Even if you did not receive this offer, it still seems that you can still take part – you are directed to this generic Amex website which appears open to any Amex Gold customer.
Is this a good deal?
Ordinarily, I would say ‘No’. If you are interested in the Platinum card and already have an Amex Gold, the most effective thing to do would be to cancel your Gold card, wait 6 months and then make a fresh application for Platinum.
Because of the 6 month gap, you will qualify for the full sign-up bonus, which is currently 30,000 Membership Rewards points. This is obviously better than just 15,000 points.
At the moment, there is a good reason to consider Amex’s 15,000 point offer.
As I wrote here, the Cathay Pacific Gold card will cease to be an Amex Platinum benefit from 15th February. As this card gives you almost all of the benefits of a British Airways Executive Club Silver card, including British Airways lounge access, it is well worth having.
If you are an Amex Gold cardholder and are interested getting a Cathay Pacific Gold, this is a pretty good offer.
Remember that, whilst Platinum has a £450 annual fee, it is refunded pro-rata when you cancel. You only need to spend £1,000 to trigger the 15,000 bonus points for upgrading, and you can order your Cathay card as soon as your Amex Platinum arrives.
If you found that the Platinum benefits didn’t work for you after 2-3 months, you could cancel for a fee refund – you would only be £75 – £110 out of pocket. You would still have the extra 15,000 Membership Rewards points and the Cathay Pacific Gold card would remain valid for the full year.
The upgrade link is here if you are interested. The Comments below suggest that your existing Gold card is immediately upgraded, so you will not have a separate Gold and Platinum card going forward.
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