AMEX Platinum Card With Annual Fee Waived
I have written extensively about the American Express Platinum Card and how the Global Entry, TSA Pre Check, $200 in Airline Credit, SPG Gold Status, and Lounge Access make it well worth the $450 Annual Fee.
In spite of all those benefits (which are worth more than $450), a lot of Readers still get caught up on the Annual Fee since it isn’t waived for the first year like most other Cards.
I was reading Milevalue the other day and he found a link via Ameriprise that offers the American Express Platinum Card with the Annual Fee WAIVED for the first year!
The only catch is that there is NO SIGN ON BONUS.
You are still getting the same Platinum Card (that you would get if you paid the Annual Fee), just no Membership Rewards Points for signing up. All the other Platinum Card benefits are the same.
I know a lot of Readers really only want the AMEX Platinum Card for the Lounge Access, Global Entry, and $200 Airline Credit, so the Ameriprise offer might be worth doing since it is saving you $450.
The offer is “technically” only for Ameriprise Clients, but if you read the comments on Milevalue, people who are not Clients have been approved without issue and the application is public and accessible by anyone.
Mercedes Benz Platinum Card With 50,000 Point Bonus
If you are interested in earning Membership Points and also don’t mind paying the Annual Fee, then there is a Mercedes Benz AMEX Platinum that gets you 50,000 Membership Rewards Points after $1,000 in Minimum Spend.
Lounge Access For 4 Years
If you are still on the fence about getting the Platinum Card, DansDeals had an interesting tidbit. According to him, you can use your American Express Platinum Card to get Lounge Access until your Card officially expires in 4 years.
So even if you cancel your Card before the Annual Fee comes due, it should still work to get Lounge Access since the Lounge Attendants never actually run your Card.
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