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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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  • bettertoturnleftthanright says:

    I have Amex Plat (for 3 years now) but have not received new hotel cards. My Accor one expired last year…do I have to physically renew each year or does my membership remain active as long as I am Amex Plat?

  • Hardy says:

    I moved to Spain about 3 months ago, but have a Uk current account AND a UK address with Mail Boxes Etc. My Income here in Spain is above the threshold needed in the UK. Stupid question or not, but looks like the Amex Uk has MUCH better deals than Spain.
    Any thoughts on if I can apply in the UK and go through there rather than Spain? Are there any thoughts on this?

    Thanks, and BTW big fan of this site..!!

    • Zander says:

      You’re UK current account has money paid into it and it’s connected to a physical UK address and thus shows up on credit reports? If it does then it could be worth a shot to apply as although it states you need to be a UK resident, how will they know? I’ve applied for and received the German Lufthansa, AMEX and Hilton credit cards so I don’t see why one couldn’t do the same in the UK provided that the criteria are met (i.e. UK address, UK bank account etc.).

    • ElectroDuende says:

      You are rigth, not only the anual fee is much higher (currently 690 euros, with 150 returned as Amex travel credit), but the benefits are lower. And don’t even try to campare with the USA cards…

  • planeflyer says:

    I’ve just had my Accor Platinum card renewed for the 3rd time without getting anywhere near the reqirements (although i’ve stayed 5 nights in the last year, so it’s not dormant), long after dumping my Amex Plat card. Even got it matched to Hilton Diamon, which was handy.

    It would be good to state above that not all Sofitels have a lounge, and I think Sydney/Melbourne ones don’t let in Plat members.

    • Brian says:

      Apparently, there has been a change of policy in Australia and Sofitels do now let in Plat members to their lounges. I’ve heard reports that some others don’t, e.g. the one in Berlin (Kurfurstendamm) – which is why I choose the Hilton over that Sofitel in Berlin.

  • Kev says:

    Does anyone have a link to upgrade a PRG to Platinum Amex? They’re used to be a circa 15k MR points given for this upgrade. I can’t seem to find this anywhere on their website anymore.

  • Hugo says:

    Slightly off topic but am I the only one having trouble signing up for Avis Preferred using the link in the Platinum Benefits Directory?
    I fill in the form using the details and code they outline but when I hit submit all i get back is a blank page. I’ve tried it in Chrome, Firefox, Safari on a Mac and IE on Windows – all with the same outcome.

    • Radiata says:

      Struggled to do this properly online so called Avis.

      Operator informed that Plat card successfully amended Preferred profile. Since then rates clearly cheaper than standard rates – have compared by obtaining quotes with and without logging in on Avis site. I wonder whether related to the insurance as basic options greyed out and Amex covers all rental insurance and perhaps this acknowledged hence quotes cheaper. Unfortunately no status benefit from card but can claim up to six months retrospectively on joining Preferred. I now book only smaller cars (on reaching President’s Club – 10 rentals in a year) and am upgraded since (thus far) without fail.

      On the subject of PRG to Plan upgrade, I did so shortly before offer sweetened from 15 to 20k MR. Have yet to be charged for Plat fee – I did ring up and query a few weeks ago: agent told me to enjoy but expect fee possibly in months to come.

  • Brian says:

    A bit off-topic – but does anybody know what happened to the Foursquare/Amex connection? Haven’t seen any deals for a long time and wondered if they had stopped it for good. Thanks.

  • Andi says:

    i had this card over a year ago. If i reapply now, while only holding BA Amex Premium, will i get my bonus points again when hitting spend? i thought i saw, possibly on a USA site, that bonus is only paid out once…

    • Genghis says:

      If you haven’t held the same reward currency (i.e. MR points) card for 6 months+, you can get another sign up bonus

    • Rob says:

      That’s why you shouldn’t be reading US sites 🙂

  • Stuart says:

    I’ve had a Platinum Charge Card for two years now and enquired about the Accor status mentioned in this article to be told: “I am afraid that this benefit is not provided on your Platinum Business Charge Card ending in 1234″….

    To what charge card does this benefit apply?

    • Rob says:

      Platinum Business has different benefits to Platinum the personal version. For example, your Priority Pass does not let you bring a free guest but the personal version does. On the other hand, your travel insurance is better than the Platinum personal version.

    • Stuart says:

      I queried this with them and just this second Amex wrote this to me:
      I’d like to inform that we no longer offer Accor benefit on any of our Cards

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