American Express Unveils New Platinum Card Benefits
Both existing American Express customers and new applicants will enjoy new benefits of being a Platinum Card holder, after Amex debuted a new card design, as well as a slew of new perks and services that come along with being a cardmember.
Among the new services is a partnership with Uber, the popular ridesharing app, that gives Amex Platinum members up to $200 a year in credits for Uber rides, along with automatic VIP status where applicable. Members also get 5 times the Membership Reward points when they book an eligible hotel on amextravel.com, at certain restaurants in the Global Dining Collection, and an expanded Global Lounge collection, as well as access to more events across the globe.
New membership fee structure
All of these new services don’t come without a price tag: the annual membership fee has been hiked from $400 to $550 per year. Existing cardmembers will owe this amount on their annual renewal date, or after September 1, 2017.
While this fee is rather hefty, keep in mind that it comes with great rewards, especially if you’re a frequent traveler. Amex Platinum cardholders enjoy a high level of customer service, including around-the-clock concierge service, access to luxury airport lounges offering complimentary food and beverages, as well as charging stations, private work areas, meeting rooms, and spa services.
American Express members also have their purchases protected, in case of loss, theft, or factory defects; they can always call Amex for help with a purchase, or an unfamiliar charge, or really anything else. Platinum Card holders are VIPs who have access to excellent service at all times.
Events and tickets
American Express also regularly puts on concerts, sporting events, and other special events for its members. Cardholders get early access to tickets, exclusive benefits, and sneak previews. “Whether it’s VIP treatment at a Chicago Bulls game or getting tickets to the acclaimed Broadway show Hamilton, we look forward to celebrating the new Platinum Card launch,” said Janey Whiteside, a senior vice president at American Express. “We’re excited about the response we’ve already seen from our cardmembers about the new Platinum Card benefits and services, and can’t wait to give them the opportunity to experience them first-hand.”