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100k Amex Platinum bonus live….the Bigfoot of deals for points

by on Mon May 9, 2016 • 8 Comments


Update – this deal is now dead via a public link – like Bigfoot it was only visible for a short time after it was discovered – see here for places to check if you are targeted for the deal.

The Platinum Card from American Express is one of the most lucrative cards for benefits around, with access to Delta SkyClubs and luxurious American Express Centurion lounges.

But it often falls short in the point earning department, with a standard bonus of just 40,000 points and just 1 point per dollar spent in all categories.

If you’re lucky, you might be targeted for a bigger bonus like 100k, but once in a while though, Amex pulls out the big guns to offer 100k points via online applications available to the general public.

  • As of May 9th, an application page for 100k points is live online here, spotted by an alert Reddit user.

Beware that this page could get pulled anytime, so if you don’t see the 100k terms on the page like they are in the screen shot below, don’t go through with an application, and consider checking targeted alternatives.

The offer requires just $3,000 in spending within 3 months, and there’s an upfront $450 annual fee.

And if you’ve had the Platinum Card before, beware you might not qualify for the offer. Instead, consider a 75k point offer for the Mercedes Benz edition of the Platinum Card, which is a different card product with a $475 annual fee. But both are loaded with the same benefits, including lounge access, a $200 annual airline fee credit, and hotel status.

What can you do with 100k Amex points?

The points are all full value Membership Rewards points, which you can transfer directly to all of these airline mile programs:

  • Delta SkyMiles
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • British Airways Executive Club (1 Amex point = 0.8 British Airways Avios)
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • Virgin America Elevate (1 Amex point = 0.5 Virgin America points)
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • JetBlue True Blue (1 Amex point = 0.8 Jet Blue points)
  • Air France / KLM Flying Blue
  • Alitalia Mille Miglia
  • AeroMexico Club Premier
  • ANA Mileage Club
  • ElAl Matmid
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Etihad Guest
  • Hawaiian Miles
  • Iberia Plus
  • Singapore KrisFlyer

And by doing that, you can top off miles you already have, or try new partners to take advantage of deals like….

4 roundtrip tickets to Hawaii from the West Coast


Transferring points to British Airways Avios lets you book nonstop Alaska Airlines or American Airlines flights from the West Coast to Hawaii for just 25,000 points roundtrip. That can save you over $2,000 in airfare if you’re a family of four. Fly from any Alaska or American gateway to Hawaii like Seattle, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, and more. Amex points get diluted by 20% when you transfer to Avios,  so you’ll need 31,250 Amex points per ticket unless you wait for one of the many transfer bonuses.

A United or Delta Business Class ticket to Europe and back


By transferring to ANA Mileage Club, you can fly United Airlines in Business Class to Europe for just 88,000 points roundtrip. You can also choose any Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines, but you’ll get hit with fuel surcharges in the hundreds of dollars if you use them to fly across the Atlantic.

Or, by transferring to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, you can fly nonstop in Delta Business Class for just 100,000 points roundtrip with no fuel surcharges, getting you a ticket worth $3,000 – $5,000 or more.

Business Class roundtrip to Asia


If you transfer points to ANA Mileage Club, for 75,000, 85,000, or 90,000 points, depending on the time of year, you can fly ANA Business Class roundtrip to Japan.

ANA serves New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Or choose any Star Alliance partners like United or Asiana and fly to Japan, Korea, or China for 95,000 points roundtrip.

5 one way tickets in United Airlines First Class


You can book United Airlines domestic First Class for just 20,000 points one way when you transfer points to Singapore KrisFlyer, including United’s lie flat P.S. service from Newark to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A flight from the U.S. in Singapore Airlines Suites


Transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer and you can fly its luxurious private Suites First Class from New York to Frankfurt or Houston to Moscow for 67,500 points one way.

Or choose Los Angeles to Tokyo for 87,500 points, or San Francisco to Hong Kong for 82,500 points.

It’s all possible with this big 100k bonus.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

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8 thoughts on 100k Amex Platinum bonus live….the Bigfoot of deals for points

  1. homerica7

    How come all of the transfer ratios aren’t listed properly? I thought MR to Avios was not 250 MR to 200 Avios…at least that is what I see on my MR travel page.


      @homerica – Where do you see MR to Avios is 250:200. It’s definitely an even 1:1 exchange.

      1. homerica7

        I see it directly in my Membership Rewards account (200 Avios : 250 MR). I’m not sure how to send a screenshot to you, but I can. I know Ultimate Rewards transfers are still 1:1.

        I searched and found this old article from OMAAT that talks about the MR to Avios devaluation.

  2. Roger Ramjet

    How about the business version of this card? I already have the personal Amex Platinum….is there an equivalent offer available for the Business Platinum card? Thanks.

  3. henry

    I have the Platinum Card for Ameriprise Financial and the annual fee is due soon. Do you think I should cancel it first and apply for this one? Does it matter?


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