Yesterday, a few people found a leaflet on their doormat from American Express entitled “Introducing The Perfect Companion To Your Platinum Card“.
Basically – and for reasons which are not fully clear to me – Amex would like Platinum charge card holders to apply for the Platinum credit card. And they will give you 3,000 Membership Rewards points if you do.
The deal is very simple:
- You need to have an Amex Platinum charge card to apply
- You must apply for the Platinum credit card via this website
- You must spend £500 within three months to receive the 3,000 Membership Rewards points
- On-going spend on the card earns 1 Membership Rewards point per £1
- There is no annual fee for the Platinum credit card
- You cannot keep the card if you cancel your Platinum charge card – you must retain both
It is also interesting to note that this card remains a secret card. It has not been featured on the Amex website for some years. Interestingly, I know of someone who asked about this card recently when cancelling his Platinum charge card and was told that it no longer existed!
The obvious question is whether you can apply for this card even if, like me, you didn’t get the mailshot from American Express. My gut feeling is yes, as long as you do have the Platinum charge card. (They ask for the number on the first page of the application form.)
All in all, I find this another odd strategic move by the boys and girls in Brighton. Let’s see if this card becomes offered to the general public again.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our February 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:
American Express Business Gold
50,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
100,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and a long list of travel ….. Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.