Earlier today we let you know about the new increased welcome bonuses on Amex’s Marriott Bonvoy cards and in that post we mentioned the Platinum Card seeing an increased bonus as well. That’s what we’ll cover here and it is the return of what had been the standard bonus on The Platinum Card and that standard bonus is 50,000 points.
For the better of a year now Canada’s Top Ultra Premium card has had a low welcome bonus of 25,000 points and for good reason. American Express shifted from putting money behind new acquisitions on this card to supporting those that already had it during the pandemic. Existing cardholders saw some pretty amazing offers during this time from Double Points and Double Redemption value to $250 in grocery store credits and much more. Now that there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic albeit a very long tunnel still, American Express appears to be getting ready for everyone looking for revenge travel! They now have increased sign up bonuses on all their travel based cards except one – the American Express Gold Rewards Card stands alone as the forgotten child!
Now back to this new offer on the Platinum Card of 50,000 welcome points. Those points will be earned when you spend $3,000 on the card in the first three months of having it. Those 50,000 points are worth no less than $500 towards travel when you redeem via the Flexible Points Travel Program, up to $1,000 when you redeem via the Fixed Points for Travel program or $500 to well over $2,000 when you convert to programs like Aeroplan and redeem for business or first class flights.
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Now the card does have one of the highest annual fees around – $699 per year but it comes with a slew of benefits and features that more than make up for that fee. There is a reason why this the best Ultra Premium credit card (well charge card) in Canada:
- 3 points per dollar spent on dining, 2 points per dollar on travel & 1 point on everything else
- $200 annual travel credit when you book travel via American Express
- The best airport lounge access program in Canada which includes Priority Pass Prestige for the cardholder and one guest
- Elite status with various hotel loyalty programs including Marriott and Hilton
- Access to Fine Hotels & Resorts which can add up to US$550 or more in value at luxury hotels around the world
- and much much more
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Like we mentioned in the Marriott post from earlier today we are excited to see Amex boosting their welcome offers once again. It has been an unprecedented 12 months that I don’t think any of us expected and it changed everything in the points and miles world. However when we see news like we did today it provides a glimmer of hope that in due time things will return to normal as now the Platinum Card is back to normal!
Learn more about and apply for the card here.
There is also a 60,000 point offer for the card via Amex’s refer a friend channels. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in receiving that offer link.