When three people email me about something, then something is definitely ‘up’! For the last few weeks, some American Express Platinum card holders have been mysteriously receiving bonus Membership Rewards points on transactions.
Travel (of any sort) is going through at 2 points per £1
Bars and dining is going through at 3 points per £1
Annoying, I haven’t used my Platinum card for a while so I haven’t seen this in action myself. However, it wouldn’t be the first time that Amex has given bonus points for ‘secret’ promotions!
Has anyone had an Amex Plat email announcing any promotion on travel or dining?!
If not, is it possible that Amex is actually changing the earning rules on the Platinum card? It would make sense, since at the moment the Gold card gives 2x points on travel, supermarkets, petrol and foreign spend, whilst Platinum only gives the usual 1 point. (See here for full details of the card.)
Giving 2 points per £1 on travel would also help placate Platinum card holders – many are annoyed about having to pay for airlines and hotels with an Amex card in order to qualify for the full Platinum travel insurance package.
Or, of course, is it all a big mistake by Amex?!
If you’ve got any experience of these new bonuses, or you’ve spotted any other categories of transaction which are giving bonus points, please post below.
(To see our complete list of all current credit card bonuses, click here to visit our ‘Credit Cards Update’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)