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News in brief:

The US Amex Platinum card will be made of metal

The US version of the American Express Platinum charge card has been relaunched this week.  The fee rises $100 to $550 but is potentially offset by $15 of Uber credit, automatically added to your account every month.

The interesting bit was that the card will be made of metal. This isn’t the first time that US credit cards have been made of metal, but this is the first one where there has been a chance that a mainstream metallic card will make it over to the UK.

At a point in its history when Amex Platinum has become a bit mainstream, this could be the kick the UK card needs to put it back on the map.  We can but hope.

American Express Platinum card Amex

New £19 Monarch sale

We don’t usually cover Monarch on Head for Points – at least not since they stopped being an Avios redemption partner – but this new deal looked good.

Up to 9th March, Monarch is selling a limited number of £19 seats to Barcelona, Venice, Rome, Lisbon and Gibraltar.  The travel periods are 4th March to 30th April with the key Easter period of 29th March to 10th April excluded.

You can find out more on the Monarch website here.  Depending on route, you can fly from Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford or Manchester.

Monarch

Uber launches in Chichester

Uber is now in over 20 UK towns and cities and added Chichester to the list yesterday.  At the moment, only the cheaper uberX service is available.  It adds to the existing services in Portsmouth, Havant and Brighton.

If you live in the area (or anywhere else in the UK which has Uber) download the app and add promo code ‘headforpoints’ after signing up.  You’ll get a free first ride worth up to £15 which gets you quite a long way with uberX.

Comments (34)

  • Physci says:

    Certainly not the first metals amex in the U.K. – the Centurion card has been metal for many years.

    • guesswho2000 says:

      Centurion card isn’t exactly mainstream though, is it!

  • The_real_a says:

    ok i admit it. Im a hit of a plastic snob. A metal card would be quite cool actually.

  • Nick says:

    So, presumably, you’ll need to remember to take it out of your wallet at airport security and put it in a bin for the scanner?

  • David says:

    The Centurion Card won’t set airport scanners off, but I guess a stainless steel platinum card will.

    I don’t think the card will be in the UK for a while, Centurion took 2 years after the US, they will have to test if they can add a contactless chip etc.

    But I agree it would be nice, I have Centurion already, but my Supps would like a metal platinum I’m sure.

  • tony says:

    Note that Monarch black out period doesn’t cover the Easter weekend.

  • Ian says:

    I sure hope they don’t make the same change here. I’m not willing to spend an extra £100 just for a metal card. Uber credits mean nothing to me because I boycott the company. We don’t have the MR point multipliers for spending categories on the UK card, so if they were to bring that in then it could offset the fee, maybe.

    • David says:

      I agree, they removed all multipliers from Centurion, so to be honest, I can’t see them putting them on Platinum

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      If there’s a price increase, I’ll be voting with my feet.

      The £100 increase we had a couple of years ago was bad enough but the Uber credit is not enough to offset this.

      US users also get $200 of credits towards airline charges, like seat selection and stuff as well.

      And $200 towards their trusted traveller schemes

      What do we get in blighty? Jack all.

  • Paul says:

    What my card is made of is of little concern and I am certainly not paying more than I do now for the privilidge. There was a mail shot earlier this week telling me how much I saved by having the card so perhaps a price hike is just around the corner.

  • Alan says:

    5x MR points for Amex Travel spend on the US card now too – sadly nothing anywhere near that good for us!

    Lifetime Diamond is the other way to get a metal card (I don’t have one myself, but have seen one) – a bit of an effort given the number of stays required though!

    I really wish they’d offer a better MR earnings rate on this card. As it is I almost never use it to pay for things anyway, so the metal card would hardly ever be getting an outing!

    • Sundar says:

      In a Digital age, I would rather have a Virtual card than a metallic one…why waste a bit more of the earthly metal if we will cut it down in a few months/year….

      • Arun T says:

        Good point – cutting up a metal card when you’re done with it can’t be fun!!

      • the real harry1 says:

        metal doesn’t disappear & can be recycled

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