Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$750 for air / hotel / car bookings. Or transfer points to United, Southwest, Hyatt, and more.
No annual fee.
An often overlooked benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express is free Gold Preferred Guest status from Starwood Preferred Guest. Starwood is the loyalty program for Sheraton, Westin, W, Aloft, Le Meridien, Four Points, and St. Regis hotels. Normally earning this status requires 10 stays or 25 nights in their hotels during a calendar year. The status offers several helpful privileges not available to the general public, including:
In our experience, the room upgrades vary, but can sometimes be quite nice. While suites are officially not part of the upgrade benefit, some hotels will upgrade you to a suite as a Gold. And the 4pm late checkout can be a great benefit when your flights are late in the day or you want to drive home later and work in a full afternoon at the pool. It’s valid as long as the hotel doesn’t have ‘convention’ or ‘resort’ in its name. Convention and resort hotels tend to have more tight room turnover times, and can’t adhere to the 4pm benefit, but there are few of those.
These benefits are on top of a host of others from The Platinum Card…including
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