The American Express Platinum Charge gives you a wealth of status benefits that you’ll enjoy when staying, driving and flying.
The card is definitely not for everyone, with a $1200 annual fee, however, it does come with a range of elite status benefits (alongside many others) which are worth exploring in a little more detail.
There are a number of travel booking benefits and discounts that come with the card including American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, but beyond these, there is also the offer of elite status in a number of hotel programs.
The four (or five) hotel loyalty programs below offer room upgrades, early check-in, late check-out (all where available) and bonus points on qualifying stays for their respective programs for Platinum Charge cardholders.
Starwood Preferred Guest & Marriott Rewards Gold
In addition to the benefits above, SPG Gold members can choose from free wifi, bonus Starpoints or a complimentary beverage during their stay.
You’ll also be eligible for a status match to Marriott Gold with the Starwood-Marriott merger in progress.
You could get a room upgrade at Starwood’s Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney
Hilton Honors Gold
Hilton has a massive global reach of hotels with its ten hotel brands, including 14 in Australasia.
Gold members will get a complimentary breakfast for two at Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Conrad, Curio, DoubleTree and Garden Inn properties.
Hilton HHonors also offers complimentary in-room and lobby wifi when the booking is made directly with them or through a Premium Travel Service.
Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade
A little more exclusive than the other two chains listed, in addition to the benefits above, your Golden Circle Jade membership will give you a complimentary breakfast for two at Shangri-La properties plus a choice of three welcome gifts.
Radisson Rewards Gold Elite
Just the standard benefits at Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza properties, i.e. no free breakfast.
American Express have teamed up with Hertz & Avis to offer elite status in both of their programs.
Hertz Gold Plus Five Star
Gold Plus Five Star primarily offers ‘one-car-class upgrades subject to availability (to a maximum Full-Size vehicle)’ alongside priority car collection.
There’s also a discount that is offered to Platinum Charge cardholders, which is one of the best codes offered to any Hertz ‘partners’.
Avis Preferred Plus
Avis Preferred Plus also offers free car upgrades, along with ‘25%-50% more Avis Preferred points for every qualifying dollar you spend.’
When it comes to Avis discounts, the benefits aren’t quite as good and the 15% offered discount doesn’t apply to their Mercedes-Benz range offered at Sydney and Melbourne Airports.
You can read more about the car rental benefits of the Platinum Charge in our guide to luxury driving experiences using the Amex Platinum Charge Card.
Preferred Golf: complimentary membership for golf and hotel stays
With a Preferred Golf complimentary membership, you’ll get a free round of golf with a hotel stay at over 85 golf resorts (one night in Europe, Middle East or Africa, or two nights elsewhere).
The Gleneagles Hotel and golf course in Scotland
If extending a stay, you’ll get discounted golf for every other day, plus early check-in and late check-out.
Lounge access included with the card allows you to access some comparable benefits to elite status when spending time at the airport.
Priority Pass is the biggest independent airport lounge access provider in the world. It’s handy for those travellers who fly on a range of airlines, primarily in Economy or Premium Economy, and are not (or can’t be) especially loyal to a particular alliance.
There are now more Priority Pass facilities in Australia, including at Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin Airports.
You can get up to $36 in free food and drinks every time you fly from Sydney or Brisbane Airport
The Platinum Charge card gives free access to primary and supplementary cardholders, plus one guest each, to over 1000 Priority Pass lounges around the world.
You just need to call 1800 673 760 (option 3) to enroll.
The primary cardholder and one guest gain access to Virgin Australia’s Business lounges when flying within Australia on a Virgin Australia flight.
American Express Centurion Lounges
American Express itself also has growing network of Amex-branded airline lounges globally, including the one opened in 2015 in the Sydney Airport International Terminal, with a larger number found in the US.
The American Express Centurion Lounge in Sydney
When travelling with Delta, the primary and supplementary cardholder can access Delta Skyclub lounges both within the US and internationally.
Primary and supplementary cardholders may also access the Lufthansa lounges at Munich Airport’s terminal 2 with the following conditions:
- Lufthansa Business Lounges when flying in any class with Lufthansa, Swissair and Austrian Airlines.
- Lufthansa Senator Lounges when flying in Business class with Lufthansa, Swissair and Austrian Airlines.
How to activate the included statuses as a Platinum Charge cardholder
- Log in to your American Express account online
- Navigate to the Platinum Service > Benefits Directory
- From here, you’ll then see the full list of status applications. If you’re not an existing member these can all usually be done online:
In some cases, as an existing member, you’re going to need to work with the Amex Card Services team to have your existing account upgraded. You can email them at [email protected].
Read more in our guide to the American Express Platinum Concierge.
None of the elite status included with this card is ground-breaking, but all are nice to have for the frequent traveller.
In terms of the best, most tangible benefits the complimentary breakfasts that come with Hilton Gold and Shangri-La Jade are pretty handy, along with the potential for rental car upgrades with Hertz and Avis.
We’ve covered off the included airport lounge access with the card in related posts, but it was worth mentioning again given the similarities to what is included as the main benefit of airline status.
The statuses that are included are decent enough, but there’s definitely room for improvement. On the wish list: the return of a top-tier (like Platinum) hotel and/or car rental status. It would be great to see Europcar included too given their appealing prestige range.
Supplementary courtesy of respective hotels and lounges.
American Express are offering 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points with the American Express Platinum Charge. A great card for those who want to earn Membership Rewards points on everyday spend with lots of additional benefits. Read the Point Hacks guide for the full rundown.
- 80,000 Membership Rewards points signup bonus
- $300 travel credit annually
- Unlimited access to certain airline lounges - including Virgin Australia Domestic, Delta and American Express lounges globally
- Access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts perks & discounts
- 3 Membership Rewards points earned per $ spent at restaurants, 2 points earned per $ on travel spend, and 1 point per $ everywhere else except for utilities and the ATO
- $1200 p.a. annual fee
- Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express Australia Limited in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for this offer. Previous and existing bank-issued American Express companion cardholders are eligible for this offer.
- Spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 3 months of approval to trigger bonus points
- Charge card, not credit card - balance requires payment in full each month but with no pre-set spending limit - more about this
Point Hacks receive a maximum of $300 per applicant for this card. More about this →