10 things to do when you get The Platinum Card from American Express UK
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American Express recently refreshed The Platinum Card, and now there are even more benefits than before. If you have applied for this card, here are 10 things to do when you activate the card to ensure you can start enjoying the benefits right away.
1. Plan to hit the minimum spend Requirments
The Platinum Card comes with a welcome bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards when you spend £4,000 in the first three months of holding the card. We value Membership Rewards points at 1.4p each, so depending on use, these points are worth £420. With such a valuable bonus up for grabs, make sure you plan how you are going to get there.
If you think you might fall just short, set some diary reminders to check how you are tracking against meeting the minimum spend as the deadline draws nearer.
2. Look out for your Priority Pass membership
This is probably my favourite feature of the card and one I use all the time because I spend a lot of time in airports. Priority Pass is the world’s largest collection of airport lounges, with more than 1,200 lounges in more than 130 countries worldwide. There’s a very good chance that the next airport you are using will have at least one. In the case of larger airports, there may be multiple lounges to choose from. Your Platinum Credit Card gives you and a guest to access any Priority Pass lounge.
You will automatically be enrolled in the programme when your card application is approved, and a physical Priority Pass membership card will be sent to the address registered on your account. Look out for this physical card in the mail. With dodgy internet service at many UK airports, you don’t want to be stuck at the lounge desk with a queue of people impatiently waiting behind you trying to sign up to Priority Pass on the spot (which will not be instant).
3. Link your Addison Lee account
American Express Platinum Card holders also get up to £120 in Addison Lee credits each year. Once you add the card to your Addison Lee account, you’ll receive a £10 in credit to use towards a ride each month when you pay with your Platinum Card through the Addison Lee app.
4. Link your favourite transfer partners
The American Express Platinum Card earns valuable Membership Rewards points, which you can transfer to a number of different airline and hotel loyalty programmes. There’s no obligation to use all your Membership Rewards points in a particular way — you can keep them in your MR account and decide when, how and how many to use at any given time. If you are already collecting points in the programmes of transfer partners like British Airways Avios, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club or Marriott Bonvoy, you may wish add your membership numbers to your MR account so they’re ready to transfer at any time.
5. Check if your next trip has a Centurion Lounge
Along with the extensive collection of Priority Pass lounges, American Express also has its own network of luxury Centurion Lounges. Right now, these are mostly located at major airports in the U.S., but there are also Centurion Lounges in Hong Kong, Sydney and early next year, London Heathrow Terminal 3. Your card will also give you access to Delta Sky Clubs when you are flying with Delta Air Lines.
6. Activate up to five elite hotel statuses
The Platinum Card comes with elite status in five different hotel programmes: Hilton Honors Gold status, Marriott Bonvoy Gold status, MeliaRewards Gold status, Radisson Rewards Gold status and Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade membership. Unless you’re staying in many different hotels regularly, you may want to focus on just one or two of these statuses and sign up for a membership, which will quickly show the elite status even if you’ve never stayed there. For me, Hilton Honors Gold and Mariott Bonvoy Gold are my favourite of the complimentary statuses that come with the card. You can read more about choosing the right hotel loyalty programme for you here.
7. Check your new travel insurance
You now have worldwide travel insurance for yourself as the cardholder, your family and supplementary cardmembers. There are many protections that come with this insurance, though you’ll need to enroll. For example, when it comes to cars hires, you can rely on this insurance cover in place of additional or optional insurances offered by car rental companies such as Collision Damage Waiver, Loss Damage Waiver, removal / reduction of excess, theft protection and personal accident insurance.
8. Get complimentary elite car hire status
In addition to five elite hotel statuses, you’ll also get status with several car rental programmes when you enroll, including Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star and Avis Preferred status. You’ll need to enroll for each programme on the Amex website. Armed with these statuses, you can expect free upgrades (subject to availability), priority check-in and other benefits.
9. Plan your Onefinestay stay
The card comes with a new and very generous $200 (£150) credit for each Onefinestay luxury home rental property. What is Onefinestay? Like the name suggests, OFS focuses on luxury, premium homes with 10,000 properties worldwide. These are located in both cities and resort destinations including Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, New York and the Caribbean. Unlike Airbnb, every single OFS property and every host have been visited and vetted by OFS, making the programme the world’s only short-term home rental site that has done this.
OFS isn’t about listing every property it possibly can. Instead, it’s a carefully curated collection of the world’s finest homes to rent.
10. Get to know your Platinum concierge
Booking your own reservations can be a somewhat daunting task, especially at high-demand restaurants and events. As an Amex Platinum Card holder, you have access to a special phone service that helps you book high-demand restaurants and events, as well as finding a perfect dinner spot or even delivering items on demand. You’ll need to call to activate this benefit, and make sure you sign up for texting when you do so to make things more convenient. There are also Platinum travel counselors available to provide you with custom itineraries and tailored recommendations.
You can apply for The Platinum Card from American Express UK here.