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The new Amex Business Platinum annual £200 travel credit works better than we thought

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American Express added a £200 Amex Travel credit to the benefits package on the Business Platinum card on 10th October.

Importantly, you receive this credit EVERY membership year. It isn’t a one-off.

The only catch is that the £200 must be spent in a single transaction. If you use it against a hotel booking, it will need to be pre-paid and therefore will not qualify for elite status benefits or hotel loyalty points.

For most people who read HfP, this is almost as good as £200 of cash.

There was some confusion over how the current year credit was applied

When we discussed this offer with American Express, we were initially told that existing cardholders would receive a £200 credit on 10th October which had to be used in their current membership year.

This was a bit tough on people like myself, who has a 11th November membership year. It only gave me four weeks to book something.

The good news is that American Express had a change of heart before the launch:

  • for existing Business Platinum cardholders, your initial £200 of Amex Travel credit lasts for a full 12 months, irrespective of your year end – you have until 10th October 2023 to use it
  • as soon as you pass your next anniversary date, an additional £200 of Amex Travel credit will be added to your account – this will be valid for exactly 12 months
Benefits of American Express Business Platinum

This means that, for the first year, existing cardholders may see 2 x £200 Amex Travel credits showing on their account at some point.

Even though you have two credits, they cannot both be used against the same booking. You would need to split your hotel or flight booking into individual nights or individual passengers in order to use both £200 credits on the same trip.

Don’t forget that:

  • you need to spend more than £200 for the transaction to trigger the cashback (if you spend £150 you get nothing, you don’t get £150)
  • you lose the credit if you subsequently cancel your flight or hotel booking

Where can you see your travel credit?

You won’t see it on your American Express Business Platinum statement or in the app.

However, if you log in to Amex Travel at travel.americanexpress.co.uk, it will show. The expiry date is also shown clearly.

PS. Don’t forget that American Express Business Platinum is currently offering a huge 60,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus if you spend £8,000 within three months.

The rule for receiving the bonus is that you haven’t had a personal OR business Amex card which earns Membership Rewards points (Green, Gold, Platinum, Centurion, Amex Rewards Credit Card) in the last 13 months.

The annual fee is £650, refundable pro-rata if you cancel.

You can find out more in our article here and you can apply here.


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Comments (16)

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  • Stephen says:

    Whereabouts on Amex travel can you see the expiry date please

  • Rob says:

    No.

  • Peter says:

    Only flights and hotels are mentioned. Does this also apply to car rental?

  • krys_k says:

    Re status and benefits, I will share a single data point. Called Sheraton Grande Krakow to check if they would honour Titanium benefits as £200 Amex travel covered two of the three nights I wanted to stay, they advised that if I added the direct with Marriot booking to the front Amex booking all benefits and status would apply to the entire booking. Worked and received suite.

    • Ian M says:

      Hey, what do you mean if you added the direct with Marriott booking to the front Amex booking and how did you do that?

      • Rob says:

        Book your first night at marriott.com in the usual way. Book additional nights via Amex Travel. You will be upgraded on your first night due to your status (as its a direct booking) and unless the hotel is really mean they will let you keep the upgraded room for the nights you booked via Amex.

  • Anthony says:

    Can anyone click on their name and it works? When I click it AMEX logs me out, and clicking login it just errors with a webserver error

    • Bob says:

      Login, search for a random hotel, select your platinum card if asked, it will show at the top right as “travel credit”.

  • Bob says:

    How can i find my next anniversary date?

    • Rob says:

      Go back through your statements and see when your last annual fee was added. It is a couple of weeks before that – at least it was for me.

  • Linda says:

    I have a question that I hope someone can answer regarding Amex Platinum card renewal dates and relates to the risk of losing the Amex £150 dining credit. I have had a conversation with Amex Customer Service as they have said my card is due for renewal tomorrow 1st November. This is because my application was ‘approved’ on 1st November ’21 although my card was not received and activated until 8th November ’21 which I think should be the date of the 12-month anniversary, because it is impossible to use the card until I receive and activate it. I have searched ‘terms & conditions’ but can’t find anything that relates to ‘when’ the start date of 12-month term. Many thanks for any help/advice.

  • Shaya s says:

    Can this be used with Amex travel over the phone? I need to book for a large group. Online you have a max of six people.

    • Rob says:

      Rules say No. Doesn’t mean it wouldn’t trigger but you have no grounds for complaint.

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