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, Hilton HHonors Gold status, Melia Rewards Gold status, Shangri-La Jade 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.

ENDING SOON: £15 off £25 at Amazon for ALL Amex Gold and Platinum holders

If you missed this offer when I wrote about it just before Christmas, or you simply forgot about it in the whirl of the festive season, it isn’t too late. You still have time to save £15 on your next Amazon order of £25 or […]

What are the best credit card bonuses for LONG TERM spending?

The majority of the credit card posts on Head for Points are focussed on exploiting sign-up bonuses.  Get a card, spend the minimum required to trigger the bonus, cancel the card, move on.  After a couple of years, you can re-apply for the first card […]

‘Secret’ Hilton and Avis cashback deals with American Express launched

American Express seems to be trialling exclusive cashback deals for Facebook users. Unfortunately, we are about to ruin their experiment by publicising the deal here and generating a few thousand sign-ups! This is the deal: You will receive £20 cashback on a £100 Hilton spend […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, Amex Travel cashback deal, a warning from Hilton?!

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing soon. Interesting options closing in the next 48 hours include four nights at the Sofitel in Essaouira, Morrocco and two nights at the Four Seasons Nile […]

Bits: no more UK 5,000 point Hilton’s, Amazon Prime deal, future of A380 and B747-8

News in brief: The end of the 5,000 points per night UK Hilton redemption! Hilton has published its latest list of redemption category changes. With only 11 hotels globally going up in cost, I normally wouldn’t mention it.  However, as you can see here, this […]

American Express changes its refer a friend scheme without telling anyone

American Express appears to have made a quiet change to its refer a friend scheme without telling anyone.  This only impacts anyone who holds a Preferred Rewards Gold card. Until recently, a Gold or Platinum charge card holder could refer a friend for: Preferred Rewards […]

£15 off £25 Amazon purchase for ALL Amex Gold and Platinum holders

American Express sent out an interesting offer to its Gold, Green, Centurion and Platinum cardholders yesterday. You will save £15 on your next Amazon order of £25 or more as long as you part-pay with Membership Rewards points. If your account is set to ‘no […]

Bits: last day for Amex ‘Shop Small’, London-Perth (non-stop!) with Qantas, Amazon link

News in brief: Last day for American Express ‘Shop Small’ Don’t forget that today (Sunday) is the last day for the Amex ‘Shop Small’ offer.  You will receive £5 cashback on EVERY transaction you make for £10 or more at a participating ‘Shop Small’ business. […]

Amex ‘Shop Small’ starts today – get £5 back on every £10 purchase!

If you have ANY American Express credit or charge card – except TSB – you can make big savings on your Christmas shopping from today until 18th December with ‘Shop Small’. American Express is the major UK sponsor of a scheme called ‘Shop Small’, designed to […]

Bits: Heathrow’s Christmas ad, two free US Uber rides, Amex shopping offers

News in brief: Watch Heathrow’s Christmas ad Heathrow Airport has released an incredibly sweet Christmas ad, reminding us all that Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones. If you haven’t seen it on TV, I strongly recommend taking a look (click below, it […]

New Club Aspire Lounge now open in Heathrow T3

Last year I reviewed the Servisair lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3.  Actually, I reviewed five lounges in Terminal 3 in the same day – I don’t mess about ….. The Servisair lounge was a dump.  It instantly became the winner of my ‘worse lounge at […]

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the best Amex Platinum benefits

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

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (3): American Express Platinum charge card

This is my review of the American Express Platinum charge card. This article was updated on 18th January 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are […]

The three different types of loyalty credit cards I own

18 months ago I ran this post on ‘What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?‘.  This was fundamentally about which cards you should, long term, end up keeping in your wallet and generated a lot of discussion.  I will run an updated version soon. […]

NEW: How to keep your Membership Rewards points when cancelling Amex Gold or Platinum

One of the downsides of cancelling an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or Platinum charge card is that you are required to empty out your Membership Rewards points account. The Preferred Rewards Gold card is free in year 1 and comes with a sign-up bonus […]

Is the Amex Platinum ‘UK Hotel Collection’ a good deal?

American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders get a number of decent hotel deals, mainly through the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme (late check-out, upgrade if available at check-in, free breakfast, bonus amenity). A relatively new venture over the last 5-6 years is the Amex Platinum UK Hotel […]

Amex Platinum now gets you Star Alliance Silver, fast track Gold and Shangri-La points

American Express Platinum gained a new benefit yesterday, albeit indirectly – I doubt the people at American Express even knew it was coming! Singapore Airlines Krisflyer and Shangri-La Hotels Golden Circle announced a new partnership called Infinite Journeys.  Before I explain why this is interesting […]

Amex Platinum now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold status and earns Marriott points

As I have written another article today about a new indirect benefit of having the American Express Platinum charge card (ie Star Alliance Silver status), I thought it was worth flagging up another key benefit. I wrote last week about the status match that has […]