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? – December 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 offers:
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.