Some changes were recently made to The Platinum Card® from American Express, including the addition of a $200 annual Uber credit, a new metal card design, and a $100 annual fee increase (Rates & Fees).
As I explained in a post a few days ago, you can request to have American Express send you a metal card, or otherwise, you’ll automatically be sent one when your card’s expiration date approaches. If you do request a new card, though, it may take several days for it to arrive, as the demand for these cards has been very high.
I had the choice between having the package shipped via UPS Next Day or US Mail and chose the former. While the expected delivery date was March 31, it took a few days longer than that, presumably due to the high demand for the card.
Sure enough, the card arrived in a UPS envelope.
Insider the UPS envelope was a smaller white envelope.
In that envelope was a promotional pamphlet about the changes that were made to the card, as well as an envelope for disposing of the card once it expires. Since the new card is metal, it’s not easy to destroy.
Then of course there was also the new metal Amex Platinum Card, which is gorgeous. Amex did a really great job with this new card, and it exceeded my expectations. I love that it’s not shiny, but rather is dull (in a good way). The numbers are on the back of the card and not raised, while only your name, how long you’ve been a member, and your four-digit card ID are on the front. It’s a stylish card. In terms of weight, I’d say the card is heavier than the Chase Sapphire Reserve, but not as heavy as the Ritz-Carlton Card.
Perhaps the bigger issue is that I don’t remember the last time I’ve used my Amex Platinum Card at a retailer, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The card offers 5x points on airfare, so I do use it all the time for airfare purchases, but those aren’t in-person transactions.
Instead, I’m putting most of my Amex spend on The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express. When making 30 transactions on the card per billing cycle, I’m earning 4.5x points at U.S. supermarkets, 3x points at U.S. gas stations, and 1.5x points on other purchases. That’s a much better return.
The new metal Amex Platinum Card is gorgeous — Amex did a really good job with it. If you’re interested in the new card design but haven’t yet been sent the new card, you can easily request a new card online. It may just take a few days to arrive.
To those of you who have received the new metal Amex Platinum Card, what do you make of it?
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).