Today only: American Express Business Platinum card 50,000 point sign-up bonus

Update: The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN has exciting new benefits, and a great new limited time offer. Learn more about the current offer here.

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Today only, American Express is offering a 50,000 point sign-up bonus on the American Express Business Platinum card after spending $10,000 on the card within three months. The current standard offer (on which I do earn a referral bonus, in the interest of full disclosure) is 25,000 points after spending $5,000 on the card within three months, so it’s half the spend and half the bonus. Obviously the 50,000 point offer is a much better deal if you’re a big spender and able to reach the threshold, as the other one is just the standard offer.

The card comes with a $450 annual fee which isn’t waived the first year, though does offer quite a few benefits to offset that. For example, you get a $200 per year airline fee credit, though it’s really a $400 credit since you’d get it for both this year and next year before your annual fee comes due again. And anecdotal evidence suggests that fee credit can be used towards the purchase of airline gift cards as long as you purchase them in small increments. Furthermore, you get access to American, Delta, US Airways, and Priority Pass lounges for as long as you have the card. So essentially a $50 annual fee for lounge access and a nice sign-up bonus is a fantastic deal, assuming you can reach the minimum spend.

Comments

  1. Do you know if it’s possible to just ‘upgrade’ your current Business Gold card to this Platinum and receive the bonus, rather than applying for a whole new card and meeting a new minimum spend? I did the one day 75k point Amex PRG back in November when they had the similar deal but it would be tough to do another 10k spend. And I’ve also read that in the past they give you points just for upgrading the gold to Platinum. Any experience with this or thoughts?

  2. @ Everett — Many times they’ll run promotions for upgrading cards, though unfortunately this particular offer is for new applications only, so I don’t think you could upgrade and get the bonus.

  3. I’d probably just do the usually-available Mercedes Benz Platinum @ $25 higher annual fee but without this spend threshold. Disagree?

  4. Sorry this is about the personal version of the card. Would it make sense to get the MB platinum and cancel the regular platinum before the years is up? Would they still award the bonus for MB platinum even if you already have the regular one? Thanks

  5. Actually, if you go to yahoo site, click “mail”, right next to signing in, AMEX one day offer only has 0 introductory fee, and 175 for the following year.

    I’ve been seeing offer on that site.

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