Bits: Amex Platinum (US) goes metallic, £19 Monarch deal, Uber hits Chichester

News in brief:

The US Amex Platinum card will be made of metal!

The US version of the American Express Platinum charge card has been relaunched this week.  The fee rises $100 to $550 but is potentially offset by $15 of Uber credit, automatically added to your account every month.

The interesting bit was that the card will be made of metal. This isn’t the first time that US credit cards have been made of metal, but this is the first one where there has been a chance that a mainstream metallic card will make it over to the UK.

At a point in its history when Amex Platinum has become a bit mainstream, this could be the kick the UK card needs to put it back on the map.  We can but hope.

Full details of the changes to the US card are here.

Amex Platinum

New £19 Monarch sale

We don’t usually cover Monarch on Head for Points – at least not since they stopped being an Avios redemption partner – but this new deal looked good.

Up to 9th March, Monarch is selling a limited number of £19 seats to Barcelona, Venice, Rome, Lisbon and Gibraltar.  The travel periods are 4th March to 30th April with the key Easter period of 29th March to 10th April excluded.

You can find out more on the Monarch website here.  Depending on route, you can fly from Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford or Manchester.

Monarch

Uber launches in Chichester

Uber is now in over 20 UK towns and cities and added Chichester to the list yesterday.  At the moment, only the cheaper uberX service is available.  It adds to the existing services in Portsmouth, Havant and Brighton.

If you live in the area (or anywhere else in the UK which has Uber) download the app and add promo code ‘headforpoints’ after signing up.  You’ll get a free first ride worth up to £15 which gets you quite a long way with uberX.

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Comments

  1. Certainly not the first metals amex in the U.K. – the Centurion card has been metal for many years.

  2. The_real_a says:

    ok i admit it. Im a hit of a plastic snob. A metal card would be quite cool actually.

  3. So, presumably, you’ll need to remember to take it out of your wallet at airport security and put it in a bin for the scanner?

  4. The Centurion Card won’t set airport scanners off, but I guess a stainless steel platinum card will.

    I don’t think the card will be in the UK for a while, Centurion took 2 years after the US, they will have to test if they can add a contactless chip etc.

    But I agree it would be nice, I have Centurion already, but my Supps would like a metal platinum I’m sure.

  5. Note that Monarch black out period doesn’t cover the Easter weekend.

  6. I sure hope they don’t make the same change here. I’m not willing to spend an extra £100 just for a metal card. Uber credits mean nothing to me because I boycott the company. We don’t have the MR point multipliers for spending categories on the UK card, so if they were to bring that in then it could offset the fee, maybe.

    • I agree, they removed all multipliers from Centurion, so to be honest, I can’t see them putting them on Platinum

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      If there’s a price increase, I’ll be voting with my feet.

      The £100 increase we had a couple of years ago was bad enough but the Uber credit is not enough to offset this.

      US users also get $200 of credits towards airline charges, like seat selection and stuff as well.

      And $200 towards their trusted traveller schemes

      What do we get in blighty? Jack all.

  7. What my card is made of is of little concern and I am certainly not paying more than I do now for the privilidge. There was a mail shot earlier this week telling me how much I saved by having the card so perhaps a price hike is just around the corner.

  8. 5x MR points for Amex Travel spend on the US card now too – sadly nothing anywhere near that good for us!

    Lifetime Diamond is the other way to get a metal card (I don’t have one myself, but have seen one) – a bit of an effort given the number of stays required though!

    I really wish they’d offer a better MR earnings rate on this card. As it is I almost never use it to pay for things anyway, so the metal card would hardly ever be getting an outing!

    • In a Digital age, I would rather have a Virtual card than a metallic one…why waste a bit more of the earthly metal if we will cut it down in a few months/year….

  9. OT: Hilton Honors Visa card.

    Any restrictions – in theory or practice – on what you have to spend your money on to get the 2,500 points x4 at Hilton hotels? Mine have not tracked after dinner at the Hilton KL and I am going round in circles with clueless customer service agents (four and counting).

    • Routinely extremely variable in how well these post. Have you formally complained via secured messaging? I just requested the equivalent amount of cash to buy the points myself and they paid up 😉

  10. BA-Flyer says:

    Quick question about IHG accelerate. I booked a stay on the app in December, and completed the stay in January. The stay has contributed towards ‘Stay More, Earn More’, but not towards ‘travel with the IHG app’. IHG say this is correct, and the stay needed to be booked in January to count.

    Anyone else experienced this? It seems strange the stay qualifies for one target, but not the other.

    • Peter K says:

      There has been a lot of talk of this on here and it seems that what they are saying is correct. The t’s and c’s have deliberately obfuscated things so that it is harder to meet the targets. Annoying but as they are the t’s and c’s what can we do but get annoyed.

      • I have a “book 3 stays with the app” target and a “book a points and cash” target. I have 2 stays, both booked on the app, one cash, one P&C. Only the cash booking is showing as booked via the app. I don;t mind that it’s not counted in the “stay 8 nights” target, as I probably won’t hit that one and don’t need it for the completion bonus.

  11. O/T – anyone experienced Gold card sign-up bonus MR points (22k from referral) being applied early after achieving only 10% of £2k spend within couple of weeks of getting card? Would you transfer points out and close account, or would you keep working toward £2k target?

    • andrew -a says:

      I have just had 22k added and have only spent £1500.
      I will just leave them though for now as I will easily hit the £2000 spend before mid April. I am keeping hold of the card to refer my OH later in the year.

      • OK, looks there could have been a system error if it’s affecting multiple account holders, so I expect it will be noticed and the points taken back.

      • Move it, I say :) You are anyways planning to earn it rightfully, so you may as well enjoy an earlier Xmas now…

  12. OT but Amex related. I applied via a referral from mrs xcalx from her Plat account and changed the choice of card to SPG She didn’t receive any referral points when I got the card. I have just noticed the following on the Amex referral page.

    “If your friend applies for an alternative Card, the reward you receive may vary.”

    Have not noticed this before.

  13. Need a little help please ref Hilton Visa

    Is there anyway to see the Honors points breakdown
    How long does the free night take to post
    Does the 2500 points get delayed and is it shown on your visa statement or added when points are transferred

  14. OT – Nationwide Simply Rewards
    Just saw 6% CB on NW visa card with simply rewards

  15. Silly me, it is Emirates

  16. There is also Hertz 20% discount which seems to work for car rental with Accor discount code CDP 840267 for booking before 31 May.

    Plus there may be 3x points too.

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