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Amex Adds Huge Credits and Bonus Categories to Select Cards!

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American Express announced big additions to several cards — including the high-ticket Platinum Card from American Express and Business Platinum Card from American Express!

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)

Two cards received streaming service credit eligible not only for TV, music, and movie providers — but also at Kindle Unlimited and Audible!

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.”

Ready?

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.)

The Platinum Card from American Express.
The Platinum Card from American Express.

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.)

American Express Business Platinum card

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.

The American Express Green Card

But Wait! There’s More!

A bunch of Amex’s cobranded cards also received bonuses! Most of them involve supermarkets and/or dining purchases.

What Are Amex’s Eligible Select US Streaming Services?

Per Amex, the (very extensive) list includes:

  • Amazon Music Unlimited
  • Apple Music
  • Apple TV+
  • AT&T Now
  • Audible
  • CBS All Access
  • Disney+
  • ESPN+
  • Fubo TV
  • HBO Now
  • Hulu
  • iHeartRadio
  • Kindle Unlimited
  • Luminary
  • MLB.TV
  • NBA League Pass
  • Netflix
  • NHL.TV
  • Pandora
  • Prime Video
  • Showtime
  • Sling TV
  • SiriusXM Streaming and Satellite
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • YouTube Music Premium
  • YouTube Premium
  • YouTube TVWhat Are Amex’s Eligible Select US Streaming Services?

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

Final Approach

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.

What Do You Think?

What are your thoughts on the changes Amex made? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!

— Chris

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15 Comments

  1. These credits are not in lieu of other benefits, correct? For example in November I can still have my $250 Hilton resort credit even after I use $250 for restaurant credits?

  2. The benefits are nice but what about the Reserve card? Any changes there? Thanks.

  3. Great, I’m slightly screwed by this: my Netflix bill is paid for within my Comcast cable account … my Prime Video bill is paid annually … and my CBS All Access bill is paid within my Apple ID, so I’d wager none will qualify. D’oh!

    I suppose I could look into switching the method of my CBS payment, so at least that one would trigger the credit.

    • The CBS one might work. I’m also wondering if movie or TV purchases made on Prime Video (for example, an individual movie for $14.99 or whatever) would count. I’m guessing yes. We’ll have some time to accumulate data points. 🙂 FWIW, we’re big fans of the Hulu-Disney+-ESPN+ bundle at our house.

  4. The $250 for restaurants vice saving it for resort credit is a better value. Lets be honest, the $20 mai tai at the Conrad isnt a value. But supporting a local restaurant who is probably offering more deals now is worth it. Remember the focus of these changes is to support small businesses.

  5. Michael Samstag Reply

    Take a look at the Amex twitter account. It’s overrun with angry customers. In a bizarre turn of events, Chase is offering assistance to their customers during a global pandemic and AMEX is NOT. Wanna tell a story that people will click on, tell people the truth about Amex and their shameful lack of concern for their customers.

  6. Sorry but Amex should be crediting back a good part of its annual fee to platinum holders. The Uber, airline and lounge benefits are greatly devalued, obviously through no fault of their own. But without those perks, the platinum card value is no better than the green card really and their fee should be similar at least for 2020.

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