American Express Platinum card giving DOUBLE points on all spending until 20th July!

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The Platinum Card from American Express is offering double Membership Rewards points – 2 per £1 – on ALL spending until 20th July!

These means that, if you have Amex Platinum, it is now THE most valuable card in your wallet.

I had expected this offer to appear, because it has been offered to Platinum cardholders in other countries.  For some reason no-one has yet been emailed by American Express about it.

It DOES work though, and applies to all transactions from 21st April.  Take a look at this screenshot:

Amex Platinum giving DOUBLE points on ALL spending until 20th July!

Does this apply to all Membership Rewards cards?

No.

It only applies to personal American Express Platinum cards.  If you have the International Dollar / Euro Platinum Card, it also applies to that.  Centurion cardholders can also take part.

It does NOT apply to Business Platinum or the personal versions of Preferred Rewards Gold, Green or the American Express Rewards Credit Card.

How many miles and points will I now earn?

Two Membership Rewards points per £1 means you are earning:

2 Avios per £1

2 Virgin Flying Club miles per £1

4 Hilton Honors points per £1

6 Radisson Rewards points per £1

3 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1

….. and much more.

The full list of Membership Rewards airline partners is here and the full list of hotel partners is here.

Amex Platinum giving DOUBLE points on ALL spending until 20th July!

Or get 1.8% cashback instead!

Alternatively, you can take 1.8% cashback instead.

As we wrote the other day, Amex Platinum cardholders now receive 0.9p per Membership Rewards points when they redeem for statement credit.

This means that, as you are now earning 2 Membership Rewards points per £1, you could immediately redeem these for 1.8% off your bill.

Is it worth getting American Express Platinum to take advantage of this deal?

I will do a separate article on this topic over the weekend.  The issue is that, whilst the rewards are clearly excellent now, you won’t be able to benefit from most of the travel benefits which come with the card.

My full review of the American Express Platinum card is here if you want to find out more now.  Our ‘quick read’ ‘Top 10 Reasons for getting American Express Platinum’ is here.

You can apply for The Platinum Card here.

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Comments

  1. Nick Morrison says:

    These are all attempts to by AMEX to gloss over the fact they haven’t been in touch with any Platinum personal card holders about their membership fee and that none of us have been able to use any of the benefits for a couple of months and the foreseable future. Lots of other much smaller organisations are responding to try and retain their customers with refunds or extensions yet AMEX are just burying their head in the sand thinking we won’t notice. C’mon AMEX, I’m close to cancelling.

  2. Silly me. I misread the article, believing I could exchange my stash of MR points for double airline miles.

  3. Can confirm this stacks with the 1 extra point / £ retention offer dating before the crisis.

  4. Jamesay says:

    Got emailed 2 days ago.
    Stay safe everyone

  5. K1w1G1rl says:

    I was emailed on Thursday (2pm) re this:
    Earn double points too
    For the next three months you’ll also earn double Membership Reward points across all of your spend. From essential groceries, to shopping online or a delivery of fresh flowers, for every pound spent, you’ll receive double the points, up until 20 July 2020.

    With no expiry and no cap on the amount of points you can earn each year, your points will be ready and waiting for you to use, whenever you like.
    And the double value offer
    Enjoy double the value
    Up until 20 July 2020, your points are worth double their usual value when you Use Points Towards Purchases – giving you the freedom to pay with your points for almost any item on your Card statement. Sometimes it’s the little everyday things that can bring us joy during difficult times. Simply choose an item on the American Express® App or your online statement and opt to pay with points.

  6. When it comes to the travel insurance offered with the Platinum card, have they changed the terms to exclude Covid-19 ?

    My concern about cancelling and later reapplying once I am back travelling (at least 12 months I’d say) is whether Amex (or AXA) will exclude covid-19 for all new applicants & policies but not for existing card holders/policy holders.

    Is this something I should be concerned about or if they are going to do it would they just do it across the board regardless of existing or new cardholder ?

    This is what is holding me back from cancelling.

    • Great question!

    • Agree with Tom that this is a very important point and could be a deal breaker for many.

      So far it looks like the insurance from Plat does cover it for Covid but it’s anyone’s guess how long this might be for.

      I’ve had really impressive service from Amex/AXA in 2019 for a claim.

  7. Not sure if this is that good.

    General Spend. Unless I can spend 10k or 20k (2 cards) in addition to the spend until July I will not get my companion vouchers which renders the BAPP cards an expensive option.

    So one needs to take account of the lost benefit from a BAPP voucher before just looking at the double points.

    If you will still spend enough for the companion vouchers do this, if not then I would question it.

    • You make a valid point and I hope Rob covers this in his weekend article on the latest perks for Platinum.

      I have already banked my BAPP 241 this year and can start earning for a second from September. However I may not be using my current one in 2020 so earning a second by the end of 2020 would be pointless (I usually hit the 10K spend in 4-5 months on average).

      Still trying to weigh up whether I should move all my spend to HSBC altogether to aim for the 12K spend bonus.

      The Gold that I have downgraded to is tactically useless having the HSBC card for double spend abroad and better acceptance being a MasterCard.

  8. I cancelled my Amex Plat via chat two weeks ago after asking whether there was any sweetener on offer to dissuade me, as I wasn’t going to be able to use the insurance for a while. I was told no, so cancelled.

    I suggested to my son that he’d better look at his fee paying cards and renewal dates; he went on chat and tried to cancel his Amex Gold – maybe his Business Gold – and was offered a fee waiver for the next year. He was happy!

    As an aside, three of my friends whose have had small amounts from Brazil attempted on their Amex and one friend received a delivery that he didn’t initiate. The only connection we can think of is BA, so maybe the last data breach is taking effect.

  9. Martin Gee says:

    I too received the email with regard to the offer on my platinum card.
    To illustrate a point with regard to cancelling and reapplying later for the card and thus the benefits, I have an annual travel insurance with AXA through a group scheme. When I received my renewal I contacted them on Monday of this week to notify them that I did not wish to renew as it’s getting quite expensive so I will rely on the Amex platinum in future. I was informed that it wasn’t a problem cancelling but whilst normally I would simply be able to rejoin at a later date on this occasion AXA were saying that they did not know what the future policy may or may not cover!
    I cancelled the AXA group insurance scheme and will hold on to the Amex for the time being. The only reason I had the double cover was due to an overlap.

  10. wyvern says:

    Received the email yesterday, for the Platinum card and the ICC Euro Platinum card. Had already asked if they would pro-rata refund card fee for the time that the benefits could largely not be used, or extend the validity of the benefits by extending the next renewal date. Not a helpful response so have escalated to a formal complaint. Double points is not a sufficient replacement for the other benefits, especially is a period when spending will be less than usual (less business activity, zero travel). I may yet cancel.

  11. Given the Amex Charge Cards, including this ultra-expensive Platinum and even more silly Centurion are CHARGE cards and not credit. Anyone with half a brain wouldn’t be putting big transactions on these cards if you care about S75 protection.

    Funny world that the benny-lovers Vanquis credit cards give S75 and ultra premium Plat and Cent don’t.

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