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Time running out to get Amex Platinum if you want free Accor Platinum status

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If you have been thinking about getting the American Express Platinum charge card, there is a ‘sweet spot’ for the next 10 days or so.

Six weeks ago, American Express added three new hotel status benefits to the Platinum card:

Hilton HHonors – Gold status (gets free breakfast)

Shangri-La Golden Circle – Jade status

MeliaRewards – Gold status

This is on top of the existing three hotel status cards:

Le Club AccorHotels – Platinum (top tier) status

Starwood Preferred Guest – Gold status

Club Carlson (Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn) – Gold status

However …..

According to the Amex website:

Enrolment to receive the American Express benefit of 1-year complimentary Le Club AccorHotels Platinum tier membership will end on 15 April 2016; after which Cardmember requests cannot be accepted, and Cardmembers will not be enrolled or upgraded to Le Club AccorHotels Platinum tier.

Yes, after 15th April you will no longer be eligible for free Accor Platinum status.

If you stay at Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Sofitel, M Gallery or Pullman hotels on a regular basis, this status is worth having.  I never took great advantage of this, but my wife used it successfully at the Sofitel in Sochi.  Even on my last Novotel stay I received two free drinks, an upgrade and bonus points.

This is the only top-tier hotel status that comes with Platinum.  You are guaranteed lounge access at Sofitel hotels, for a start, which is a good benefit.

If you want to grab Le Club Accor Hotels Platinum status, you would need to apply for Amex Platinum within the next 7-10 days.

You need to be 100% certain that you will receive your card before 15th April because you need the card in your hand before you can register it and claim your Accor status.

My full review of Amex Platinum is here.  The application page is here.

You will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up and spending £2,000 within 90 days.  These will convert to 30,000 Avios points or various other things.

If, after a few months, you find that the card does not suit your lifestyle, you can cancel it for a pro-rata refund of the £450 annual fee.  You will retain your hotel status cards until they expire naturally, usually after 12 months.

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Comments (68)

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  • Nicola Walton says:

    Randomly we are going on our first cruise with MSC next month and we were able to get a status match using the platinum Le Club Accor card. Both my husband and I got matched to the top tier Black status on MSC. Outer hotel cards eg IHG Spire got matched to MSC gold.

  • Nick M says:

    A while ago someone posted a link for bonus points for upgrading from Gold… Is this a targeted offer or can anyone with a Gold card follow the link?

    • Tom H says:

      Ah yes it was 20k I think? Also was there some mention of a 3k bonus for supp cards aswell or was that targeted?

    • Genghis says:

      It wasn’t targeted. Open offer

  • Fadi says:

    I had my Accor plat renewed without a stay. The card arrived in the post last week, unexpectedly.

  • PG says:

    Can you downgrade to the Gold card and still get 1 year fee free?

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    Will miss this when mine expires in December. It also got me Hilton Diamond in a status match till year end too! Using this for my pre cruise stay in Miami on Wednesday!

  • Shelly says:

    Please can someone tell me f the priority pass membership is valid for a year, or just as long as you hold the platinum card? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      It is cancelled immediately, becuase it stops working as soon as there is no longer an active credit card registered to guarantee payment for additional guests.

  • Stuart says:

    If you already have a Amex gold what is the upgrade to Plat deal and can some share the link?

      • Stuart says:


        • Adam says:

          Is it possible to upgrade, take the 20k points, and then downgrade again, not having to spend £450 for the year? Do you also get the hotel benefits thrown in for the full year?

          • Genghis says:

            If you upgrade for the 20k MR points and then downgrade, you will have to pay the Amex Gold fee, £140pa (refunded pro rata). If you upgrade, you can get the hotel status schemes which are valid for 1 or 2 years depending on the scheme (until the status naturally expires).

          • Jonathan says:

            This does make me think why not take the gold, spend the 3k to get the gold offer and then upgrade, spend the 1k for the plat points then cancel? Rather than just cancel gold after hitting spend.

  • Guy says:

    Got the plat last month – trying to get Accor to honour the status has been tricky to say the least – no joy from Accor or Amex yet.

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