The Business Platinum® Card from American Express is a fantastic card that I consider to be well worth it for all the perks that if offers. The card has a huge welcome bonus of up to 75,000 Membership Rewards points upon completing minimum spend, and the annual fee is $450.
The card comes with tons of perks that potentially make it worthwhile, including:
- A $200 annual airline fee credit
- Access to Amex Centurion Lounges
- Access to Delta SkyClubs when flying Delta same day
- A Priority Pass membership
- Free Hilton and Marriott Gold status
- Access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts
- Access to the Amex International Airline Program, which can save you a ton on premium airfare
- A TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry free credit, once every four years
- 10 Gogo wifi passes each calendar year
Access Amex Centurion Lounges with the Amex Business Platinum Card
Do note that some major changes are being made to the card as of February 2019. The card’s annual fee will be raised to $595. The card will get the added benefits of a complimentary year of access to WeWork, plus up $200 in statement credits each year for any Dell technology purchases. Personally I think the changes are negative, since I don’t use WeWork or Dell, but others may feel differently.
Anyway, while many of the benefits of The Platinum Card® from American Express and the business version of the card overlap, one of the unique features of the business version is that it offers 10 Gogo wifi passes per calendar year.
When you sign-up for the card you have to activate the passes through this website, which is an easy process. Assuming you already have a Gogo account, they’ll simply deposit the wifi passes in your account, and they’ll be there to use instantly.
Historically you get the passes as soon as you sign up for the card, and then again at the beginning of the following year. However, for the past couple of years they’ve deposited them a bit early, including this year.
Those with the Amex Business Platinum Card should have received an email informing them that their 10 Gogo wifi passes for 2019 have already been deposited in their accounts, and are valid through December 31, 2019. This is great if you’ve used all of your 2018 passes and have upcoming holiday travel, as you’ll be able to use them early.
This is a benefit that I find to be immensely valuable. Gogo’s cheapest all day passes sell for $19 each, so personally I value this benefit at ~$190 or so. On the down side, each of these is only valid for one segment. On the plus side, they’re even valid for international longhaul segments, where the cost of Gogo may otherwise be higher if paying cash.
However, for those who don’t plan well in advance, this could be worth even more. For example, sometimes I’ve seen Gogo try to charge $40 for a wifi pass for a single flight when not purchased online.
The Amex Business Platinum Card is incredibly valuable all around, and a card that I’ve found to be well worth it. One of the features that differentiates the business version of the card is the 10 Gogo wifi passes it offers each year, which should now be in your account for 2019, assuming you have the card and have registered.