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
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.
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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