Many changes are valid only through December 2020 — and some are even shorter than that (such as the Delta Amex cards’ temporary bonus at US supermarkets)
In their announcement, Amex said they made the changes because “people are adapting to new ways of living and working from home.” The “new limited-time offers, services and solutions to support customers and their evolving needs in the areas that matter most right now: staying connected, dining at home, working and running a business remotely and supporting small businesses.”
Personal/Consumer Amex Platinum Card
Platinum Card from American Express members receive up to $320 in statement credit when using their card to pay for select US streaming and US wireless phone services. (We’ll publish a list toward the end of the post as to which providers Amex explicitly says are eligible.)
Here’s how it works.
Each category (streaming and phone services) receives up to $20 in monthly credit from now through December.
For example, you can charge Disney+, Apple TV+, and Kindle Unlimited to your Amex Platinum card and receive a $20 total statement credit that month.
Then pay at least $20 of your cell phone bill with the Platinum card and receive that month’s entire credit.
Between the monthly Uber Cash deposits ($200 annually) which can also be used for Uber Eats, Saks credit ($100), and airline incidental credit ($200), Platinum Card from American Express members can actually come out $270 ahead of the card’s $550 annual fee, assuming they fully take advantage of all the credits. (I’m still hopeful we’ll find a way to use the entire $200 airline statement credit 🙂 ).
Business Amex Platinum Card
The Business Platinum Card from American Express also gives members up to $160 in statement credit when using their card to pay for US wireless phone services. Again, dished out in $20 monthly statement credits (if used) through December.
Plus, these cardholders also receive $20 in monthly statement credits on US purchases for shipping. This is valid through December. (Think FedEx, USPS, and UPS.)
Finally, Business Platinum Card from American Express members receive $200 in additional statement credits for US purchases with Dell Technologies. That brings the Dell annual statement credit total to $400 this year. ($100 in additional statement credits from May 1 through June 30, 2020; then up to $100 in additional statement credits between July 1 and December 31, 2020). Here’s how René used his Dell credit.
Cardholders who max out all the credits will come out $125 ahead of the $595 annual fee this year. Frankly, I’ll probably use the shipping credit for the very little business mailing I do — and then the rest for holiday presents or something.
Personal/Consumer Amex Green Card
Holders of the American Express Green Card receive $80 in statement credit when using their card to pay for US wireless phone services. This is disbursed in monthly $10 statement credits (if used) through December.
But Wait! There’s More!
A bunch of Amex’s cobranded cards also received bonuses! Most of them involve supermarkets and/or dining purchases.
- The personal/consumer Delta SkyMiles Amexes earn 4X miles at US supermarkets through July 2020.
- Marriott Bonvoy and Brilliant Consumer Cardholders earn 6X Marriott Bonvoy points at US supermarkets through July. However, this is capped at $7,500 in eligible purchases.
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Consumer Card members’ eligible purchases — including takeout and delivery — at US restaurants will qualify toward the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit benefit. However, that perk is available only June through August 2020, so keep that in mind.
- Hilton Surpass and Aspire Consumer Cardmembers earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at U.S. supermarkets through July 2020.
- Hilton Aspire Consumer Card Members’ eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, including takeout and delivery, will now qualify toward the $250 Hilton resort credit benefit (June through August 2020).
- Bonus points earned from eligible purchases on all Hilton American Express Cards posting to a holder’s Hilton Honors account from today through December 31, 2020, will be considered Base Points — and will count towards Elite tier qualification and Lifetime Diamond Status.
What Are Amex’s Eligible Select US Streaming Services?
Per Amex, the (very extensive) list includes:
- Amazon Music Unlimited
- Apple Music (Try it free!)
- Apple TV+
- AT&T Now
- Audible (Try it free!)
- CBS All Access
- Fubo TV
- HBO Now
- Kindle Unlimited
- NBA League Pass
- Prime Video (Amazon)
- Sling TV
- SiriusXM Streaming and Satellite
- YouTube Music Premium
- YouTube Premium
- YouTube TV
What Are Amex’s Eligible Wireless Phone Services?
Amex lists AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon as examples of eligible US wireless telephone providers. Not eligible, however, are:
- Authorized retailers or resellers (e.g. Spring Communications, Wireless Zone)
- Bundled packages (e.g. AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios)
- Superstores (e.g. Wal-Mart, and Target)
- Electronics stores (e.g. Best Buy, Staples)
Purchases are not eligible for the statement credit include:
- Purchases from authorized retailers, resellers or third party sellers
- Purchases for hardware (e.g phones and accessories) or repair services
- Bundled services offered by Wireless companies for TV, Internet and VoIP
- VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services
I must say, thank you, Amex! These are very usable and helpful statement credits. Yes, the monthly “allowance” is sort of a pain — but an easy one to live with. 🙂
Though these changes are currently effective only for a limited time, they’re certainly better than nothing — and I hope Amex may make at least some of them permanent.
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