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.

Holiday Tips 4 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

This is the final part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series which I have updated and re-run this week in preparation for the Summer season.  Earlier articles looked at the best credit card to use abroad, the best way to earn miles when ordering foreign currency […]

EXCLUSIVE: New Terminal 5 Priority Pass landside lounge now open!

There is new lounge available at Heathrow Terminal 5 for holders of a Priority Pass or LoungeKey card. It is the club lounge of the Sofitel hotel, Club Millesime, which is now open to the public. Full details are on the Priority Pass website – search […]

Bits: Qatar selling UK-Dubai for £975 in Business, new BA Innsbruck flight launched

News in brief: Qatar Airways launches Dubai in business class for £975 Qatar Airways has launched an exceptionally good fare to Dubai – just £975 return.  I have NEVER seen flights to the Middle East so cheap in business class from a UK starting point. […]

New Amex statement credit travel offers launched inc Eurostar, Hyatt, Selfridges

American Express has launched a new round of statement credit deals, with a particularly strong travel focus. There are two ways to sign up to these deals.  The easiest is to visit the Amex website or app and go the statement page for each card you hold. […]

Plaza Premium lounges now allowing direct access for Amex Platinum cardholders

Tucked away in the new issue of ‘Departures’, the magazine for American Express Platinum charge card holders, is an intriguing new offer. The ‘intriguing’ element comes from the fact that Amex has never announced this benefit and because I’m not sure it has any use […]

Bits: Amex Plat ending Royal Academy partnership, My Flights is back!, Homebase drops Nectar

News in brief: American Express ending Royal Academy partnership For the last year or so, it has been possible to get free access to exhibitions at the Royal Academy in London with your American Express Platinum card.  It also allowed you to access the private […]

American Express ending pro-rata fee refunds in the USA from September – UK to follow?

American Express is having a bad time of things at the moment.  The loss of the Costco contract in the US was a hammer blow to the business (I thoroughly recommend reading the story here) and there has been a drip of other contract losses. […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for June 2016 – what are the best deals this month?

It’s time for 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.  Our directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab at […]

American Express removes the minimum income requirement from its cards

I had advance notice on Tuesday that American Express was about to make changes to the minimum income requirements to apply for its cards. To be honest, I assumed that they were going to go up. Instead, Amex has removed minimum income requirements altogether. These […]

Amex says ‘business cards must now only be used for business expenditure’

The repercussions from the EU changes to interchange fees on credit and charge cards continue to filter through the market. One way a card issuer can circumvent the 0.3% cap on fees is to issue ‘business’ cards as these are not capped.  The reason for […]

Bits: Starbucks / Amex offer, 10% off Emirates via HSBC, Iberia / Groupon issues?,

News in brief: Starbucks cashback offer with American Express Over at Shopper Points today are details of a Starbucks / American Express cashback offer. I am delighted to say that the rules are so badly worded that the combined brain power of Anika and myself has […]

The airport lounges you can access with the new HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard

On Thursday, we published exclusive details on the new HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard.  Luckily for us, all of those details appear to have been correct! The official website for the card is now available at as you can see here.  The representative APR, which […]

New UK airport lounge joins Priority Pass

There is a new Priority Pass lounge now available in the UK – the Premium Lounge at Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood airport (aka Finningley for anyone over 40 who lives in Yorkshire). The picture they supply, see below, does not fill me with a huge […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for May 2016 – what are the best deals this month?

It’s time for 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.  Our directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab at […]

Which loyalty credit cards are worth keeping for their benefits even if you don’t use them?

Typically there are three different types of travel loyalty credit cards you can apply for: Cards you get just for the sign-up bonus Cards you get primarily for the strong on-going earnings rate Cards you get but don’t use because they come with generous perks […]

American Express trialling ‘bonus MR points’ offers …. and a good Harrods cashback deal

If you have an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or American Express Platinum card, you may have a new style of personalised offer showing on your online card statement. On my account, I will receive 2,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when I spend £500 at […]

Bits: £20 Pizza Express Amex cashback, more uses for Avios as Alaska buys Virgin America

A rather eclectic selection of pieces today as we spent yesterday in the air: £20 Pizza Express cashback for all Amex-issued Amex cards A few new American Express cashback deals have appeared – you can see what you have been targetted for by going to […]

Major blow to the BA Amex as FCA imposes 0.3% interchange fee cap

The Payment Systems Regulator, an arm of the Financial Conduct Authority, yesterday issued its final view on whether the British Airways American Express cards, amongst others, are already caught by the new 0.3% cap on credit card interchange fees.  The answer, it seems, is yes. […]