Amex Platinum Card Uber Credits Are Now Available

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In early March we learned about major changes that American Express is making to The Platinum Card® from American Express as of March 30, 2017 (which is today).

While the card’s annual fee will be raised by $100, from $450 to $550, the card is also offering some new benefits. Perhaps most significantly, the Platinum Card now offers $200 in Uber credits annually.

Those with the Platinum Card will receive $15 in Uber credits each month, and $35 in Uber credits in December. Each credit is only valid for the month in which it’s issued and for rides in the U.S. There’s no need to actually pay for any Uber ride with the Platinum Card, but rather you’ll just have to link your accounts and then the code will automatically be added to your account.

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Well, the card changes kick in today, which means that you now have access to your first $15 Uber credit, which expires on April 1, 2017.

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To take advantage of this:

  • Be sure that you have an American Express Platinum Card linked to your Uber account, which you can do by adding it as one of the payment options (there’s no need to actually pay with the card, though you do need to link it)
  • When you go to pay for your ride, you’ll see the option of having the $15 credit applied to your ride
  • Since this is a credit, it can also be combined with most promo codes, since they’re viewed differently
  • Again, make sure you use the first credit within the next couple of days, because it expires on April 1, 2017

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Here’s the email I received from American Express after linking my Platinum Card to my Uber account:

Your Platinum Card® is linked to your Uber account!

Here are the benefits you’ll now receive with Uber:

  • $15 in Uber credits each month for rides in the US, and an extra $20 credit every December with your Platinum Card Membership. That can mean up to $200 annually in Uber savings!;
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you’re also automatically enrolled in Uber VIP status with access to drivers who have earned top user ratings.

For the best experience getting these benefits, be sure to download the latest version of the Uber app.

Terms of your new benefits with Uber

Your monthly ride credits can be applied to any Uber ride in the US. However, unused Amex credits will expire on the last day of each month. Credits will be available for use on the first day of each month. It’s also important for you to know that Uber VIP status is only available in select cities.

Bottom line

When I first heard about the changes being made to the Platinum Card I wasn’t especially excited about them. However, I’ve already gotten $15 of value out of the Uber benefit in the first few hours this benefit has existed, and will easily be able to use the entire $200 credit annually. So the way I see it, it’s worth paying an extra $100 annual fee for $200 worth of Uber credits annually.

Anyway, if you haven’t yet linked your Amex Platinum Card to your Uber account, make sure you do it now, because the first credit expires on April 1, 2017.

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Comments

  1. The first credit expires in 2 days. Awesome. I’m gonna use as many as feasible then say ‘so long’ to the card at renewal and keep the Business Platinum.

  2. If they were smart, the Citi Prestige or CSR folks would be working on a partnership with Lyft. That would be a game changer, and I wouldn’t feel bad about supporting a terrible company.

  3. What a completely useless card. Only the airline credit is somewhat beneficial and only if you know about the loopholes to get the credit.

    So effectively this card had a 350 annual fee. Even the biggest posers wouldn’t put up with that much out of pocket.

  4. Does anybody have any datapoints on what Amex is doing when you call to cancel the Platinum? I don’t think I am alone in seeing these changes as a no-brainer to cancel the personal platinum. Higher fee, useless hotel benefit, useless Uber credit and everything else already have with the business platinum.

  5. Can anyone confirm whether it’s going to work for UberEats in practice?

    Full T&C says it’s not applicable to “other Uber products” but I’m curious what that means in the real world.

    As someone who has a car and doesn’t travel every month, inability to use it on UberEats would be a major blow.

  6. Yes can someone test or let us know about Uber eats? It shows credit when I go to order but not sure if it actually will apply

  7. Both my wife and I have the Platinum card. Can I link both cards to my Uber account and get $30 in total? Thanks!

  8. Anyone else think Amex is a shit show right now? I mean WTF are they thinking? This card is already a ? as surplus goods in most savvy wallets but now… I hope people see the light and this thing becomes the laughing stock of the premium card market unless they can come up with real value for real consumers. Before anyone throws rocks I have the biz plat, wife has personal plat. Almost no spend goes on these. Amex you listening? Once I get our MR balance low my Biz is toast (it would be toast right now if it wasn’t still potentially possible to take advantage of the biz redemption bonus), her personal plat is already toast when new raised AF comes due. Couple this with the fact Amex CS has dropped a chalupa into the toilet. My blood boiled when I saw these changes if you can’t already tell.

  9. Oh everyone, don’t forget to request your metal version of the card…Because one day you’ll be able to sell it for scraps for some value.
    Hat tip VFTW on the metal version request.

  10. If I could use the Uber credit whenever I wanted, it wouldn’t be that bad. But this whole, you can only use 15 bucks a month thing, is just absurd. I didn’t think Amex could decrease the value of their platinum card but yet they continue to surprise….

  11. What happens if you have both Platinum cards? The standard and the mercedes benz for example? Do you get 2 $15 credits?

  12. Interesting that your expiration says Apr 1, 2017. Mine reads Mar 31, 2017. But I got a mysterious $13 Uber credit in addition that does not seem to expire.

  13. As I’ve said before, not everyone will get the value from this card. It’s not for everyone. Just because it’s not for you doesn’t mean it’s not for anyone… The gold Marriott status (from gold SPG status) has gotten me free meals, alcoholic beverages, etc. The Centurion lounges have done the same (and the Sky Clubs). I used it to get Hamilton tickets at face value two rows from the front of the stage. I’ve gotten $200 in airfare credit each year. I’ve used free two-day shipping thanks to this card. I’ve received many miles thanks to the 5x multiplier on airfare (yes, other bonus categories would be nice). I’ve also saved a couple hundred dollars (and made more than a few thousand points) over the last couple of years from AMEX Offers. To me, I easily get the value. You don’t, and that’s ok.

  14. added my Business Plat AMEX but received no email form UBER and do not see the credits on my Uber App. Interesting in that the AMEX site does not yet list the Uber benefit on the “Benefits” tab of my account.

  15. Did it show an UberEats credit before you hit Place Order? Is there another page I’ve never used UberEats before.

    -M

  16. Just called to request the metal version of the card. They’re Fed-Exing it overnight for arrival tomorrow–thanks AMEX

  17. Linked the accounts but didn’t receive an acknowledgement of VIP status and the credit didn’t show up as an option for payment.

  18. I wish you would put in the AMEX headline whether you are talking about personal card or Biz card as the different terms are somewhat confusing and you could help clarify that……..

  19. Tried UberEats last night. When placing order it didn’t show discount, nor did it on the final receipt. Pending charge to my Plat Amex just shows “Uber”, so suspect it will work eventually, but definitely not happening instantly for me.

  20. The über credit is only for the primary card holder? What about the VIP status? Is that only for the primary card holder as well?

  21. Be wary , I contacted Uber because if you already have a credit (let’s say cancelled ride refund) they are deducting that first before dipping into the Amex credit which isn’t right. So I had a $20 total credit on 3/31 ($5 cancellation credit from a previous trip and $15 amex) and they used the cancellation credit instead of amex.

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