Last Friday American Express Canada sent out an email to holders of The Platinum Card that announced the discontinuation of the Fairmont President’s Club Platinum Membership Benefit. This was pretty much expected since we saw the letter for the Visa Infinite Privilege cards a few weeks ago, a comment from one our readers that Amex customer service told them as such and then the email from Accor and Fairmont announcing the integration of President’s Club into Le Club AccorHotels.
The Platinum Card already lost the Platinum Status benefit with Le Club AccorHotels some time ago and now of course this benefit is leaving the program. Of course this one is beyond Amex’s control but it was one of the most sought after benefits of the card. Hopefully Amex is working on adding some new hotel benefits to the card, not that the remaining ones should be ignored, Gold Elite Status with Starwood Preferred Guest (which gets you Gold Elite Status with Marriott), Gold Elite Status in Club Carlson and Gold Elite Status in Hilton Honors. All great benefits considering other hotel programs like Best Western Rewards will match any of those statuses!