Amex Platinum Card Benefits: Adding Authorized Users
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Recently we saw The Platinum Card® from American Express relaunched with new benefits, a bigger welcome bonus, and a higher annual fee. The card now has a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months. On top of that, the card’s annual fee increased by $100, though I think for most people the new benefits will more than make up for the increased annual fee.
I get a lot of questions about the details of the benefits of The Platinum Card® from American Express, so I’m writing a series about the various benefits of the card.
In this post I wanted to talk about the free hotel status you get just for having the Amex Platinum Card. This is a benefit that’s available as long as you have the card, though you do have to activate it. I imagine a majority of cardmembers don’t take advantage of this opportunity, so here’s an explanation of how you can do so easily.
What hotel status do you get with the Amex Platinum Card?
The Amex Platinum Card comes with Hilton Honors Gold status and Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status. However, ever since Marriott took over Starwood, SPG Gold status can be matched to Marriott Rewards Gold status, including if you earned SPG Gold through the Amex Platinum Card.
Do Amex Platinum Card authorized users get hotel status?
They sure do. Keep in mind that you can add three authorized users to the Amex Platinum Card for $175, so this is a great way to get three people mid-tier hotel status in three programs for under $60 each, not even accounting for all the other benefits.
How do you request Hilton Honors Gold status?
You can request your free Hilton Honors Gold status online easily. Visit this page, and log into your American Express account.
On the next page you’ll be prompted to enter your Hilton Honors number.
Then within 72 hours your Hilton account should automatically be updated with Gold status.
What are the benefits of Hilton Honors Gold status?
You can find all Hilton Honors Gold benefits on this page. The way I see it, the most valuable perks of Hilton Honors Gold status are the following:
- Complimentary breakfast at many Hilton brands
- On a space available basis you get an upgrade to a club level room
- 25% bonus points
- Late check-out, subject to availability
The way I see it, the single most valuable perk of Hilton Gold is that you get free breakfast, and/or club lounge access.
How do you request Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status?
You can request your free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status through this website — the process is virtually the same as with Hilton.
On the next page you’ll be prompted to enter your Starwood Preferred Guest number.
Then within 72 hours your SPG account should automatically be updated with Gold status.
What are the benefits of Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status?
You can find all SPG Gold benefits on this page. The way I see it, the most valuable perks of SPG Gold status include the following:
- A 25% points bonus on all stays
- 2PM late check-out, based on availability
- An upgrade to an enhanced room
- Premium in-room internet
- A welcome gift of bonus points
Of these three status levels, I consider SPG Gold to be the least valuable. The main benefits are that you earn more points and get guaranteed late check-out.
How do you request Marriott Gold status?
Once there, select “SPG” as the program, and then log into your SPG account. You’ll then be able to link that to a Marriott account. When it recognizes your SPG Gold status, you’ll instantly be matched to Marriott Gold status.
Which of these status levels is most valuable?
The way I see it, the most valuable status level here is Hilton Gold, followed by Starwood/Marriott Gold.
Hilton Gold gets you lounge access and/or breakfast, though doesn’t get you premium internet or guaranteed late check-out.
Still, I’d say this is more valuable than Marriott/SPG Gold status, which gets you bonus points, late check-out, and a room upgrade.
It’s pretty awesome to be able to earn mid-tier hotel status in three programs just by having the Amex Platinum Card. These status levels gets you some of the most valuable perks offered through status, like free breakfast, lounge access, late check-out, etc. Even better, authorized users get this benefit as well. So if you add three people to your card for a total of $175, everyone gets all three status levels.