The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN are among the most popular premium cards out there. They each have a high annual fee ($550 for the Personal Platinum, $450 for the Business Platinum), though in my opinion the benefits more than offset that.
The main reason I have these cards is because of the great perks they offer. However, if you’re a new cardmember it can be tough to navigate all these perks.
So in this post I figured I’d talk about what you should do as soon as you get the Amex Platinum Card in the mail. If you already have the card and have taken advantage of all the perks, then by all means skip this post, but it’s something I get a lot of questions about.
Activate your Priority Pass membership
Just for having the Platinum Card you get a Priority Pass membership, which gets you access to over 900 lounges around the world. However, you need to specifically request the card in order to take advantage of the perk. To do so, simply go to this page and log-in with your Amex username and password,
You’ll be asked to confirm your information, and then within a couple of weeks should receive your Priority Pass card in the mail.
Activate your Hilton HHonors Gold status
Just for having the Platinum Card you get Hilton HHonors Gold status, which gets you room upgrades, club lounge access (subject to availability), free breakfast, etc. This benefit is good for as long as you have the card, though you’ll have to register for it on this page.
Activate your Starwood Gold status
Just for having the Platinum Card you get SPG Gold status, which gets you a 50% points bonus, guaranteed 4PM check-out, preferred rooms, a welcome amenity, etc. This benefit is good for as long as you have the card, though you’ll have to register for it on this page.
Convert your SPG Gold status into Marriott Gold status
One of the positive things of Marriott taking over Starwood is that the two loyalty programs are offering tier matching. Once your SPG account reflects your new Gold status, go to this page and have it matched to Marriott Gold status, which gets you club lounge access, breakfast, etc.
Register for your free Gogo passes (business card only)
If you have the Amex Business Platinum you can receive 10 free Gogo passes each calendar year. Each pass is valid for one flight, and will automatically be added to your Gogo account. You can go to this page to sign-up for your Gogo passes.
Sign-up for Global Entry
One of the perks is a Global Entry fee credit. So if you don’t yet have Global Entry, sign-up and charge the $100 enrollment fee to your card, as it will be reimbursed. If you already have Global Entry, pay for a friend or family member to enroll, as that should be reimbursed as well.
Sign-up for free Boingo wifi
Boingo gives you access to over a million wifi hotspots around the world, which I’ve found invaluable during my travels, including at airports. So log-in with your card on this page, and you’ll be able to sign-up for a free Boingo Preferred Plan, which gets you free wifi around the world.
Designate a preferred airline
One of the benefits of both the Amex Personal Platinum and Amex Business Platinum is that you get a $200 annual airline fee credit (which I’ve explained the details of in the past). Before you take advantage of this perk, you’ll have to designate a U.S. carrier as your preferred airline, as the benefit will only be valid on that airline. The airline choices include Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.
Also keep in mind that whatever airline you designate will also be the airline for which your 35% off “Pay With Points” option applies on the Amex Business Platinum, as I’ve explained in a previous post. So choose your airline carefully, especially with the business card.
Sign-up for free car rental status
Just for having an Amex Platinum Card you receive free Avis Preferred, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, and National Emerald Club Executive status. It’s super easy to sign-up. You can register for all of these status levels on this page or by calling Amex customer service.
Enroll in ShopRunner for free 2-day shipping
ShopRunner gives you free 2-day shipping with thousands of brands from 140+ stores. Ordinarily an annual membership costs $79, but it’s free with an Amex Platinum Card. You can sign-up for this benefit here.
Decide if you want to add authorized users
While the Amex Platinum has a high annual fee, you also have the option of adding authorized users at a cost:
- On the personal version of the card, you can add up to three authorized users for $175
- On the business version of the card, each authorized user costs $300
Why would you want to consider adding an authorized user? They’ll also get access to Centurion Lounges, as well as a Priority Pass membership. If you add three authorized users to the Amex Personal Platinum for $175, that’s like paying ~$58 per authorized user. That’s a heck of a deal for an annual Centurion Lounge membership.
There are so many great perks to both the Amex Personal Platinum and Amex Business Platinum, to the point that it can be overwhelming at first. While there’s a lot more to uncover, the 11 things above are the first things I’d do when you get this card in the mail. Hopefully you find the card as worthwhile as I do.