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Earn 175K Points With New Amex Platinum Card Bonus [Current Public Offer is 80k]

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Welcome bonuses are the best way to earn mass amounts of points in a short amount of time. The key to it is to have upcoming purchases you were planning on anyway, so you aren’t forcing yourself to spend money. Or, in my case, I do my best to recruit friends and family to use my card for me.

In any case, The Platinum Card® from American Express is currently offering one of its best new welcome bonuses for new cardholders.

  • The current public offer is: Earn 80,000 points after spending $8,000 on purchases in the first 6 months.

Here’s the scoop on how you can score an elevated 175,000-point welcome bonus offer, where to find it, and how you can potentially redeem this hoard of 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 collected independently and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Amex Platinum Card Welcome Bonus Offer

One of the tricks of the points and miles game is to find offers that may not be directly served to you on the card issuer’s homepage. Sometimes you can find offers that may be slightly higher than others.

However, our writers have seen targeted offers for a solid 175,000-point welcome offer. And the card also comes with an annual fee of $695 (rates & fees).

At our valuation, that is a $3,850 value for travel in the first couple of months of holding the card. This doesn’t even take into account the laundry list of benefits the card offers.

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

First and foremost, you should try applying directly on American Express’ website to find the best possible offers on the Amex Platinum card. By checking directly with American Express first, you may be targeted for a generous welcome offer inviting you to apply.

Amex Platinum 175k Point Offer
Offer captured on April 29, 2024, and may not be available to all applicants. Image Credit: American Express

Option 2. Targeted Email Offers

Another way you can find elevated welcome offers is via targeted emails or mailers. If you want to receive these targeted offers, opt-in to receive New Card and Credit Offers in your Amex account’s General Marketing Email Preferences.

Bottom Line:

There’s no telling when this offer may go away, so if you’re in the market for a high end card, you may want to jump on this welcome bonus.

Benefits of the Amex Platinum Card

The Amex Platinum Card is in a class of its own. It offers a significant amount of benefits for someone looking to have a luxurious touch to their travel experience. But if you can take advantage of enough of the perks (some require prior enrollment), you can potentially make up for the hard expense.

Maximizing Your Membership Rewards Points

Membership Rewards points are extremely valuable as you can transfer them to a wide array of airline and hotel loyalty programs to book award travel. By transferring your Amex points, you can take advantage of booking your hotel or airfare directly with the airline and take advantage of any status you may have.

Here are 2 examples, among many, that you can redeem those points for valuable travel.

1. KLM Business Class From Toronto to London in October

If your inner traveler is pulling you to Europe, you can hop over the pond to London from Toronto in style — KLM business class round-trip will run you 110,000 Flying Blue miles.

KLM Boeing 78X Business Class seat 14
Image Credit: Brett Holzhaeur

Once the points have transferred to your account, you can book the flight by visiting the KLM website. You will be prompted to enter your Flying Blue information. From there, you can redeem your points for the flight itinerary.

Yes, the flight comes with a $752 tax, but the cash price for this flight is over $3,000.

KLM Business Class Redemption
Image Credit: KLM

2. 3 Nights at the Oceana Santa Monica Hotel

There’s nothing better than a few nights in the shadow of the Santa Monica Pier (my old stomping grounds as a kid). While 3 nights can seem like a less-than-exciting redemption for your Amex points, keep in mind the Oceana Santa Monica hotel can run upwards of $1,000 per night.

The good news is that the three nights will run you roughly 157,000 Amex points, and you will get 315,000 Hilton points as they transfer at a 1:2 ratio. To book this, simply transfer your Amex points directly to your Hilton Honors account.

Oceana Santa Monica Redemption
Image Credit: Hilton

Final Thoughts

The Amex Platinum card can be a staple for someone who wants a lifestyle card but doesn’t want to sacrifice the ability to earn valuable rewards.

Sound personal finance decisions should always come before splurging on luxurious travel. But if you can afford it, earn the welcome bonus without overspending, and take advantage of the majority of the benefits, it may be worth applying for.

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

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About Brett Holzhauer

Brett is a personal finance and travel junkie. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, he’s had over 100 credit cards and earned millions of credit card rewards. He learned the tricks of the trade from his mom, and has taken many steps forward. He wasn’t exposed to much travel as a kid, but now has a goal of reaching 100 countries in his life. In 2019, he sold all of his possessions to become a digital nomad, and he says it was one of the best decisions he ever made. He plans to do it again at some point in his life.

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