Posted by Chuck on May 2, 2016
Credit Cards

Published on May 2nd, 2016 | by Chuck

47

Amex Platinum 75,000 Points Mercedes-Benz Signup Bonus

The Offer

Direct Link (go incognito if it doesn’t work)

Amex is offering an increased signup bonus on their Platinum Mercedes-Benz (MB) card until June 22, 2016.

  • Get the Amex Platinum MB and receive a signup bonus of 75,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $3,000 within 3 months
  • Annual fee of $475

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 4.19.08 PM

Multiple Platinum Cards

Can I get the MB Platinum card if I already have a different Platinum card version? And will I be eligible for the signup bonus as well?

Yes, many people have multiple versions of the Platinum card, and it seems that each version is considered a separate product and you can get the signup bonus on each card separately.

As with all Amex cards, you can only get the signup bonus for the MB Platinum card once. The Platinum card is a charge card, not a credit card, and is thus not subject to the (

The Platinum card is a charge card, not a credit card, and is thus not subject to the (possible) limit of 4 Amex credit cards per person.

Card Details

All Platinum cards come with lots of benefits, among them:

  • $200 airline incidental credit per calendar year
  • Priority pass select
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓

There are also a few Mercedes benefits, which probably won’t apply to most of us:

  1. 5x Membership Rewards points on select Mercedes purchases
  2. Receive a $1000 certificate each year you charge $5,000 in purchases, good toward the future purchase or lease of a new Mercedes-Benz
  3. Up to 2,000 excess miles waived at lease-end on leases through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
  4. $100 certificate at renewal of your Card account, good toward Genuine Mercedes-Benz Accessories

And you can get a free coffee mug or similar type of item at a Mercedes dealership with the $100 MB certificate (#4 above) which comes after your first purchase and each year thereafter. We wrote more about the $100 accessory certificate in this post.

Our Verdict

This is an excellent deal, albeit with a steep $475 annual fee. While on the standard version of the Platinum card we’ve seen an offer of 100,000 points or higher, we haven’t seen that on the MB version. The 75k offer is especially worthwhile if you value the premium benefits and you don’t currently have a different Platinum card to get those benefits.

If we’ll assume that you can get the $200 airline incidental credit for 2016 and for 2017, all while paying just one $475 annual fee, that offsets most of the annual fee and leaves a net fee of $75. Nice price to pay for 75k Membership Rewards points, even without any of the other benefits.

It’s worth reading the 20 Things Everybody Should Know About American Express before applying.

HT: Reddit



47
Leave a Reply

avatar
 

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Vincent
Vincent

It seems this one does not offer centurion lounge as the regular platinum card.

Mark O
Mark O

People on flyertalk have said you do.

David
David

This came up on the reddit thread and a couple of people who were approved said that despite it not being in the terms, it showed up on the benefits page after being approved.

Lantean
Lantean

me is thinking Amex is getting desperate… their own new idiotic rules are suffocating them.

sadly, i have already had this card at 50K. 🙁

GuestA
GuestA

@ Lantean
“suffocating them” , “desperate” — how so?

Master Allan
Master Allan

Oh no! I just applied and was approved for the regular Amex Platinum card on 4/27. I have some big but reimbursed expenses coming up and couldn’t hold off any longer and just settled for their 40,000 new account bonus. I wanted the bonus points, airline reimbursement, global entry reimbursement, and most importantly to maintain points in my MR account before the PRG annual fee.

For 75,000 I would have signed up for the MB card instead. Doubt I would be successful getting a bump on my 40k account bonus as we all know they are technically “different products”

Lantean
Lantean

if you have only applied for one Amex in last three months, you can apply for the one as well… i know it’s two high annual fees but if you have all those expenses coming…

i am almost 100% certain they will not bump up the sign up offer for you… but maybe you’ll score some courtesy points?

Cowboyguy
Cowboyguy

Can you resell the $1000 certificate to someone? Is that transferable?

Anon
Anon

From T&Cs: The certificate will include the name and address of the Basic Card Member. It will be valid for use only when presented to an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership by the Basic Card Member or any individual (with a valid proof of address) who resides at the address printed on the certificate. This offer may not be transferred. Limit of one certificate received under this offer can be used towards a new vehicle purchase or lease. Limit one certificate per Card account per reward year. Certificates expire within 1 year from the date of issue, may not be used for previous purchases and have no cash value. Your account must not be in default in order to receive your certificate each year.

katye

According to T&C: The certificate will include the name and address of the Basic Card Member. It will be valid for use only when presented to an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership by the Basic Card Member or any individual (with a valid proof of address) who resides at the address printed on the certificate. This offer may not be transferred. Limit of one certificate received under this offer can be used towards a new vehicle purchase or lease.

So I suppose you can only sell it to a roommate/immediate family member.

Dan
Dan

do these have any expiration? if I cancel the card, will the certificate still be good?

Feelingice
Feelingice

Is it possible that AMEX remove the offer link before 6/22? Will have more chance to get approved after June. Any previous datapoint? Thx

Mark O
Mark O

I know they removed my 100k surpass hilton upgrade offer and said tough nuts when I actually wanted to apply for it (was waiting till May1). But since this is public and not targeted I think it would be less likely. Maybe early June would be good?

Jay
Jay

Wait so were you trying to apply for the 100k Hilton offer OR were you simply trying to product change your existing no annual fee AMEX hilton credit card? I was under the impression product changing did not require an application and hard pull?

Mark O
Mark O

I was upgrading which would not be a hard pull. It was in my amex offers for 100k (normally 50k) so I waited a few weeks until I got the spg spending done and when I went back to do it it had disappeared and they said they can pull it at anytime (I am guessing they had enough people take the offer). But since this is a public offer I would think it wouldn’t be a problem…they didn’t pull the regular 100k sign up offer for the surpass even though the upgrade went back down to 50k.

Mark O
Mark O

Do you get delta lounge or any lounge access with this version? Are you able to get into the Centurion lounges with this one too?

Mark O
Mark O

I see now it says priority pass….I would think it would still work for Centurion for free though right? Sucks that there is no Delta.

katye

I remember using an Amex Platinum Biz for access to a Delta lounge. Should be the same for this card.
You can check here:
https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/benefits/detail/airport-lounge-access/platinum

johnny
johnny

this is the highest its ever been right? probably will jump on it, and cancel before the year is up. did so with the regular plat and it was definitely worth it to have the benefits, but i wouldnt want to renew another year with the high AF and i didnt get a retention. still excited to see this offer pop up

joe
joe

They’ve done at least a 100k for the Benz Platinum — I just can’t remember if it a public offer or easily targeted offer.

Dave C
Dave C

Should also get Platinum bennies like Centurion lounge and Delta lounge (when flying Delta). With the downfall of Serve, going to throw in the Hilton no-fee 75k for $1,000. $6k is just a bit too much to swing with a big vaca coming up. $4k for 78k MR, 76k Hilton, $400 Southwest Gift Cards, Centurion lounge, and 1 CR pull sounds pretty darn good to me!

Kate
Kate

How do you get $400 Southwest gift card?

mastervk
mastervk

Its a loophole for airline reimbursement .You can buy southwest gift card/Amazon gift card and $200 per year will be refunded as airline reimbursement .

Ted
Ted

How much is authorized user for this version? TC does not seem to mention it.

DGS
DGS

Good question! I would like to know as well. My guess is that supplemental MB Platinum Cards are $175 just like the regular Platinum. Does the MB Platinum allow supplemental Green or Gold Cards like the regular Platinum?

Adam
Adam

Just so I am not missing anything, the only reason to get this card is if you are buying a new Mercedes right? The points are not transferable to anything else correct?

ReconScott
ReconScott

I got the “regular” Amex Platinum card last December and love the DFW Centurion lounge and other benefits. I wouldn’t mind an extra 75,000 Amex points with this MB card, but I’m concerned about wording in the application which explicitly states I’m out of luck (see below). Does anyone have recent experience with getting sign up bonuses on multiple Amex Platinum cards?

75,000 Membership Rewards® points
You can earn 75,000 Membership Rewards® points when you charge $3,000 of eligible purchases on a Platinum Card® from American Express exclusively for Mercedes Benz in your first 3 months of Card Membership starting from the date your account is approved… ***This offer is not valid for existing Platinum Card Members from American Express. You are eligible to receive points for only one Card account.***

katye

I chatted with an online rep and he said I can still get the bonus, despite currently holding a business platinum. If you are concerned you can easily get your confirmation from an online agent.

katye

Nvm, I just realized that Mercedes is a personal card while I hold a business platinum. So YMMV. Do a search on flyertalk, there are mixed data points regarding this.

Raul
Raul

Could someone add the Amex platinum Mercedes Benz card to samsung pay and get the 20% off Southwest GC plus get the $200 reimbursement from Amex for buying southwest gc?

Bob
Bob

I just applied for this card and got approved.

Applied for the Hilton 75k no fee card also and got approved, both were done last night…

So will it be just one credit inquiry?

Lastly, How do i buy gift-cards to southwest/united, for 200$ reimbursement? Can someone specify?

Thanks a lot.

ReconScott
ReconScott

Bob, With your Amex platinum card you’ll get this benefit …
“Select a qualifying airline and then receive up to $200 a year in statement credits when incidental fees, such as checked bags and in-flight refreshments, are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card® Account”
Although the wording says “This benefit doesn’t offer credit toward airline tickets, mileage points purchases or mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, upgrades, duty–free purchases, or award tickets”, it is not enforced if you purchase gift cards on-line. With mine, I chose American Airlines and purchased 2 AA on-line e-gift cards for $100 each and these charges were reimbursed a few days later.

B
B

@ReconScott
Is it possible to cancel the card once the points + $200 in airline miles hits?

Darren
Darren

Has anyone confirmed whether someone with a personal Amex Platinum (vs. business) can get this offer?

William Charles

Yes, it’s a different product so the only thing that matters is if you’ve had the Mercedes-Benz card before or not.

scott
scott

What about term #6 that says “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had a Platinum Card account enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program.”

The phrase “have or have had a Platinum Card account” seems to indicate a regular personal Platinum Card would make you ineligible for a bonus on the Mercedes Benz version of the Platinum card. Any thoughts?

William Charles

That’s not how it’s being enforced, multiple people have confirmed this. Myself included. All the Platinum cards are considered separate products.

Darren
Darren

Awesome, thanks!

Back to Top ↑