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From time to time American Express offers 100,000 points or more for opening a new Platinum Card account.
But Amex targets some people for the big offer even when it’s not available to the general public, and it’s such a big and lucrative deal that you might want to check some places that aren’t obvious to see if you’re targeted.
For example, As of July 11, 2016 some people have reported being targeted online for the 100K Amex Platinum offer (personal version) using the CARDMATCH method below.
You can earn a bonus from both the personal and small business cards if you have a small business to apply with. Otherwise, just consider the personal version.
But if you like digging, here are places you can check if you’re trying to find the deals:
1. CARDMATCH on CreditCards.com
If you’re looking for a deal on the personal version of the Platinum Card with a lower spending requirement, you might find it by following the below link and seeing if you’re targeted.
You just provide some basic personal information and CARDMATCH will see if you are targeted.
There is no credit inquiry on your credit report when you use this tool. A 100,000 point offer was seen targeted to some on CARDMATCH on July 11, 2016.
Use the button below to see what offer you might be targeted for via ‘CARDMATCH’ from CreditCards.com:
As of April 26, 2017 some users have seen a 100,000 point offer privately targeted using the below forms on AmericanExpress.com.
Again, enter some basic personal information and you’ll see what American Express may be explicitly targeting your way.
Note: If the link above doesn’t bring up the form pictured below, you may have to open an incognito or private browsing window to fully log you out of AmericanExpress.com to load a clean form.
You’ll see a box to enter an RSVP code, but if you don’t have it you can click on ‘Don’t have an RSVP Code’ and it will let you enter your address and business name to see if you’ve been targeted. The small business offers have been seen as high as 150,000 points.
3. Call American Express directly
While this hasn’t proven useful with personal deals, if you are looking to take advantage of 100,000 points for the Business Platinum Card, you can try calling American Express OPEN’s application line on 1-800-971-6736 or 1-877-628-6736 and asking whether the deal is available and targeted to you.
Usually it comes in the mail, but we all misplace mail from time to time, or it simply doesn’t get delivered, so it’s good to double check here if the above places don’t yield the biggest deal, though they may ask for an RSVP code.
What if you already have a card?
For personal cards, American Express intro deals are once in a lifetime for a specific card. So if you’ve already held the basic Platinum Card, chances are you won’t be able to qualify for another deal, even if you cancelled your card already.
For business cards, the rules are less strict. You can qualify for a new bonus 12 months after you last held a card. So, if you cancelled your last basic Business Platinum Card more than a year ago, then you may be able to qualify for a deal again.
Is this all worth a big annual fee?
That’s up to you.
The points have value
100,000 points on their own are worth at least $1,000 in travel booked via American Express, and you might get even more value than that by transferring points to major airline programs like Delta or British Airways.
There’s no better program than Membership Rewards if you’re trying to fly to Europe in Business Class with points, thanks to all of its point transfer partners.
There are also other ways the card gives you value to offset the fee.
There’s a $200 annual airline fee credit
For example, each calendar year you get a $200 airline fee credit. You choose a single airline you want to offset fees from each year.
Then any bag fees, change fees, lounge passes or other incidental fees are offset when you charge them to your card. You can’t offset actual plane ticket purchases, but many people have had luck buying gift cards for their chosen airline and getting the fee reimbursed.
You get great lounge access
If you fly Delta a lot, you’ll enjoy complimentary access to all the Delta SkyClubs when flying Delta.
You’ll also have access to American Express’ own new, ultra luxurious Centurion Lounges, currently open at Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dallas, New York-La Guardia, and soon Miami and Seattle airports.
And you get a Priority Pass lounge card which gives you access to over 700 other airport lounges worldwide, including most Alaska Airlines Board Rooms.
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