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As of 7:30 AM ET on August 28, what’s working is calling American Express and asking to apply by phone. If they ask for the offer code:


Hat Tip: Graydon

There is a publicly available offer for 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards after spending $3,000 on the American Express Platinum. I value those points at about $2,000. Jump on this offer now because it will not last.

I was just approved for it.

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Here’s how you can apply:

  1. Open a Chrome, Safari, or Firefox Private/Incognito window.
  2. Click this link.
  3. You may get the 100,000 point offer. You may get a 40,000 point offer.
  4. If you get the 40,000 point offer, close your browser window, and open a new Private/Incognito window. (ie do not just open a new tab or hit refresh)
  5. Click this link.
  6. Repeat as necessary.

The above process failed for me. I tried all three browsers about 100 times. Reddit user linkx2252 said it had failed for him too, so he called in. I tried that.

I called 800-243-3888 and told the agent that I had been trying to apply for the 100k points/$3k spending Platinum Card offer, but that I was having trouble with my browser, so I would like to apply by phone. The agent had no problem accommodating that request. It is a bit slow, but 23 minutes later I was approved for the offer. I will have the card in a few days.

The card’s $450 annual fee doesn’t bother me. I will get $200 in airline gift cards this year, $200 in airline gift cards in early 2016, and lounge access to Delta SkyClubs and American Express Centurion lounges for a year for that price. Plus the 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards are worth about $2,000 to me because I will transfer them to partners for one or several high value awards.

See Get the Most out of Your American Express Platinum Card for a rundown of the benefits.


If you have ever had an American Express Platinum personal card, you are ineligible to get the bonus again. I have not had that card. I have only had the American Express Platinum Mercedes-Benz personal card and American Express Business card before. Those are considered separate products.

Post your application results in the comments.

Hat Tip Travel Codex via Reddit


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