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Best lounge access: Platinum Card® from American Express review

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The Platinum Card from American Express is packed with benefits, and is the most comprehensive card available for airport lounge access, giving you privileges with these lounge networks:

  1. Platinum Card imageDelta SkyClub lounges when you’re on a Delta flight, though you have to pay $29 for each guest you bring.
  2. The Centurion Lounges, which are located in the Las Vegas, Dallas, New York – La Guardia, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle and soon Houston Intercontinental airports. These are lounges owned by American Express, and offer an experience unlike any other airline lounge, with full seasonal food spreads and premium liquor all on the house. 2 guests or your spouse and kids under 21 are free and you can be traveling any airline when you visit the lounge.
  3. Over 800 Priority Pass Select affiliated lounges using a separate Priority Pass card you request free from American Express. There are lounges at most major airports worldwide, and although many of the U.S. lounges are located in the international terminals of airports, some are readily accessible for domestic fliers.

Delta typically charges $450 a year for SkyClub membership alone, so for The Platinum Card’s $450 fee you’re getting a lot more for your money.

Here is a list of Delta and Centurion lounge locations you can access with your Platinum Card and here is a list of Priority Pass locations you can access. Check both to see if you can access a lounge in the airport you are traveling,  but if you fly Delta frequently or use an airport with a Centurion Lounge the value of the card can add up quickly.

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An American Express Centurion Lounge – with a fully stocked open bar

How lounge access works

Simply present your Amex Platinum Card® at the lounge check-in desk, along with your boarding pass for travel that day. You will be granted complimentary access for yourself. Guests cost $29 each per visit at Delta Sky Clubs. At Centurion Lounges, 2 guests or your spouse and children under 21 are complimentary.

Centurion Lounges and Priority Pass network lounges don’t require a specific airline for entry – so you can fly any airline and use their clubs, though Priority Pass lounges charge $27 for guest entry.

If you want your spouse or other family member to have access to the lounges when you’re not traveling, you can add an additional cardholder for $175. That fee gets you up to 3 additional cards for one price with full lounge benefits for each card.

What can I expect inside the airline lounge?

1. A place to work or relax

The primary benefit of airline lounges is a relatively quiet place to wait for your flight and recharge your laptop or mobile device. While The Centurion Lounges offer spa like luxury, most other lounges are simply practical and offer both comfortable social seating areas along with more private workstations and free wifi access.

2. Extra help and peace of mind with reservations

Agents, or ‘angels’ as some members call them, will help you if your travel plans change or delays force you to alter flights. You can rest assured you will be able to get help without the exceptionally long lines you see in terminal counters.

3. Complimentary beverages

Lounges usually offer free soft drinks, complimentary beer, wine, and well drinks, along with paid premium drink options, but at Centurion Lounges all food and premium drinks are free. Delta SkyClubs also offer soup, salad, and other light food options for free.

Inside a Delta SkyClub

Inside a Delta SkyClub

Alternatives for lounge access

If you’re a United flyer, the United MileagePlus® Club Card from Chase is the only credit card that will give you access to their lounges, so The Platinum Card won’t help you get into those lounges.

For American Airlines Admirals Clubs, access via The Platinum Card ended in April 2014. Instead, there are now two cards from Citibank that give you access to Admirals Clubs.

citiprestige170The $450 per year Citi® Executive AAdvantage® MasterCard gives you full club membership, letting you visit Admirals Club lounges even when you’re not flying American that day. A really generous benefit is that any authorized users you add to your account get access to the lounges when you’re not flying, and there’s no fee to add an authorized user.

The Citi Prestige Card, with a $450 annual fee, offers access to Admirals Clubs, but you must be flying on an American Airlines flight to qualify. It also includes a Priority Pass membership with a twist: you can bring 2 guests in each time you visit for free, while the Priority Pass included with The Platinum Card charges $27 for every guest you bring.

What else does $450 get you?

While lounge access is the biggest attraction of The Platinum Card, there are dozens of smaller benefits that make traveling easier, included in your $450 annual fee.

Some of our favorites include:

A $200 annual airline fee credit. Each year, you can designate an airline where you want up to $200 of fees reimbursed. You just charge the fees to your card, and they are automatically removed from your bill. Things like change fees, baggage fees, in-flight food, lounge passes, and seat fees.

Unfortunately airline tickets, upgrades, mileage purchases, gift cards, and duty free purchases aren’t reimbursable, though some people have had luck with some gift cards. And note that only Airlines available include American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United are available for reimbursement, so if you fly Virgin America a lot you’re out of luck.

But it’s not hard to get $200 in value out of the benefit if you fly often on one of the other airlines, and that brings your real cost of the card down to $200 a year.

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Save on bag fees with the $200 annual airline credit

Hilton and Starwood Gold status. As a Platinum Card holder you’re eligible for status with both Hilton HHonors and Starwood Preferred Guest without having to meet any stay requirements. Hilton HHonors Gold status gets you free lounge access or breakfast at most of its hotels, which is a great money saving perk, and Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status gets you late checkout, free wifi, and room upgrades.

Normally Hilton HHonors Gold status requires 20 stays or 40 nights in its hotels each year, while Starwood Gold status requires 10 stays or 25 nights a year, so you’re getting two solid perks without being a road warrior.

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Breakfast at a Doubletree hotel, a Hilton HHonors Gold benefit. Photo via Doubletree Schaumburg.

National Executive status and a Hertz grace period. You can enroll in the free National Emerald Club, and as a Platinum Card holder you’ll be elevated to Executive level status, which guarantees you an upgraded car every time you rent. Just reserve the type of car you want to ride, and National will reduce the price to match the rate of the car level below the one you reserve.

For example if you book a Full Size SUV you’ll pay the Compact SUV price. An alternative benefit is the Executive Selection available at most major National locations. To use that, just pay the Midsize rate all the time, and take any car from National’s Executive Selection on the lot, which often includes Full Size and Compact SUVs.

Beyond National, if you rent with Hertz, and use your special Platinum Card discount code, you’ll get a 4 hour grace period on all your rentals, so you can return your car up to 4 hours after the due time, and not pay any extra charges.

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Room upgrades and free breakfast at upscale hotels. The Platinum Card unlocks the Fine Hotels and Resorts program, which earns you free breakfast, room upgrades, and a special welcome amenity like a $100 food and beverage credit at many upscale hotels like the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, and more. The catch is you need to book your stay via American Express’ website or travel center, and the rates there aren’t always the lowest available. But the benefits are often worth $100 or more per stay, so you can come out well ahead using the Fine Hotels and Resorts Rate.

Breakfast at the a Fine Hotels and Resorts property, photo courtesy St. Regis Monarch Beach

Breakfast at the a Fine Hotels and Resorts property, photo courtesy St. Regis Monarch Beach

> You can see how to enroll in Platinum Card benefits here

How do the points work?

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The biggest weakness of The Platinum Card is in the point earning side. You earn 2 points per dollar spent on purchases you make on the American Express travel website, but you earn just one point per dollar spent on everything else, so there are no major category spending bonuses to take advantage of.

The points you do earn are very valuable, because they’re Amex Membership Rewards points, which you can transfer into several top airline programs, most at one to one with no dilution, and with instant or next business day point transfers in many cases.

This is invaluable in helping you get the best deal for your points by topping off accounts you might already have, especially if you’re looking for an international Business or First Class award.

For United flyers while you can’t transfer miles into your United MileagePlus account, there are many ways to use Membership Rewards points on United flights.

Is there a version for small business spending?

If you have a small business, there’s a different card with the same lounge benefits. Instead, consider The Business Platinum Card.

It’s actually even more generous than the regular Platinum Card, because in addition to all the Platinum Card benefits you get 12 free Gogo wifi passes a year, which can save you hundreds of dollars on inflight wifi fees. And points are worth 30% more when you use them to book travel on an airline of your choice each year, all for the same $450 annual fee.

Reviewing the features

There’s a lot to take in with The Platinum Card, but to recap, here are some of the biggest benefits that come with card membership:

  • 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.
  • Complimentary access to all Delta airport lounges
  • Gold status with Starwood Preferred Guest® hotels (without the card this requires 10 stays or 25 nights per year)
  • Free Wi-Fi access at all Boingo hotspots worldwide
  • Reimbursement of Global Entry application fee or TSA Pre-Check application fee
  • Receive a companion ticket for discounted travel when you purchase a qualifying First- or Business-Class international ticket. Additional taxes/charges apply.
  • National Car Rental Executive status — offering guaranteed car upgrades when you rent
  • 4 hour grace period on Hertz car rental returns
  • Medical evacuation coverage from Amex Global Assist. If you become ill while traveling and American Express’ medical team decides it is necessary, Amex will cover the cost of transporting you to a care facility closer to home.
  • Terms and limitations apply to all benefits.

Click here for a longer list of Platinum Card® benefits, large and small

Should you get the card?

In summary, if you fly Delta frequently, use an airport that has a Centurion Lounge, or spend a lot of time in airports outside the U.S., you can get a lot of use out of the lounge access benefit of The Platinum Card for a price that’s less than typical standalone airline club membership.

That makes the other benefits icing on the cake.

Getting approved when you apply isn’t as hard as you think. You don’t need to be rich to hold the card, so with a solid income and credit score you should be in the hunt to start enjoying the benefits.

 

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129 thoughts on Best lounge access: Platinum Card® from American Express review

  1. md

    Hi! I am traveling united economy from Changi/Singapore via Narita and landing at Newark. I have a business platinum. Are there any lounges I can use at Singapore or narita? Thanks so much in advance!

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  2. Paul

    I have an Amex black card with Virgin Atlantic in conjunction with MBNA. To my surprise I did get access at the AMEX lounge in Sydney just after Christmas and was told that my card would get me access in their lounges on an unlimited basis with one free companion. How does this fit in with the access to the 850 lounge network that you mention or is it restricted to just some Amex lounges and if so where are they? Thanks.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Paul – That sounds like it’s just for some Amex lounges – Priority Pass is not a stated benefit of that card.

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  3. David Dekel

    I think there is a mistake in the article and in some of the replies.
    the priority pass provided with the Amex platinum is the 99USD level card, that is given free, only allows paid access to the 600 member lounges, not free access. Pls check.

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @David – The article refers to the U.S. based Platinum Card, whose Priority Pass provides free access for one person to each of the lounges. Should make U.S. more clear.

      Reply
  4. Michael D'Asaro

    I have the Delta SkyMiles Platinum card. Does this work the same as the regular Platinum American Express Card in allowing me access into the lounges?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Michael – Unfortunately no, it does not. The Delta Reserve (with the same annual fee as the Platinum) has access to Delta lounges.

      Reply
  5. Fred

    I’m trying to see if the Amex Platinum will get me into the Virgin Atlantic lounges if I’m flying on a Virgin flight, since Virgin and Delta are partnered.

    Reply
  6. AE

    My son has an additional amex platinum card. Can he get into the Delta Sky Club even though he is flying on a Virgin Atlantic flight purchased with points?

    Reply
    1. MileCards.com

      @AE – Unfortunately he needs to be on a Delta operated flight – though it can’t hurt to try as they have a particularly close relationship.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @john – You can access Air France clubs in the US by presenting your Priority Pass card. In Paris though you don’t have access – just an Air Canada lounge in Terminal 2 and an Icare lounge in Terminal 1.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Donald – If you’re flying Delta, the Delta Sky Clubs are available. Otherwise in Terminal E you can use the Air France lounge if you bring along your separate Priority Pass lounge card. Your Platinum Card on its own won’t get you in – you need to bring along the Priority Pass card.

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  7. Mary

    Traveling on American Airlines Tuesday 9/15 out of JFK flight 2230 is there a lounge avaiable we have the Am Ex platinum card and Priority Access cards?
    Also connecting in Miami is there a lounge available there?

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  8. Michaela

    Thank you for this post. My husband and I are flying Delta to France out of JFK next week. As we will have to pay a fee for my husband for either the Delta Sky Club or Priority Pass Lounge, using my AMEX Plat, which would you recommend is the better experience? Thank you so much.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Michaela – In terms of total space, the SkyClub is much more roomy and modern.

      In terms of free snacks, the Priority Pass lounge is a little better, but is often crowded. You may want to take a peek in the Priority Pass lounge on your own first since it’s free for you, and if you don’t like it, head to the Delta lounge which is further down the terminal towards the gates.

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      1. Michaela

        Thank you so much for your help. Great advice and will definitely take a peek but space and less crowds sounds more appealing.

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  9. Natalie

    My husband and I both have an AMEX Platinum card. We are traveling with friends to Italy on Delta Business Class and from what I have read, in order for them to accompany us into the lounges, we will pay $29 for each of them each time we wish to enter a Delta club lounge. Is that correct?

    Thank you.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Natalie – Yes that’s right – though if your friends are in Business Class they will have lounge access due to the Business Class ticket.

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      1. Natalie

        Thank you, very much, for your quick response. Yes, our friends are traveling Business Class as well, so sounds like we shall all enjoy and be comfortable.

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  10. Jim

    Wow…this thread keeps on going!

    My wife and I both have the Bus. Platinum card. Many times we travel with our 3 kids. I know it’s probably cheaper to pay for lounge access at the time, but would it be wise to get them “employee cards” so that we don’t have to deal with that? Or is there a better way to take family along into the lounges?

    Thanks!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jim- Here’s the odd thing about additional cards. With the Business card you need to pay $300 per additional card to get the lounge benefits for the additional card.

      But with the personal version of The Platinum Card you only need to pay $175 for up to 3 additional cards. So for you the best deal would be for one of you to switch to a personal Platinum and get 3 ‘additional’ cards for $175 (the $175 covers 3 cards).

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  11. Francisco Maranhao

    Is there an Amex Platinum lounge or any other Amex associated lounge in Frankfurt airport?

    F.Maranhao

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Francisco – There are Priority Pass affiliated lounges in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, so if you haven’t requested your free standalone Priority Pass membership card, call Amex to get it. You can check the lounges here:

      http://www.prioritypass.com/

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  12. john

    If I have an AMEX platinum business, do additional cardholders have access to lounges without the primary cardholder present?

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  13. Tim

    I will be traveling from JFK to Madrid on an international flight, booked on my father’s platinum American Express Delta SkyMiles card. I will have the card with me, and am 21 years of age. Will I be able to get into the lounge by showing them the card, flight itinerary showing it was booked with the card, and my ID, or will they still deny me access?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Tim – Unfortunately no, the cardholder needs to be present. And the Delta Platinum card doesn’t include lounge access. The more expensive ‘Platinum Card’ for $450 a year that doesn’t say Delta on it is what you need. Confusing, but that’s the setup.

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  14. Mia Wallace

    I believe there are lounges in the Gudalajara airport that my Platinum Amex gets me access to. Do any of these have luggage hold/storage? I arrive early morning and I’m planning on taking a day trip in Guad then cabbing it to my final destination late evening. I of course do not want to be lugging around my suitcase thank you

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mia – Not that we’re aware of. Lounges generally don’t offer luggage storage anymore for security reasons. Probably best leaving it at a hotel along the way in Guadalajara.

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  15. M.B.

    Do you know if there is a lounge in the Houston airport (AIH) that can be used with the Amex Platinum card? Thanks!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @MB – Yes in terminal D the KLM Crown Lounge is available – you’ll need to bring along your Priority Pass card.

      It’s a quick walk to the United flights in Terminal E, and easy via terminal train to C, A, and B. No need to re-clear security.

      The lounge is well appointed with free soup, sandwiches, and self service liquor selection.

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  16. Jamie

    My dad booked a flight for me on his AmEx which gains me access to the Delta airport lounges. However, I will not have the platinum card with me since it doesn’t belong to me. Does this mean that I can’t get in to the lounge?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jamie – That’s correct, you need to be the primary cardholder, or he needs to pay for an ‘Additional Card’ in your name. He can call Amex to request one – it’s $175 for up to 3 of them and they can FedEx the cards.

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  17. Rob

    I have miles on amex plat. And citi advantage aa. How can I combine to fly to
    Europe. Thinking Madrid. Have to buy 4 tickets. Have enough miles on each for
    2 people. Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Rob – Just book one way tickets. Use AA miles one direction and Amex the other. From Amex points, transfer to Delta SkyMiles or Aeroplan (access to Air Canada, United, etc). They allow one-way awards for half the price of a round trip. Be aware that for Aeroplan flights with most airlines except United and a few others have fuel surcharges on them that can add up.

      And if you use SkyMiles, try to use it for the flight from the US. On the way back with one ways they add a couple hundred in taxes.

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  18. Mo S

    I am eligible for a targeted 100k offer for the Amex platinum, I am also looking for another card to pair that would be most beneficial alongside the Amex platinum for flight upgrades to South Asia. I want to be able to transfer points amongst them to best utilize for flights. I currently have the Sapphire Preferred and Marriott. What do you suggest i do?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mo S – That’s a great start. You’ll have Singapore KrisFlyer at your disposal from both programs. Would suggest building up some AA miles now. There are 50k deals on both the regular AA card, as well as the US Airways card, and both programs will merge very soon – this spring. Right now you can get a one way to Asia in Business Class on Cathay Pacific for 55,000 miles though there’s risk that could go up as they align award charts.

      After that, consider getting the sign on deals for Citi ThankYou points, which also transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer and Cathay Asia Miles. When you’re looking for premium seats, you have to be active in jumping on multiple offers to stay ahead of the game.

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      1. Mo S

        Thanks! So with the AMEX platinum which card should i get next if I fly to Dubai? and want to upgrade to Business class. AA or British Airways or SPG Amex or United(50k)? I have sapphire preferred points that i can transfer to a United or British if either of those can utilize Amex points. Also do you know anything about the Turkish airlines miles&smiles AMEX? Thanks for the advice!

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        1. Mo S

          or Delta Amex (50K) or Barclay Arrival plus(40k) or US airways (50k)? Just one card that’s best value in your opinion to pair with Chase Sapphire miles AND Amex 100k.

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        2. MileCards.com

          @Mo S – If you want just one card United will let you upgrade with miles for a fee plus miles, and you already have some to build on with your Sapphire. They have a nonstop from the US to Dubai. The service is not elaborate, but it is a flat bed.

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          1. Mo S

            Can i utilize points with the AMEX 100k point offer? I am wondering what card to add to the sapphire and AMEX platinum. for flights to Dubai, Qatar, Abu dhabi, or Turkey (EIther of those countries)

          2. MileCards.com

            @Mo S – AA miles let you travel on Etihad, Qatar, and Royal Jordanian, so the Middle East is pretty covered. It’s 67,500 miles one way for Business Class.

            With United miles you can upgrade for 35,000 miles plus a copay of up to $600.

            So if you think you’ll do a lot of spending and flying to earn miles then go AA. If you think you’ll be miles poor then try UA.

            As for your 100k Amex points, consider transferring to ANA points to fly Turkish Airlines and United or Air Canada to connect to the Turkish flight. It will be around 85,000 miles roundtrip plus some fuel surcharges.

  19. Florian

    Hi,
    in 2014 US Airways left the Star Alliance. So I no longer have the Star Alliance Gold status. Is there another way to get back the Star Alliance Gold status with the American Express Business Platinum card? Thank you!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Florian – Unfortunately no, although the United Club Card gets you full United Club access, as well as participating international Star Alliance lounges.

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  20. Gordey

    My wife and I both have the Amex Platinum, we are flying Alaska Airlines out of Logan from Terminal A. Is there any chance of being able to get in the Delta lounge with an Alaska boarding pass and not a Delta boarding pass?

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    1. MileCards

      @Wayne – Unfortunately no, those lounges are only accessible if you are an elite status member with British Airways, traveling in Business Class, or are an elite status member with a OneWorld partner airline. And there is no way to pay for a single visit.

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    2. Clare Pedersen

      It’s pretty disappointing that there’s no Platinum Amex card/Priotity Pass access at Heathrow T5. Do British Airways know that this will drive passengers to other airlines, particularly when there are long layovers? I’m moving to Delta in T3 in future.

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      1. MileCards.com

        @Clare – It’s unfortunate but they won’t even sell access to their lounges via passes. They only offer access with a business class ticket or frequent flier status.

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  21. Rupert

    I have this card and use the $200 fee credit to buy gift certificates on United. Then I can use them to buy flights, which makes the $200 close to a cash benefit.

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  22. Steve

    Does anyone know if signing up to the platinum card is better from within the US or outside the US? I have the option to do either.

    Also, if my spouse is travelling by herself does she have access to the lounges?

    Thanks

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    1. MileCards

      @Steve – Depends on the country, though only the US offers the $200 airline fee credit. If your spouse is traveling by herself she does not have lounge access, but for $175 you can buy a spouse card which will give her access to the American, Delta, and US Airways lounges.

      Reply
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    1. MileCards

      @Hana- For Delta it’s 18 years old, unless the lounge has a self-service bar, in which case you need to be 21 or older to enter unaccompanied.

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  24. Charles Meltzer

    When will American Express Platinum partner with Virgin America to allow us to use our $200 travel benefit on their airline?

    I have found it difficulty flying our of San Francisco to use the Airport Clubs such as American which is in Terminal 2 unless you have booked your flight on American. It is frustrating to have “benefits” which have become more restricted. The Platinum card used to get you into these Airport clubs more easily.

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    1. MileCards

      @Charles- You should be able to choose Virgin America for the $200 benefit here.

      https://rewards.americanexpress.com/olet/splash?campaignId=airline1&offerType=airlinechoice

      Just note you can only designate one airline per year, and once you make your choice you can’t change it until the following year (kind of like health care open enrollment). No need to have lounge access to be able to use the credit for things like change fees, bag fees, and inflight purchases.

      Sorry about the Admirals Club issue…but if it’s any consolation Terminal 2 is pretty comfortable in its own right without a club. At some point (years) SFO will have airside access to the other terminals so it will be easier to use the Priority Pass for lounges like Alaska’s nearby.

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Alex – Yes and oddly enough some claim that Virgin *Atlantic* charges get reimbursed due to the Delta partnership. Hopefully when JetBlue and Amex end their relationship Virgin America will be added as an option, but it is a curious exclusion especially given Virgin America is a Membership Rewards transfer partner.

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  25. frank

    can i use this card for access with my spouse and three children less than 21 years of age, or there is a limit on number of family members

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    1. MileCards

      @Frank – As long as your kids are less than 21 you can all access the Delta, American, and US Airways lounges together.

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  26. davidmarkowitz

    hello
    would like to know which lounge i can use in jfk in ewr in ord in mia in yvr in tlv in ord in lwo in opo and in agp
    which is jfk newark chicago vancouver tel aviv oporto portugal and malaga spain
    i shall be flying with united with jetair with air ukraine with sn brussels and with swiss air
    thank you

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  27. KB

    Hello, I am an AMEX Platinum card holder and I will be flying out of Boston’s Logan Airport on British Airways, is there a lounge that I will be able to use prior to my flight either with the Platinum Card or Priority Pass? It will depart out of Terminal E. Thank you.

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    1. MileCards

      @Mark – Unfortunately no, with this one you physically need the card in hand. They don’t have access to Amex systems to link it.

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  28. Bill

    Hi,

    thanks for the article. It is really helpful. I was going to apply for platinum card but I didn’t see the 25000 bonus points when I went to Amex website. I also called their customer service and they told me there’s no such promotion available.

    I was wondering if the promotion has ended?

    Also I noticed there’s Amex Platinum Mercedez version that offers 50k bonus points. But the fee is $25 higher. I was wondering if that has the same benefit as this card?
    I am very interested at the $200 reimbursement for checked baggage, gold membership for starwood and the global re-entry program. If the mercedez version doesn’t have that benefit then it’s kind of useless for me.

    One more question. You mentioned that United Lounge is not part of the lounge access benefit. But I see there’re some United lounge in 600 Priority Pass Select lounge list. So does that mean, it’s OK to access the united lounge listed in Priority Pass but not all United Lounge will honor the card benefit?

    Thanks
    -Bill

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    1. MileCards

      @Bill – The agent was mistaken, the 25,000 point bonus is still active. But the Mercedes Benz version has exactly the same benefits, plus a few if you plan to buy a Mercedes in the future. Same $200 reimbursement, Starwood Gold, Global Entry refund.

      Unfortunately with the Select membership those United lounges are not honored for access. The directory Priority Pass has on the web isn’t great at making that really obvious. But it says in each United lounge listing the following:

      “Note: Members holding a Priority Pass Select membership card and Priority Pass cardholders in the U.S. that receive their membership through a U.S. financial institution will not be allowed access to this Lounge.”

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      1. Bill

        Thanks for your reply. For the $200 airline reimbursement program. Is it possible for me to buy a ticket using other card and then when I need to pay the checked baggage fee, I’d use the amex platinum card and they’ll reimburse the fee?

        Reply
        1. MileCards

          @Bill – Yes you can buy the ticket with any card you want. You just need to designate with Amex one airline each year that you want to be eligible for reimbursement. Once you select an airline each year it can’t be changed until the following year (like health care plans).

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  29. robert hutchison

    I will be traveling to St. Croix USVI with my spouse, daugter, son in law and their three children. We are flying on American Aiirlines in August 2012. we have a layover in Miami. I purchased my own and all of their tickets with my american express platium card. In addition to myself. who else in my party can access the American Aurline lounge? Are children 7, 11, 12 admitted? What is procedure for gaining access?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Robert – Your spouse and all children under 21 will have access to the Admirals Club with your Platinum Card.

      FYI – you don’t need to purchase your ticket with the Card, just have your ticket on the airline that owns the lounge if it’s Delta, American, or US Airways.

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  30. P.H.J. Rose

    Having a platnium American Express Card, does this give me lounge access at Heathrow while in transit. My wife and I would like to use the shower facilities. We will be at Terminal 5.
    Regards,
    Peter.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @PHJ- Unfortunately there are no American Express facilities at T5 – all lounges there are owned by British Airways. If you have a very long connection, you can take the bus to T3 when arriving, clear immigration there, and use the Air Canada Arrivals lounge for a shower. It’s outside the terminal, so you’ll need several hours but does have full changing facilities. Two points though – 1) you’ll need to have the ‘Priority Pass’ card in hand, so make sure you request that from American Express, and 2) your wife will have to pay for entry – about $29.

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  31. P.H.J. Rose

    I have a American Express Platnium card, I will be in transit though Heathrow to New York, and I would like to know what facilities are available for myself and my wife to use the lounge and showers. We have a long wait, and would be good to be able to have a shower after a long flight.
    I would appreciate if you could get back to me on this.
    Regards,
    Peter.

    Reply
  32. Johan

    Travelling in Finland (Helsinki)/USA (JFK, terminal 8 + Orlando Intl.) soon with my family. What are our lounge options with Amex Platinum (don’t wish to pay any fees to Priority Pass)?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Johan- If you are flying on American Airlines you should have access to their lounge in JFK terminal 8. They don’t have a lounge in Orlando. If you’re flying Delta out of Orlando, you can use their lounge, but must be flying with them rather than another airline.

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  33. RK

    Traveling in Asia with family, via Hong Kong and Singapore, on Singapore Air. What are my lounge options with Amex Platinum at HKG and SIN?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @RK – If you have a U.S. based Platinum Card In Hong Kong Terminal 1 you can use ‘The Traveler’s Lounge’ with the separate Priority Pass card you can request as a Platinum Card member. Just note though that it only allows one person free — each additional person is usually $27, even family members. In Singapore Terminals 1, 2, and 3 have lounges available with the Priority Pass feature. Again, you will have to pay extra for guests.

      The free guest feature is only available in clubs operated by Delta, American, and US Airways.

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  34. Andrew

    A word of warning for those of you that are excited about the option to transfer point to Aeroplan/Air Canada. I have been a long time card user and just transfered the advertized 60,000 Amex Rewards point to Aeroplan. No where did it suggest that the taxes/fees that Aeroplan charges are any different than what Delta or other airlines charge. Unfortunately, the fee for the flight a $1200 flight to be paid with 60,000 miles was $643!! Normally fees with Delta through their miles programs are around $100 for this flight (a flight to Argentina from Boston). And now, I am stuck and can’t get the miles back. Working with American Express, but about to give up and stop using my Amex. Unfortunate, because I am a very active user and feel it is a good value.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Andrew – You raise a good point that deserves some more attention. The Aeroplan change is recent. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are known for doing this fuel surcharge as well. Delta does it on tickets that originate outside the U.S. So far the U.S. carriers like United have avoided this on itineraries that start in the U.S.

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  35. Health IT Consultant

    I have the platinum card and so far all of my flights are US Airways so it’s been great. US Airways don’t require a boarding pass anyways. I was in MN for a week and was early so I decided to go to the Delta lounge at MSP. They denied me because they required you be on a delta flight, even if you had a platinum card. :( This was really inconvienent.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Health IT – Yes…it is a trade off vs a regular membership…you need to have a ticket on Delta or American to use their respective lounges. It was that way when Continental was in the network as well. Interestingly, the official policy as you’ve experienced is that US Airways doesn’t require a ticket for entry.

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  36. Baldovino, Carolina

    i had an amex gold and sooner, i will be having my platinum. i fly frequently to asian countries thru etihad. i would like to know the airports who have american express’ lounges. do i have to pay the priority pass?
    thanks in advance for your response.

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  37. John G

    Is this the case with any Amex Platinum Card? I have a Costco Amex Platinum that doesn’t cost anywhere near $450 a year.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @John – Unfortunately, no. The lounge benefit only applies to the Platinum ‘charge’ card (the one pictured on this page) which requires you to pay the bill in full each month. It is confusing when American Express has so many cards labeled ‘Platinum’ but only one confers the lounge benefit. Basically most of the big annual fee covers the lounge costs.

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  38. Ian

    What if I fly standby on delta because my father is an employee? Would I be able to get into Delta’s lounge? And what about any other Lounges included in the membership?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Ian- You should have no problem — as long as you have a Delta boarding document that gets you past security. For the other airlines — American requires you to be flying with them that day to get in, US Airways does not. For the ‘Priority Pass’ lounges it doesn’t matter which airline you are flying.

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  39. Ernest

    I think someone didn’t do their homework. American Express Platinum Cardmember can still use Continental Airlines Presidents Club lounge with the Priority Pass in most of the Airport Atlanta/ Dallas/Houston, because most of their lounge are Continental Airlines Presidents Club. Read your Priority Pass Booklet

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @Ernest – We wish that were the case. There are two types of Priority Pass. One is the regular standalone you purchase directly through Priority Pass. That one still has access.

      The other is Priority Pass “Select” which is used for credit card benefits like with the Platinum Amex. It has a gold stripe on the left.

      That one is no longer valid at the Continental or United lounges. There have been signs at the lounges pointing this out recently.

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  40. scott

    I’m returning on Alitalia from Rome (Terminal 3) to Toronto.

    Is there a Lounge that my Amex Platinum Card will get me into?

    Please let me know.

    Thanks!

    Reply
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  42. NYBanker

    Time to update this page. Delta Crown Room is now Sky Club. Nwa is no more. Co is no longer a partner. Also might want to clarify the additional card fee. The fee is $175 for extra card #1, then $0 for card #2 and #3, and $175 for 4 and onward. All extra caress get lounge access and they also get the $100 global entry credit. The entire account family shares the $200 misc airline fee credit however.

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    1. MileCards

      Ha- You’d be surprised how many people still call it the Crown Room (at least during a recent trip through Atlanta) — or in the case of Minneapolis the ‘World Perks Club’ (which was never the name). Thanks for the info on the additional card fees.

      Reply
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  52. Kevin

    I will drop Amex for sure, but I can’t help but feel this is part of the downgrading of Continental with United especially since United was never part of the program. Having American and Continental part of the Platinum benifits was the primary reason for me to have the card and the $200 is not good enough for me. I hope both Contiental and Amex feel the pain of lots of angry and unhappy memebers.

    Another step in the wrong direction.

    Kevin

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  53. Marina Handel

    I’m very unhappy about the fact that as of September 30 2011 I won’t be able to use my American Express Platinum Card to access the Presidents Club. I’m a Continental Airlines Frequent Flyer and it would not be possible for me to go over to other terminals to access other airport lounges.

    I’m considering dropping my American Express Platinum membership.

    I hope that some accomodation could be granted to Continental Airlines frequent flyers and American
    Express Platinum members before people start dropping their memberships.

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      We agree — if Continental is your primary airline and you want lounge access the Platinum Card is much less useful. We’ll see if Continental relents but it probably won’t until September since people won’t make their card decisions until then.

      However Amex has made a concession — you can get a $200 credit toward fees such as lounge access, change fees, or baggage fees on the airline of your choice each year. That includes Continental.

      Buying a club membership from Continentsl costs over $300 so you’re not fully made whole but it does help and you keep lounge access to Delta, American, and US Air.

      Otherwise if you only fly CO stick with the Chase card…

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