These include a comprehensive lounge access benefit (Amex Centurion Lounge access, a Priority Pass membership, access to Delta SkyClubs when flying Delta same day, etc.), a $200 annual airline fee credit, $200 annual Uber credit, $100 annual Saks credit, Hilton Honors Gold status, Marriott Gold status, and more.
Centurion Lounge access is one of my favorite Amex Platinum benefits
When it comes to listing the benefits of the card, one of the benefits that I often don’t get even around to listing is the Boingo Preferred Plan.
In 2014 Amex added the Boingo Preferred Plan as a benefit on the Amex Platinum Card. This gave those with eligible American Express cards complimentary unlimited wifi access at over one million hotspots around the world for up to four devices.
Registration for that benefit is required, and it’s something I’ve found to be pretty useful. I’ve found myself using this in some cities, but primarily I’ve used it at airports that either doesn’t offer complimentary Wi-Fi or offer a premium (higher speed) option through Boingo.
Unfortunately, it looks like this benefit is ending. As of May 1, 2019, the Boingo Preferred Plan will no longer be an Amex Platinum Card benefit. However, if you are enrolled as of April 30, 2019, you’ll continue to have access through December 31, 2019.
We know about this because people are reporting that their latest Amex Platinum Card statement has the following note:
Effective May 1, 2019, Boingo Preferred Plan will no longer be a benefit on the Platinum Card®. Card Members who are enrolled in Boingo Preferred Plan as of 4/30/2019, will continue to have access to this benefit until 12/31/2019.
While I’m sad to see this change, this wasn’t one of the primary reasons I had the card, so it also won’t impact whether or not I keep the card.
If you have an eligible card and don’t yet have a Boingo membership, you can still register for a Boingo Amex Preferred Plan here. The process is easy, and you just have to provide your 15 digit card number to verify eligibility and get started.
So far I’ve only seen reports of people seeing this notice on the Amex Platinum Card. However, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express and Marriott Bonvoy BusinessTM American Express® Card offer this benefit as well.
It could be that this is just staying on as a business card benefit, or it could be that it’s being cut from those cards as well. If anyone has either of those cards and had a statement that recently closed, please report back with whether you see such a notice or not.
Will you miss the Boingo benefit on the Amex Platinum Card?
(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).