American Express Platinum Card No Longer Offers One Year of Amazon Prime for New Cardmembers


The Platinum Card® from American Express no longer offers Amazon Prime as part of the sign up bonus, but the bonus points and other benefits remain.


  • Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • With the Platinum Card, you can receive up to $200 a year in statement credits for airline incidental fees like checked bags fees, flight-change fees, and snacks.
  • To receive the statement credit, you need to enroll and select a qualifying airline.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees with purchases made on your Platinum Card.
  • Platinum Card Concierge is your personal resource to help secure a last minute restaurant reservation, or shop for a hard-to-find gift.
  • Terms and restrictions apply.

More info on how to maximize the offer.

  • Membership Rewards transfer to 17 airlines.
  • $200 per calendar year in airline fee credits ($400 in statement credits in the first twelve months of card membership since that will fall over two calendar years)
  • $100 statement credit for the Global Entry application fee
  • Lounge access to Delta, American, US Airways, and Priority Pass lounges
  • Gold Status with Starwood Preferred Guest (free internet and breakfast)
  • These and several other major benefits are described in detail–including how to activate those that aren’t automatic–in Get the Most Out of Your American Express Platinum Card. Combined I think the benefits easily outweigh the $450 annual fee.

If you maximize all the benefits of a new Platinum Card® from American Express–and you really value lounge access at airports–I can easily see a new card holder getting $1,000 or more in value from the benefits in the first 12 months, not even including the 40,000 bonus Membership Rewards, which are worth another $500 to me. (See here for great transfer ideas.)

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  1. No good value here when you can get much better value via the Mercedes edition with 50 intro, or the Ameriprise edition with no fee the first year.

  2. If I already have an existing Amazon Prime membership, can you apply it to another friend or family members Amazon account?

  3. I currently have the Amex Platinum. Can I get free Amazon Prime with it? Or is this just for new sign ups? Love your blog, btw!

  4. Just a data point: talked to AMEX CSR today to see if the Amazon Prime offer is available for current AMEX Platinum cardholders and the response I got was that it was for new applicants only.

  5. The Amazon Prime welcome bonus is also offered on lower annual fee cards like the Blue Cash Everyday card,($0 annual fee), and the Blue Cash Preffered card,($75 annual fee), unfortunatlely present cardholders are not eligible for the Bonus, you have to have not had the card for 90 days to be eligible for the bonus. Also, existing members of Amazon Prime are not eligible, but I think you could get around this by getting one of the 3 eligible cards around the date of your Amazon Prime’s renewal.

  6. I wouldn’t even call this a benefit if it is only available to new applicants – consider this is a bonus. Why AMEX is not rewarding existing customers is beyond me, because in my opinion, this very divisive (bonus points are one thing, but an added benefit like Amazon Prime is another).

  7. You say the benefit for Gold is free Internet and free breakfast. I do not believe breakfast is a gold benefit.


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