Up to 50,000 – yes 50,000 – free Membership Rewards points for Amex Platinum holders!

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If you have an American Express Platinum card, this is a fantastic deal.

If you don’t have an American Express Platinum card, this deal may well persuade you to get one – especially as it runs until the end of February.

Take a look at this.

Amex Platinum

American Express is offering 10,000 Membership Rewards points for every supplementary card you add to your Platinum charge card account.

This is a phenomenal deal.  10,000 Membership Rewards points gets you 10,000 Avios amongst many other things.  More importantly, supplementary cards are FREE.

You can take a look at the Membership Rewards catalogue hereThe airline redemption partners are here.

If you don’t currently have any supplementary cardholders on your Platinum charge card, you could earn 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards points by adding the maximum five people.

Amex Travel

As an Amex Platinum charge card holder, you are allowed to issue FIVE supplementary cards.  The first one will come as a Platinum card and will receive ALL of the Platinum card benefits.  They will receive their own Priority Pass for airport lounge access and can claim their own Starwood Gold, Club Carlson Gold and Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status cards.  They also receive Eurostar lounge access.

The other four supplementary cards will be Gold or Green.  These cards will benefit from the Platinum travel insurance coverage but do not qualify for any hotel status cards or a Priority Pass.  You also do not receive the Lounge Club airport lounge access card that comes with a standalone Amex Gold.

Here are a few other points to remember:

All of the charges on the supplementary cards appear on YOUR statement as the main cardholder.

You, as the main cardholder, are legally liable for ensuring they are paid.

Supplementary cardholders must be over 18.

A supplementary cardholder is not treated as being an American Express cardholder in their own right.  This means that, if they later choose to apply for their own Gold or Platinum card in their own name, they will be treated as a new customer and will receive a sign-up bonus.

Whilst you are liable for any spending by supplementary cardholders, American Express will still do ID checks on your applications.  If the applicant does not have a UK bank account and/or does not appear on the electoral roll, on the council tax register and/or does not have other credit cards in their own name, they are likely to be refused.  I tried and failed to get a supplementary Amex card for our nanny a couple of years ago.

As you can see from the application page, this offer runs until February 28th 2015.

If you do not already have a Platinum charge card but had been thinking about it, this may swing it for you.  As well as the 30,000 Membership Rewards points you receive for signing up, you could also receive a further 50,000 points for issuing five supplementary cards.  My full review of Amex Platinum can be found hereThe application page for new cardholders is here.

Note that you MUST use this link to apply for your supplementary cards in order to receive the 10,000 bonus points.  Any other link, including adding supplementary cards during the application process for a primary card, will not work.

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  1. How long do the points take to post to your account once your sup card holders have been approved?

  2. I added my daughter and boyfriend but used the link on the account which doesn’t show the offer. I rang AMEX to make sure that the points would get added or to cancel the applications so that I could do them again from the proper link.
    The AMEX person had never heard of the offer and couldn’t see it so he went to ask and was told that HFP is the only place showing this offer (I didn’t tell him where I saw it), AMEX has pulled it for the moment but it should be up on the site soon but he didn’t know how soon. He said that I will get the points though and gave me reference numbers for the applications.

  3. Pommyboi says:

    I’m amazed how fast they upgraded my Gold card to Platinum, I applied for the upgrade at the start of the week and this morning recieved the card. Thats pretty good service, now I just need to apply for the 5 supplimentary cards. I only hope there is enough Avios availability to get some good flights over the next few years!

    Thanks for these tips Raffles.

  4. I have a Gold card with my wife as a supplementary. If I upgrade to Platinum what happens to that supplementary? Does it get carried over automatically (not what I want to happen!) or does it get deactivated and I then reapply for a new supplementary for my wife using the link above?


    • When I upgraded it upgraded my husband’s automatically, I didn’t realise this is what happened and added him as a supplementry in the upgrade process. He ended up with two plat cards and two priority pass cards and I was charged the £170 fee. I phoned and they cancelled the extra card and refunded the fee.

      • Thanks. So maybe best to cancel the supp card first then before upgrading? Then reapply for the supp from the link above…..

  5. Scott Nelson says:

    Spoke to customer service today. They said it take up to 10 days for supplementary cards to be approved. If they’re not approved you’ll get a phone call.

    • Received the first supplementary card I applied for – was sent to my address as others have noted. Anyone received the bonus points yet? Do we need to activate the card?

  6. Iain2014 says:

    Amex offered me 5,000 points to add a supplementary gold card. Apparently they only review the electrical roll not a full credit check. The points are credited on approval.

    Anyone else offered this?

    • How did they offer you that? Phone, email? Would love that offer as I’m still in my first year of gold so still getting bonus supermarket points.

    • I just got offered this. Little leaflet arrived in the post today. 5000pts for adding supplementary card holder to my PRG card.

  7. Sorry guys, but did anyone get the 10k for each supp card?

  8. Thanks – I’ll let you know how I get on with the BA PP card.

  9. Hi there
    I have added 4 supplementary cards to my Plat account, validated the cards and used them – any ideas how long it takes for the points to be posted (site says 90 days).

    • At a wild stab in the dark, I’d say 90 days.

      Why not contact customer services at AMEX and ask them, given they’re the ones who’ll issue them? Do let us know what they say.

  10. Anyone done this and got the 10,000 points yet?

    Got a supp card for my daughter – but no points yet.

    I do see it says 90 days from application.before they post.

  11. David Blake says:

    Hi, sorry if this has been answered already but could anyone clarify these points about the supplementary card offer:

    1. Can I apply for myself as a supplementary card holder and still receive 10,000 points

    2. Can I and someone else (both separate platinum card account holders) both nominate the same people as supplementary card holders and still receive the 10,000 points.



    • 1. Depends if the online form lets you. You can certainly, by phone, request a 2nd card in your name marked A/C which is what people do to separate reimbursable business and personal spend for eg.

      2. Yes, no problem.

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