I have covered off other Membership Rewards (MR) earning credit cards from American Express with the latest being the American Express Platinum so today I am reviewing the business variant of the Platinum card, the American Express Platinum for Business.
If you’ve been following along, you will know that I have a huge man-crush on MR points because they provide extreme flexibility in redemption. A good analogy for MRs is like having Euros while in Europe. It doesn’t matter what country you are in, as long as you are in the EU, you have the right currency. Similarly, if you have MRs, you can convert those points to:
- Air Canada Aeroplan at a 1 to 1 ratio
- British Airways Avios at a 1 to 1 ratio
- Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles at a 1 to 0.75 a ratio
- Alitalia’s MilleMiglia Miles at a 1 to a 0.75 ratio
- Delta’s Skymiles at a 1 to 0.75 ratio
- Etihad Guest Miles at a 1 to 0.75 ratio
If you only collect Aeroplan, you are beholden to that program which gives you a lot less flexibility than if you had access to 6 different programs to transfer to. Much like your personal financial portfolio, you need to have diversity in you points programs.
Can I Sign Up For A Business Card?
The first thing anyone says me when I recommend this card is “I don’t have a business … can I get this card?”. The answer here is yes. Literally, anyone can have a sole proprietorship which would qualify you for the business card. And while every card issuer is different, American Express does not require you to provide a business license or any other articles of incorporation. I mean, if you think about it, many sole proprietorships do not officially register their businesses. As many new businesses don’t have a credit rating, AMEX uses your personal credit history as the measuring stick for whether you qualify for the card. My first AMEX Gold Business Card was under the business name “Jayce Loh” so you too can open a business card with American Express.
Sign Up Bonus
Okay. Pay attention here.
If you sign up for the American Express Platinum Business card using the regular sign up, you will receive 40,000 MRs. If you sign up using my referral, you receive 60,000 MRs (link at bottom of article). That’s a 20,000 difference. That is a HUGE difference.
Now with the business variant of both the Gold and Platinum, you have a bit of a high hurdle when it comes to spend in order to receive the sign-up bonus. You need to spend $7,000 in the first 3 months of the card to receive the bonus. I personally would suggest that you get both the Gold Business and the Platinum Business but you need to be smart about it so that you can be sure to meet your minimum spend requirements.
Spending $7,000 in 3 months ($2,333.33 per month) can be a challenge for those who primarily use the card for personal expenses but is still possible with smart planning.
You’d want to apply for the card a couple weeks before large payments such as electronics, jewelry, home renovations, annual car insurance payments, or property tax payments. Other large payments you may be able to use third-party processing services like PayTM and Plastiq for a fee. But if it means achieving minimum spend for a 60,000 bonus, paying 2.5% on $2,000-$4,000 is a smart investment.
If you’re not sure what you will be purchasing, getting the new card before birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and trips are not bad ideas. And if you are still running short on the minimum spend, you can always pick up a $500 prepaid VISA/Mastercard from the grocery store to use later at your pace.
The annual fee for the card is $499, which is amazingly low for the number of MRs you would receive. If we look at it at a Cents Per Mile (CPM) perspective, you are earning at $0.0083 per point or 0.83 CPM. My personal goal is to earn points at less than 1¢ per point and this well exceeds that threshold. In short, this is an excellent card to have if you are looking to collect points.
Everyday Spend Bonus
As with the American Express Platinum Card, you receive 1.25 points for every dollar you spend. So that means you would have and additional 6,250 MRs from meeting your minimum spend requirements PLUS the sign up bonus of 60,000 MRs, giving you a grand total of 66,250 MRs. You are also only 13,750 points away for travel for 2 to Mexico or Central & South America in economy. That’s amazing! All for $499 in an annual fee.
Unfortunately, there is no Annual Travel Credit as seen in the American Express Platinum card but the annual fee is so low on this card that it almost doesn’t even matter.
Other Key Benefits
Status with Hotels and Car Rental Agencies
With the Platinum Business card, you get many of the same benefits as the Personal Platinum Card, including status at many popular hotels:
With the Platinum card, you get the following statuses:
- SPG – Gold and because of the Marriott/SPG merger, Marriott Gold (reciprocal benefit)
- Room upgrade at check-in, subject to availability
- Earn three Starpoints® per eligible U.S. dollar spent, a 50% bonus over Preferred status members
- Late check-out on request and when available
- Your choice of a welcome gift with each stay. Choose from bonus Starpoints, complimentary in-room Internet access or a complimentary beverage
- Fairmont – Platinum Status when you charge 5 nights at a Fairmont to your Platinum card
- Guaranteed early check-in and late check-out, upon availability
- Complimentary access to health clubs (excluding spas)
- $100 USD Dining or Willow Stream Spa Certificates
- Two complimentary suite upgrades
- Two complimentary room upgrades
- One complimentary night
- Personalized welcome amenity
- Fine Hotels and Resorts Program – Enjoy exceptional amenities around the globe with access to more than 700 properties thought the Fine Hotels & Resorts Program. Special extras may include upgrade to a higher room category at check-in (based on availability), daily continental breakfast for two and a guaranteed 4.00 p.m. check-out upon request.
With the American Express Platinum Business, you will have Priority Pass Select access, meaning that you and two guests can get into Priority Pass Lounges for free. Any additional guests are charged $27 USD. Priority Pass has a HUGE network of lounges so this benefit is quite useful, especially if you are traveling in economy and don’t have access to a lounge. For a full list of lounges that you have access to, visit https://www.prioritypass.com/en/airport-lounges.
As an added bonus, you also have access to Delta Sky Club Lounges.
The insurances provided by this card are top notch as well and very similar to the Personal Platinum coverage except that you do not have Emergency Medical coverage, which can be a dealbreaker for some.
The included coverages are:
- Trip Interruption
- Trip Cancellation
- Car Rental Theft and Damage
- Lost or Stolen Baggage
- Baggage Delay
- Flight Delay
- Hotel/Motel Burglary
- Travel Accident
- Extended Warranty
- Purchase Protection
More details about this and other cards’ coverages can be found in my Comprehensive List of Credit Card Insurances by Card.
Personally, I find this card to be irresistible based on the huge sign-up bonus as well as the other benefits of the card so if you plan on signing up, I would highly suggest you use my referral link as you receive 20,000 more points than if you use the public offering.
The public offering for this card is 40,000 Membership Rewards after you meet the minimum spend on the card ($7,000 in the first 3 months) but if you use my link, you will get 60,000 Membership Rewards points.
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