Time running out to get Amex Platinum if you want free Accor Platinum status

If you have been thinking about getting the American Express Platinum charge card, there is a ‘sweet spot’ for the next 10 days or so.

Six weeks ago, American Express added three new hotel status benefits to the Platinum card:

Hilton HHonors – Gold status (gets free breakfast)

Shangri-La Golden Circle – Jade status

Melia Rewards – Gold status

This is on top of the existing three hotel status cards:

Le Club Accor Hotels – Platinum (top tier) status

Starwood Preferred Guest – Gold status

Club Carlson (Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn) – Gold status

Amex Platinum

However …..

According to the Amex website:

Enrolment to receive the American Express benefit of 1-year complimentary Le Club AccorHotels Platinum tier membership will end on 15 April 2016; after which Cardmember requests cannot be accepted, and Cardmembers will not be enrolled or upgraded to Le Club AccorHotels Platinum tier.

Yes, after 15th April you will no longer be eligible for free Accor Platinum status.

If you stay at Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Sofitel, M Gallery or Pullman hotels on a regular basis, this status is worth having.  I never took great advantage of this, but my wife used it successfully at the Sofitel in Sochi.  Even on my last Novotel stay I received two free drinks, an upgrade and bonus points.

This is the only top-tier hotel status that comes with Platinum.  You are guaranteed lounge access at Sofitel hotels, for a start, which is a good benefit.

If you want to grab Le Club Accor Hotels Platinum status, you would need to apply for Amex Platinum within the next 7-10 days.

You need to be 100% certain that you will receive your card before 15th April because you need the card in your hand before you can register it and claim your Accor status.

My full review of Amex Platinum is here.  The application page is here.

You will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up and spending £2,000 within 90 days.  These will convert to 30,000 Avios points or various other things.

If, after a few months, you find that the card does not suit your lifestyle, you can cancel it for a pro-rata refund of the £450 annual fee.  You will retain your hotel status cards until they expire naturally, usually after 12 months.

PS.  Don’t ask me why Amex fails to mention any of these hotel benefits on its Platinum website.  Just trust me that they exist.

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Comments

  1. I want to cancel my Gold before the £140 fee kicks in in a week or so and am very tempted to get the Platinum in its place. Whether I do or not, the gold is going.

    I know that I can cancel the gold then wait 6months+ before applyong for the Platinum & would then (most likely) get the 30,000 MR points offer if I spend £2k inside of 60 days.

    Will Amex entertain the idea of upgrading me to Platinum from Gold and giving me the 30,000 points (with a £2k spend) rather than have me cancel the gold completely and walk away ???

  2. Nuts, got flagged I guess as didn’t get an instant acceptance of my upgrade to Platinum. Message telling me I’ll be informed via the post and I’ll know inside of ten days. Gold card 1st year membership fee due in a few days so that might be why ???

    Have a very good salary, very good credit record, never messed Amex about payment wise (or any other way !) so I’ll be very miffed if I’m not accepted and more importantly if I’m not accepted in time to get the Accor Platinum benefit – am taking a trip to Marseilles at the end of April (thanks to BA’s CE sale + 7,500 Avios) and am thinking of booking an Accor hotel if I get the status.
    If not I’ll probably stay at the Intercontinental which looks seriously nice (but pricey).

    Any suggestions as to which is the best Accor hotel there ? Any other recommendation for Marseilles ?

    • Radiata says:

      I would ring AMEX immediately rather than wait the ten days.

      This happened to me on applying for PRG. Rather puzzled so called them the next day. Informed that if system does not receive a reply from credit rating agency within specified time (?60 seconds but a guess as cannot remember), application status deferred for a member of staff to review. Card approved immediately when I rang and have since upgraded online to Plat and separately applied for and received BAPP without incident.

      • Agree, flat numbers sometimes causes their system problems too, yet other times it can be fine! If you call them with the application number they can get processing sorted.

  3. Waribai says:

    On a personal note, AMEX have been rather poor paying avios/MR bonuses this year. My wife referred me for the BA Amex in mid January. Still no bonus referral avios for her despite chasing for 2 months now. I added her as a supp on my gold card with the 3000 MR points offer. Not a sniff of those either yet!

  4. Good Lord !! Just logged in to my Amex account to see if I’d received the 3000 MR points for the supplementary cardholder (on my Gold Card) and its gone !! The gold card !! AND all previous transaction history for it.
    The Platinum is in it’s place so I presume I have been accepted !! Not got an email to that effect.

    However very worryingly all of my accumulated MR points are nowhere to be seen :-(

    Hopefully just a transitional thing and they’ll be back in the next couple of days.

  5. Lee Harris says:

    On Monday, when this report was posted, I decided to upgrade my Gold to Platinum straight away, instead of waiting the 2 months or so before my Gold first year was up. Yesterday, only 3 days after upgrading, my Accor status was upgraded to Platinum and my Hertz and Avis physical cards have come through, as well as my Priority Pass.

    *Much* quicker than I was expecting!

    And the expiry on the Accor Platinum is confirmed as end of April 2017.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the end of this deal, and for all the work you do to keep this site up to date!

    • Lee, can I ask whether you had to wait for the physical platinum card to arrive before you were able to upgrade Accor status? I am thinking of upgrading to platinum but am not sure if it is already too late.

      • Genghis says:

        You do not need the physical Amex plat card to apply for Accor status

      • Lee Harris says:

        Nope – mo need to wait. Your online account will show as Platinum immediately, and you can apply for Accor Plat (and the others) within minutes.

  6. Great news Lee.

    Hopefully I’ll get the Accor Platinum in the next few days then.
    Want to book a hotel for end of April and am keen to have the status confirmed before I do.

    My MR points have returned to me too since the upgrade from Gold to Plat so that’s gone smoothly.

  7. I’m a 1st year, Amex Gold card holder with 5 months to go before I must pay for my first renewal. I’ve been curious about ‘upgrading’ to Platinum to nab the benefits before downgrading… It sounds like now might be the best time to do it.

    However, is it possible at all to upgrade to Platinum, get the benefits and hit the spend goal, before downgrading back to Gold? I’m a long way off hitting my second spend goal of 10k for 10k bonus points so not too worried about that.

    • Yes, fine. Only issue is that, after downgrading, you start paying for Gold immediately – no free first year.

  8. I have been thinking about upgrading from Gold to Platinum Amex. I have booked Accor hotels already on Hotels.com website. If I get the platinum status, will they offer upgrade or is it only for the bookings made on Accor website?

    • Shouldn’t, but you might if they are in a good mood at check in. No chance of points though.

    • Genghis says:

      It’s hit and miss and most likely a miss. However, from comments on the boards a few days ago, the ship has now sailed on getting Accor plat from Amex plat.

      • Thanks for your reply. It’s already too late to upgrade to Amex plat and get Accor plat? That’s a shame. I thought I may have a chance as there are more than 2 weeks till 15th April.

        • Genghis says:

          I don’t know for sure but that’s what someone said a few days ago after they called Amex. However, worth trying. There’s still the 20k MR bonus if you upgrade to plat after spending £1k in 3 months

          • Lee Harris says:

            I upgraded online last week, got Amex Platinum status *immediately*, and filled out the details online for the various programs (including Accor) and got my Accor Platinum status confirmed within days.

          • Rachel says:

            Thanks for your reply, Lee. I applied and got platinum amex immediately and got accor platinum 3 days later. All set for a two week Australia trip with priority and accor stays. Thanks raffles for great info.