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Expanded: Amex offering $200 travel credit to Platinum cardholders

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the expansion of this offer.

Most major card issuers have announced new benefits to help customers find value in their travel cards amid the coronavirus pandemic. For American Express, that meant adding wireless and streaming benefits to some cards, offering elevated earning rates, giving more time for welcome offer spending and more. But it’s not done yet.

In May, we reported that American Express would be offering select cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express up to $200 in statement credits toward Amex Travel purchases. Doctor of Credit writes that this offer has now been expanded.

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Benefit overview

The $200 Amex Travel credit is available to personal cardholders who renew their card between April 2020 and March 2021. Originally, this was only available for renewals through December.

The credit is valid between August 2020 and December 2021 and can be used for eligible travel purchases through the American Express Travel Portal. Best of all, this credit is in addition to the card’s up to $200 airline fee credit. The card comes with a $550 annual fee (see rates and fees).

Amex Travel doesn’t always offer the lowest price, but it does provide flexibility in how you can use your credit. You can use the portal to book flights, hotels, car rentals and cruises.

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Only prepaid bookings will trigger the credit. Although likely, it’s still unclear whether it includes Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts or International Airline Program bookings. You can find a bar that shows your progress toward using the credit under the “Travel” section on the benefits page of your account.

Related reading: 6 Amex Platinum benefits you can use from home

a pool next to a body of water: You could book flights, hotels, car rentals and cruises with Amex Travel. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy You could book flights, hotels, car rentals and cruises with Amex Travel. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Bottom line

Between the already-existing perks that can be used from home, such as the Uber and Saks credits and Amex’s recent coronavirus-related additions, there’s already plenty of reason to hold on to the Amex Platinum for at least another year — the travel credit is just the cherry on top. Hopefully, the travel credit will be added as a permanent feature in the future, similar to the Chase Sapphire Reserve and its $300 annual travel credit.

Related reading: Why I’m keeping my Amex Platinum even though I’m not traveling

Although the credit will only be offered to personal cardholders, Amex has previously announced several other limited-time credits exclusively for cardholders of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. These include an additional up to $200 in Dell credits for U.S. purchases and up to $320 in shipping and wireless credits from U.S. service providers, as well as an up to $200 “appreciation credit” for select cardholders.

Related reading: Amex Platinum 100k, Amex Gold 50k offers available via CardMatch

Featured image by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum, click here.

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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.


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