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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 Club Carlson Gold status, Starwood Preferred Guest 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.

30,000 Membership Rewards points (=30,000 Avios) for getting Amex Platinum …. but is it worth £450?

NOTE:  American Express is running an advertising campaign for Platinum at the moment and asked us to write something about it as part of that.  This technically makes this article an ad, although regular readers will recognise that the article has the same sentiments as […]

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UPDATED: Amex changed the bonus rules when you are referred for an Amex Gold card – but this morning changed them back!

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