New American Express Platinum Card Benefits Announced


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The American Express Platinum Card will be offering two new benefits for cardholders starting later this year.

The new benefits include:

Boingo Wireless

Starting in June 2014, Platinum Card Members will receive complimentary, unlimited access to more than 700,000 land-based Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide in airports, retail and hotel locations through the Boingo American Express Preferred Plan. Once enrolled in the plan, Card Members can have simultaneous internet access for up to four devices without worrying about data caps or roaming fees.

Statement Credit Option for TSA Pre✓™

Starting in June 2014, Platinum Card Members will have the option to receive a statement credit for a TSA Pre✓™ application fee. The $85 statement credit for TSA Pre✓™ is an alternative to the existing benefit that American Express launched in 2011―a $100 statement credit for a Global Entry application fee.  Card Members can receive a statement credit for either the TSA Pre✓™ or Global Entry program application fee once every five years.

  • If the Card Member travels internationally, Global Entry can reduce wait time at US Customs when returning from international travel. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, the Card Member will receive access to TSA Pre✓™
  • If the Card Member does not travel internationally or does not think he/she meets the requirements of Global Entry, the Card Member can opt to apply for TSA Pre✓™ alone.  TSA Pre✓™ allows low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airports.

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Bottom Line

The American Express Platinum Card card provides a lot of benefits including Delta Sky Club access (just for the cardholder), Priority Pass Select, Air Space Lounge Access, and now access to the new American Express Centurion lounges which are currently located at LAS and DFW, with more to come soon including LGA and SFO.

These new benefits are a step in the right direction for this card, and hopefully more will be added!

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Comments

  1. Agree for the most part. BOINGO isn’t that interesting to me these days b/c so many places offer free wifi…at least places I find myself in while traveling.

    Precheck – bust to be sure.

    Nice add though since they’ve lost so many xfer partners and other benefits have been dropped.

  2. After 15 years of having this card, I’m letting it expire. Not getting United (Continental) points and access to the United lounges ended any benefits fir me. My company laud girl my Global Access anyway.

  3. I too am seriously considering dropping the PLT Corporate and personal this spring when it’s up for renewal.

    GOGO would have been much more appealing to me and worth the renewal.

    This all appears to be a true “knee jerk” reaction which is surprising since this is AMEX.

  4. Has anyone checked out the Boingo website? What a mess… Not impressed that AX Plat decided to partner with them.

  5. There are so many more free and creative ways to get lounge access and miles. I mostly fly united. Luckily I am grandfathered in with the old Continental Presidents Club MasterCard so I retain my avis Presidential status, lounge access and Hyatt Platinum. I also have a chase ink card which gets me 5x points for ulimate rewards which transfer 1 to 1 to united. Add to that it gets me free membership in Lounge Club for even more club access.

  6. We have company planes, so I fly commercial less and less unless I’m going long-haul, or for personal trips. Having the PLT card, paid for out of my own pocket, made some of the trips bearable. Unfortunately you can’t retroactively grandfather what you already have.

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