Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® or 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs.
Delta has upset a lot of American Express Platinum Card members by removing guest access to Delta SkyClubs as a benefit.
Now for your $550 annual fee you can only bring yourself the primary cardholder into the clubs, while each guest costs $29 extra for every visit.
However there is a partial workaround for this…
Morgan Stanley offers its own version of The Platinum Card and it offers something no other Platinum Amex does:
A free second card with full privileges.
That means you can designate someone you trust like your spouse to hold the free second card, and every time that person travels s/he’ll get to take advantage of the lounge access benefit. You don’t even have to be traveling together.
The second card normally costs $175 a year, but with the Morgan Stanley card it’s free, and you only pay extra if you want a third card.
It also means your second card holder will get a dedicated Priority Pass card, which lets you both into over 500 other lounges worldwide.
But there is a hassle factor involved here.
You have to have a Morgan Stanley brokerage account to get this card.
They have branches all over the country and their brokerage accounts aren’t just for the wealthy. But you will have to deal with an in-person rep as there’s no way to open a Morgan Stanley account online.
But once you have it set up you can apply for the Morgan Stanley version of The Platinum Card online.
There’s also a 50,000 point intro bonus, though this isn’t the best way to earn SkyMiles after the bonus. There are other American Express cards that can earn them more quickly via your everyday spending.
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