A regular question I get asked by readers is how American Express Business Platinum differs from The Platinum Card, apart from the obvious £20 difference in annual fee.
As American Express Platinum (the personal card) is still offering the biggest ‘open to all’ sign-up bonus ever seen – 60,000 Membership Rewards points, worth 60,000 Avios – I thought it was worth covering in full.
We have a similar article on how American Express Platinum differs from American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which you can find here.
What benefits are shared between American Express Business Platinum and personal Platinum?
Before we get onto the differences, which are modest, let’s look at the benefits which both cards share.
You can opt in for most of these benefits via this page of the American Express website.
Airport lounge access
You will receive a free Priority Pass card. Priority Pass is a network of 1,300 airport lounges across the world, including eight in London Heathrow. This includes the Aspire lounge in BA’s Heathrow Terminal 5. Your Priority Pass allows an unlimited number of free visits to their lounges. You can also bring in a guest for free.
You can also give a Priority Pass card to a second person via your free supplementary Platinum card. If this is your partner or spouse, you would both be able to get into the lounge for free and each bring in a free guest. This means that a family of four can get into a lounge if you give your partner the second card.
You will receive access to the Plaza Premium Lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5 and Gatwick’s North Terminal. These not Priority Pass lounges but American Express Platinum cardholders can get access, with a guest, by showing their Platinum card at the front desk. The same applies to all other Plaza Premium lounges globally. Note that the other UK lounges (Heathrow Terminal 4 departures and the arrivals lounges in Terminals 2, 3 and 4) have not yet reopened.
You will receive Gold status in the Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty scheme. This will give added benefits at Marriott, Renaissance, Sheraton, Westin, W, aloft, St Regis, The Ritz-Carlton, The Luxury Collection etc properties – almost 30 brands in total.
You will receive Gold status in the Radisson Rewards hotel loyalty scheme. This will give added benefits at Radisson Blu / RED / Individuals, Park Plaza and Park Inn hotels.
You will receive Gold status in the Hilton Honors hotel loyalty scheme. This is the best mid-tier hotel status to have, because you get free breakfast with it. You will get benefits at Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, Hampton, Curio etc.
You will receive Gold status in the MeliaRewards hotel loyalty scheme. You will get benefits at Melia and INNSIDE hotels, with benefits including three 20% discount vouchers each year and ‘2 for 1’ breakfast.
There are also car rental status benefits with Avis Preferred and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards but these are, in all honesty, no better than deals that are generally available.
Hotel booking benefits
You can access the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts Programme. This offers genuine added value benefits at a large number of luxury hotels across the world. These include a GUARANTEED 4pm check-out, free breakfast, an upgrade if available at check-in and typically a $100 credit towards on-property spending.
You receive £150 or equivalent cashback when you book a onefinestay home rental. You can use this benefit an unlimited number of times. There are no ‘cheap’ properties with onefinestay, however, and combined with a minimum stay requirement it is virtually impossible to spend less than £600.
Day to day earning
Both cards earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on the card, with a few exceptions.
Both cards receive Amex Offers for making purchases at specific merchants. In my personal experience, I receive slightly more offers on The Platinum Card than Business Platinum. The offers on Business Platinum are not, in general, business-focused.
The following benefits are exclusive to American Express Business Platinum
You receive a free digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times. This is worth over £300, and if you currently pay for this it is a huge incentive to take out the card. I have come to value this benefit and would probably continue to pay for it even if I cancelled my Business Platinum card.
You receive £150 credit per year to spend with Dell. No minimum spend applies but the credit is split into two parts. You can earn £75 cashback between January and June and £75 cashback between July and December.
The following benefits are exclusive to The Platinum Card (personal)
You receive Eurostar lounge access irrespective of your class of travel. You cannot bring a guest but your partner could accompany you if you issued them with the free supplementary Platinum card. Staff will often allow children in at quiet times but this is not guaranteed and a family may be turned away.
You receive £10 per month of Addison Lee taxi credit. This is only useful if you live or work in or around London and you will struggle to get a car if you do not pre-book well in advance. The credit is not cumulative if not used in a particular month.
You receive £100 per year of Harvey Nichols credit, split into a £50 credit for each half-year. You can order items instore or online.
The following benefits differ between Business Platinum and The Platinum Card
American Express Business Platinum is £595 per year whilst The Platinum Card is £575.
Annual fees are refundable pro-rata if you cancel during the year.
Annual fees are tax deductible for the percentage of spending which is done for business purposes.
The Platinum Card (personal) currently has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points.
In normal times, The Platinum Card has a bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points. Business Platinum has a bonus of 40,000 Membership Rewards points.
The sign-up bonus rules are different between the two cards:
- You receive the bonus on Business Platinum if you have not had any Membership Rewards card, personal or business, in the previous 13 months
- You receive the bonus on The Platinum Card if you have not had any personal Membership Rewards card (Business cards are not counted) in the previous 24 months
This means than an existing holder of Business Platinum could get The Platinum Card bonus but an existing holder of The Platinum Card could not get the Business Platinum bonus.
Both cards come with comprehensive travel insurance. The coverage with Business Platinum is stronger in some areas – you are covered up to the age of 80 (vs 70 for The Platinum Card) and there is no requirement to pay for anything on American Express to receive full coverage.
Even if you are not between 70-80 yourself, remember that you can cover family members by issuing free supplementary cards to them, up to the limits allowed by each card.
Supplementary card bonuses
Both cards can offer a bonuses for adding your first supplementary card.
Business Platinum has regular offers of 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards for adding even more supplementary cards. You can earn up to 25,000 points this way.
Refer a friend bonuses
Both cards allow you to earn up to 90,000 Membership Rewards points per calendar year by referring friends for American Express cards.
Business Platinum cardholders receive a higher bonus of 18,000 points per successful referral, compared to 12,000 points for holders of The Platinum Card. These numbers are often higher during regular promotions.
There is no obvious answer to the question of whether American Express Business Platinum is better than The Platinum Card ……
….. assuming, of course, that you have some sort of business – or are in the process of launching one – and so qualify for Business Platinum.
I have both cards, so I get the best of both worlds. I would find it difficult to choose if I had to:
- I value the Eurostar lounge access on my personal card, and living in London I ensure I use the £100 of Harvey Nichols credit (although it has become increasingly hard to use the Addison Lee credit in recent months due to their acute driver shortage)
- I have come to value the free subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times via Business Platinum. If I paid for this it would cost £180 per year for smartphone-only access and £312 for an identical package to the Amex one. I have also ordered the odd Dell item with my free credit.
Please take a look at the official American Express websites if you require additional information about any of these benefits, especially insurance.
The doubled 60,000 point bonus on The Platinum Card (personal) ends on 1st June.
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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:
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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
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 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:
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
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
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.