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.

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)

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News in brief: Save 15% on Official Gatwick Parking Official Gatwick Parking has launched two new deals for anyone looking to pre-book the airport-run car parks this Summer. Via this link (click) you save 15% on the official long-stay car park for trips completed by […]

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Bits: Queens Club tennis with Emirates, access some Lufthansa lounges with Amex Platinum, Carlisle Airport delayed

News in brief: See Queen’s Club tennis with Emirates Skywards Emirates Skywards is offering tickets for the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London.  This is the traditional mens event which runs immediately before Wimbledon. It runs from Monday 18th June.  Standard tickets are priced from […]

Bits: Etihad Guest moving to variable reward pricing, Amex Esso cashback deal, Cathay Pacific sale

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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 […]

Comparing the 11 Avios credit cards that can earn you points!

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Bits: Qatar Airways “hopes to launch Belfast”, £30 Harrods Amex cashback, Clubcard to Virgin transfer offer

News in brief: Qatar Airways hoping to launch Belfast services I was in Cardiff yesterday to watch the First Minister of Wales and the Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive inaugurate the new service from Cardiff to Doha.  It is currently operating five days per week […]

From August … a 5-month window to redeem the BEST Starwood hotels at 40% off

We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the new (and still nameless) merged Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty scheme. If you missed it, this article here is a good place to start. There is one positive aspect […]

The Amex Plat / Marriott status answer and what else I learned at the Marriott press briefing yesterday

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

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