Review of the American Express Platinum Card



Today I want to talk to you about one of my favorite American Express cards. Here’s my review of the American Express Platinum. So this card has an annual fee of $695. Is it worth paying that much?



Airport Lounge Access

Probably the number one reason I keep my Amex Platinum card is that it gives me access to the best airport lounges. Although I love to travel, hanging out at an airport, waiting to board, or passing time during a connecting flight is one of my least favorite things to do! Being able to go to a nice airport lounge and relax takes all the sting out of that. I can find a comfy seat, watch a movie on my computer, find something to eat and drink, and use a clean bathroom. I have even taken a nap in a recliner and taken a shower after several transcontinental flights! This really allows me to feel refreshed and ready to go sightseeing when I arrive at my destination.


The American Express Platinum gives access to the best lounges, in my opinion, with their Global Lounge Collection. These include:


  • The Centurion Lounges (some of my favorites)—These are really nice lounges, and I enjoy mine in Denver. If you want to bring guests though, you’ll have to pay.
  • The International American Express Lounges—American Express operates eleven lounges exclusively for card members internationally, providing comfort as you travel the world. Platinum members receive unlimited, complimentary access. American Express Lounges worldwide include one Centurion Lounge in Argentina, 2 American Express Lounges in Australia, 2 in India, and 6 Centurion Clubs in Mexico.
  • Priority Pass Lounges—over 1,000 lounges in over 130 countries. This also includes guest access.
  • Escape Lounges
  • Delta Sky Club Lounges—Great lounges, but you must have a Delta boarding pass for the day. I still use this lounge frequently. Six Sky Club visits per program year (Feb. 1 to Jan. 31).
  • Plaza Premium Lounges—over 50 worldwide.


That is a lot of lounges! With my American Express Platinum, I can literally find an airport lounge at almost any airport I travel to! Usually it costs $35-$50 to enter an airport lounge. I often use an airport lounge when I arrive at an airport and then during a connection. Trust me, once you spend time in an airport lounge, you won’t want to pass them up! My #1  reason to keep the American Express Platinum is being able to go to all these amazing lounges.


Woman sitting in chair in airport lounge

Here I am enjoying the Priority Pass lounge in the Bangkok airport!


$200 Airline Incidental Credit

With this benefit, you have to preselect an airline that you will use this on. You can change this each year in January. Because I fly United a lot, that is the airline I have selected. These incidentals include checked bags, in-flight refreshments, and lounge passes. I use my $200 credit for United TravelBank credits. You can learn more about how this works by checking out this post.


$100 Saks Fifth Avenue or Credit

I always use this credit. It is available on a semi-annual basis—$50 during the first six months of the year and $50 during the last six months. I usually buy my more expensive creams or makeup with this credit. I can always find a code for free shipping, so I basically am paying nothing for something I’d buy anyways.


Clinique Cream sold at Saks


Up to $200 in Uber Rides Annually

If you use Uber regularly, this is a great benefit! Each month you can get a $15 Uber credit and a second $20 credit in December. All you need to do is pay with your Platinum card and sign up ahead of time. You’ll even get Uber VIP status, so you’ll be matched with top-rated drivers. This is definitely worth $200/year. Even better, you can also use it on Uber Eats!


Fine Hotel and Resorts $200 Annual Credit

When you book a hotel with your Platinum card at a Fine Hotel and Resorts, you get a $200 annual credit plus a $100 hotel benefit (usually a dining credit), and breakfast for two. I recently stayed at the Four Seasons in Sydney, Australia and got GREAT use out of that credit.


hotel room


$20 Streaming Credit Monthly

You can get up to a $20 streaming credit each month when you use your card to pay for Peacock, Audible, Disney+, SiriusXM, and the New York Times. Pre-enrollment is required. I use my credit for Audible.


Fee Credit for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry

Every four years, you can get a credit of $78 for TSA PreCheck or $100 for Global Entry. This lets you breeze through security!


$189 CLEAR credit

Getting through the airport quickly is a priority for me, so I always use this credit. Pay your CLEAR membership with this card, and it will be credited back.


CLEAR gets me through the airport quicker!

Cell Phone Protection

You can be reimbursed for your costs to repair or replace your damaged or stolen cell phone up to $800, subject to a $50 deductible, for two approved claims per 12-month period when your prior month’s wireless bill was paid with your Platinum card.


Hilton Gold Status and Marriott Gold Status

Just by holding the American Express Platinum Card, you suddenly have Gold Status with Hilton and Marriott hotel chains. Here’s what you can expect for those benefits:

Marriott Gold Elite Status

  • Upgraded room at check-in, subject to availability
  • 25% bonus points on paid stays
  • 2:00 pm check-out, based on availability
  • Welcome gift of 250-500 points
  • Complimentary enhanced wi-fi

Hilton Honors Gold

  • Space-available room upgrades
  • Two complimentary bottles of water
  • Daily food and beverage credit or continental breakfast
  • 5th night free on award stays
  • 80% bonus points on paid stays

Hotel status is another perk that makes every stay valuable and makes the high annual fee worth keeping the card.


Miscellaneous Perks (read your documents for what is covered)

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance—secondary insurance
  • 24/7 Premium Global Assist Hotline
  • Trip Delay and Trip Cancellation Insurance


Points Earnings

One of the top ways to use your card is to pay for flights, where you will earn 5 Membership Rewards for every dollar spent. This can really add up. You can also earn the same rate by booking hotels through You will earn 1 Membership Reward for every dollar spent elsewhere.


Membership Rewards

Membership Rewards are the name of the points you earn when you use your American Express Platinum. What we love about them is that they are transferable points. That means you can transfer them to select airline and hotel transfer partners.

Airline and Hotel partners include:

  • Aer Lingus
  • AeroMexico
  • Air Canda
  • Air France/KLM
  • ANA
  • Avianca
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Hawaiian
  • Iberia
  • JetBlue
  • Qantas
  • Singapore
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Choice Hotels
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Marriott Hotels


Not every transfer is a 1:1 transfer, but many are. Additionally, there are often transfer bonuses so you can get more miles/points for your Membership Rewards.


Woman sitting in business class on airplane

You could fly on Emirates with a transfer of Membership Rewards.


Bottom Line

My American Express Platinum is one of my favorite cards and I am able to get a lot of value out of the benefits. What are your thoughts? Are the benefits worth the annual fee?


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