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

Melia Rewards – Gold status

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

Le Club Accor Hotels – Platinum (top tier) status

Starwood Preferred Guest – Gold status

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

Amex Platinum

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.

PS.  Don’t ask me why Amex fails to mention any of these hotel benefits on its Platinum website.  Just trust me that they exist.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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?

  6. So it looks like the plat is NOT going to get you Accor status even if you apply within the “sweet spot”?? Pity I had planned to do just this to use for next year’s trip to Vietnam – won’t bother now. Is the Hilton Diamond status good till the end of March? Might switch location to somewhere with a few Hiltons!

    • Genghis says:

      It’s Hilton Gold that’s on Amex Plat and that’s a permanent benefit. Happy to offer some advice on Vietnam – we travelled around the country for 3 weeks last year.

      • Cheers yes I’m already a Diamond member – just seeing that the card only says 03/2017 for expiry I was taking that to be the end of the month. I was thinking or Accor because the hotels it has in the country suited my plans.

    • Don’t believe anything Amex tell you.

      The Accor Platinum application form is still on americanexpress.co.uk/platinum – you can access this site even if you are not already a cardholder. Click Benefits Directory – there is the Accor form.

  7. Alex W says:

    2 queries.

    1. I applied for a supplementary card a week ago and had no reply either by email or post. However my wife’s name is now showing as a supp card holder in my online account. Can she expect to receive the card soon or do we need to query this with Amex?

    2. I think I read somewhere that the 450 fee is charged in the 2nd month. However I’ve had it in my first months bill. Can I get them to refund it/charge it again? This is annoying as I’ll now need to take money out of savings to pay it.


    • 1. I’d give it until Wednesday and if nothing has arrived call to chase them
      2. I expected the fee to be charged in the first month, I don’t recall any of the Amex literature stating it would charged in the 2nd month (although am happy to be corrected) and given you have to agree to the fee to be able to sign up for the card I can’t see any reason why they would be willing to do this, sorry.

  8. Ach, I’ve just paid the Gold yearly membership fee. If I were to upgrade to platinum now, will I be charged £450, and get my Gold fee refunded pro-rata? Any insight into this would be excellent.


    • No problem getting pro-rata refund. If you’ve paid the fee I guess that means you’ve just entered year 2 of the card – assuming you hit the spend target OK you’d be worth holding off for the bonus MR to post before upgrading though?

  9. Thanks, Alan,

    Yes, year 2 of the card. and bonus MR for hitting £10k spend posted yesterday!

  10. JamesW says:

    I want to cancel my Gold before the £140 fee kicks in in a week or so and am very tempted to get the Platinum in its place. Whether I do or not, the gold is going.

    I know that I can cancel the gold then wait 6months+ before applyong for the Platinum & would then (most likely) get the 30,000 MR points offer if I spend £2k inside of 60 days.

    Will Amex entertain the idea of upgrading me to Platinum from Gold and giving me the 30,000 points (with a £2k spend) rather than have me cancel the gold completely and walk away ???

  11. JamesW says:

    Nuts, got flagged I guess as didn’t get an instant acceptance of my upgrade to Platinum. Message telling me I’ll be informed via the post and I’ll know inside of ten days. Gold card 1st year membership fee due in a few days so that might be why ???

    Have a very good salary, very good credit record, never messed Amex about payment wise (or any other way !) so I’ll be very miffed if I’m not accepted and more importantly if I’m not accepted in time to get the Accor Platinum benefit – am taking a trip to Marseilles at the end of April (thanks to BA’s CE sale + 7,500 Avios) and am thinking of booking an Accor hotel if I get the status.
    If not I’ll probably stay at the Intercontinental which looks seriously nice (but pricey).

    Any suggestions as to which is the best Accor hotel there ? Any other recommendation for Marseilles ?

    • Radiata says:

      I would ring AMEX immediately rather than wait the ten days.

      This happened to me on applying for PRG. Rather puzzled so called them the next day. Informed that if system does not receive a reply from credit rating agency within specified time (?60 seconds but a guess as cannot remember), application status deferred for a member of staff to review. Card approved immediately when I rang and have since upgraded online to Plat and separately applied for and received BAPP without incident.

      • Agree, flat numbers sometimes causes their system problems too, yet other times it can be fine! If you call them with the application number they can get processing sorted.

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