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Earlier I posted about how American Express confirmed on Twitter that The Platinum Card® from American Express will offer 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines as of October 6, 2016. For a couple of weeks now we’ve been hearing rumors of changes coming to the card, so this enhancement on everyday spend came as a welcome change.
However, American Express quickly denied their statement in a follow-up Tweet, suggesting that this was in fact an “old offer.” It sure sounded to me like this was the case of someone releasing information too early, rather than the information being wrong, given that there had been rumors of positive changes for a while.
Well, it looks like American Express has now officially officially confirmed, through a spokesperson, that this benefit is coming to the card. Per the Associated Press:
As of Thursday, AmEx Platinum Card users will earn five points for every dollar spent directly with airlines or on AmEx’s travel website, a spokeswoman said, up from the current one point per dollar earned on airfare. The company wanted to improve the program ahead of the busy holiday travel season. The reward changes will be automatic and apply to all Platinum Card holders, the spokeswoman said.
That’s great news! It now seems pretty certain that Amex will be making changes to their existing Platinum Card, rather than introducing a new product altogether.
What remains to be seen is whether they’ll be making any other changes to The Platinum Card® from American Express, or if this is it.
Regardless, all of my airfare spend will be going on this card in the future.