The Platinum Card review September 2020

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Enjoy extensive travel benefits and no interest charges with this super-premium (and as of June 2019, metal!) option from Amex.

If you travel often and want to access a wide range of benefits through your spending, such as airport lounge access and a concierge service, it could be worth considering this charge card from American Express.

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£575

Yearly account fee

Up to 30,000 points

Intro bonus

Earn 1 point

per £1 spent

Details

IssuerAmerican Express
NetworkAmex
Rep. APRN/A (this product is a charge card).
Annual/monthly fees£575 per annum
Loyalty schemePoints
IncentiveAs a new Cardmember, earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £4,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Additional Rewards InfoComplimentary one year premium membership to the sleep and meditation app Calm worth £28.99, until 31.10.20. Dedicated Platinum Service to take care of your travel and lifestyle plans such as your next travel adventure, dinner reservations and tickets to sold-out shows. Exclusive online access to American Express Travel, an online travel agency where flights, hotels, car hire and experiences can be booked. US$200 credit on every private home rental stay booked with onefinestay. When renting a car abroad, the theft, damage and liability additional/optional car rental insurance is covered for up to £50,000. £10 per month credit when booking a car with Addison Lee. Refund Protection - goods purchased from UK retailers, on or offline, will be refunded the purchase price up to a maximum of £300 per item, should the retailer refuse to refund or take back an unused item within 90 days of purchase. Access to tickets for must-see music, theatre and film events, often before they go on sale to the general public with American Express Experiences. Eligible for American Express Connect where cardmembers can choose offers from selected retailers to obtain discounts or cashback.
Lounge accessComplimentary access to over 1,200 airport lounges across more than 130 countries worldwide through Priority Pass, with supplementary cardholder as guest. Access to the new Centurion Lounge, coming soon to Heathrow Terminal 3.

Expert review

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Expert review

The Platinum Card has no specified spending limit and a monster welcome bonus (subject to a minimum spend – see table above). There’s a high annual fee, but if you’re likely to spend a fair bit on the card, and could really milk the ongoing rewards, then this card could be a good choice. Plus, you can request one supplementary card (yep – also metal) perhaps for a partner or family member, to earn reward points faster and to share the perks.

Being a charge card, you won’t be able to carry an outstanding balance from month to month – you’ll need to pay off your spending each statement cycle, and in return won’t be charged interest.

The impressive perks attached to this card are geared up to frequent travellers. You and an additional cardholder can benefit from complimentary airport lounge access, comprehensive worldwide travel cover (subject to enrolment) and hotel benefits like room upgrades and late check-outs.

Oh, and did we mention it’s made of metal?

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Airport lounge access and a very appealing welcome bonus.

Cons

  • High annual fee of £575 per annum.

How does this card compare to others that earn Membership Rewards?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Max. intro bonus Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
American Express Rewards Credit Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.2% (variable)
Go to site
More Info
As a new Cardmember, earn 5,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.2% APR (variable).
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
10,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
56.6% (variable)
Go to site
More Info
New Cardmember offer: Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.2% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 56.6% APR (variable).
The Platinum Card
30,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
£575 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
More Info
As a new Cardmember, earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £4,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
The American Express Green Card
N/A
1 point per £1 spent
£60 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
Go to site
More Info
1 point earned for virtually every £1 spent. Rewards points can be used as currency to buy flights and package holidays through American Express Travel. Reward points can also be redeemed for a wide range of products, experiences, travel and hotel stays.
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How to apply for the The Platinum Card

If you want to apply for this platinum charge card, just click on the “Go to website” button below, and you’ll be taken to a secure application form. This takes about 15 minutes to complete. Before you apply, check that you meet the eligibility requirements and have the information and documents you’ll need to make the process as straightforward as possible.

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Can I use American Express Platinum with Addison Lee?

Yes, you can use your Amex Platinum card to book a private car or vehicle, and can also use it with CityFleet, Radio Taxis and Checker Cars. You can book a car up to three months in advance by using the Addison Lee app.

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