It’s an exciting day. The Platinum Card® from American Express has arrived, and you’re ready to make that first purchase.
You can go ahead and remove the card from its packaging, but then we’re going to ask you to take a deep breath, sit down, and read on.
We’re here to share some important tips on what you should do when you first receive your card.
We want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of your Amex Platinum card benefits, so we’ll walk you through registering your card, enrolling in loyalty programs, and learning more about the benefits that come with your new card.
Let’s get started because you’ve got a lot of perks waiting for you.
Amex Platinum Card Overview
Before we jump into all the details, here’s a quick card overview of the Amex Platinum card:
1. Activate Your Amex Platinum Card
Step one, of course, will be to activate your card online or by calling the number posted on the sticker attached to the front of your card.
Sign the back of the card, and you’re ready to start using it.
2. Find Your Minimum Spending Requirement
In order to receive your welcome bonus, which is worth hundreds of travel dollars, you must complete a minimum spending requirement within a specified period, normally 3, 6, or 12 months after card approval.
Make a note of the exact date you were approved for the card and of the deadline for completing your purchases. Remember, the annual fee doesn’t count toward this requirement.
You’ll also want to allow enough time for a purchase to post on your statement. If the purchase is still pending on the final day, it won’t count toward your spending total.
You can get an accurate tally of your spending by accessing your account and going to Statements and Activity, then inputting the dates of the period in which you need to complete the minimum spending requirement.
Don’t forget to exclude the annual fee and any merchandise returns from your total.
3. Enroll in Priority Pass Select
Your Amex Platinum card comes with worldwide access to over 1,400 airport lounges in the American Express Global Lounge Collection.
To enroll in Priority Pass Select, access your Amex Platinum card online account. You’ll find the enrollment tab by first clicking on Rewards and Benefits, then under the Benefits tab.
Once you click on Enroll Now, the system will generate a Priority Pass membership number. It can take 10 to 14 business days to receive your physical Priority Pass membership card, but you can normally access a digital version via the Priority Pass app or in your online account.
There are over 1,300 Priority Pass lounges worldwide, and you can bring up to 2 guests for no charge.
4. Add an Authorized User
Authorized users on your Amex Platinum card receive many of the same benefits you enjoy.
You can add up to 3 additional users for just $175 per year (rates and fees). Those users receive the same worldwide lounge access, hotel elite status, and more.
Hot Tip: Worldwide lounge access is one of the most valuable Amex Platinum card benefits. By adding authorized users, an entire family can have complimentary lounge access. The primary cardholder, and each authorized user, can bring in 2 additional guests.
5. Select Your Airline
With the Amex Platinum card, you can receive up to $200 in statement credits each calendar year for incidental fees paid to an airline.
The caveats: you must pick your airline in advance, and you must charge the purchase to your Amex Platinum card.
To select your airline, log in to your card account and look under Rewards and Benefits, then under Benefits for the $200 Airline Fee Credit box. You’ll then be able to select a qualifying airline from the drop-down menu.
You can change your selected airline in January of each year.
6. Add Your Card to Your Uber Account
With your Amex Platinum card, you receive access to the UberVIP program which qualifies you for special discounts and perks (currently available in Atlanta, Dallas, Harrisburg, Houston, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh).
The card also comes with up to $200 in Uber credits. Each month you’ll receive up to $15 in credits deposited into your Uber Cash account. In December, your credit is up to $35.
You can use your credits towards Uber rides and Uber Eats in the U.S.
Log in to your online Amex Platinum card account and under Rewards and Benefits, then under the Benefits tab, select the $200 Uber Credit banner.
7. Register for Car Rental Program Elite Statuses (Avis, Hertz, National)
Your Amex Platinum card comes with several elite statuses and preferred benefits when renting through National, Hertz, or Avis car rental agencies, including the following elite statuses:
- Avis Preferred Plus status
- Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Gold status
- National Emerald Club Executive status
Benefits can include discounts, car upgrades, priority pick up and return, and accelerated earnings.
To take advantage of these perks, you must register via your online Amex Platinum card account.
Hot Tip: For more information on this specific benefit, check out our guide: The Amex Platinum Card: Maximizing Car Rental Insurance & Benefits.
8. Register for Hotel Elite Statuses (Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy)
You won’t receive your Hilton Honors Gold or Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite hotel program status automatically. However, it’s simple to enroll in both via your online card account. Simply click on the Rewards and Benefits tab, then the Benefits tab and select the Hilton Honors Gold Elite Status and the Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status banners.
With Hilton Honors Gold status, you’ll soon be enjoying free breakfast, upgraded rooms, free Wi-Fi, elevated earnings, and more elite perks.
Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite members receive upgraded rooms, elevated points earning, late checkout, free Wi-Fi, and more.
9. Apply for Global Entry or Pay For Your Renewal
You’ll receive up to $100 in a statement credit when you pay for Global Entry with your Amex Platinum card. TSA PreCheck is included when you sign up for Global Entry.
If you wish to just sign up for TSA PreCheck instead of Global Entry, your statement credit will be $85.
Statement credits are available once every 4 years. Apply for Global Entry here.
Hot Tip: Have questions about this perk? Don’t miss our piece on the top FAQ for Global Entry, and check out all of the best credit cards for complimentary Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.
10. Become Familiar With the $200 Hotel Credit
You’ll want to plan ahead to avoid missing out on the statement credits of up to $200 for either a Fine Hotels & Resorts or The Hotel Collection property booked via Amex Travel.
Enjoy benefits such as an upgraded room (when available), breakfast for 2 daily, complimentary Wi-Fi, early check-in/late checkout (when available), a valuable on-site amenity, and more. The Hotel Collection requires a minimum 2-night stay.
Use the credits to cover the cost of the entire room cost or to offset a more expensive stay.
11. Check Out Your Amex Offers
Once you log in to your online account, you’ll scroll down the page until you see Amex Offers and Benefits. You can realize a ton of savings when using Amex Offers.
Just add the offer you want to your card by clicking on the Add to Card button and then use your card for the purchase.
You’ll receive a statement credit or additional Membership Rewards points after the purchases post to your account.
Bottom Line: Amex Offers can offer extreme value. Making a habit of checking these offers on a regular basis can save you hundreds of dollars each year.
12. Enroll for Digital Entertainment Credits
We all love streaming entertainment media, especially when we can get it for free, or nearly free. Enroll to receive up to $20 each month in statement credits, up to $240 each year for qualifying digital entertainment purchases.
Here’s more information on how to make the most of the Amex $20 monthly digital entertainment credit.
13. Enroll To Receive Equinox Statement Credits
If you enjoy working out and could find value in an Equinox or Equinox+ membership, you’ll be pleased with monthly credits of up to $25 per month, up to $300 in statement credits each year, for membership purchases. Additionally, you could receive another $300 back when purchasing a SoulCycle at-home bike. Enrollment is required.
14. Enroll in the Saks Fifth Avenue Shopping Credits
To sign up for Saks Fifth Avenue shopping credits, simply enroll online and start shopping.
Use your Amex Platinum card for your purchase and receive up to $50 in statement credits for shopping July through December and up to another $50 in credits January through June.
That’s a $100 shopping benefit you won’t want to ignore. Purchases qualify whether made in-store or online.
15. Sign Up With ShopRunner
Speaking of shopping, you won’t want to miss out on 2-day free shipping and free returns with the premier shopping site ShopRunner.
You can sign up here for your complimentary membership.
16. Apply for CLEAR
Cardholders receive up to $189 in annual credits towards a CLEAR membership for an accelerated security experience at various airports throughout the U.S.
Hot Tip: If you already have CLEAR, consider purchasing a membership for a friend or family member with your card as you’ll still earn the credit. Also, just joining a frequent flyer program such as United MileagePlus or Delta SkyMiles gets you discounted CLEAR at $119, a savings of $70.
17. Get a Walmart+ Membership
A Walmart+ membership costs $12.95 a month and includes benefits such as free shipping and discounted gas. Cardholders receive a $12.95 statement credit towards Walmart+ membership each month.
The Amex Platinum card comes loaded with benefits; perhaps more than any other travel rewards card.
Many of the benefits are not applied automatically, however, so you’ll need to register your card or enroll through a provided link.
Fortunately, logging in to your online Amex Platinum card account and accessing the home page Rewards and Benefits section will provide the access you need to accomplish this.
Now you’re ready to start enjoying all the benefits that come with your Amex Platinum card.
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