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9 Awesome Ways To Spend 100,000 Amex Platinum Card Points

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There’s no doubt that a welcome offer from The Platinum Card® from American Express is a huge deal. Think international business class, free domestic airfare, and stays in luxurious hotel suites.

But with so many options on how to redeem your newly minted stash of American Express Membership Rewards points, you may find yourself lost in a sea of different options.

To help you decide on the redemption that’s right for you, we’ll show you 9 of our favorite ways to redeem 100,000 Membership Rewards points using Amex’s various transfer partners.

We’re mainly focusing on airfare redemptions in this piece, but we’ve sprinkled in a hotel redemption, too — let’s get to it!

Amex Platinum Card Overview

Before we dive into the redemptions, it’s important that we take a look at the star of the show, the Amex Platinum card.

This card is the premium travel card to have. It features extensive airport lounge access and other awesome benefits like a biannual Saks Fifth Avenue credit, monthly Uber Cash, elite status at Marriott and Hilton (upon enrollment), and much more.

If you’re considering applying for the card, make sure to check out our full review of the Amex Platinum card’s benefits. Here, we dive deep and show you the ins and outs of the card and its benefits.

Here’s a quick look at the card’s specifics — including its famous welcome offer:

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The Amex Platinum reigns supreme for luxury travel, offering the best airport lounge access plus generous statement credits, and complimentary elite status.

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When it comes to cards that offer top-notch benefits, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better card out there than The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Make no mistake — the Amex Platinum card is a premium card with a premium price tag. With amazing benefits like best-in-class airport lounge access, hotel elite status, and tremendous value in annual statement credits, it can easily prove to be one of the most lucrative cards in your wallet year after year.

  • The best airport lounge access out of any card (by far) — enjoy access to over 1,400 worldwide lounges, including the luxurious Amex Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass lounges, Plaza Premium Lounges, and many more!
  • 5x points per dollar spent on flights purchased directly with the airline or with (up to $500,000 per year)
  • 5x points per dollar spent on prepaid hotels booked with
  • $695 annual fee (rates and fees)
  • Airline credit does not cover airfare (only incidentals like checked bags)
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Hotel Credit: Get up to $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®. The Hotel Collection requires a minimum two-night stay.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back in statement credits each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Disney+, a Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, The New York Times, Peacock, and The Wall Street Journal. Enrollment required.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With complimentary access to more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more airport lounge options than any other credit card issuer on the market. As of 03/2023.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Save on eligible delivery fees, shipping, and more with a Walmart+ membership. Use your Platinum Card® to pay for a monthly Walmart+ membership and get up to $12.95 plus applicable taxes back on one membership (excluding Plus Ups) each month.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Select one qualifying airline and then receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year when incidental fees are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card®.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only. Terms Apply.
  • $189 CLEAR® Plus Credit: CLEAR® Plus helps to get you to your gate faster at 50+ airports nationwide and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your Membership (subject to auto-renewal) when you use your Card. CLEARLanes are available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues.
  • Receive either a $100 statement credit every 4 years for a Global Entry application fee or a statement credit up to $85 every 4.5 year period for TSA PreCheck® application fee for a 5-year plan only (through a TSA PreCheck® official enrollment provider), when charged to your Platinum Card®. Card Members approved for Global Entry will also receive access to TSA PreCheck at no additional cost.
  • Shop Saks with Platinum: Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases in Saks Fifth Avenue stores or at on your Platinum Card®. That's up to $50 in statement credits semi-annually. Enrollment required.
  • Unlock access to exclusive reservations and special dining experiences with Global Dining Access by Resy when you add your Platinum Card® to your Resy profile.
  • $695 annual fee.
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Hot Tip: Check to see if you’re eligible for a welcome bonus offer of up to 125k (or 150k) points with the Amex Platinum. The current public offer is 80,000 points. (This targeted offer was independently researched and may not be available to all applicants.)

And now, let’s check out those redemptions!

1. ANA Business Class to Tokyo

ANA 777-300ER The Room Business Class
Hop across the Pacific in ANA’s latest business-class product, The Room. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

Is Tokyo on your bucket list? Cross it off by booking ANA business class with Membership Rewards transfer partner Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

ANA Award Chart on Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club provides amazing sweet spots between the U.S. and Japan on its partner airline ANA. Image Credit: Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic and ANA have a partnership that lets Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members redeem their miles on ANA flights to Tokyo from the U.S., Europe, and beyond. It’s easy to earn Flying Club miles as the program has transfer relationships with several programs, including American Express Membership Rewards (points transfer at a 1:1 ratio).

One of the best sweet spots on the chart is the ability to redeem 90,000 miles for business class flights from the West Coast of the U.S. to Japan and 95,000 miles from the Midwest and East Coast to Japan. Oh, and did we mention that’s round-trip pricing?!

That’s right — for less than 100,000 miles round-trip, you can book a ticket from Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), or another ANA U.S. gateway to the airline’s hub in Tokyo (HND, NRT). Plus, you’ll pay less than $300 in taxes and fees round-trip — not bad for a ticket that usually costs over $6,000!

Booking the award takes a few extra steps, though. You can’t book ANA flights on the Virgin Atlantic website, so you need to find Saver Award space on before you book.

Finding ANA Award Space on
Use to find ANA award seats. Make sure the flights you find have Saver Award space and are operated by ANA. Image Credit: United

Simply search for the dates you’d like to fly on the United website and look for tickets with Saver Award space that are operated wholly by ANA — connecting legs on United and other Star Alliance carriers cannot be booked with Virgin Atlantic miles.

Once you’ve found the flights you want, give Virgin Atlantic Flying Club a call (800-862-8621) and have the phone representative put the flights you found on hold. Then, transfer your Amex points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and have the representative book the ticket for you.

This is by far the best way to get to Japan on miles and points and one of the best Membership Rewards redemptions out there. We highly recommend using this option if you’re headed to Japan!

2. Fly Singapore Suites to Europe

Singapore Airlines First Class Suites Frankfurt to Singapore Double Bed
Fly Singapore Airlines’ famous Suites from New York (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) for less than 100,000 Membership Rewards points! Image Credit: Alex Miller / Upgraded Points

No first class product is more famous than Singapore Suites — and for good reason. This product offers a true bed in the sky and includes stellar food, drink, and inflight entertainment along the way. All of these awesome amenities have made the product a favorite among the miles and points community.

While 100,000 Membership Rewards isn’t quite enough to book you from the U.S. to Singapore (SIN) in Suites, it’s more than enough to book you to fly the airline’s fifth-freedom route from New York (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA). Though it’s a shorter flight than continuing all the way to Singapore, it still gives you more than enough time to enjoy the product and costs just 97,000 Singapore Airlines miles one-way.

Booking is simple, too. Just search for award space on the Singapore Airlines website. Once you’ve found a ticket you’d like to book, call Singapore Airlines (312-843-5333) and ask them to place a hold on the ticket for you. Then, transfer the Membership Rewards points needed to Singapore Airlines and call the airliner to finalize the ticket.

Hot Tip: Membership Rewards transfers to Singapore Airlines take 24 to 48 hours to process, so always make sure that you get the ticket on hold first. 

3. Give Lufthansa First Class a Shot

Lufthansa B747-8 First Class - Cherag Dubash
UP contributor Cherag Dubash loves Lufthansa first class — and he’s sure you will, too! Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

Alternatively, you can fly from the U.S. to Europe in Lufthansa first class one-way for 87,000 Membership Rewards points transferred to Avianca LifeMiles.

The airline flies its first class product from many U.S. gateways to its hubs at Frankfurt (FRA) and Munich (MUC). You can expect top-notch service on all of these flights, with proper Champagne and caviar service. Plus, the seat is pretty excellent, too.

Lufthansa Porsche Transfer
Take a Porsche to your plane if you fly Lufthansa’s first class from Frankfurt! Image Credit: Andrew Kunesh

If you fly out of Frankfurt, you have access to the airline’s dedicated first class terminal. It includes an upgraded lounge experience, private security lines, and a private car transfer to your plane. These cars are usually Porsches or other high-end German vehicles, so it’s definitely a fun experience!

Booking Lufthansa first class with Avianca LifeMiles is pretty simple, too. Just search for the ticket on the LifeMiles website, and you can book as soon as you find award space and transfer the miles needed. These transfers are usually instant, too, so there’s no need to wait.

Hot Tip: Lufthansa’s first class award space usually opens to partner bookings (like Avianca LifeMiles) 2 weeks before departure, so it’s perfect for last-minute bookings.

Oh, and you’re not limited to Frankfurt or Munich, either — you can book connecting flights in business class to other destinations in Europe, too. Oddly enough, a first class flight from New York (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) to Prague (PRG) actually prices 3,480 LifeMiles lower than if you booked just the segment from JFK to FRA.

4. Book Delta’s Business Class Suites

Delta One Suites A350-900 rear view
Delta One Suites are an excellent way to fly from the U.S. to Asia and Europe. Image Credit: Stephen Au

In 2017, Delta Air Lines unveiled an awesome new business class product on its Airbus A350 and A330-900 aircraft. Called Delta One Suites, these lie-flat seats have a door for privacy and an excellent selection of inflight entertainment. Plus, judging by Upgraded Points contributor Stephen Au’s experience, the food and inflight service are excellent, too.

Hot Tip: Not all of Delta’s international flights offer the new Suites product. Make sure to check which plane operates your route of choice on Delta’s website before you book your flight.

The best way to book Delta One with Membership Rewards points is to transfer your points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Delta One award tickets to Asia and Europe cost 60,000 and 50,000 miles, respectively, making it much cheaper to book with Flying Club than Delta SkyMiles (which have dynamic pricing).

You can book most Delta tickets by searching for them on the Virgin Atlantic website, however, not all routes are searchable. Simply put, the Virgin Atlantic website won’t let you search for certain routes even if there’s award space (for reasons unknown).

If you find that your route of choice isn’t searchable on the Virgin Atlantic website, send Virgin Atlantic a text. You can text Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club team within the U.S. at 97634. Ask the text message team to search for Delta award space for you on a flight of your choice. You should hear back shortly.

If the text message representative finds award space for you, give Virgin Atlantic a call (800-862-8621) and ask them to put the Delta ticket on hold. Then transfer the Membership Rewards points needed to Virgin Atlantic and finalize your award ticket over the phone.

On the other hand, if award space is available online, you can book on the spot without a phone call.

Bottom Line: Delta One Suites are some of the best business class seats in the sky. If you want to book them for your next trip, we highly recommend doing so by transferring your Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. 

5. Enjoy a Lie-Flat Seat From New York to California

United Polaris 787-10 rear cabin view
Cross the U.S. in United Airline’s 787-10 aircraft for just a fraction of your 100,000 points. Image Credit: Stephen Au

New Yorkers, Bostonians, Angelenos, and San Franciscans know the pain of flying coast-to-coast.

It’s a long flight, and unless you’re in business class, it can be pretty uncomfortable, too — especially if you’re unlucky enough to fly on a red-eye from the West Coast to the East Coast.

But fear not: You can transfer 25,000 Membership Rewards points to the Air Canada Aeroplan program and fly on a United transcontinental route in lie-flat business class for close to free. Just search for the flights on the Aeroplan website, transfer the miles, and complete your booking online.

These flights are operated by a combination of Boeing 777-200, 757, and 787-10 aircraft, but we highly recommend booking flights with the 787-10. This is United’s newest aircraft, and it features the airline’s new Polaris business class seats. This product has direct aisle access from all seats, along with posh bedding from Saks Fifth Avenue.

But no matter which plane you fly, you’ll arrive at your destination well-rested after a luxurious jump from the other side of the country.

6. Fly to Hawaii in Style

Maui Hawaii - Katie Seemann
Escape from reality by taking a quick (or not so quick) trip to Hawaii. Image Credit: Katie Seemann

Hawaii is a beautiful state, but it can be incredibly expensive to travel to during peak holiday travel months. Armed with 100,000 Membership Rewards points, you can fly from several mainland U.S. cities to Hawaii on the cheap.

The best way to use your Membership Rewards points to fly to Hawaii is by transferring your Membership Rewards points to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program and then using them to book United Airlines award tickets.

You’ll pay 17,500 Singapore miles for a one-way ticket to Hawaii in economy class or 34,500 miles one-way in business class. Even cooler, this redemption is far cheaper than using United’s own miles to book the same tickets.

Looking For Hawaii Award Space with United
Look for award space that’s operated by United and has Saver availability. Image Credit: United

Booking this ticket is similar to booking the ANA business class ticket. You have to find award space on and then call Singapore Airlines (312-843-5333) to book the ticket. Look for flights that have Saver availability and are operated by United Airlines when searching on the United website.

7. Take 10 Domestic Trips on American Airlines

American Airlines A319 Taxiing
Fly around the U.S. for free when you transfer your Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios. Image Credit: Kunertus via Shutterstock

Have family and friends scattered around the U.S.? You can visit them on the cheap when you transfer your Membership Rewards points to British Airways Executive Club.

British Airways and American Airlines are both in the Oneworld alliance, so you can use your British Airways Avios to book tickets on any American Airlines flight with award space. In many cases, it’s a better deal to book these tickets with Avios than with American AAdvantage miles, too, since British Airways employs a distance-based award chart.

This means that your American Airlines award tickets would be priced based on the length of the flight. In the case of domestic U.S. awards, flights under 1,151 miles cost 9,000 Avios, while flights between 1,152 and 2,000 miles cost 11,000 Avios. All domestic awards charge $5.60 in taxes and fees.

This means that you can book a flight from Minneapolis (MSP) to New York (LGA) for just 9,000 Membership Rewards points and minimal taxes and fees. This flight can be well over $300 one-way when booking at the last minute, giving you over 3.3 cents per point in value.

You can find American Airlines award tickets by searching on British Airways’ website, so there’s no need to call in to book.

8. Take Advantage of Flying Blue and Delta Award Sales

Delta One Suites A350-900
Get excellent deals on domestic and international award tickets with Flying Blue Promo Rewards and Delta SkyMiles Deals. Image Credit: Stephen Au

American Express transfer partners Air France-KLM Flying Blue and Delta SkyMiles both run limited-time sales for their loyalty programs each month. These sales offer flights at a fraction of their usual cost — think 40,000-point redemptions to Europe in business class or 40,000-point redemptions to Asia round-trip in economy.

On the Flying Blue side of things, we see deals in international business class, premium economy, and economy awards every month. For example, we’ve been able to book Toronto (YYZ) to Prague (PRG) via Amsterdam (AMS) for 39,750 Flying Blue points one-way in business class.

Check out the Flying Blue Promo Rewards website for an up-to-date list of sales. Each award has a specific booking and flying window, with each award usually expiring at the end of the month the award was announced. New awards are released at the beginning of each month.

On the Delta side of things, the airline refers to its sales as SkyMiles Flash Deals. These are a mixed bag of domestic and international awards but are almost always in economy class. Some interesting deals we’ve seen in the past include 5,000-mile domestic rewards, 22,000-mile tickets to Europe, and 40,000-mile round trips to Asia.

Keep an eye on the Delta SkyMiles Deals website for more info. We usually see new deals released a few times per month with very limited booking windows, so act fast if you see something you like.

9. Book Expensive Hotel Rooms During Events

Hilton Times Square Points Options on New Years Eve
Book high-cost hotel rooms during special events for excellent redemption value. Image Credit: Hilton

Dying to see the Super Bowl in person? Or maybe you want to head to New York City for a New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square? Regardless of the special event, hotel rooms can get insanely expensive during sporting events, large trade shows, party holidays, and other major events — especially at nicer properties.

Thankfully, though, you can transfer your Membership Rewards points to Choice Privileges, Hilton Honors, and Marriott Bonvoy at varying rates. While this usually isn’t the best use of your miles, it can be a solid deal when hotel rooms are extremely expensive.

So, if you’re traveling when hotels are expensive, make sure to check your points options. It could save you thousands of dollars in the process.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there’s no shortage of awesome ways to redeem 100,000 Amex Platinum card points. You have the choice of flying around the U.S., flying to Europe, or even taking an awesome business class excursion to Asia.

But no matter which redemption you run with, you’ll have the ability to see the world in comfort at a fraction of the price of a paid ticket. And if you combine the welcome offers with our other methods of earning Membership Rewards points, you can take a friend or family member with you, too!

But now it’s your turn: How do you plan on using your Membership Rewards points?

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other benefits does the Amex Platinum card include?

The Amex Platinum card includes a slew of different benefits, including airport lounge access, a waived Global Entry application fee, a $200 airline incidental fee credit, and more. See our full guide to the Amex Platinum card’s benefits for more info.

How many points does the Amex Platinum card earn per dollar spent?

The Amex Platinum card earns 5 points per dollar on airfare purchases and 1 point per dollar on everything else. This makes the card great for purchasing airfare, but you will want to put all other spending on another credit card.

Can I combine points earned with my Amex Platinum card with points earned with other Amex cards?

Yes! Points earned across all of your American Express cards will feed into 1 Membership Rewards account so long as they’re all linked to the same American Express online account.

Do Amex Platinum card points transfer to Southwest Airlines?

No, Membership Rewards points do not transfer to Southwest Airlines.

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About Andrew Kunesh

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.

He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt. Andrew formerly worked for The Points Guy and is now Senior Money Editor at CNN Underscored.


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