when the retailer refuses to accept the item under its return policy.

Some items are excluded, such as jewelry, plants, perishable items, software, books, formal wear, tickets, and seasonal items.

This coverage is up to $300 per item with a maximum of $1,000 per cardmember year.

29. Purchase Protection*

Purchase protection could save you a lot of money if you bought an eligible item that is damaged or stolen within 90-days.

For example, if you accidentally dropped your new phone or laptop and broke the screen, you could file a claim to get it replaced if the item was purchased within the last 90 days.

30. Trip Delay Insurance*

This card offers trip delay insurance when you purchase your flight with this card. 

This reimburses you for reasonable expenses things like hotels, food, transportation, and other necessary items.

Flights are increasingly delayed or canceled, and it is too risky to not use a card that offers free trip delay insurance.

Trip Delay - Airport Snow

31. Trip Cancellation / Interruption Insurance*

Trip cancellation and interruption insurance reimburses you for non-refundable expenses if your trip is interrupted or canceled for a covered reason such as illness, severe weather, or an accidental injury when you pay for your travel expenses with this card.

32. Secondary Rental Car Insurance*

Secondary rental car insurance covers any damage to a rental car not covered by your primary insurance when you pay for the rental using this card.

Other credit cards offer primary rental car insurance, which pays before your insurance and saves you the hassle of filing multiple insurance claims.

You still need to maintain liability car insurance to cover damage to another person or property.

*(Eligibility and Benefit level varies by Card. Terms, Conditions, and Limitations Apply. Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details. Underwritten by Amex Assurance Company.)

33. Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts and The Hotel Collection

The American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) program is a hotel benefit program that offers select American Express card members exclusive benefits at over 1,300 luxury properties. 

The list is vetted and periodically reviewed to ensure every hotel and resort meets Amex’s exacting standards.

By booking a stay through the FHR program, you’ll get perks like: 
  • Daily breakfast for two people.
  • Room upgrade upon arrival (if available).
  • A unique property amenity (typically a $100 property credit, spa credit, etc.)
  • Guaranteed 4 PM check-out.
  • Noon check-in (if available).
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi (exclusions apply)

34. No Foreign Transaction Fees

This card has no foreign transaction fees on purchases outside the U.S., which is helpful if you travel internationally to help you avoid paying a 3% fee on those international purchases.

Santorini Europe

35. Complimentary ShopRunner Membership

This card offers a complimentary membership to ShopRunner, giving you free two-day shipping and free returns at 100+ online retailers.

Eligible stores include Bloomingdales, Under Armour, American Eagle, Saks Off 5th, Cole Hann, Fanatics, Vera Bradley, Jockey, Kate Spade, NFL Shop, NBA Store, MLB Shop, and Coach. 


36. Access to Amex Offers

This card has access to Amex Offers, which are deals that are linked to your card, allowing you to save money or earn extra points on shopping, dining, and travel.

For example, there could be an offer such as spending $200+ at Marriott Hotels and Resorts and receiving $50 cash back as a statement credit.

You can find all of your Amex Offers by signing into your American Express account. You will need to “Add to Card” each offer to be eligible for the special offer.

Amex Offers

37. Ability to Transfer Points to Airlines and Hotels

American Express Membership Rewards is a popular rewards program that offers a variety of redemption options, including travel, merchandise, gift cards, and more.

However, to get the most value out of your rewards, it’s important to use them strategically.

One of the best ways to use Amex Membership Rewards is through transfer partners.

The program partners with over 20 airline and hotel partners, including ANA, Air Canada Aeroplan, Iberia Avios, and Avianca LifeMiles.

By transferring your points to these partners, you can often get more value per point and enjoy a wider range of redemption options.

American Express Logo Membership Rewards Transfer Partners [1 to 1]
Aer Lingus Aer Lingus Avios AEROMEXICO LOGO AeroMexico [1 to 1.6]
Air Canada Air Canada Aeroplan Air France Air France/KLM Flying Blue
ANA ANA Avianca Avianca LifeMiles
British Airways British Airways Avios Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Delta Air Lines Delta SkyMiles El Al El Al [1,000 to 20]
Emirates logo Emirates Etihad Etihad Guest
Hawaiian Airlines logo Hawaiian Airlines Iberia logo Iberia Avios
JetBlue JetBlue [250 to 200] Qantas Logo Qantas
Qatar Airways logo Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Singapore KrisFlyer
Virgin Atlantic logo Virgin Atlantic Choice Logo Choice
Marriott Hotels Marriott Bonvoy Hilton Hotels Hilton Honors [1 to 2]

38. Global Dining Access by Resy

American Express owns the dining reservation company Resy. You can unlock special dining experiences, exclusive reservations, and more when you add your card to your profile.

39. Platinum Card® Concierge

American Express Concierge can help you with variety of different requests such as dinner reservations, buying concert and show tickets, delivery of flowers, travel assistance, and more.

I’ve used them to get hard-to-find dinner reservations and  tickets to broadway plays.

40. Premium Global Assist Hotline

American Express offers a Premium Global Assist on several of its premium cards. 

This 24/7 hotline can assist you wherever you are in the world with customs information, emergency medical transportation, information of nearby medical facilities, replacement of prescriptions, legal assistance, or help with missing luggage.

The helpful advice is free, but the services are at your own expense.

41. International Airline Program

Cardholders get access to Amex’s International Airline Program, which gets you special discounts on International First, Business, and Premium Economy Class tickets booked through American Express Travel.

On average, you can expect to save average of $150 on premium economy tickets, $300 on business class tickets, and $600 on first class tickets.

42. No Preset Spending Limit

American Express’s No Preset Spending Limit feature is a unique aspect of their credit cards that offers users flexible spending capacity.

Unlike traditional credit cards, there is no predetermined limit on the amount you can spend. Instead, the amount you can spend adjusts according to factors such as your purchase, payment, and credit history.

43. Departures Online Magazine

Platinum cardholders get online access to Departures, which was previously a print lifestyle again, which is now a digital magazine published seven times per year.

44. Invitation Only Events

Platinum cardholders get special access to seats and VIP packages by just holding the card.

Amex Invitation Only

45. American Express Experiences

Cardholders get access to American Express Experiences, which is early access to tickets at events such as the U.S. Open and Broadway plays.

46. American Express Global Venue Benefits

Cardmembers get access to special areas in venues for exclusive perks and discounts. 

I’ve used this perk several times for Lakers and Clippers games where I would buy the cheapest ticket and watch the game from the Amex Lounge.

Here are the venues:

  • Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Climate Pledge Arena (Seattle, WA)
  • Crypto.com Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Dignity Health Sports Park (Carson, CA)
  • Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)
  • OVO Arena Wembley (London, UK)
  • The O2 (London, UK)
  • UBS Arena (Elmont, NY)
  • United Center (Chicago, IL)
  • Vivint Arena (Salt Lake City, UT)

47. Wheels Up

For those of you who are wealthy enough to fly private, Platinum cardholders receive special perks at the private jet company Wheels Up.

Cardmembers get a waived booking transaction fee (normally $495) when you book your first flight through their app, discounted membership ($2,396 instead of $2,995), and guaranteed capped hourly rates on 1 roundtrip or one-way flight on a Wheels Up King Air 350i within the continental U.S. (subject to availability).

48. Cruise Privileges Program

With the Cruise Privileges Program, cardmembers that book via American Express can enjoy exclusive benefits and complimentary amenities that are unique to each cruise line.

Many times is a shipboard credit, excursion credit, or bottle of champagne.

49. Amex Auto Purchasing Program

The American Express Auto Purchasing Program powered by TrueCar allows cardholders to buy a new or used car at competitive pricing and put at least $2,000 of the purchase price on your American Express card.

50. American Express® MyCredit Guide

American Express offers a free online tool to show you your credit score, credit report, and provide alerts if there are any changes to your TransUnion credit report.

51. InCircle®

Enroll your card into InCircle, a Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman rewards program, and you can earn a $100 point card every time you earn 10,000 InCircle points. 

Points can be used to shop at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow and CUSP.

52. Premium Car Rental Protection

American Express offers only secondary rental car insurance on select cars, but American Express offers primary rental car insurance under their Premium Car Rental Protection for an extra fee of around $19.95 to $24.95 per rental period (not per day). 

This is a good deal for longer rentals because it covers up to 42 consecutive days, whereas other primary car rental programs only cover shorter rentals.

53. Metal Card

The Amex Platinum is a metal card weight approximately 18 grams, making it one of the heaviest cards on the market.

The Verdict

Whew, that’s a lot to cover. The Amex Platinum is jammed packed with tons of benefits from statement credits, airport lounge access, elite status, and special access.

If you can take advantage of all of its benefits, the Amex Platinum can be a very lucrative card to hold in the long term.

So are you going to add the Amex Platinum to your wallet?

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The Platinum Card® from American Express
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  • Potentially Higher Welcome Bonus via Referral.
  • 5x Points on Flights Booked Directly With Airlines (up to $500,000 in purchases each calendar year)
  • Airport Lounge Access (Centurion, Delta Sky Club, Priority Pass, Escape, and Plaza Premium)
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • $695 Annual Fee (Rates & Fees)
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