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We have had an Amex Platinum card in one form or another for many years now, and even as new rewards credit cards have come on the market, the Amex Platinum remains in our wallets because it offers some very solid built-in perks that can make travel easier and more comfortable.
In additional the the perks it already provided such as select lounge access, $200 in annual airline credits, and access to the Fine Hotel and Resorts perks, The Platinum Card® from American Express actually just added a whole round of new perks such as $200 in Uber credit each year, 5x points on some hotel and air charges, and the ability to get free Gold cards for authorized users. The small business version, The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, has similar but slightly different perks in that it now awards 50% of your redeemed points back if you pay for airfare with points with your selected airline for the year.
Four Free Elite Status Levels Unlocked by the Amex Platinum
However, one thing that both versions of the Amex Platinum have in common is that they provide for elite status in various programs just by holding the card. Taking advantage of these free elite status offers can make your family’s life on the road easier, cheaper, and more enjoyable, but not everyone knows what they are entitled to just by having an Amex Platinum card so I want to share details about four elite status levels that the Platinum card can unlock. I also want to clarify that these elite status levels are free in that they do not require you to spend anything additional to unlock them, but of course having an Amex Platinum does come with an annual fee that typically isn’t free.
The Platinum Card® from American Express: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months
The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards points, 50k after $10,000 in spending and an additional 25k after an additional $10,000 in spending in the first 3 months
Starwood Gold Status:
Starwood Gold status normally requires 10 eligible stays or 25 eligible nights in a calendar year, but it can be yours just by having the Amex Platinum Card. This elite status gets you 50% more base SPG points on eligible stays, 4PM late check-out (not guaranteed at resorts), an “enhanced room” (ie not the worst room), and an amenity such as bonus points, a drink, or other small gift upon check-in.
I know some have to call and reactivate their SPG Gold status each year, but mine has stuck for years now after just requesting it once. You can also activate SPG Gold status online.
Due to the Marriott and SPG merger you can also match your SPG Gold status to Marriott Gold status!
Hilton Honors Gold Status:
Amex Platinum cardholders also get included Hilton Honors Gold status just by registering for it! If you were qualifying the “old fashioned way” with actual travel it would take you 20 stays or 40 nights to get to Hilton Gold status. Hilton Gold status gets you perks such as a 25% bonus on base Hilton points earned, complimentary breakfast at select Hilton brands, potential Hilton lounge access, 5th night free on five night award stays, and late check-out.
Uber VIP Status:
Uber VIP status is usually only available to Uber users who have racked up lots of rides, such as say 100 Uber rides in a certain city, but as of 2017 it is also available to the primary Platinum cardholder. To unlock your Uber VIP status simply add your Amex Platinum card to your Uber account.
Once you have Uber VIP status you should then only be connected to drivers with higher ratings and potentially nicer vehicles in the cities where it is available which currently includes: Atlanta, Dallas, Harrisburg, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
National Car Emerald Club Executive Membership
National Car Emerald Club Executive Membership normally would take you 12 paid rentals or 40 paid rental days in a calendar year, however if you have an Amex Platinum card you can register online for this elite status for no additional fee or hassle!
Once you have Emerald Club Executive Membership you can pay for a Midsize rental and then pick any fullsize or better car on the Executive Emerald Aisle for no additional fee!
If you have an Amex Platinum card and use the CDP code #211762 on your Hertz rental, you can have a four hour grace period. This means if you picked up your car on Tuesday at 10AM, you can keep it until Wednesday at 2PM and still just pay for one day’s rate. This has saved us a ton over the years! I won’t count this as an elite status you can unlock with the Amex Platinum, but in some ways it is even better!
The Amex Platinum Cards provide tons of travel benefits beyond these four elite status levels, so stay tuned for more information on how to maximize all that the Amex Platinum Cards have to offer!
If you have one of the Amex Platinum cards, have you put the elite status levels it provides into action?
The Platinum Card® from American Express: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months, $550 annual fee
The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards points, 50k after $10,000 in spending and an additional 25k after an additional $10,000 in spending in the first 3 months, $450 annual fee
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