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The main reason I have these cards is because of the great perks they offer. However, if you’re a new cardmember it can be tough to navigate all these perks.
In this post I figured I’d talk about what you should do as soon as you get the Platinum Card in the mail. If you already have the card and have taken advantage of all the perks, then by all means skip this post, but it’s something I get a lot of questions about.
Activate your Priority Pass membership
Just for having the Platinum Card you get a Priority Pass membership, which gets you access to over 1,300 lounges around the world. However, you need to specifically request the card in order to take advantage of the perk. To do so, register for Priority Pass at this link.
You’ll be asked to confirm your information, and then within a couple of weeks should receive your Priority Pass card in the mail.
Priority Pass gets you access to lounges around the world
Activate your Hilton Honors Gold status
Just for having the Platinum Card you get Hilton Honors Gold status, which gets you room upgrades, club lounge access (subject to availability), free breakfast, etc. This benefit is good for as long as you have the card, though you have to register for Hilton Honors Gold status.
Receive breakfast as a Hilton Honors Gold member
Activate your Marriott Bonvoy Gold status
Just for having the Platinum Card you get Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status, which gets you perks like room upgrades, enhanced internet, bonus points, late check-out subject to availability, and more. This benefit is good for as long as you have the card, though you have to register for Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status.
You may receive upgraded rooms as a Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite member
Sign-up for Global Entry
One of the perks of the Platinum Card is a Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check credit once every four years. I highly recommend getting Global Entry, since that automatically comes with TSA Pre-Check, while the inverse isn’t true.
To take advantage of this just charge the Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check fee to your card, and it will automatically be reimbursed. There’s no registration required. You can even use this to pay the fee for a friend or family member, should you already have it.
Use your credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check
Designate a preferred airline
One of the benefits of both the Amex Personal Platinum and Amex Business Platinum is that you get a $200 annual airline fee credit. To take advantage of this you need to designate a US airline, with the choices including Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United.
If you’re an existing cardmember, you can select your airline of choice in January of each year, and if you don’t, your previous selection will roll over. If you’re a new cardmember then you can select your preferred airline.
To verify or select your airline of choice, log into your Amex account, and then click on the “Benefits” tab along the top. Then scroll to the section that talks about the airline fee credit, and you’ll see the link to “select an airline.”
Also keep in mind that whatever airline you designate will also be the airline for which your 35% off “Pay With Points” option applies on the Amex Business Platinum. So choose your airline carefully, especially with the business card.
You can designate United as your airline of choice
Sign-up for free car rental status
Just for having an Amex Platinum Card you receive free Avis Preferred, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, and National Emerald Club Executive status. It’s super easy to sign-up. You can register for all of these status levels on this page or by calling Amex customer service.
Enroll in ShopRunner for free 2-day shipping
ShopRunner gives you free 2-day shipping with thousands of brands from 100+ stores. Ordinarily, an annual membership costs $79, but it’s free with an Amex Platinum Card. You can sign-up for this benefit here.
Get free two-day shipping with ShopRunner
Decide if you want to add authorized users
While the Amex Platinum has a high annual fee, you also have the option of adding authorized users at a cost:
- On the personal version of the card, you can add up to three authorized users for $175 (Rates & Fees)
- On the business version of the card, each authorized user costs $300 (Rates & Fees)
Why would you want to consider adding an authorized user? They’ll also get access to Centurion Lounges, as well as a Priority Pass membership. If you add three authorized users to the Amex Personal Platinum for $175, that’s like paying ~$58 per authorized user. That’s a heck of a deal for an annual Centurion Lounge membership.
Adding authorizers users can be worthwhile for Centurion Lounge access
Use your Uber credits (Personal Platinum Only)
The Amex Platinum Card offers $200 in annual Uber credits. That comes in the form of a $15 monthly Uber credit, and in December you get a $35 credit, all of which can be applied towards US rides.
To take advantage of this just add your Amex Platinum to your Uber profile. You don’t actually have to pay with the card, but rather this will cause that credit to apply to your Uber Cash balance, and automatically be used towards rides.
Get up to $200 in annual Uber credits
Enroll for Saks credits (Personal Platinum Only)
The Amex Platinum Card offers $100 in annual Saks credits. That comes in the form of a $50 credit in the first half of the year, and a $50 credit in the second half of the year. Those apply to purchases made in-store or online with Saks.
You need to enroll for the Saks benefit.
Get up to $100 in annual Saks credits
Start loading Amex Offers
One of my favorite perks of Amex cards is the Amex Offers program. With this, you can save money and earn bonus points on all kinds of purchases with American Express.
To take advantage of this, log into your account and scroll down, and you’ll see all kinds of offers. Start adding them to your account and then using your card for purchases where you can score discounts or bonus points.
I earn a significant number of points and cash back using this.
There are so many great perks to both the Amex Personal Platinum and Amex Business Platinum, to the point that it can be overwhelming at first. While there’s a lot more to uncover, the above are the first things I’d do when you get this card in the mail.
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).