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American Express’ recent changes to their personal Platinum card (SEE: 6 major changes to the American Express Platinum) were mostly disappointing. The new perks don’t really justify the fee increase, at least in my opinion. I even offered some potential changes that Amex should have considered that would be a lot more appealing to cardholders (SEE: 5 better enhancements Amex *should* have made to the personal Platinum card).
Now it looks like some of the changes made to the personal Platinum card will be coming to the business Platinum card as well. Changes include:
- Earning 5 MR points per dollar on both prepaid hotel bookings and airfare booked through Amex travel
- The priority pass membership will have guesting privileges of 2 guests per cardholder
Note how the 5x earning differs from the personal Platinum Card: the personal Platinum earns 5 points per dollar on flights booked either through Amex travel or booked directly with the airline, but the Amex Business Platinum will only earn 5 points per dollar on flights booked through Amex travel.
Still, this is welcomed. Booking flights through Amex travel still earns you miles/status/etc, and prices are usually the same.
The priority pass change is huge, and puts the card a step above the CSR now in terms of overall lounge access, when considering both guesting and networks.
Like those for the personal Platinum card, changes will take effect starting March 30.
Will the annual fee increase like the personal Platinum card?
So far there is no mention of a fee increase, which is great news! There is also no mention of any Uber credits, which I am more than happy about. I would rather the fee remain at $450 and be without the Uber benefit.
The changes to the Amex Business Platinum are only positive, unlike the recent changes to the personal version of the card. I hope Amex can continue to improve upon their premium cards to make them more competitive with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Kudos to Amex for implementing some positive (although minor) changes to their Business Platinum Card without increasing the annual fee.