American Express announced a few weeks ago some major changes to their prestigious Platinum Card, which is the original “premium” travel card. Some changes include a $200 USD Uber credit, 5x points for hotel bookings, and an all-new metal design.
I’ve been waiting daily since the announcement for the new changes to take effect, and I’ve already used the Uber credit for a few rides in the past few days and I’ve just been waiting for the new AMEX Platinum metal card to arrive. I requested it on the first day possible as soon as the time hit midnight to ensure I would be one of the first to get the card. Apparently there is a high demand (obviously), and the later you request it, the longer you might have to wait.
The card feels wonderful. The weight is perfect and it is heavier than the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve. It isn’t as heavy as the Ritz card, however, and it also doesn’t make a nice sound when dropped on a surface. With all that being said, I love the weight and I love the new metal design.
The only problem is that I almost never use the card physically. The reason being is that it offers 5x points on flights and hotels – all of which is booked online. So the metal design isn’t really that important since I don’t actually use the card physically in stores as I would only be earning 1x points.. which isn’t worth it, I use other AMEX cards instead.
Either way, I love to see that American Express is innovating and the Platinum Card changes are substantial. Especially now, with the opening of the new AMEX Centurion Lounges, this card is a must-have for any frequent traveller. The benefits are amazing.