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The Platinum Card from American Express is one of my favorite premium credit cards. There are a ton of well-known benefits such as the ability to earn 5X Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on purchases made directly with airlines and the $200 annual airline fee credit reimbursement. But there are a ton of other great benefits jam-packed into this card that you might not know about.
Benefits of the Platinum Card
Here are 10 little-known benefits of the Platinum Card® from American Express:
1. Emerald Club Executive Membership with National
This is one of the benefits of the Platinum card that you’ll love if you do a lot of driving. You can enroll in National’s Emerald Club program and automatically be upgraded to their Executive status level. When you’re Executive, you can select from a special aisle of cars at participating locations – usually including a bunch of great rental options!
This benefit of the Platinum card has made National my favorite car rental company. Recently, I’ve been able to upgrade to a VW Bug convertible, a Jeep Wrangler, and a Cadillac XTS even though I paid for the cheapest economy car possible!
2. American Express Concierge
If you want to be known as the person who scores seats to the sold-out events, you’ll love the benefits of the Platinum card. Do you need help with a tough-to-nail restaurant reservation or event tickets? Need assistance with your Christmas shopping? The American Express Concierge can help. Simply call (800-525-3355) or email with your request and they’ll do what they can to meet your needs.
3. Presale Tickets Access
Similar to above, this is one of the benefits of the Platinum card that will help you score those impossible seats. Cardholders have access to resale tickets to concerts and events from Ticketmaster. This is a great benefit if there’s a show you’ve had your eye on! American Express also regularly offers early or exclusive access to other events, such as the theater production of Hamilton.
4. Reserved Seating
Another concert benefit – get preferred seating when you reserve your tickets with Ticketmaster using the offer code on the back of your card. This is actually one of my favorite benefits of the Platinum card. You can sit front and center and enjoy the show.
5. By Invitation Only Events
If small, intimate events are your thing, this benefit is really going to come in handy. American Express books events for cardholders with celebrity chefs and other celebrities. They tend to be on the expensive side, but are small, intimate, and incredibly unique.
More conventional but still highly desirable events, like the ball dropping in Times Square for New Years, are also available.
6. Cruise Privileges
When you book your cruise through Amex cruises, you’ll get $100-$300 in onboard credit for each stateroom you book. You’ll also be eligible for additional amenities that vary by cruise line. This is definitely of the better benefits of the Platinum card if you like to vary your travel between air, land, and sea.
7. Global Dining Collection
Certain restaurants reserve a table specifically for American Express cardmembers. You may book these tables through the Amex Platinum Concierge.
Additionally, cardholders have access to special events and experiences at some restaurants such as kitchen tours.
8. InCircle Loyalty Program
After you enroll in InCircle, you’ll get a $100 InCircle Point Card for every $10,000 you spend at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow, and Cusp. Points are not earned on sales tax, shipping, alterations, gift packaging, fur services, and a number of other things. This is one of those great little additional benefits of the Platinum card if you shop at these stores anyway.
9. Premium Private Jet Program
In case there’s ever a time that you need to hire a private jet, you can book it directly through American Express Travel. While not a benefit that most people are going to need regularly, it’s a nice option to have in your back pocket.
10. Global Boingo WiFi Membership
This is probably one of the most useful and widely used benefits of the Platinum card. While it’s usually not too difficult to find free WiFi, your American Express Platinum card gives you access to a Boingo WiFi membership. Boingo has over one million hotspots available worldwide. This could be the difference between WiFi and no WiFi or lightning fast speeds and slower connections. You must register to access these hotspots.
Summary of the Benefits of the Platinum Card from American Express
As you can see, the Platinum Card® from American Express has a ton of benefits packed in. It’s likely that you don’t know about these benefits because they don’t get as much attention! I personally really love the fact that I have access to the Executive Aisle cars when I rent from National. I also occasionally make use of the Boingo membership that comes with my card.
Which of these benefits of the Platinum card from American Express is your favorite?
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