In 2019, American Express unveiled a new design for its Platinum Charge Card and Platinum Business Charge Cards, offered to Australians for the very first time in metal.
Previously, Australians could only wield the steel via the Centurion Card – AKA the invitation-only ‘Black Card’ – but listened to the call of their customers after introducing a steel option to existing American Express cardholders.
The American Express Platinum card returns this year with a welcome bonus of up to 300,000 Membership Rewards Points when you apply online by 31 August 2021, are approved, and spend $6,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only.
It’s also worth noting that this particular card, which earns Ascent Premium points, allows holders to transfer points to ten excellent frequent flyer programs, including Qantas Frequent Flyer, KrisFlyer, Asia Miles, Etihad Guest, and more on a 2:1 basis.
Even if international travel is off the cards for a while, there has never been a better time to explore Australia (or accumulate points for a big overseas trip in the future).
The American Express Platinum card arrives with a host of incredible perks and a $1,450 annual fee for personal cardholders. While this fee might put hairs on the back of your neck, the Amex Platinum metal card is the king of earn. You’ll earn 2.25 points per $1 spent on all purchases, and 1 point per $1 spent with government bodies – a no brainer at tax time.
Sprinkle on travel insurance and unlimited access for both primary and additional cardholders to The American Express Global Lounge Collection – which includes the Amex Lounges at Sydney and Melbourne as well as the Centurion Lounges at hubs HKG, SFO, LAX – and you’ve already got a tasty offering.
Of course, there’s a host of additional perks to help you justify the yearly spend on the American Express Platinum metal card including:
- No pre-set spending limit
- $450 travel credit annually
- Pay with Points on Fine Hotels and Resorts and The Hotel Collection.
- Complimentary access to over 1,200 lounges around the world – including American Express lounges worldwide, Virgin Australia domestic, Priority Pass, and Plaza Premium lounges
- Complimentary status & memberships with a number of hotel loyalty programs including Accor Plus Membership (valued at $399 per year)
- Stay informed with The Australian Premium subscription: The Australian Premium subscription gives you access to The Australian’s news coverage and analysis from here and around the world across all your devices as well as access to The Wall Street Journal. In addition, you will have access to exclusive member-only features including a weekly curated eNewsletter featuring a selection of the best reads from The Australian and global news partners including The Economist and Harvard Business Review, as well as biannual virtual events featuring some of The Australian’s most experienced political and business journalists. The complimentary digital subscription to The Australian Premium is available to American Express® Platinum, Platinum Business, Corporate Platinum and Qantas Corporate Platinum Card Members, including Additional and Employee Card Members.
American Express claims the benefits of the Card including the Travel Credit and Accor Plus Membership, cover the $1,450 fee.
At the end of the day, this card is about maximising and utilising points and the opportunity to earn 300,000 Membership Rewards points when you apply, are approved, and meet the minimum spend criteria. Available to new Card Members only.
Here is a list of great uses for Amex Membership Rewards points to get the creative juices following:
- East Coast Australia to Perth in Business Class Return on the Qantas A330 for 72,000 Qantas points x 2
- Sydney to Fiji in Business Class Return on Fiji Airways for 72,000 Qantas points x 2
- East Coast Australia to Hong Kong in Premium Economy Return with Qantas for 90,000 points x 2
- East Coast to Singapore in Singapore airline’s A380 Business for 58,000 x 3 or First Class for 80,000 Kris Flyer miles x 2
*To be eligible for this card you must:
- Earn a regular income of more than $100,000 per year
- Be over 18 years old
- Have no history of bad credit
- Have not applied for multiple credit cards recently
- Be an Australian resident
For more information on the American Express Platinum card, and to receive 300,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points head to the American Express website. Available to new Card Members only.
If you don’t quite fit the $100,000 salary requirement for the Amex Platinum Card check out the following cards with great sign-on bonuses.
American Express Qantas Ultimate Card – 55,000 Qantas Point Sign-On Bonus when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months (T&Cs apply)
American Express Explorer Card – 50,000 Membership Rewards Point Sign-On Bonus (T&Cs apply)
Check out the new American Express lounge at Sydney Airport below.
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