Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
What’s the deal?
Open a Platinum Card from American Express for Ameriprise customers and get the first year annual fee waived, plus for a limited time get 25,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months, courtesy a Fat Wallet reader.
Normally the annual fee is $550. This deal is open to anyone with acceptable credit – you don’t need to have an existing account with Ameriprise or move your stocks or brokerage funds to Ameriprise to qualify.
UPDATE: This deal has expired – see the current offer here:
Why get it?
The Ameriprise version of The Platinum Card has regularly had the first year annual fee waived. But this is the first we’ve seen with 25,000 points to start on top of it.
If you value you points at 2 cents each, then the annual fee waiver is like getting an extra 22,500 points on top of the 25,000 points, making this like a 47,500 point bonus.
Of course there have been bigger intro deals for The Platinum Card if you are targeted.
But this is a separate product from the normal Platinum Card, so it’s an opportunity to get a year with no annual fee for the coming year, even if you already had The Platinum Card.
Remember, with American Express personal cards you can only get one intro bonus point deal ever for a single card product – so it’s possible you won’t get the 25k if you had The Platinum Card before.
What else is different?
The Ameriprise version has all of the benefits you’re used to with The Platinum Card, including a $200 annual airfare credit and Priority Pass membership.
But it’s a touch better than the regular Platinum Card.
You can earn 5,000 additional points will be awarded to your Membership Rewards® program account for every $20,000 in purchases, with a cap of of 30,000 additional points each calendar year. That makes this like a 1.25 point per dollar card for each $20,000 you spend, and that’s on top of your sign on bonus.
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