Amex Platinum Adding $200 Amex Travel Credit

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American Express has been adding a variety of benefits to cards in light of evolved consumer spending patterns due to COVID-19. It looks like The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) will soon be getting yet another benefit.

Amex Platinum adding $200 Amex Travel credit

As reported by Doctor Of Credit, the Amex Platinum will be getting a $200 Amex Travel credit later this year:

  • This will be valid between August 2020 and December 2021
  • This will be valid for the personal version of the card only, and only for those who renew their card between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020
  • A statement credit of up to $200 can be earned after an eligible travel purchase is made through American Express Travel

We’ll have to wait to find out all the terms, but Amex Travel is a full service travel site:

  • You can book hotels through Amex Travel, though the catch is that since they’re essentially a third party agency, you usually won’t receive elite credits or benefits if you’re staying at a chain hotel
  • You can book flights through Amex Travel, so hopefully this is valid for that as well

Amex Platinum also offering cell phone & streaming credits

The above new benefit complements the benefits that have already been added to the Amex Platinum, including a $20 monthly cell phone and $20 monthly streaming credit from May through December 2020. This can offer cardmembers up to $320 worth of value, which is awesome.

Frankly that was more than I was expecting them to do in the first place, so I’m quite pleased with these new perks.

Bottom line

In addition to the up to $40 in monthly credits already being offered for the rest of 2020, the Amex Platinum Card will also be getting a $200 Amex Travel credit this summer. The way Amex is going about this is smart, as receiving the credit will be based around renewing your card, which creates a good incentive to do so.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out the exact terms of the Amex Travel credit, but hopefully it’s valid for both flights and hotels.

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Comments
  1. And those that renewed in March gets screwed. Why not just make it for anyone who renewed in all of 2020?

  2. The renewal membership fee was charged to my account in March. Why did Amex choose an April cutoff…

  3. I agree. This is BS. Why wouldn’t it be all members who renewed in 2020? We are all not able to travel not matter when you renewed. I renewed in January so I basically had one month of travel perks.

  4. I would barely call Amex Travel a Full-Service travel site. It’s a mediocre booking tool however when need any sort of service Amex Travel can be extremely frustrating. They really under fund talented voice agents so heaven help you if you need anything more than basic.

  5. @Ben — Still closing or downgrading my card in a few days. I figure I’ll be better of with a welcome or upgrade bonus later when they are even more desperate for good customers. AMEX should not be trusted with yet more reimbursements. They have proven that they will stab you in the back with their clawbacks. No thank you.

  6. my renewal is in June! already got my $200 airline credit in gift cards, received about $80 off on recent amazon purchases by using .01 worth of points. And now an easy $200 travel credit. Amex keeps adding value.

  7. oof.. renewed in mid March. That’s brutal. Cheers to those who get it though, seems like a very nice perk.

  8. I like how the details are forthcoming. “Oh, we didn’t mean you can use it on anything. We meant you can only use it on hotels that you don’t have any status with. Valid for room-service or spa charges only. And you can only use $30 of it per month.”

    That would be more like Amex. I’m still going to get $0 out of their fabled $200 in airline credits this year. Cancelling in October before AF hits.

  9. That’s a good one. They should probably make that change permanent, if it’s as simple as the CSR or Prestige’s travel credits.

    If not, replace the airline incidental fee credit with this moving forward.

  10. my card renewal is in December as opened it then although the annual fee hits in early Jan – is eligibility based on renewal relating to approval date or when the fee hits?

  11. I canceled mine last month even with them offering 30k for 4K spend. I’m tired of having to jump through hoops with amex for everything. If you’re really having to count 20 bucks here and there as justification for keeping the card is it really worth the time and headache involved. The platinum used to provide outsized value bar none. Now we’re trying to nickel and dime our way to rationalizing how 550 is worth it. I’d rather have 550 in my pocket and not feel the need to randomly sign up for shit to get a credit (of something I already paid for in the fee mind you).

  12. Yeah, this is a really attractive retention tool when travel is through the floor. I’m unlikely to be traveling for the rest of 2020, as are, I strongly suspect, most people, including Amex Platinum cardmembers.

  13. I’m canceling cards. Canceled the Hyatt since I had a hard time using the free night and the status didn’t mean much and I don’t expect to do much traveling. Next up is the Surpass card, I can get gold status from the Platinum card so why waste any money on Surpass.

    Good time to hack and slash the stack of cards I have. Unless you use the benefits they are pointless. And many have redundant benefits (can’t use multiple credits for GE, etc.).

    And right now I doubt I will use the points I do have.

  14. I would assume that Platinum Travel Service is considered part of American Express Travel — and their reservations are made directly through the GDS in the hotel’s own reservation system, so this is NOT a third-party reservation.

    You can even have your personal TA make an FHR reservation for you (to get the $200 credit). They just have to call AMEX Agency Services. Your TA will get the commission. You’ll get the FHR amenities and the $200 credit.

  15. I really don’t get it. No guarantee this will even be usable in the future- it certainly isn’t right now. Amex is hoping our eyes will glaze over after we read “$200”. This is not a $200 credit, not even close. To say nothing of being unable to use the $200 airline credits this year as someone else mentioned above. Such a joke. They should just offer $200 off the annual fee if they really want to provide a credit. Makes it a no brainer to cancel my plat over CSR this year. Sick of being treated like I’m stupid.

  16. @JD “This will be valid between August 2020 and December 2021”

    ‘You sittin at home for the next 19 months? If yes, then cancel the card immediately; you’re not a traveler.

  17. @Jan too many open ends with this.
    Who knows how they will define “eligible purchases”?
    Who knows if they will be courteous enough to not jack up the prices through their own portal?
    Who knows when we will actually be able to travel again?

    To me, it seems like a disingenuous attempt to try and reassure people that Amex cares about us and wants us to be happy, by tricking us into thinking we will be $200 richer when it reality it will not add up to the full $200 for most people.

  18. This looks like a good place to cross-post my comment on this $200 AMEX credit, and share my AMEX and general credit card strategy going forward.

    It appears that there may be different versions of this offer, i.e., it may also be targeted, at least for the business version of the AMEX Platinum card.

    The renewal of my Business Platinum Card by AMEX (aka AMEX Biz Plat) is next month, and night now I have the following as one of ‘AMEX Offers’ for this card, apparently to thank me for being a member since 2003, *no purchases necessary other than renewing*:
    __________________________________________
    Card Member Since 2003
    To show our appreciation, we’re giving you a $200 appreciation credit for your Business Platinum Card account upon renewal. Terms Apply. [1]

    [1] Eligible Business Platinum Card Members as determined by American Express in its sole discretion, will be eligible to receive a one-time $200 statement credit after Card renewal. The statement credit will be applied to the eligible card account within 8-12 weeks of the account renewal month. This statement credit is limited to Basic (not Additional) Card Members only. Offer is non-transferable. If the eligible Business Platinum Card is cancelled, or you have downgraded or upgraded your Card up to 45 days after the first day of your renewal month, you will not receive the one-time $200 statement credit. American Express reserves the right to modify or revoke offer at any time.
    __________________________________________

    The offer is clearly tailored, but I may not be eligible for it because of this condition: “If the eligible Business Platinum Card is cancelled, or you have downgraded or upgraded your Card up to 45 days after the first day of your renewal month, you will not receive the one-time $200 statement credit.”

    In January of this year I applied and was instantly approved for the Personal AMEX Plat, which I got because it awards 5x on airline tickets purchased pretty anywhere, while to get 5x on airline tickets with the Biz Plat, one has to make purchases through amextravel.com. That limitation killed the AMEX Biz Plat for me. I did not need two AMEX Platinum cards with high annual fees, so I called customer support for the Biz Plat and told them after 17 years I could no longer justify keeping their product and explained why. They agreed that the Personal Platinum was a better fit for me. After some discussion about my options, during which they offered me all kinds replacement of cards, I decided that I would simply cancel the Biz Plat a month before its renewal date to avoid paying the annual fee, and leave it at that.

    Yesterday, I call the Biz Plat customer support to cancel the card, figuring that it was about time. Again, before processing my request to cancel, the agent, who fully understood why and agreed with me but is nevertheless trained to make pitches for one or more possible replacements for a card that is being cancelled, pitched just one card to me: The Business Gold AMEX, saying that AMEX specifically designed it to be “their rewards card.”

    The annual fee for the AMEX Biz Gold would be $295, which was a plus compared to retaining the Biz Plat @$595, but then she mentioned 4x on US restaurant dining. That is when it clicked. I am now patronizing SQ Krisflyer, which is an AMEX MR transfer partner, therefore, there was room for this card in my walled…at the expense of the CSR, which is somewhat decreasing in importance as I move away from UA. But the CSR still has a big role to play: The AMEX Biz Gold 4x on restaurant dining is no good when one is overseas. That is when the CSR shines, since its 3x on dining and travel is good WORLDWIDE, which is why it remains one of the most compelling rewards CCs out there, despite claims of its demise or being “passé.”

    Anyway, I decided to “downgrade” my Biz Plat to the Biz Gold, and I just checked the account, and it’s been seamlessly converted to Biz Gold with retention of the account number and “member since” date. Interestingly, with various adjustments and prorated credits, including a line that said “membership fee”, I now have a balance of -$39 in the new Biz Gold account, suggesting that I may get the first year of the this card essentially free. Downgrading my Biz Plat to the Biz Gold made me ineligible for this $200 AMEX Offer credit, but it’s no biggie.

    So, this is my credit card strategy going forward:

    AMEX Plat – All airline tickets (5x MR)
    AMEX Biz Gold – *US* restaurant dining (4x MR)
    CSR – All other “travel” (e.g., taxi, train, Lyft) and ALL dining overseas (3x UR)
    Chase Ink Biz cash — internet subscription, mobile phone, skype (5x UR)
    Chase Freedom Unlimited – Everything else (1.5x UR)
    Hotels — Each program’s highest earning co-brand card.

    We’re ready to rock world!

  19. Have American amex cards not had teavel credits? In Australia the platinum cards receive $400 every membership year. We do also have a higher card fee.

  20. I got I guess something similar for my Amex Delta card. I got an email today saying I’d get a $50 statement credit after I renew this year.

    Of course my Plat renews annually in January so I won’t get this $200 credit.

  21. Good move and makes me glad to be a member since 1986.

    Also for those claiming Amex travel isn’t any good I booked 3 Delta One tickets to Italy for August w Amex IAP. Last Thursday I got an email that Delta had changed the trip significantly. I’ll say they did – still had flight CLT-JFK and return ATL-CLT but cancelled JFK-VCE and FCO-ATL. Delta however said itinerary was still in place ($6500 for 3 worthless open jaw domestic first class tickets I guess). Only option on DL website (I have lifetime status w them) was a credit. I knew I was slide a refund but didn’t look forward to fighting w Delta. Called Amex travel. Took over 30 minutes to jump through the hoops and Delta had just let them start requesting refunds the day before. Told could be 4-6 weeks. Well the $6500 credit hit my Platinum card account 4 days later!! BTW still waiting after almost a month for Delta to refund $200 for a flight they cancelled in May.

    I’m sold on Amex travel. Not only was the IAP pricing cheaper than anywhere else ($1100 a ticket cheaper than Delta’s website) but they got me a refund in record time!

    I don’t try to add stuff up to justify my platinum card fee since I’m happy w what I get and really like service like this to help me out of a bind!

  22. @DCS check out the Amex green card. They advertise 3x points at restaurants worldwide and on all other travel that the platinum doesn’t cover.

    That being said- the CSR gets you priority pass with restaurants included which Amex no longer offers (they only do lounges now).

  23. @DCS also, the personal gold card also states 4x restaurants world wide And the biz gold has categories that adjust to your spending…

  24. Is the $200 in addition to the airline credit? What if you used some of the airline credit earlier this year?

  25. @Kevin — Thanks for the great suggestions. I did look at the Personal AMEX Gold benefits and knew that it offered 4x worldwide for restaurant dining, but then I weighed my earning of UR vs MR points, and decided to downgrade to the AMEX business Gold instead. I will be earning a lot of MR points, which will now be most of my earned points, on airline tickets at 5x and domestic restaurants at 4x, but as a UA 1MM and lifetime Gold (as well as *A Gold), I still wanted to maintain balance continue to earn significant numbers of UR points to keep the option of redeeming *A awards through UA, which has a number of advantages, like ease of searching the *A awards space or not levying or passing fuel surcharges on to customers, unlike SQ which does not levy the fuel surcharges on their own flights but would pass them from partners on to customers. I saw no advantages to the AMEX Green over the CSR, which remains my one ‘overseas card’, including for a broadly defined category of dining, and for ground transportation worldwide, which is also very broadly defined as ‘travel.’

    Lastly, I wanted to maintain a good business card after dumping the Biz Plat, and the AMEX Biz Gold seemed to fit the bill, with 4X on any 2 of the following categories each billing cycle that I spend the most on, which you alluded to and I thought is kind of cool:

    Airfare purchased directly from airlines
    U.S. purchases for advertising in select media (online, TV, radio)
    U.S. purchases made directly from select technology providers of computer hardware, software, and cloud solutions
    U.S. purchases at gas stations
    U.S. purchases at restaurants
    U.S. purchases for shipping

  26. Super disappointed that this Travel Credit doesn’t apply to those who renewed between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2020. If this is how AMEX wants to do it, then why don’t they limit the streaming and wireless service benefits as well? Everyone is affected by the travel slowdown the same as everyone else. Whether it lasts six, nine, or twelve months, every cardmember shares the same pain, no matter what his/her renewal date is. Someone whose renewal date fell between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2020 isn’t affected any less than the rest.

  27. The reason the CSR remains my card for dining overseas is how broadly it defines ‘dining.’ According to OMAAT the AMEX Gold does not award 4x for “nightclubs, and restaurants located within other establishments”, which happen to be venues where I overwhelmingly use the CSR overseas. Pretty much every type of night entertainment establishment, including those located within other establishments or hotels earn 3x on the CSR.

  28. Has there been anything official announced? I can’t find anything on any Amex website.

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