15,000 Amex points for upgrading your Gold to Platinum – worth it?

American Express has sent an offer to some Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders offering them 15,000 Membership Rewards points if they upgrade to American Express Platinum.

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.

Amex Platinum

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.

However …..

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 currently have an Amex Gold, cancelling and waiting 6 months to apply for Platinum will be too late – the Cathay deal will have disappeared.

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.

The general American Express Platinum website, with more details on the card, is here.

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  1. re: Cathay Pacific card – can supplementary cardholders apply for it too? 🙂


    • Cathay Pacific only applies to main card holder. The hotel cards however can be applied by supplementary cardholders.

  2. Can anyone tell me how to get a priority passé with my Amex Plat? My welcome pack says you register automatically but off that’s the case how do I get my priority pass card?

  3. Can anyone tell me how I get my priority pass with my Amex Plat? Welcome pack suggests you are registered automatically but if that’s the case how do I get my priority pass card

    • They come automatically. Cathay, Starwood, Carlson and Accor cards must be ordered from americanexpress.co.uk/platinum

      • So it comes automatically, but seperate from welcome pack?

        I could figure out how to get access to all of the others priority pass just isn’t really mentioned

        • Cheshire Pete says:

          My priority pass came before Anything else! Just 2 days after approval. Then supplementary came after 5 days. then main card last after a week as its in special box!

        • ah fair enough, didn’t order a suplementary card so didn’t have that issue. the special box did arrive the other day nearly causing a coronary as it dropped through the letter box!

  4. Good spot, will do something next week on this.

  5. stevejnr says:

    does the priority pass lounge card entitle you to bring a guest for free? This could be the deal breaker for me!

  6. stevejnr says:

    Merry Christmas Raffles!

    Also, does the priority pass entitle a guest to enter the lounge free with you? That’s the deal breaker for me!

    • Yes, the one provided with the Platinum card allows for a free guest.

    • Yes. Your Platinum supplementary card holder also gets a card and can also bring a guest, so it works for a family of 4.

      • stevejnr says:

        Top Marks Raffles, I hope your website is doing okay for you – I try and use your ebay / Amazon links when I remember.

        Sold! I think Amex is going to start making some money out of me now.
        Well played Amex, everyone’s a winner!

  7. If I successfully upgraded from Gold today (and before the Platinum card arrives), will my spend link to the Gold or Platinum card?

  8. If I am on a BA flight and want Tier points/Avios on my BA account, can I still use the CX card for lounge access?

    • Yes. If you want free seat selection you need to put the Cathay number in the booking but can swap it later. Some lounge staff insist the Cx number is in the booking, you then need to swap it back in the lounge before boarding.

  9. So this upgrade actually cancels the Gold card and all its bonuses (like double points for supermarket spend etc). Is there a way to get the Platinum but also retain the Gold card? Would that mean a fresh application with no actual registration bonus?

  10. Does the Priority Pass continue to work after the card has been cancelled?

  11. I could live with the £450 fee for a year to get the Cathay card, but I’m not sure it is worth the fee without it.

    Does anyone know if Amex would be willing to downgrade back to Gold after 12 months? I don’t really want to have to cancel and reapply.

  12. Does anyone know if this upgrade works from Bubusiness Gold to Business Platinum?


  13. Must have been a typo on their part. It did seem too good to be true!

  14. Does anyone know if the Amex Gold first year fee is waived after you’ve waited 6 months if you reapply? Thinking of moving the Gold to Plat for the CX card, could do 6 months without a gold if the plat didn’t work out long term *cough*, wondered if Amex always waive the gold fee for first year even if it’s the 2nd first year?


  15. Russell Evans says:

    Am interested in jumping in here. Principally for the CX Marco Polo Gold but also for the bonus Avios given I still have AMEX gold and do not have time to cancel and wait 6 months prior to re-applying. One question I have is that I’ve recently added an AMEX Gold Credit card to my charge card (with the incentive of 3,000 MR points when spending £500 in 3months). Would “upgrading” my Gold charge card to platinum jeopardise the offer on the Gold Credit card or is that retained separately?

  16. My gold card anniversary is in May. When’s the best time to upgrade?
    Can I refer my partner for a Plat. card after I upgrade?

    • If you want the Cathay Gold card, you need to do it very soon, because the last day to apply for the Cathay Gold is 15th February and you need to have your Plat card in your hand by then.

      Yes, you can refer your partner for Plat once you are Plat yourself.

  17. thesaver79 says:

    Has anyone who has applied for the upgrade verified if a credit search has been made?

    • A credit search has indeed been made at the time of my application to upgrade the Gold card to Platinum. Something to keep in mind.

      • thesaver79 says:

        Are you sure it was an actual credit search and not a search for identification purposes?

  18. HI, has anyone received the bonus yet? any idea of when this will end? thanks