In March, American Express announced that they would be adding further benefits to their Platinum Card issued in the US. I would assume that this was designed to (somewhat) offset the value that the card has lost over the past couple of months due to:
- Loss of access to American Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs
- Reduced guesting privileges for Delta SkyClubs
As part of the new benefits, American Express announced:
- A complimentary Boingo Preferred Plan, giving members access to over 700,000 hotspots worldwide
- A TSA Pre-Check fee waiver, which isn’t valuable to most since there’s already a Global Entry fee waiver, and that comes with TSA Pre-Check (and you can only choose one fee waiver or the other, and not both)
Registration is now open for the Boingo Preferred Plan for American Express Platinum cardmembers.
To register go to amex.boingo.com, where you’ll be prompted to enter your Platinum Card number to confirm your eligibility. For what it’s worth, both primary cardmembers and authorized users are eligible for this benefit.
Once your eligibility is confirmed, you’ll be prompted to create a Boingo account, which should only take a minute. You’ll be brought to a confirmation page, and then within a few minutes will receive an email confirmation with your account details.
Once enrolled, cardmembers will have simultaneous internet access for up to four devices with connection speeds three times faster than 3G. A similar plan would cost $59 per month. It’s worth noting that while you can use Boingo to sign into GoGo inflight internet, this plan doesn’t cover inflight internet, so you’d have to pay for that separately. The extent of that relationship is making it easier to log-in once onboard, as opposed to actually getting you free inflight wifi.
While I don’t think this even begins to make up for the loss of American and US Airways lounge access, or the restricted guest access at Delta SkyClubs, it’s better than nothing.