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If you have an American Express Platinum charge card, an interesting new offer has popped up at the Amex Platinum website.

To quote:

Members-only website BestSecret is one of the fashion industry’s best-kept secrets. Ordinarily, membership to the shopping website is by invitation only, however as a Platinum Cardmember we have arranged for you to obtain a permanent membership at BestSecret. What’s more, when you join, you will receive a £50 voucher to spend. 

A subsidiary of one of Europe‘s oldest textile wholesalers, Schustermann & Borenstein, the website pulls together an extensive network of luxury suppliers and offers discounts of up to 80% on over 1,000 designer labels, such as Missoni, Valentino and Bottega Veneta. Current collections are reduced up to 20% with over 500 new offers daily.

Your additional exclusive benefits as a Platinum Cardmember include:

• Permanent access to the shopping community

• A welcome voucher for £50 upon registration automatically applied at checkout when purchases are made with your American Express Platinum Card

• No minimum order value

• Complementary shipping

The website says that the offer is scheduled to run from April 3rd to June 3rd.  However, it seems to be already active.

I registered last night, and under Vouchers at the bottom of the page it says:  “£ 50.- Voucher from BestSecret  Valid until 23.03.2015“.  It looks promising!

You will see that I have not listed the registration link above.  You can find it by going to americanexpress.co.uk/platinum and looking at ‘Platinum Lifestyle’ and then under ‘Offers and Events’.

My reason for doing this is that I am not 100% sure that this offer is secure (ie that BestSecret is able to restrict it to Amex Plats only).  After what happened with the Achica offer last year, I do not want to be responsible for it being pulled before those who should benefit are able to benefit – especially as a huge percentage of HfP readers are Amex Plat cardholders.

Given that there is no minimum order value and postage is free, the Amex Platinum members amongst us should (literally) be able to get something for nothing up to the value of £50.  The only caveat I would add is that bestsecret.com is a German business and the brands on offer seem closer to what you would find in a Kaufhof rather than a House of Fraser ….


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Comments (81)

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  • Trevor says:

    Thanks again, my order has already been handed to DHL so on the way 🙂

  • Boi says:

    I applied for platinum card and approved last week. Hubby is supp card holder, we received his card today but I haven’t got mine. Is this normal or should I be worried?

    I got the priority access card…

    Obviously I am on the race against time for that cathay gold and this free £50……

    • Rob says:

      Might be worth a call if yours does not arrive tomorrow

    • Brendan says:

      Ridiculously, when I upgraded my Gold to Plat a few weeks ago my supp card arrived first and then my card was delivered to my address but with no name on it. Because it was too big for the postbox (delivered in a fancy case thing) I was left a letter to collect a parcel addressed to ‘no name’. I hadn’t a clue what it was!

  • Bob J says:

    I can’t seem to register — I follow the link under my offers, but it redirects me to the general login page, and then says that I don’t have the correct credentials (i.e. no existing account!)….a bit puzzled.

    I’m currently in Japan, so wondering whether that’s the problem.

    • Jon says:

      Same here (from the UK). Logged into my Amex Platinum account, went to Platinum Lifestyle then Offers & Events, then followed the link, but no registration option, just login. And using the option to connect via Facebook doesn’t seem to work either…

  • Hairy Monkey says:

    Yeah amex link no longer working. Looks like somebody noticed the problem. My orders from yesterday were confirmed shipped however!

    • flieduk says:

      DAMM!!!! I had intended to put my wives order through after mine was dispatched :((((

  • Sl1p says:

    I registered earlier today and have just completed an order. Annoying forgot to add the free watch..
    Hopefully I’ll get a couple of pairs of (almost) free crocs for waering in the garden 🙂

  • Jack Swag says:

    Ok, own up guys. How many orders to you put thru yesterday and today? 🙂

    • flieduk says:

      LOL…. I wonder how on earth this can be solved. Most here are Plats but as soon as Raffles announces it it gets hammered (not his fault). That little German site must not know what hit them.

      • Rob says:

        Very simple. Charge postage and insist that the postage charge is paid with a credi card that starts 3791 (or whatever the BIN for a Plat is).

        • Flieduk says:

          No no. I am not yet plat (so no good to me 😛 ); I mean how can you announce it in such a way that it does not get hammered whilst allowing maximum exposure at the same time.

          I thought that the way you had announced it there was enough time to hold off before telling my friends and family but it seems that even although you did not give the link it; too many ppl have signed up (unless they are just wanting to wait until April before opening it up 🙂 )

    • Bobajob says:

      Only 4 – but forgot to get the free watch in one of them 😉

  • mickey says:

    Slightly separate issue to the topic here (thanks Raffles, I ordered my mother a new bag as an extra gift in time for mother’s day!). Has anyone else recently applied for the platinum (early March) and still waiting on their Marco Polo membership card? I applied on 11 March, and chased up last week. In the end had to file a complaint, as it looked like the ‘partner did not have any record of my enrolment’ but they have now submitted a request to their ‘Elite tier team’. I am traveling the second week of April, and it doesn’t look like I’ll get the Marco Polo membership in time. If anyone has had any luck – or any tips on getting hold of one asap I’ll appreciate it!

    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      You can get the number off the website now as long as it has been processed – use ‘Forgot username?’ and use the email address Amex holds for you.

      There was a bit of backlog but they got cleared – I applied very early in March and my account number was available online last weekend.

      As long as you put the number into the booking (so the computer automatically picks up your status and prints oneworld Gold on the boarding pass) you will get into the lounge. What you won’t be able to do is to put your BA number on the boarding pass and give the lounge lady a scrap of paper with your Cathay number on it!

      Of course, once in the lounge you can get the number on the boarding pass changed back to BA at a ticket desk (or at the gate if none in the lounge).

      • Jason says:

        Hi Raffles

        How do you choose a seat on a cash plus Avios booking, using the Cathay gold? It’s on my BAEC account, I made the booking but it’s for my mother in law, so a different name.
        I gather the general consensus was, after 62k had been taken, 64a was the next best seat to choose.

      • xcalx says:

        Mrs xcalx “misplaced” her Plat card. When the new card arrived she input the new number online and now has CX Gold till 31 Mar 2015.

    • Polly says:

      See raffles direct link to this topic, I was in same boat as you last week, and I emailed CX directly, they chased it, and emailed me my gold no, which then became my FFP no, printed on my BP, got into lounges etc, then changed to my baec no at the gate, as raffles said here. But don’t wait for amex to send it to you. Also chase amex. It can take ten days to even get the number processed, but I found the team at Cathay v helpful.

  • Tim says:

    I waited a few days before trying this, and like others I can’t now register.

    I did notice this under the “About Bestsecret”. Anyone want to recommend me?!

    We are very sorry, but we are a true “by invitation only” shopping community. Unlike all the other shopping clubs you might know, you cannot register for a membership directly, nor will you find an invitation link on the Internet. You can only become a member by a personal recommendation of an existing member.

    This discretion and admission policy guarantees the maximum protection for our suppliers and their designer labels and allows us to offer a permanent range of designer brands at unbeatable prices.

    • TimS says:

      I don’t think you would get the £50 voucher if you were recommended as it was an Amex-related thing.

      Therefore it might be best to wait and not sign up via a recommendation as that way, if they do re-open the offer, you would be free to sign up & qualify for the gift voucher?

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