New $200 American Express Travel Hotel Credit – Don’t Sleep on It

If you’ve been following the news in our hobby, you’ve probably already heard of the “enhancements” recently added to The Platinum Card® from American Express: 

Annual fee is now $695 (Rates & Fees) for new accounts opened on or after July 1, 2021 For existing cardmembers, the new annual fee will take effect on the annual renewal date on or after Jan.

Major Updates to The Platinum Card® from American Express

American Express announced some Major Updates to The Platinum Card® from American Express. These include new credits, but also an increased annual fee.

The rumors are true, today American Express announced some major changes to The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees). For some people, these updates are going to be more than worthwhile.

A Review of the American Express Gold Card

If I had to choose just one card to use for all of my points earnings, I am fairly confident that I would choose the American Express® Gold Card. There’s a lot of compelling reasons why I’d choose the Amex Gold over others.

This workhorse has some of the best earning rates on common spending categories, along with good usable credits.

Premium Travel Cards Pivot Benefits in a Coronavirus World: Update

Updated 6/9/20 with Citi's latest addition to the Prestige Card.

In an attempt to keep you as a customer in a world where travel is severely limited, banks have been changing the benefit profiles of their credit cards that previously rewarded behavior centered primarily around travel.

Those of you most concerned with what to do with your travel cards are likely paying big annual fees for the premium transferrable point cards--the Chase Sapphire Reserve, The Platinum Card from American Express, and the Citi Prestige--so let's compare those changes.

The Basics of American Express Membership Rewards

We began this series with an introduction to the three types of credit card reward programs frequented by travelers: transferable point cards, airline- and hotel-branded cards, and fixed point value cards. Next we'll dive a little deeper into the first type, transferable point cards.

100k & 125K Targeted Bonuses for Amex Platinum


There is a targeted offer available through creditcards.com’s CardMatch Tool for 100,000 Membership Rewards for spending $6,000 on your new The Platinum Card® from American Express within 6 months of account opening. This 100k offer resurfaces periodically. It is worth checking again if you weren’t targeted the last time as they target different rounds of customers each time.

A 100,000 bonus makes this a can't-miss card for just about anyone.

Hey Procrastinators! Final Day to Spend the Platinum’s 2019 Travel Credits

One of the most valuable benefits of the Platinum Card from American Express is its $200 per year--calendar year--of incidental travel fee credits. You get a couple other credits as well this month, at least another $85 worth of Saks Merchandise + Uber credit, that would be a shame to forget about.

Choose Designated Airline for Amex Platinum by Today

I'm bumping this up to the top of the blog roll as a reminder to make a change by TODAY.

Digital Priority Pass Card: Who Can Get it & How

The Priority Pass membership is a standard perk these days for premium credit cards. It grants you access to Priority Pass' network of lounges (and even some restaurants, where you get a free set tab) located all over the world. Not all Priority Pass lounges are created equal, but thanks to sites like Lounge Buddy you can vet a lounge before travel.

Priority Pass memberships (with varying levels of free access) come with all the following credit cards:

Chase Sapphire Reserve
Citi Prestige
American Express Platinum
American Express Business Platinum
Chase Ritz-Carlton Card
U.S.

TIP: Use Desktop, Not Mobile to Buy Delta Gift Cards for Platinum Credit

Are you scrambling to spend all your incidental travel fee credit for your Amex Platinum before the year ends? Is Delta your designated airline? Then be careful how you buy Delta gift cards. Gift cards bought through the mobile version of Delta's site are coding as actual gift cards, and therefore aren't being reimbursed by Amex.