American Express Platinum charge card

The American Express Platinum charge card is a hugely popular card among miles and points collectors in the UK. This is because of its generous sign-up bonus, free travel insurance and a wide range of travel perks.

These include Club Carlson Gold status, Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status, Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status, two Priority Pass cards for airport lounge access (admits four people in total) and Eurostar lounge access.

Our main article reviewing the American Express Platinum charge card is here. You can learn more and apply for the card via the Amex website.

Bits: Heathrow Express free upgrade for Star Alliance Gold, new Amex fashion deals

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News in brief: Free Heathrow Express upgrade extended If you have Star Gold status via any of the frequent flyer schemes in the Star Alliance, you can still claim a free First Class upgrade on Heathrow Express. The link with the offers is here. This […]

What you need to know about the Amex Centurion airport lounge network in the US

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If you are heading to the USA this Summer and hold an American Express Platinum charge card, you may be able to visit one of the new airport lounges commissioned by American Express. A couple of years ago, Amex started to lose its contracts with […]

Bits: New Amex cashback deals, Expedia and hotels.com flash sales, more miles at Bicester Village

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Some news in brief: New American Express cashback deals A new batch of statement credit deals may have hit your BA Amex, SPG Amex, Amex Gold or Amex Platinum online account over the weekend. These include: £10 back on £70 spend at World Duty Free (old offer, […]

REMINDER: Don’t lose your £10 Amazon Amex cashback! Ends tomorrow.

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If you registered for the ‘£10 cashback when you spend £30 on amazon.co.uk’ offer two weeks ago, you have until Tuesday evening to spend your £30.  Remember that you do not need to buy anything now.  The easiest thing to do is to buy a £30 […]

£5 cashback on £10 Post Office spend with BA, SPG etc Amex cards

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American Express has launched a new cashback deal in association with the Post Office – and a pretty generous one at that. I wrote back in April about how the Post Office had begun to accept Amex cards.  This offer is presumably part of that deal. […]

DEAL DEAD: Register for £10 American Express cashback on £30 Amazon spend

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(EDIT, 8pm.  Well done everyone!  We have successfully exhausted the majority of the 8,000 registrations between us in just 6 hours and the deal is now closed.  Please do ensure that you spend £30 on each of the Amex cards you registered, even if you just buy a […]

New Amex cashback offers with retailers you may actually visit!

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If you had begun to think that the American Express statement credit deals were getting rather too eclectic (Plenish Cleanse?  Paper London?), the good news is that a new raft of deals was launched yesterday. If you have an Amex-issued American Express card, you need […]

Post Office now accepting American Express

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In one swoop, the Post Office has become the largest retail network in the UK to accept American Express cards.  As of last week, all 11,500 Post Office branches in the UK are accepting Amex for transactions for which they would previously have accepted a MasterCard or […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for March – summary of the current top deals

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After a break in February – because there was nothing new to write about – it is time for the return of our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  […]

Amex still offering the ‘secret’ Gold Rewards Plus to cancelling Platinum cardholders

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A reader emailed me last week to say that American Express tried to offer him the Gold Rewards Plus card when he called to cancel his Platinum charge card.  This is the first time in two years that I have heard of this happening – […]

Extra ‘secret’ Amex Plat benefit – access to Virgin Australia lounges in Oz

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The American Express Platinum charge card offering differs from country to country.  Whilst the cards look the same wherever you go (unless you turn them over) you receive different benefits depending on where it is issued.  These benefits do NOT always apply to holders of […]

Hit your credit card sign-up bonus by buying FEE-FREE Amex gift cards

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(EDIT:  A reader report in March 2015 suggests that gift card purchases are no longer earning points.  This was only one incident but be aware!) I have written before about the range of American Express gift cards. They were not, to be honest, fantastic value. […]

Five Avios credit card sign-up bonuses you can get which will arrive by April 28th

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The last day to book Avios redemption tickets before the massive devaluation kicks in is April 28th.  Whilst that is still 11 weeks away, you may already be too late if you need to top up your account before you can book. The next Tesco […]

Bits: Virgin Trains cuts Traveller, Amex airport cashback, 20% off ALL Flybe routes, Iberia Avios via HEx

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I continue my attempt to empty my inbox by running various short pieces on items which don’t justify a full article! Virgin Trains puts the breaks on Traveller Hot on the heels of news that the generous East Coast Rewards loyalty scheme will be wound up at the […]

Amex adds free wi-fi to its Fine Hotels & Resorts benefits

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One of the most useful benefits of having an American Express Platinum card – and one which genuinely helps justify the £450 fee – is the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme. FHR, as it is known, is a collection of 600 luxury hotels worldwide which […]

£100 cashback on £300 Amex Travel spend for Platinum cardholders

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(EDIT:  as per the Comments, it seems that there is a technical issue with card numbers whose 5th number is a 0 resulting in a “by invitation only” message and a refusal to register you) American Express Travel has launched a very decent bonus promotion for […]