Hidden Benefits Of The American Express Platinum Card

The American Express Platinum card comes with a massive $550 annual fee. The card comes with a lot of published benefits that make that annual fee  worth paying (at least for the first year) for some, but there are also a host of other hidden benefits that many people don’t know about. Let’s take a look at them. Reposting this to add the Arlanda lounge.

Increased Lounge Access

American Express Lounge by Pontus at Arlanda

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This is a new one to me, but apparently it opened in May 2017. Food is free for Platinum cardholders, but you do have to pay 50SEK (~$7) for drinks unless you hold a Centurion card. Reddit user sfryder08 has a nice picture gallery of some the menu and one of the food items. The lounge is airside at Terminal 5, between the A-Pier and the F-pier. It’s open from 05:00 to 22:00 Monday-Friday and Sunday. On Saturdays, opening hours are from 05:00 to 19:00

Access To Eurostar Business Premier Lounges

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You can access the Eurostar business premier lounges in the following places with your Platinum card:

  • St Pancras International [review here]
    • Free food and drink, but limited selection. Great selection of free magazines
  • Paris Gare du Nord [review here]
    • Limited food offering, nice bar and more free magazines.
  • Brussels Midi/Zuid
  • Ebbsfleet International

Unfortunately only the cardholder gets access to these lounges, no guests are allowed. It seems as if all of the lounges offer comfortable chairs (with seatside power outlets), free wifi, free magazines and newspapers and a selection of pastries/small snacks and drinks. They aren’t really that special (especially compared to the Centurion lounges), but if you’re taking a train then it’s a nice place to spend 30 minutes (keeping in mind you need to clear security 30 minutes before the train departs and these lounges are train side).

Centurion Lounge Access In Foreign Countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico)

Everybody knows that you get access to the centurion lounges in the US, but you also get access to their centurion lounges internationally as well. They currently have lounges in the following countries:

  • Argentina (EZE, Buenos Aires)
  • Australia (SYD, Sydney) & (MEL, Melbourne)
  • Brazil (GRU, São Paulo)
  • India (DEL, Delhi)
  • Mexico (MEX, Mexico City & TLC, Toluca)

The Mexico Centurion lounge isn’t even mentioned on the Centurion Lounge website. You’ll get the same sort of amenities as those found in the US, although from the reviews I’ve seen the food options don’t look quite as good.

Entry To All Virgin Australia Lounges, But Must Be Flying Virgin

You can access all of the Virgin Australia lounges with your Platinum card, unfortunately you must also be flying Virgin to be able to access these lounges. They have lounges in the following locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Mackay, Cairns, Gold Coast, Darwin and Alice Springs. You should also be able to bring one guest with you.

Centurion Suite At Staples Center

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The suite is on a first come first served basis and it’s closed for access once it reaches capacity (capacity of 150), so better to get there earlier for popular events. You’re also allowed to bring up to three guests with you into the suite. The suite opens 90 minutes before a game starts and closes immediately after the end of an event. Entry is located  across from aisle M22 (next to the Team LA Store).

They have a charging station for your mobile devices and also a photo booth. The Centurion suite is only opened for sporting events (Lakers, Clippers and Kings) as the stages for concerts often block the view from the suite. All food and beverage items are on a purchase basis, so no freebies unfortunately.

Pretty good option if you purchase extremely cheap tickets and then upgrade to this suite.

Centurion Suite At Barclays Center + Dedicated Entrance

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Similar to the Centurion suite at the Staples Center.  It’s located on Suite Level A across from the Cocoran Lounge, to check in you need to go to Barclays Center’s main concourse next to the Emblem Health Atlantic Entrance and across from Sections 9 – 10. You’re allowed a maximum of one guest.

Unlike the suite at the Staples Center, this suite is open for other events including concerts as well as Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders games. There is also a dedicated entrance to the Barclays Center for Platinum cardholders that will allow you to skip the line, it’s on the northern side of the center.

As with the other suite, there is free WiFi and access to charging ports.

“Access” VIP Lounge at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA

This lounge gives you access to free drinks (juices and other stuff) as well as free snacks. They also have private rooms which are ideal for families, with TVs that can play cartoons and the like. There is also a business meeting room and business lounge with computers. The lounge is located on Level 2, near Saks Avenue. You can bring up to four guests inside the lounge with you.

This review on Yelp provides a lot more information regarding this lounge (including drinks and snack offerings). Seems to be a nice lounge to take a break in during a big day of shopping.

Universal Studios Lounge

Direct link for Orlando | Direct link for Hollywood

Website states you need to purchase:

  • Multi Park Pass or Annual Pass for Orlando
  • Front Of the Line pass or VIP Experience for Hollywood

According to this comment this is not enforced. Entry is good for up to 6 people subject to space constraints. This is a basic lounge (no bar and only chips/granola bars for food).

Centurion Suite in Louis Armstrong Stadium at the US Open

More information

Complimentary snacks and one complimentary drink.

Miscellaneous

 

Cloud 10 Benefits At Toronto, Canada (YYZ)

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Gives you a bunch of different benefits at YYZ, including discounts on parking, free WiFi, priority security lane, priority taxi lane, lounge access and more.

4 Hour Grace Period With Hertz

More information on the Miles to Memories post

Very useful if you need a car slightly longer than 24 hours.

Final Thoughts

I’m sure there are benefits I’m missing in the post (or details about benefits are incomplete) or please share your knowledge in the comments so we can improve this resource.

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Jake
Jake

There is a lounge at LHR, not part of PP but accept US AMEX platinum. I can’t remember the name. Decent food and drink choices but very crowded.

Moonpies

The American Express lounge at Universal Studios (Orlando, at least) is good if you bought your annual pass or multi-day ticket with ANY American Express card. The lounge itself is tiny and unimpressive — and only open from noon to 5pm — but it is a place to unwind with bottled water and very limited selection of complimentary snacks.

MarcVilla
MarcVilla

The Lounge concierge usually allows Platinum Cardholders to enter. Lounge is tiny, serves limited snacks and bottled water. Nice place for a 30 minute rest out of the burning sun.

William
William

Unfortunately Eurostar does not accept Amex Platinum USA cards. You should clarify this. Thanks.

AA
AA

There’s also a centurion lounge in HGK — amazing dim sum!

Sam
Sam
Matthew
Matthew

I did enjoy my time at Pontus in ARN. Went twice (incoming and outbound). They are a little precious, service was lacking, but food was really nice. I had the shrimp sandwich while it was around, tho it sounds similar to the shrimp salad. Thankfully LoungeBuddy pointed this lounge out to me as I would have otherwise missed it.

Just had a long layover there so stayed the night at the airport in an old 747 converted to hostel. Really enjoyed that.

There is also a very nice statue of a young boy holding a model plane in his hand as if he’s flying it. Really well done in my opinion. Wouldn’t fly here in the USA at all as (gasp) he’s naked. To me it really illustrates the joy of flying.

Only annoying part of ARN was the almost $10 magnets. But I cherish mine a lot now because of it. Haha

Douglas
Douglas

Access to Lufthansa lounges in Munich and Frankfurt. https://www.americanexpress.com/us/campaigns/lufthansa/

molly
molly

very confused applied for both the plat and aspire called recon 4 days later 2x on 2 different numbers and they said we dont see an application on file got an email a few days after saying congrats youve been approved quickly checked experian no hard pull wierder !anyone that can provide insight would be greatful

Matthew
Matthew

Usually no hard pull for existing customers. Could have been a system error initially in finding your app or CSR error.

molly
molly

thank you for the response no hard pull for existing customers that means i didnt get a hard pull on my report yay! never had this on my previous american express apps always pulled my credit

GradCashGrab

This sounds similar to how I got approved with two Biz Plats 100K and BBP at the same time.

Josh
Josh

William Charles Did you want to mention the Lufthansa lounges? https://www.americanexpress.com/us/campaigns/lufthansa/

SF
SF

Thanks for the info on the suites / lounges! May come in handy 🙂