The Platinum Card® from American Express no longer offers Amazon Prime as part of the sign up bonus, but the bonus points and other benefits remain.
- Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- With the Platinum Card, you can receive up to $200 a year in statement credits for airline incidental fees like checked bags fees, flight-change fees, and snacks.
- To receive the statement credit, you need to enroll and select a qualifying airline.
- There are no foreign transaction fees with purchases made on your Platinum Card.
- Platinum Card Concierge is your personal resource to help secure a last minute restaurant reservation, or shop for a hard-to-find gift.
- Terms and restrictions apply.
More info on how to maximize the offer.
- Membership Rewards transfer to 17 airlines.
- $200 per calendar year in airline fee credits ($400 in statement credits in the first twelve months of card membership since that will fall over two calendar years)
- $100 statement credit for the Global Entry application fee
- Lounge access to Delta, American, US Airways, and Priority Pass lounges
- Gold Status with Starwood Preferred Guest (free internet and breakfast)
- These and several other major benefits are described in detail–including how to activate those that aren’t automatic–in Get the Most Out of Your American Express Platinum Card. Combined I think the benefits easily outweigh the $450 annual fee.
If you maximize all the benefits of a new Platinum Card® from American Express–and you really value lounge access at airports–I can easily see a new card holder getting $1,000 or more in value from the benefits in the first 12 months, not even including the 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards, which are worth another $500 to me. (See here for great transfer ideas.)