Posted by William Charles on October 4, 2016
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Published on October 4th, 2016 | by William Charles

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American Express Platinum Card Will Earn 5x Points On Airfare & 1.5x On Purchases Of $5,000+

Starting this Thursday American Express Platinum cardholders will receive 5 membership rewards points for every $1 spent directly with any airline or on American Express’ travel portal. Earlier today the @AskAmEx twitter account mistakeningly tweeted out about this change, before saying they were referencing an old promotion. That tweet has since been deleted.

In addition to this the OPEN Business Platinum card will earn 1.5 points per dollar spent on single purchases of $5,000 or more. American Express also denied that these changes were in response to the Chase Sapphire Reserve. I hope that’s true, because these changes fail to make American Express Platinum card truly competitive with the other premium cards on the market (apart form the superior Platinum lounge access). You can read our comparisons of the the three major premium cards here.I’m hoping that this isn’t all American Express has in store for cardholders.

Additional update:

Hat tip to OMAAT

 



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rfclub
rfclub

will MPX get 5x?

NinjaX
NinjaX

youre asking too early dude. this will be THOROUGHLY tested by the community later. just wait. happens all the time. same with CSR 3x.

Dave
Dave

Does CSR earn 3x on MPX?

Gary
Gary

Doesn’t code as travel for visa and MasterCard.

sz
sz

In ur dream. Jus look at prg

bY
bY

What is MPX?

NinjaX
NinjaX

Tim Lu
Tim Lu

I don’t think so.

On one hand,
I believe the press release mentioned there would be 5x MR for bookings at AMEXTRAVEL, not all airline tickets.

On the other hand,
If we can actually earn 5x from MPX, this would actually substantiate and expedite AMEX’s willing to stop this loophole.

Therefore, let’s just leave it here.

NinjaX
NinjaX

5x on airfare? yea. thats a game changer for domestic flights if you ask me… AMEX will be releasing benefits in stages. who knows what that means, but i hope its 1.5x on personal later. also, cant wait to see the comments about 3x UR is MUCH better any day than 5x MR…

Tim
Tim

1.5x on purchases over $5000 is a little unclear to my dumbass. Does that mean first $5000 of spend (aside from airfare) earns 1x then for the remainder of the year the earning becomes 1.5x? Or does it mean that you get 1.5x for all of your big items over $5k whereas a small item only costing $4999 would simply earn 1x?

Either way, if this is AmEx response to CSR it falls flat on its face IMO. Wife and I haven’t had Platinum or CSR and so I’m waiting til tomorrow to see if there is any reason to get Platinum. Unless something major changes, it is absolutely looking like CSR.

Allen
Allen

It appears to be single purchases over 5k, which is in the spirit of similar amex maneuvers. Not terribly impressed either, i get much more mileage (literally) out of the biz gold 2x/3x without min purchase amounts. CSR still reigns IMO

Andy
Andy

At first, I thought that I would at least consider using the AMEX platinum for this offer but if they don’t offer trip interruption/cancellation insurance on their card than it still kind of makes this offer pointless. I would much rather have the security of being covered for my delay/cancellation with Chase/Citi than earning some extra points.

Nick
Nick

I was really looking forward to Amex doing something great! This was the most lame refresh I could imagine.

mishyq
mishyq

Is this 5X MR offer for airfare purchase valid only on Amex Plat? Will Amex Plat MB also qualify?

How long will the offer last? This part isnt clear to me

P
P

When I saw this on twitter, I thought “how exciting!” Now that I’m reading more on it from this post and others, I’m just feeling disappointed. I thought for a moment there it’s time for me to finally get the card. Hah!

projextx
projextx

Yawn.

Good try Amex. But I’ll be sticking with the Reserve if this is the best you have to offer.

Matt S
Matt S

5x on airfare AND hotels would make Platinum the go to travel spend card for me. I find it much harder to bank hotel points than airline miles, and therefore tend to pay cash much more often.

Notdrunkamexgurl
Notdrunkamexgurl

There’s more coming. Both good and bad. But prepare to be underwhelmed.

Amex dies not have the capital and banking income that chase had. They can’t compete.

Mser
Mser

Sigh. What a disappointment. 5x on airfare is the least useful category bonus imaginable. Make it 5x on travel and they’d have a winner.

I bet card apps will increase by 0.1% and usage increase a similar amount. This is no where near good enough to dust off my Plat…

WZB
WZB

WTF, we already waited such a long time, but this is the result?

First, the SPG,
Now the Pla card, I think this is the final result, we thought that the AMEX should fight back, but now it seems that AMEX doesn’t care. SO I RESPOND AMEX that I DON’T CARE AMEX EITHER!!!!!!!!

Now I am totally a Chase fans. At least they know CSP is bad so issue CSR.

NinjaX
NinjaX

well, the only thing i would ask is “what if Amex is going back to its core roots?” would be interesting…

jf
jf

Dont see the big deal on this. The PRG already gets 4x MRs for the same thing http://thepointsguy.com/2015/04/premier-rewards-gold-4x-points-on-airfare-via-amex-travel/

NinjaX
NinjaX

no dude. that 4x with Amex travel site…

FH

Think the 5x will work through the MPX app? Including the airline credit…this could get interesting

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