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Amex Platinum sign-up bonus is back – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (=30,000 Avios)

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I knew it couldn’t last!  (Although it’s annoying it happened on the day that I reviewed the card and gave it a slating for not having a bonus ….)

After just three weeks of offering a sign-up bonus of precisely nothing, Amex has brought back a decent sign-up bonus for the American Express Platinum charge card. Click here to see the full details of the card on the American Express website.

You need to spend £2,000 in 3 months to trigger the bonus. You cannot apply if you have had a Gold, Green or Platinum Amex in the last 6 months. As I wrote in my review of the card yesterday, the benefits are good:

The fee is £450. However, it is refunded pro-rata when you cancel, so cancelling after 3 months gets you almost £350 back. You will also keep your Cathay, Starwood, Carlson and Accor statuses, although the Priority Pass cards are cancelled.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2023 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (17)

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  • BP says:

    My priority pass wasn’t cancelled after I got a refund back in October!! 😀

    • Rob says:

      Have you tried to use it since? The pass should only work when there is an active credit card linked to it, which was your Plat card. When a lounge puts the card through their scanner, it should pick up that there is no linked credit card and refuse you entry. (Or perhaps – if you don’t try to take a guest – it doesn’t check this?)

      • Alan says:

        Guest or not shouldn’t make a difference. My understanding is that they just report back to PP (who report back to Amex) how many people entered the lounge. If they forgot to cancel the card then I would expect Amex to bill you £15pp for the entry.

    • BP says:

      I’ve used it three times since – with no guest. I can login to the PP website and my account is still active until 2015!

      • Alan says:

        Well you might get lucky, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some charges end up appearing. Some lounges take a few months to report back.

  • Simon12c says:

    Hi, The T&C’s on the platinum card site suggest that:

    I understand I will not be eligible for any Welcome Bonus award if I hold or have held any Membership Rewards enrolled American Express Card in the past six months.
    Does this mean that as a holder of a BA Amex card I will not get my 30,000 avios..?
    great site – thanks.

  • Kieran says:

    What the minimum amount of time you must have the card before you can cancel?

    • Rob says:

      No minimum. I know people who have the spent the £2,000 within a couple of weeks, immediately transferred the bonus to Avios and got the full £450 back.

  • Raffles says:

    No minimum. Some people have cancelled so quickly (after spending the £2k) that they got the full £450 back!

  • jason says:

    If a get a silver card can i go on and book seats for the whole family if they are all on the same flight booking? If so is it possible to do this for a flight currently book? cheers jason

    • Rob says:

      Yes, only 1 person on the booking needs status, and it doesn’t matter if flight is already booked.

  • Shaun says:

    Does anyone have any opinion on whether there is likely to be a bonus conversion from membership rewards to BA in the near future, I have been holding about 30,000 for the last 6 months on this basis.


    • Rob says:

      The last one only finished a few weeks ago, but was targetted (20%, 25% or 30% bonus for those who were targetted). On that basis, I wouldn’t expect another until the Autumn, but you never know!

      • Shaun says:

        Ok, thanks. Is there any myth on how I make sure I am targeted? I did previously do a small initial transfer of 1000 as it was suggested somewhere that this would work?


        • Rob says:

          Check your marketing preferences online, make sure you are opted in to email and post. Check for EACH CARD, there is a separate form for each one.

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