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The Platinum Card from American Express has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022. You can apply here.

American Express is currently running a special offer for anyone holding the Green Card or the old charge card version of Preferred Rewards Gold.

If you upgrade to The Platinum Card by 28th February, you will receive a bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points for spending £4,000 in three months.

You will get an additional 5,000 points for adding a free Platinum supplementary card.

You will also be allowed to pay your annual fee in monthly installments.

Get 30,000 Membership Rewards points for upgrading Amex Gold Charge or Amex Green to Platinum!

Let’s be clear: this offer does NOT apply to holders of the Preferred Rewards Gold credit card. You need to have the Preferred Rewards Gold charge card, which was removed from the market 3-4 years ago.

You must upgrade your charge card via this page of the American Express website.

The offer does not seem to be targeted. That said, some people have receive a pop-up for it when logging into the American Express website, but my wife – who still has a Gold charge card – has not.

There is no restriction on qualifying for the 30,000 points bonus as long as you can spend £4,000 in three months. This is very attractive because, for anyone who already holds Preferred Rewards Gold, the only other bonus you would normally qualify for is British Airways Premium Plus with its 40,000 Avios.

(This HfP article is the definitive guide to which American Express sign-up bonuses you qualify for, based on the cards you have or recently had.)

American Express Amex Platinum card review

What are the benefits of The Platinum Card?

The card has substantial benefits – easily the best package of any UK loyalty card.

You receive travel insurance for yourself and your family. You can insure five other people and their families by giving them supplementary cards on your account. Some benefits require you to pay for your trip with an American Express card, but the core medical benefit is automatic. There is an age limit of 70 on the travel insurance.  For legal reasons, you need to opt-in to the travel insurance benefit by ticking the relevant box on the application form.

You receive full car hire insurance – with no requirement to pay with your card.

You and your main supplementary cardholder will each receive a Priority Pass card. This gets the cardholder plus a guest into 1,300 airport lounges across the world for free, including the Aspire lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 reviewed here. As you get two Priority Pass cards, each of which allows a free guest, you can get a family of four into a lounge – as I do on a regular basis.

You can also access the pleasant Plaza Premium Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5. This is not part of Priority Pass but American Express Platinum cardholders can get in, with a guest, by showing their Platinum card at the front desk.

You can also get into Amex’s own network of high quality ‘Centurion’ airport lounges for free, with a guest. This includes the new Centurion Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 which has just opened.

You will also receive permanent status in various hotel schemes:

  • Gold in Marriott Bonvoy
  • Gold in Radisson Rewards
  • Gold in Hilton Honors
  • Gold in MeliaRewards

Other benefits include Eurostar lounge access in London, Brussels and Paris whatever your class of travel. (The Amex website does not mention Brussels but it does work there.) You also receive lounge access when flying with Delta although any guests must pay $29.

You receive a £10 Addison Lee taxi credit each month

You receive £100 per year to spend in Harvey Nichols, either in-store or online. You receive £50 to spend between January and June and a further £50 between July and December. No minimum spend is required.

You receive $200 cashback on every onefinestay house rental – a benefit you can use an unlimited number of times, with no minimum spend

There is also an exclusive hotel booking scheme called ‘Fine Hotels & Resorts’ which offers valuable additional benefits on your stays. If you are a regular visitor at five star hotels then you can recoup your entire membership fee via FHR bookings. I wrote more about Fine Hotels & Resorts here – for me, the guaranteed 4pm check-out on every stay is invaluable, especially for weekend breaks.

Get 30,000 Membership Rewards points for upgrading Amex Gold Charge or Amex Green to Platinum!

What is the annual fee on American Express Platinum?

£575.

Under this offer, you will be paying your fee monthly (£48) so the total is £576.

You can cancel your card at any time. The Priority Pass airport lounge card is cancelled immediately if you close your Platinum card. However, the hotel status cards will continue to work until they expire naturally.

If you are self employed, remember that you could offset the card fee against tax as long as you used it exclusively for business-related expenses.

What do I earn per £1 spent on the card?

You receive 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on the card. This is the same as you are currently earning on your Gold or Green card.

If you are upgrading from the Preferred Rewards Gold charge card, please note:

  • you will no longer receive double points on airline spend
  • you will no longer receive double points on foreign spend
  • you will no longer receive 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points each year for spending £15,000
  • you will lose your £10 of monthly Deliveroo credit

Conclusion

If you have an existing Gold or Green American Express charge card, this offer is well worth considering if you can meet the spending target.

Full details are on the American Express website here.

The offer runs until 28th February.

PS. If you are interested in applying for Platinum from scratch, without upgrading, the application page is here.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – May 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios or other airline miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (89)

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  • The Streets says:

    I found it a bit of a pain trying to add a supplementary card for additional points. None of the cards seem to be tracking and you then have to wait 90 days to follow up

  • Milaneser says:

    This matches what Amex does with Plat in Italy, where the annual fee of €720 is paid monthly by all cardmembers. Amex ran the same upgrade offer here before Christmas, albeit the points bonus was 80k, and is currently running an offer for Plats to refer friends at 70k a go – no idea why so generous given the rewards space in Italy is far less competitive than in the UK and elsewhere (Avios conversion is 5:4 for those interested).

  • Ikaz says:

    My 2 year wait is up so I can get the regular sign-up for platinum, does anyone know if the increased sign-up is still around (70,000 targetted if I remember correctly)

  • Harry T says:

    Is it still the case that Amex if banning you from receiving the upgrade bonus if you’ve ever used that route in the past?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, read the small print.

    • AlexT says:

      Oh, so the above upgrade can be done once-a-(cardmembership)-lifetime? Wonder if Brighton CS can tell me whether one of my prior Plat applications was an upgrade instead of a direct application?

    • BJ says:

      @Harry, I’ve gone the upgrade route successfully twice but last time was at least 3 years ago so this rule may have come in or been enforced (if it is) only since then. If you don’t want to risk it you could always wait until March onwards and try requesting an upgrade bonus as a retention offer.

      • rum says:

        In the same boat here. I did it ages ago and ~3years ago seems about right. I’ve not been told that I am ‘banned’ from this route, but I don’t want to blow my chances my applying using this link. Tempted to call to ask. Has anyone asked if it still applies? Or is that asking for trouble?

      • Harry T says:

        Thanks!

      • twoclicks says:

        Oh dear! This was looking so good, but I’ve definitely upgraded in the past. Was thinking of plat upgrade as I start to travel more but… I guess just asking outright can’t hurt?

  • Nick B says:

    Hi there. I had the pop up when I logged into my BAPP account offering the platinum card for £48 per month. Is it worth moving from the BA card to the platinum.

    • Rob says:

      If you’ve not had a Gold or Plat in the last 2 years, you can get the standard sign up offer on Platinum – which can be 70,000 points if you use a referral from someone who currently has a special offer. We can supply a 70k link if you need one.

      • Alex W says:

        Not just Gold or Plat according to Amex website – “I understand I will not be eligible for any Welcome Bonus award if I hold or have held any personal Membership Rewards-enrolled American Express Cards in the past 24 months.”

      • Bianca says:

        I am also looking to upgrade from blue BA one. Could i get the link?

  • VK says:

    amex has a 4 card rule these days from what I have been told by the call centre agents. So if I have 4 cards, will amex cancel my gold and upgrade to platinum without rejecting my application (as I currently have 4 cards)? Unsure regarding how their back end is set up. So im concerned ‘computer says no’ will happen when I apply for the upgrade.

    • BJ says:

      Yes because you are using the specific link to upgrade your gold not newly applying for platinum, and many people have geld 4+ cards anyway.

      • VK says:

        when I had applied for the BA accelerating business card they didn’t approve it at first stating I already had 4 cards. I called and then they suggested cancelling a card and that they would process the card once the cancellation was done. So at present I have 4 cards so my guess is they will block me if it uses an automated system where it first needs to approve the platinum and then proceed to cancel the gold.

  • twoclicks says:

    1. If I upgrade and already have a supplementary cars holder, will I still get the 5K, or should I cancel their supplementary on my gold then add again when I get the platinum card?

    2. If I upgrade to plat and get the 30k+5k, and downgrade to gold, will it go back to gold charge or gold credit?

    Many thanks!

    • BJ says:

      1. Cancel the supp before upgrade otherwise one will be issued sutomatically and you’ll miss tge bonus.

      2. Request downgrade to charge, no guarantee they will agree.

    • Rob says:

      1. Not clear
      2. You should assume credit, but I have heard stories of people being offered Gold Charge on downgrade – absolutely do not rely on this though

  • Kevin C says:

    Addison Lee monthly credit used to be useful but due to a shortage of drivers it has been impossible to book a car for several months.

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