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10 things to do when you get the Amex Business Platinum Card

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When it comes to travel benefits, few cards top The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. The card has long been a favorite for business owners looking to earn valuable rewards alongside premium perks like elite status and airport lounge access. The card offers over 50 different benefits that cardholders can take advantage of to save money on business and travel expenses.

At the moment, the Amex Business Platinum card is offering an elevated welcome bonus of 120,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $15,000 within the first three months of account opening. Considering American Express has a once-per-lifetime rule when it comes to card welcome bonuses, this is a solid offer to take advantage of if you’ve thought about applying for this card.

If you do end up getting an Amex Business Platinum card, it’s important to make use of the card’s various benefits. With a $695 annual fee (was $595 until Jan. 13, 2022), these perks offer value that helps offset this significant investment. To ensure you’re getting your money’s worth, here are 10 things to do when you get the Amex Business Platinum card:

Select your airline for the $200 airline fee credit

Airlines are increasingly breaking up standard services into a-la-carte options. As a result, customers end up paying fees for virtually everything. Luckily, the Amex Business Platinum card offers an annual $200 airline fee credit. Simply designate an airline and pay for any fees with your Amex Business Platinum card. You’ll automatically get a fee credit of up to $200 per year.

This takes a large chunk out of the card’s $695 annual fee and signing up takes just minutes:

  1. Log in to your American Express account and navigate to the “Benefits” tab.
  2. Scroll down to the third row of tiles and select “$200 airline fee credit.”
  3. From the drop-down menu, select an airline.

While airline selections are final, there have been reports of American Express allowing changes for customers who have not utilized the benefit. It’s always worth reaching out to see if their customer service team will allow it. In case they don’t, it’s worth thinking through your options and choosing an airline based on your expected travel patterns.

Sign up for Global Entry

If you’ve ever returned home from a trip abroad and wished you could avoid the long line at passport control, there’s an easy solution: Sign up for Global Entry. Enrollment in this program allows you to skip the long line and use an automated kiosk instead. Then you simply cut to a shorter line at passport control, hand over your receipt and head off into the sunset.

Once approved, your enrollment in Global Entry is valid for five years and includes TSA PreCheck. PreCheck is great for domestic travelers who want to get through the security line faster. You’ll usually get access to a dedicated line and get to keep your shoes and jacket on while going through security.

Considering how much these programs improve your travel experience, the $100 application fee for Global Entry is a downright bargain, but you don’t need to pay for it. It’s included in the Amex Business Platinum card. Simply pay your $100 application fee with your Amex Business Platinum card and you’ll receive a statement credit within eight weeks. You can claim this benefit every four years. If you want to opt for just TSA PreCheck, you can take advantage of the $85 application fee credit every 4.5 years.

Having Global Entry/TSA PreCheck can improve your travel experience immensely. Even if you’re only taking one trip a year, this benefit can take much of the stress out of airport transit. If you have the Amex Business Platinum card, claiming your credit is a must.

Claim the $179 CLEAR credit

If Global Entry and PreCheck weren’t enough, the Amex Business Platinum card also offers an annual CLEAR membership fee credit. CLEAR is an expedited security program that operates at over 50 airports, stadiums and venues nationwide. Not only do members get access to a dedicated security lane, but they can use biometric data (rather than a physical ID) to get through.

Membership costs $179 per year and Amex began offering Business Platinum cardholders in July 2021. Claiming the $179 CLEAR credit is as simple as claiming the Global Entry credit. All you have to do is pay your CLEAR application fee with your Amex Business Platinum card and you’ll receive a $179 credit within 2-4 weeks.

Activate Priority Pass Select

There’s no need to pay for overpriced, subpar airport grub when you can enjoy free drinks and food at an airport lounge. Priority Pass has a vast network of over 1,000 lounges worldwide and as an Amex Business Platinum cardholder, you get to access them free of charge. The best part? You get to bring a guest with you.

Signing up for Priority Pass Select membership is simple. All you have to do is follow these simple steps to claim your free membership, courtesy of the Amex Business Platinum card.

  1. Log in to your American Express account and navigate to the “Benefits” tab.
  2. Scroll down to the sixth row of tiles and look for “American Express Global Lounge Collection.” Select “Enroll in Priority Pass Select.”
  3. Read through the terms and scroll down to the checkbox indicating you agree to the terms. Click “Enroll.”
  4. Your enrollment will be processed within 72 hours and you’ll receive a physical card within 10-14 days.

Skip the long lines at Starbucks and enjoy a free latte at the airport lounge instead. You’ll often have a quieter space than the airport gate and save a few dollars on food.

Claim the $120 wireless fee credit

Whether you’re on a basic cellphone plan or have a business account with multiple lines, you can save up to $10 per month by charging your cellphone bill to the Amex Business Platinum card. This benefit is capped at $120 per year and comes in the form of a statement credit. Unfortunately, bundled services are excluded and payments must be made directly with wireless phone service providers.

You will need to register for this benefit, but once you do, the monthly credit is automatically applied after your bill is charged to the card. Here’s how:

  1. Log in to your American Express account and navigate to the “Benefits” tab.
  2. Scroll down to the second row of tiles and select “$120 Wireless credit.”
  3. On the following page, select the checkbox under the terms and conditions and click “enroll.”

Check Amex Offers

One of the best ways to get value out of any Amex card—but especially one with a high annual fee like the Business Platinum card—is to take advantage of Amex Offers. Amex Offers live on your account summary page.

There, you’ll see 100 offers at a time from popular retailers, ranging from cash back deals to bonus point offers. You’ll need to scroll through and select offers you’re interested in. Once you make a qualifying purchase, the offer will automatically be applied to your account (though the timing may vary).

You’ll see up to 100 offers at a time. As you add them to your account, additional offers will be populated. So if you’re not thrilled with the current line-up, simply select several offers, log out, log back in and you’ll get additional options (up to 100) to choose from.

Claim the $200 annual Dell credit

Dude, you’re getting a Dell—and thanks to American Express, it will cost you $100 less. Every year, Amex Business Platinum cardholders get up to $200 in statement credits from Dell. The credit is issued twice a year: You’ll receive $100 to spend from January through June and up to $100 from July through December. Up to one authorized user qualifies for an additional credit, meaning you can get up to $200 per year towards Dell purchases.

If you take advantage of this benefit fully, it will largely offset the card’s $695 annual fee. Here’s how to claim the $200 annual Dell credit on the Amex Business Platinum card:

  1. Log in to your American Express account and navigate to the “Benefits” tab.
  2. Scroll down to the first row of tiles and select “Business Platinum Dell Technologies Benefit.”
  3. On the following page, select the checkbox under the terms and conditions and click “enroll.”
  4. Make a purchase at www.dell.com/amex or by calling 1-877-780-9860 and you’ll receive a statement credit within 2-4 weeks.

Activate Hilton and Marriott Gold elite status

The Amex Business Platinum card offers mid-tier Gold elite status with not one but two hotel loyalty programs. It usually takes 20 nights a year to earn Hilton Honors Gold status, while Marriott Bonvoy Gold requires 25. You can skip right past this requirement by following these steps to claim your complimentary status upgrade:

  1. Log in to your American Express account and navigate to the “Benefits” tab.
  2. Scroll down to the fourth row of tiles and select “Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status”. There is an adjacent tile for “Hilton Honors Gold Status Enrollment.”
  3. Select “Enroll Now.”
  4. Enter your loyalty number and select “Enroll Now.”

Both Hilton and Marriott gold elite members receive valuable perks like complimentary room upgrades and bonus points on paid stays. Hilton takes it a step further with a daily food and beverage credit or complimentary continental breakfast. These hotel benefits can make your next hotel stay a little more comfortable while saving you money. The fact that you can get these perks just for being an Amex Business Platinum cardholder and filling out a quick form makes it a no-brainer.

Claim rental car elite status

American Express partners with three major rental car companies to offer Business Platinum cardholders elite status. This includes Avis Preferred Plus, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards and National Car Rental Emerald Club Executive status.

Elite benefits vary by program, but you can generally expect complimentary vehicle upgrades and bonus points. These are nice perks that can make for a better car rental experience. Once you have your new Amex Business Platinum card, it’s worthwhile to take a few minutes to claim your rental car elite status benefits. Here’s a step-by-step guide to doing that:

  1. Log in to your American Express account and navigate to the “Benefits” tab.
  2. Scroll down to the eleventh row of tiles titled “Premium Car Rental Status.”
  3. Select “Learn More.”
  4. Under each of the three rental car programs, select “Enroll with [program name].” You’ll be prompted to create a loyalty account that will automatically include upgraded elite status.

Add an authorized user

Adding an authorized user to your Amex Business Platinum card has several benefits. For starters, it can help you earn more rewards on business expenses and meet the spending requirement much faster.

Sometimes Amex even offers bonus points when you add an authorized user. In June 2021, for example, American Express offered up to 20,000 bonus points for each authorized user on the Amex Platinum who spent $2,000 within the first six months of account opening.

Aside from these incentives, authorized users also receive some benefits offered to primary cardholders. This includes Amex lounge access benefits, rental car and hotel program elite status, Global Entry/TSA Precheck fee credit and Amex Offers.

Written by
Ariana Arghandewal
Travel rewards writer
Ariana Arghandewal is a personal finance expert specializing in credit cards and travel rewards. She is passionate about helping people leverage credit card rewards to realize their travel goals.
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