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Amex Business Platinum vs personal Platinum – what’s the difference?

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A regular question I get asked by readers is how American Express Business Platinum differs from The Platinum Card, apart from the obvious £75 difference in annual fee.

As American Express Business Platinum is still offering an enhanced bonus60,000 Membership Rewards points, worth 60,000 Avios – I thought it was worth taking a look at how the two cards compare.

The 60,000 points offer ends tomorrow (Wednesday) so don’t delay. You can apply here.

American Express Business Platinum personal Platinum differences

We have a similar article on how American Express Platinum differs from American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which you can find here although it has not yet been updated with the recent Gold changes.

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.

Note that this list is not comprehensive – I have focused on the travel related benefits – and you should study the Amex Business Platinum website and The Platinum Card website for full details.

You can opt in for most of these benefits via this page of the American Express website. This page is not well promoted by Amex and a lot of Platinum cardholders don’t know it exists.

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 three 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, Terminal 4 and Terminal 2, Gatwick’s North Terminal and (just opened) Edinburgh.  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.

You can also access American Express Centurion lounges with a guest, including the new Centurion Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3.

Amex Business Platinum and personal Platinum differences

Hotel status

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 Premium status in the Radisson Rewards hotel loyalty scheme.  This will give added benefits at Radisson Blu / RED / Individuals, Park Plaza and Park Inn hotels. One key benefit of Premium is the ability to activate ‘Discount Booster’ and receive an additional cash discount of c 10% in return for earning fewer points.

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.

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.

Differences between Amex business platinum and personal platinum

The following benefits are exclusive to American Express Business Platinum

You receive a £200 annual Amex Travel credit. This is awarded per membership year, not per calendar year. You receive £200 off a £200+ transaction at Amex Travel (flight or hotel) which is pre-paid. This is as good as cash to most HfP readers.

You receive a monthly 10,000 points bonus whenever you spend £10,000 in a statement month. If you spent exactly £10,000 per month – which is obviously unlikely – this would mean that you were earning an average of 2 points per £1, the most generous rate of any UK payment card.

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 £300 per year of dining credit. This is split into two chunks – £150 per calendar year to spend at roughly 160 UK restaurants, and £150 equivalent per calendar year to spend at 1,200+ international restaurants.

You receive £100 per year of Harvey Nichols credit, split into a £50 credit for each half-calendar year. You can order items instore or online.

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.

Differences between business and personal american express platinum cards

The following benefits differ between Business Platinum and The Platinum Card

Card structure

The Platinum Card (personal) is, following a recent change, issued as a credit card. American Express Business Platinum remains a charge card, meaning that you MUST repay your balance in full every month.

In reality, since I doubt many of our readers pay interest on the credit card balances, this is not a practical difference.

Anecdotally, rejection rates for The Platinum Card seem to have increased since it became a credit card.

Annual fee

American Express Business Platinum is £650 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.

Sign-up bonus

The American Express Business Platinum Card currently has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points. This offer ends on Wednesday.

In normal times, The Platinum Card (personal) 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.

Travel insurance

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.

I strongly recommend you read the policy documents for each card, available via the application websites here and here, if this is important to you.

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.

Conclusion

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. It is also easy to use the £150 of UK dining credit each calendar year.
  • I have come to value the free subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times via Business Platinum. It will be easy for me to use the new £200 of annual Amex Travel credit. I have also ordered the odd Dell item with my free credit.

More information

Please take a look at the official American Express websites if you require additional information about any of these benefits, especially insurance.

The Amex Business Platinum website, which contains full details and the application form, is here.

The Platinum Card website for the personal card, which contains full details and the application form, is here.

The special 60,000 point bonus on American Express Business Platinum ends tomorrow, Wednesday 16th November.


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Comments (33)

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  • Kevin says:

    Does the Business Platinum come with no excess for insurance claims, as offered in other markets (as opposed to 10% excess for the personal Plat)

  • David says:

    I assume i can’t get the business platinum bonus whilst i still have the ba amex personal, can i?

    • Rob says:

      Yes you can. Only rule is that you haven’t had a Gold / Platinum / Green in the last 13 months (business or personal).

  • K says:

    Presumably Amex Shop Small is imminent?

  • David says:

    Any idea when £200 arrives for personal Plat. Signed up and hit the target over 2 months ago?

    • Rob says:

      You should have it then.

      Go to travel.americanexpress.co.uk and log in. Do a dummy search for a random hotel. On the page with the hotel results it will show your name in the top right corner and your points balance. There should also be a link marked ‘Travel Credit’.

      This link is NOT on the home page after logging in, it only appears after a search.

  • David says:

    Additional benefit for the Personal Card, no idea about Business card = Avis Presidents Club membership. Think this is new – just found out about it from an Amex flyer that dropped through the door. Avis Presidents Club is a decent benefit, mainly because (ime) you have a high chance of a decent upgrade, particularly in USA.

    • Rob says:

      Is that actually live now? Was announced in US a while back, not been mentioned here at all.

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