I assume as a continued “apology” of the Continental/American Express partnership ending in September, American Express has added a couple of new benefits for their Platinum card. First, American Express Platinum cardholders are now eligible for Priority Pass Select membership, which gets you access to any of their 600 lounges worldwide, with an additional fee of $27 per guest per visit. You can use the Priority Pass lounges regardless of which airline you’re flying. While there’s quite a bit of overlap between that and the American, Delta, and US Airways lounges that members already have access to, there are also some useful, unaffiliated lounges that Platinum members will now have access to.
You can find the full list of lounges that participate here. Most notably, Platinum members now have access to Alaska Board Rooms, and a same day ticket isn’t even required.
Furthermore, American Express is offering Platinum and Centurion cardholders a $100 statement credit if you use your eligible card to sign up for Global Entry, essentially making it free.
I’d say those are a couple of nice new perks!
(Tip of the hat to Gary)