American Express Platinum charge card

The American Express Platinum charge card is a hugely popular card among miles and points collectors in the UK. This is because of its generous sign-up bonus, free travel insurance and a wide range of travel perks.

 

These include Radisson Rewards Gold status, Marriott Rewards Gold status, Hilton Honors Gold status, Melia Rewards Gold status, Shangri-La Jade status, two Priority Pass cards for airport lounge access (admits four people in total) and Eurostar lounge access.

 

Our main article reviewing the American Express Platinum charge card is here. You can learn more and apply for the card via the Amex website.

Bits: Avios cancellation refunds, get Avis status with Priority Pass, 15% off IHG ‘points and cash’ redemptions

News in brief: One thing British Airways Executive Club does well …. Over the last few weeks I have had to cancel seven long-haul redemptions, racking up over £250 in cancellation fees. Four were booked via BA with Avios, one with Virgin Flying Club miles […]

Bits: Tesco and Peninsula Amex cashback deals, BA’s Venice lounge, LivingSocial competition

News in brief: New American Express cashback deals for Tesco and Peninsula Hotels A very generous new American Express offer with Tesco has appeared on a lot of Gold and Platinum cards, although unfortunately not on any in our house.  You need to look under […]

Bits: £50-£200 Amex Travel cashback, 2000 Heathrow Rewards points on fashion, free Fast Track at East Midlands

News in brief: Generous Amex Travel cashback credit launched American Express Travel has launched a new cashback credit promotion. There are a couple of versions.  The most generous, which I got, is a whopping £200 back on a £600 spend via Amex Travel.  The other […]

What are the best credit card sign-up deals for September? – plus a news round-up

It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Our directory of the 16 main UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ […]

Review of the American Express Lounge at Universal Studios Hollywood!

This is our review of the American Express lounge at Universal Studios Hollywood. Yes, you learn something new every day!  It turns that American Express has its own lounge inside the Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood.   There is a similar lounge at the Universal […]

Bits: Priority Pass Amex guest fee up to £20, BA to sponsor Twickenham, Hilton registration link working

News in brief: Priority Pass guest fee for Amex Platinum cardholders rising to £20 Priority Pass has confirmed that the guest fee for anyone who has a card via American Express Platinum is rising to £20 from 1st October. This is not a surprise as […]

NatWest Black drops Priority Pass for DragonPass – but is it worth £28 per month?

We don’t talk about the NatWest Reward Black current account much on HFP, although it has good travel benefits.  It has also been trialling an Avios offer recently, as many of you who were targeted for the trial will have noticed.  Whether this ends up […]

Which four loyalty credit cards are worth keeping for their benefits even if you never use them?

Typically there are three different types of travel loyalty credit cards you can apply for: Cards you get just for the sign-up bonus Cards you get primarily for the strong on-going earnings rate Cards you get but don’t use because they come with generous perks […]

ENDING SOON: £15 off £25 Amazon purchase for ALL Amex Gold and Platinum holders

For the last 20+ months, Amazon has been offering an exclusive £15 discount code for Amex Gold, Green and Platinum charge card holders when they spend £25 or more.  This offer expires on 31st August.  If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet – probably because […]

Bits: Amex “Platinum House” coming to London, Priority Pass guest fee jumping up – what should you do?

News in brief: “American Express Platinum House” coming to London American Express has announced plans for “Platinum House”, a four day series of events in London next month. According to Amex: American Express Platinum House is coming to London. Platinum Cardmembers and their guests are invited […]

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the best Amex Platinum benefits

One of the most useful benefits of having an American Express Platinum card – and one which genuinely helps me justify the £450 fee – is the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme. FHR, as it is known, is a collection of 600 luxury hotels worldwide […]

What are the best credit card sign-up deals for August? – plus a news round-up

It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Our directory of the 16 main UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ […]

Bits: Amex MR transfers to SPG delayed, new Amex offers, Hilton takes three SPG Dubai hotels and launches a new brand

News in brief: American Express extends Starwood Membership Rewards suspension  American Express Membership Rewards has suspended transfers into Starwood Preferred Guest until 21st August.  This is two weeks longer than originally announced and takes us beyond the launch date of the new programme. This is a […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 2: on-going earning rates)

Yesterday I did my best to begin answering the question commonly asked by beginners to this hobby – ‘What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?’.  Today I wanted to update, in light of recent card closures, my list of the best on-going earning rates. […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 1: comparing sign-up bonuses)

What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?  This is not as easy an answer as you might think and beginners to this hobby may not be aware of the full range of cards which are available.  You have more options than you […]

Bits: new Amex hotel cashback deals, 500 Accor points and cocktails at MGallery, 3000 IHG points with Hertz

News in brief: New American Express hotel cashback deals Some new Amex cashback offers have launched.  Some, all or none of these deals may be available for sign-up on the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement page.  Remember that you need to check for each […]

Comparing UK lounge networks of Priority Pass, Lounge Club and LoungeKey

If you are heading off on holiday soon, you may want to check if you can access an airport lounge at your departure airport.  If not, it might still be possible to arrange free access via a credit card or by buying a pass. Many […]