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Score a Whopping 250K Bonus With the Amex Business Platinum Card [Current Public Offer Is 150K]

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This is easily one of the biggest Amex welcome bonus offers we’ve ever seen. New applicants could earn 250,000 points with The Business Platinum Card® from American Express.

Amex is known for awarding new cardholders generous welcome offers when meeting their minimum spend requirements, but 250,000 points take generosity to the next level. Here’s what you should know about Amex’s targeted welcome offer and some tips on how you might spend a quarter of a million points.

Targeted offers are discussed in the article below. Please note that these offers are not available to all applicants. Any information related to targeted offers has been independently collected and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Outstanding Amex Business Platinum Card Offer

Before you get as excited as we are, it’s worth noting this welcome offer might not be available to all applicants. The current publically available offer is: ELEVATED OFFER: Earn 150,000 points after spending $20,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months. and the card also comes with an annual fee of $695 (rates & fees).

This amazing new welcome offer is targeted at certain applicants, who can earn up to 250,000 Membership Rewards after spending $15,000 in purchases in the first three months of card ownership.

What are 250,000 points worth? Based on our latest point valuations, we estimate that Amex Membership Rewards points are worth about 2.2 cents apiece — so this 250,000-point welcome offer is worth roughly $5,400 for travel!

Option 1: Check On Amex Directly (Try This First)

To see if you’re eligible for the 250,000-point welcome bonus offer, you’ll first want to check American Express’ website directly.

As mentioned above, the current publically available offer is: ELEVATED OFFER: Earn 150,000 points after spending $20,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months.

However, our writers have seen that American Express will offer an elevated offer directly to targeted applicants. As with all targeted offers, these offers aren’t available to all applicants, but here’s an example of the targeted offer we’ve found through our research directly through American Express.

Amex Special Welcome Offer of 250000
Offer captured on March 7, 2024, and may not be available to all applicants. Image Credit: Amex

This welcome offer notes explicitly that “you may not be eligible to receive a welcome offer if you have or have had this Card or previous versions of this Card.”

Option 2. Targeted Email Offers

Don’t leave those targeted emails or mailers off the table. These offers may provide a special targeted invitation for you to apply. If you want to receive targeted offers, be sure to opt-in to receive New Card and Credit Offers in your Amex account’s General Marketing Email Preferences.

Benefits of the Amex Business Platinum Card

Thankfully, this business credit card comes with a lot of benefits that go quite some way to offset the $695 annual fee.

Maximizing the 250K Welcome Bonus Offer

It’s possible to redeem Amex Membership Rewards points in dozens of ways, whether you’re interested in flying some of the world’s best first and business class seats or flying the whole family to Europe. Here are a couple of options to get the ball rolling.

Book 6 Round-Trip Flights to Europe In Economy

Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue program often has one-way tickets to Europe, via Paris or Amsterdam, from just 20,000 points in economy. You can transfer your Amex Membership Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio to Flying Blue.

Air France Boeing 777 200 CDG JFK premium economy windows
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In other words, you could book 6 round-trip tickets in economy (at 40,000 points a pop).

Take a +1 to Tokyo in Business Class

Another great option would be to take in Tokyo’s other-worldly sights and sounds.

One great way of getting there would be transferring your points 1:1 to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club as round-trip redemptions flying with ANA from the West Coast can be found for 90,000 points in business class.

ANA The Suite cabin from above
A round-trip ticket in business class with ANA starts at 90,000 points. That’s a deal! Image Credit: ANA

From the East Coast, the ANA business class rate jumps up a little to 95,000 points because of the extra distance — but this is still an incredible deal. You’d still have over 50,000 points left over, which you could use on intra-Japan flights or visit another country while at it.

Fly Qatar Qsuites Round-Trip to Doha (And Beyond)

The best way to book Qatar’s famed Qsuites is via British Airways or Qatar Airways. Both are transfer partners of American Express Membership Rewards with a rate of 1:1, which presents extraordinary value.

This means that you can transfer your points to either of these airlines and use them to book a return Qsuite ticket to Doha (DOH) — the airline’s hub in Qatar.

QSuites Seats 11F & 11E
A fantastic Qsuites business class ticket can be booked for as little as 70,000 Amex points. Image Credit: Upgraded Points

The price for this is only 70,000 Avios, and for a round-trip, the cost is 140,000 Avios. This leaves you with 110,000 points you could redeem to connect on Qatar Airways flights to other destinations in the Middle East and Asia.

Hot Tip:

These are just 3 of the seemingly endless ways you can get excellent value out of your points by redeeming for almost the total cost of a flight. However, if you’ve already booked cash tickets, remember that you can use Amex Membership Rewards points to upgrade flights, too.

Final Thoughts

This 250,000-point welcome bonus offer has turned our heads here at Upgraded Points.

If you’re eligible for the Amex Business Platinum card — and don’t already have it in your wallet — this could be the best time to take the plunge.

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

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About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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