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$200 travel credit and high earn rate on supermarket and fuel spend with the American Express Platinum Edge

The American Express Platinum Edge comes with a $200 travel credit each year the card is renewed and is a solid card for serious points collectors for earning points from their day-to-day spend— it offers 3 Membership Rewards points at major supermarkets and petrol stations, with a standard annual fee of $195.

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Why Platinum Edge?

The key benefit of the Platinum Edge card is opening the door to more points earned from your everyday spend rather than an offering to reduce fees or a large number of sign-up bonus points.

The American Express Platinum Edge credit card is one of the cards that can maximise your points return over the long-run. Thanks to the bonus points on offer at supermarkets and for fuel, it can be one of the best cards to hold for those trying to collect points outside of Qantas Frequent Flyer – points can be transferred to Velocity, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, and more.

Card Details

CardAmerican Express Platinum Edge
Loyalty programAmerican Express Membership Rewards can transfer to Velocity Frequent Flyer, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and more
Points earned from spend3 points per $1 on spend at major supermarkets and petrol stations, 2 points per $1 on overseas spend, and 1 point per $1 everywhere else
Points capNone
Earns points at ATOYes - 1 points per $1
Travel benefits$200 Travel Credit each year, plus travel insurance coverage for travel booked on the card
Included insurancesTravel and purchase protection insurances (PDS)
Overseas transaction fee3% of the converted amount
Annual fee$195

Effective Frequent Flyer Program Point Earn Rates

Frequent Flyer ProgramPoints earned from spend
Velocity PointsUp to 1.5 point / $
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer MilesUp to 1.5 Mile / $
Cathay Pacific Asia MilesUp to 1.5 Mile / $

There’s also a $200 travel credit that can be used through Amex Travel which can offset some of the annual fee.

All up, the earn rate on everyday spend of 1 point per $1 is good, but it’s the 3 points per $1 spent in supermarkets and on fuel, as well as the number of transfer partners that American Express Membership Rewards offer that make it a potentially great points earner.

Digging into the American Express Platinum Edge benefits: earning Membership Rewards points

The Platinum Edge accrues points in American Express Membership Rewards, which is one of the most versatile and flexible points programs in Australia.

You can earn 3 points per $1 on spend at major supermarkets and petrol stations, 2 points per $1 on overseas spend, and 1 point per $1 everywhere else including the ATO, other government charges and utilities.

For regular credit card users, this is one of the best points-earning cards out there, given the potential to triple your points haul on your everyday shopping.

Here’s where you’ll be able to earn higher points:

Supermarkets qualifying for bonus points with American Express
Coles and Coles Online
IGA and Foodland
Woolworths and Woolworths online, Thomas Dux & BigW
Food For Less
Fresh Provisions
Macro Wholefood
Harris Farm Markets
Petrol stations qualifying for bonus points with American Express
Coles Express
Safeway Petrol
Woolworths Petrol
Peak, Gull
Caltex, Caltex Woolworths
Mobil, Quix

This card earns Ascent points, which means they transfer to most frequent flyer partners at a ratio of 2:1. Note that Ascent points are different to Ascent Premium points, which are earned through the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum Charge cards and offer transfers to Qantas – this card doesn’t.

You can earn and transfer Membership Rewards points from your daily spend to Virgin Australia’s Velocity program, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Malaysia Airlines Enrich, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Marriott Bonvoy.

The large number of partners allows for a greater amount of flexibility in how you use your hard-earned points, giving you options you might not have had with a single airline card.

Outside of Velocity, Asia Miles, KrisFlyer and Marriott Bonvoy are the three key transfer partners for the Platinum Edge. Asia Miles is great for redemptions with the oneworld alliance airlines – including Qantas – while KrisFlyer is great for long-haul Business and First Class flights with Singapore Airlines. Marriott Bonvoy is a solid hotel partner with a large range of premium hotels.

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You can also often get extra points through other areas of American Express, such as American Express Travel bookings, Travel Insurance and Foreign Exchange.

The $200 travel credit

The $200 travel credit that comes with the American Express Platinum Edge can be booked through American Express Travel (online only) and used for a single flight, hotel or car rental (limited to rentals to/from airports) booking with a cost of $200 or more. You can use the $200 credit each year after you pay your annual fee.

Platinum Edge used to include a free domestic flight. For existing Card Members with this benefit, American Express confirmed that they are also having this replaced by a $200 travel credit.

Our full guide on how to get the most of the Amex Travel Credit benefit gets into more details on some of the key terms and how to maximise its value.

Other card benefits

The other key benefits that come with the Platinum Edge are:

  • Overseas Medical Emergency Expenses Cover
  • Travel Cancellation Cover
  • Baggage, Money and Documentation Cover
  • Personal Liability Cover
  • Travel Inconvenience Cover

You can read the full PDS here.  

This guide references some of the benefits of insurance policies provided with this card.

You should read the PDS and obtain independent professional advice before obtaining this product.

American Express Apple Pay & Android Pay support

American Express cards support both Apple Pay & Android Pay, meaning you can use this Card on your smartphone for easier payments. Find out more in our guides for each of the compatible services.

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Maximising the value you get from your American Express Platinum Edge

There are a few ways you can really earn the most points out of your Edge card if you plan and purchase carefully.

Spend in supermarkets on gift cards and use them to buy elsewhere

It’s possible to bump up the earn on Membership Rewards points earnt at supermarkets, over to spend at other merchants and it’s a way of increasing your points earn across many retailers, not just at the major supermarkets.

It relies on both Coles and Woolworths (for the examples given here) selling gift cards for a wide variety of other merchants in-store, where you’ll receive triple points for the spend.

Membership Rewards will return triple points on all purchases that can be made with a credit card in supermarkets, including purchases of gift vouchers.

Woolworths and Coles offer gift cards for a range of partners. we’ve summarised them in a specific guide to earning points from gift cards, and a dedicated tool for finding merchants that are ‘gift-cardable’.

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$200 travel credit and high earn rate on supermarket and fuel spend with the American Express Platinum Edge was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Daniel Sciberras

So for any of the partner merchants, you may be able to, for example, turn a $500 purchase into 1,500 Membership Rewards points by buying a $500 voucher at a supermarket to make the purchase.

Obviously, this is simplest to accomplish for large purchases, such as electronics or hotel stays, or frequent purchases, such as alcohol or iTunes. One-off or smaller purchases from gift-cardable merchants may not be worth bothering with.

Using gift cards from supermarkets with the Platinum Edge triple points earn is an easy way to supercharge your Membership Rewards balance with minimal effort, and just a bit of planning

Use Amex Offers with the Platinum Edge

Platinum Edge Card Members can access ‘Amex Offers‘, which are immediate statement credits for hitting a spend target with a specific retailer.

Some examples are offers such as a $30 credit for $150 spent at Myer, or $50 for $350 spent with Qantas.

These offers are saved to your card account online or in the American Express app and are worth keeping an eye on in case they hit the mark for any retailers you happen to shop with.

Remember to check the American Express referral program offers for the Platinum Edge

Often there can be a few more points available from referral offers if you know someone who has a Platinum Edge, in which case it could be worth taking up a referral from a friend or family member. Here’s our guide to the referral program.

Summing up: American Express Platinum Edge

Hopefully this guide gives you the overview of why I think the Edge is one of the best cards on the market out there for day-to-day expenditure – unless you’re tied to Qantas Frequent Flyer for any reason, such as work travel, or a specific redemption opportunity that you know Qantas can only supply for you.

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    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Sid

      This card does not generally attract bonus promotions as much as higher tier American Express cards, such as the Platinum or Explorer cards. However there are times where exclusive bonus promotions are made available on this card through Point Hacks. Our last exclusive promotion for was for 10,000 bonus points back in August 2018.

  1. Tammi

    you’re saying the membership points can be transferred to SPG but i cant find this info anywhere on the Amex website

  2. mrjk

    Trying to find out if there is an additional fee for additional cardholder for Edge? Couldn’t find any information about this on their website. So if someone would be kind enough to confirm this please!

    Thanks in advance

  3. Ash

    I applied and received this card prior to December 5th 2017 through point hacks which should qualify me for the sign up bonus points given a certain spend over 3 months. I just wanted to confirm the minimum spend and that I will in fact receive these points. However, as it is now the 11th I can not find any info on this anywhere, any suggestions?

  4. Patrick Tsai

    Keith, just to find out the deadline on the referral link. Is 5th Dec the application submission date or the date that the card is approved by Amex? I am trying to refer a friend to your referral link but needs to be a bit more clearer.

  5. Dennis

    I’m currently using the AMEX explorer card… I like the card, however, I don’t like that the card is more expensive than the Platinum edge but is on the “cheaper” gateway program.

    I’ve read you can apply for the platinum edge card and have the option to transfer points/merge rewards program (therefore earn 2points per $ on the explorer card but on the ascent program rather than gateway.

    Mainly, it’s transferring points to Asia Miles. 4:3 vs 1:1 on 200,000 points is ALOT!

    Not sure if it justifiable to have both cards in the long run… any advice?

    Is it possible to sign up to the Platinum Edge for a few months, transfer all my points to Asia Miles and cancel the card (prorata fee refund?) Or any other loophole?

    • Hmmmmm, I’m pretty sure that Amex keeps their Ascent and Gateway points separate, so not sure that ‘merging’ the two points currencies would be allowed.

      You can’t hold both cards at the same time or within an 18-month period.

  6. Richard Russ

    I have this card but the included travel insurance has to be looked at carefully. Amex will not cover any pre existing medical issues at all – in fact they state that anything you have had in the past will not be covered.
    Unlike the Visa travel insurance which lists the pre existing conditions that they will cover without further reference to them.
    I used to use the Amex insurance regularly but when it changed (some years ago) I changed to Visa.

    • I do find that quite a lot of credit cards that include travel insurance exclude cover for pre-existing conditions, regardless of whether they are an Amex, Visa or MasterCard. For example, on quick glance, the insurances that come with the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black and Westpac Altitude Black cards exclude cover for pre-existing conditions, whereas the NAB Signature Rewards has no mention of it. So if you have a pre-existing condition, make sure you check the PDS of each individual card’s insurance policy before making a decision.

  7. Demerson

    Great information!!!

    How could us find out what the points are really worth in $? I ask that to assist everyone working out whether it is worth if paying for the extra surcharges to win points?

    Also, for the $200 travel credit, if not used, will the other $200 sum to the balance or the credit from previous years expire?


  8. creditnoob

    Hey Keith,

    Loving your website and just wanted to say appreciate your work! keep it up 😀

    As a total credit card newbie, with the businesses that give you bonus points (whether a petrol station or supermarket chain), is it up to the vendor on whether they add a surcharge or should all these establishments be ‘surcharge’ free?

    I ask because I shopped (got petrol) at Woolworths ‘Star mart’ and was further taxed with a 3% surcharge however I took the notion that these shops would have no surcharge.

    Look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Many thanks 🙂

    • That’s right, it is up to the merchant as to whether they apply a surcharge. However the only ones who do in those bonus categories (that I have seen) are what you’ve found – some fuel stations. Usually these are because they are independently owned and the owner has decided to slap on a surcharge.

  9. Charlene

    Hi Keith,
    I’ve found your blog really hopefully as I’m fairly new to the points world. I’m planning on getting the Amex platinum edge due to upcoming bank changes in response to RBA on the Amex companion cards.
    Is it worth waiting for the next promotion that comes with a sign up bonus or do you recommend that I apply now for the annual fee waiver promotion before early July? What has the trend in promotions been for the Amex edge card?

    • Hey Charlene – the Platinum Edge usually has bonuses varying from no points and no fee, up to 15,000 points (on occasion). I haven’t seen it go any higher than that for some time.

      I can’t advise as to whether you should wait or not for another bonus (I don’t have any visibility on upcoming offers for the Platinum Edge right now and couldn’t share them if I did!) – but the bonus on the Edge is not usually so high that an annual fee waiver offer should be totally avoided – it’s totally up to you if you prefer the points bonus, or a discounted annual fee.

      • Charlene

        Thanks Keith, sounds like the annual fee waiver is more appealing then if the bonus points aren’t that high.
        I read in your article on the AMEX referral program offers that for Platinum Edge, the applicant will get 15,000 Membership Reward points. Is that still valid now? Would clicking on the link that you have here on your blog for Platinum Edge qualify me for those points?

  10. Rachael

    Sorry me again!
    With the 3 points earnt at supermarkets, does that mean you can purchase Visa/Mastercard prepaid cards at Woolies or Coles, earn the 3 points and then use the prepaid cards everywhere else? Seems a no brainer to me… but what am I missing?

    • Most prepaid Visa/MC options incur a load fee of $5 per $100 card value – e.g. the Coles prepaid MC. It can make sense to pay a load fee but only if it is low enough, or if it is offset by bonus points (like Coles seem to offer every so often).

  11. Rachael

    Which card do you think is better? This one or the Explorer AmEx?
    I currently have an ANZ Platinum card but with the changes happening soon I am researching a new card. I’m very confused and have no idea which one to go for! I’m tossing up between this one and Explorer but haven’t ruled any of the other bank cards out yet. Any help would be appreciated!

  12. Mark

    Hi Keith,

    Can you confirm for the AMEX Platinum Edge ($195.00 annual fee) that
    ‘You can use the $200 credit each year on renewal of your annual fee’ If so the card is essentially free without having to use the credit on a travel option.


    • Hey Mark – yes, the travel credit renews each year – shortly after your renewal date you are charged the annual fee, and the travel credit becomes available on your renewal date (or when you first activate the card in the first instance).
      The travel credit is of course not as good as cash as there are natural limits on how it can be used, so how much you value it depends on how much of the fee it offsets.

  13. thefrankreport

    I’m a platinum charge card holder who has the platinum reserve credit card as a freebie perk of my main membership. I received a letter today saying that the free flight benefit is changing to a $400 credit from sometime in March. ( don’t have the letter w me )

    I verified this w a consulant so maybe the benefit is different for those who have the credit card as a piggyback from the charge card….which after all, does cost a lot more $$$ per annum for membership than the reserve credit card.

      • Andrew

        The letter I have from Amex says the flight can be ‘redeemed’ until 29 March.

        Keith – have you had confirmation from Amex about the booking/flying date?

      • My assumption is that this works in the same way as the renewal of the flight each cardholder year has done until now – you can redeem the free flight for travel up to 11 months out from the time of redemption / booking. This allowed you to redeem a free flight for travel, say 6 months away, just before your annual fee was due, and then again just after. You didn’t have to redeem for travel within your cardholder year.

        Their letters don’t state anything about booking and travel by 29th March also.

        If concerned just give Amex a call to verify 100%, but I would be very surprised if it were the ‘book and travel’ by 29th March scenario.

  14. thelongroad

    Speaking to Amex yesterday, they told me existing cardholders will be moved over to the $200 credit on March 31st.

    Very annoying, although to be fair, the usefulness of this perk has been going down steadily for years as the eligible fare codes get more and more restricted and with less availability.

    • dezer1970

      I received my letter from AMEX today confirming that I will switch to the $200 credit from March 2017. While it does provide more flexibility, I have usually manage to redeem a BNE-MEL return flight in the past (normally about $400) so about half the value depending when you travel.

  15. @PerthFlyer

    Hi Keith – thanks for the update re the Amex Platinum Edge.

    Q1 – is the signup bonus offered ever more than 10,000 points?
    Q2 – do you you know if the Priceline version of the card is coming back?


      1. Yes, rare, but it happens. I have a feeling there will be more activity from Amex on Edge with the travel credit change though as they will want to promote it.
      2. I don’t think so, but have no info to confirm either way.
    • stick

      Interesting my (and others) referral link offers $200 travel credit.
      The link in the article above still offers a return flight…

    • New public signups via Amex website seem to still be offering the free flight, while the referral offer is now the travel credit. Not sure if/when the free flight will go from the publicly available offer.

  16. Ron


    I got 35k points in my platinum edge at the moment.

    Im not travelling anytime soon.

    If I transfer this point to velocity points, do I use it straight away or it will just sit in my velocity frequent flyer?

    Thank you

    • You can leave them in your Velocity account as long as that account remains active – there’s an 18 month inactivity rule which means if you don’t earn or use points in that time your account will expire.
      But Amex accounts have no expiry as long as you keep the account open, so no need to transfer them out unless you have plans to use them or cancel the account.

  17. Christian

    Hey Keith,

    Just converted my Velocity Platinum to the edge due to the better points earn and also as I now have the Platinum charge and received 15,000 points with the notation ‘Platinum Edge Conversion Bonus Point offering’. All I did was give them a call and ask to swap products. Not sure if this is normal but thought I would share it here in case it helps others.

  18. Kris

    Does the ‘introductory offer’ for Amex cards mean the point bonus only or also the 3:1 earn rate?

    I’ve signed up to the Amex Explorer as my first awards card- the bonus points were too hard to resist, but in the long term the Platinum Edge seems to be the best option.

    Could I sign up, forego the 10000 bonus and get the earn rate or would I have to be Amex free for 12 months?

    • The points bonus is the thing that is removed if you already hold an American Express-issued card, and then apply for another card as an existing cardholder (or within the timeframe they state you can’t be a cardholder and eligible for the bonus). They may be able to side-grade you to the Edge, it’s worth asking at least.

  19. Ben

    Just got the Plat Edge to go with my Velocity Escape (now mostly retired except for maybe tax and Virgin purchases) and Westpac Altitude Black. I’ve noticed that I only have one AmEx Offer on it, as opposed to numerous for the others (with sensible variations, like no Samsung Pay promo for the Westpac card).

    Is this standard or a glitch? Most things that have AmEx Offers are better off on Westpac, but if a supermarket or fuel station is offered, I’d want to use Plat Edge.

    • Joseph

      I found the same. You can get gift cards from Woolies for Dans at 3 points per dollar but it is usually simpler (for me) to just go to BWS 🙂

  20. islandlisa

    Has anyone tried the Priceline link recently? I wrote in my diary that the offer for 13500 bonus points and free annual fee for the first year expires on the 16th of June- but the link no longer works?

  21. I have just applied for the AMEX PE card. I get my groceries from Woolies, however I buy woolies gift card from my entertainment book offer which gives me 5% off. Therefore I get $100 woolies gift card with only paying $95. Would the AMEX PE card consider this transaction a 3x point bonus or a normal transaction?

    • Aaron

      You are buying from entertainment book. So no you wont get 3xpoints. Unless entertainment book purchases are done directly by woolworths company – you get 3x points – check your statement on your 1st purchase to see how many points you get. Let us know!

    • wens

      I regularly buy Woolies gift cards through the entertainment book. You get 3x points. The purchase is through Woolies (shows up on your statement as “Everyday Giftcards”), not entertainment book – though you need to login through the entertainment book website to access the offer.

      • Adam

        Hi Wens,
        Can you please confirm if the 3x points are still awarded for expenditure via everydaygiftcards.com.au ? This’d be great if it works!

        I currently do the same e-gift card setup via Ent-Books, handy with Dan Murphys and Caltex/Woolies, plus most Woolies and Big W outlets have the Eftpos gift-cards that can convert expenditure beyond WOW-group and the Amex supermarket/fuel reatilers.

  22. shehaal

    I just tried a few different referral links; it looks like the 15k MR referral offer has been removed as they all come up with the standard 10k.

  23. Melay0326

    Hi Keith,

    My mum cancelled her card last December with Amex PE but she has a complimentary flight booked for next month. Would she still be able to fly or it has been cancelled too when she cancelled her card?

    • Once the flight is booked, it’s booked, to my knowledge, and it becomes a transaction between you and Amex Travel. I have not heard of them taking it away if you’ve cancelled the card, that would be pretty onerous.

  24. rn

    Hi Keith,

    Thank you for your informative pages! My card should be arriving within the next few days but I notice there is no cash advance feature. I understand that means not being able to withdraw cash from an ATM but what would happen if I were to add money into sportsbet or purchase gift cards? The banks consider this as a cash advance and you don’t receive points for those purchase. What is Amex take on this? Would I earn the 1:1 points for these purchases?

  25. redface


    I am interested in the PE AMEX signup bonus that you have, and you have to be a new member not holding a card for 12 months.

    I have a letter from AMEX when I cancelled dated 3/12/14, I would assume its 12 months from this date? Reason I ask is that there is a line in the letter that states

    “To give you time to cancel any authorities and ensure that there are no further charges to your account, we will terminate your credit contract with us 60 days after cancelling your card, or once you have paid off all amounts you owe us”.

    Does that mean I need to wait 60 days after 3/12/14 to technically be a non holder of a AMEX card and possibly will miss out on this bonus?

    • redface


      Just got someone useful on the phone at AMEX and they have clarified the cancellation date as being the date on the letter. Thanks

  26. Jeremy

    Hi Keith

    Not sure if you have seen this but it seems that the conversion rates for MR points earned through AMEX Gold have been reduced – I now only get 3 Velocity points per 4 Membership Rewards Points versus the old 1:1 conversion rate.

    Not sure if this is uniform across the board with all AMEX-issued cards – I don’t remember being notified by AMEX either.


      • Jeremy

        I have the former BMW Gold Card which is now listed on my account page as the AMEX Gold Card – it’s not a charge card. Had it since 2010. It used to offer 1:1 redemptions to partners but seemingly not anymore!

  27. James

    One question I’m wasn’t sure you would know.
    I’m holding a DJ amex card for a year now and my wife have a supplementary card.

    Amex T&C stated that this offer is only available for new customer, however does supplementary card holders consider new customer?

  28. skiddrowe

    Just on that last cash out question,

    I tried to take cash out a few weeks ago at woolworths on my amex card and the machine wouldn’t allow it. I’m estimating that would be the standard across the board.

  29. Bookie

    Hey Keith and all,

    Just got the Platinum Edge, and it’s looking good.

    Quick question before I hurry into it; does it notice if you take cash out from a Woolies? Like, would $50 cash out on top of $50 of shopping give me 300 points?

    Or does that count as a cash advance and will it hit me with horrible interest?

    • Pretty sure cash out at register will either not be allowed on a credit card or count as a cash advance (probably the latter). Although have to say, never tried!

  30. Ryan

    Not sure if anyone has stumbled upon this, but on the weekend I shopped at Masters and received 2 points per dollar spend, which was a nice surprise. Also as above, Big W is 3 points per dollar spent. Haven’t noticed Masters or Big W mentioned in the T&C for this card so I wonder just how many more companies are out there we get bonus points for.

    • That’s pretty cool. I might send off a message to Amex and see if they can supply a full list of bonus earn partners. I’ll report back.

  31. Ron

    Does anyone know if American Express do similar type deals (upgrade card and get free bonus points) for existing American Express users?

    Whilst it’s great to see these guys offer so many attractive deals to new users, i know i would certainly be attracted to upgrade to a platinum if they offered me 10,000 points…

    • I wish they did, but no they don’t tend to reward existing cardholders. Any bank that takes that on as a strategy is onto a winner in my opinion.

  32. Christian

    Hi guys, anyone know the processing time usually? I applied through this website for the 15k bonus points, filled out the form and at the end it explained it would take 5-10 working days for the application to be processed and to be advised by mail…. seems a bit slow in today’s modern age. Have been waiting 12 working days…

  33. Sean

    For Sydney-siders who use Opal card on public transport, most Woolworths stores do Opal card top up. So, 3 points per dollar is a bargain when you pay for everyday public transport needs.

    Big W also recorded 3 points per dollar. As I found out few months back.

    Aldi do not accept Amex as far as I know since they’re about the low cost shopping experience.

  34. A question that hopefully someone here can answer (as American Express are proving unable to, giving contradictory and nonsensical answers).

    Regarding the free flight, I have been told by friends they were awarded Velocity Points but not Status Credits. Can anyone confirm this?

    Further, can anyone confirm whether or not the free flight counts toward the Eligible Sectors count? As someone who has the Status Credits for Platinum but needs a few more sectors flown to get the status upgrade, this is actually the main thing I’m interested in.

    • Keith

      The official view from the terms is that the standard free flights you can book through Amex don’t accrue points or status credits. However, there are different, non-standard ways that the flight can be booked – essentially it seems you can book a Flexi fare for example, if you wanted to ensure a points upgrade was possible, by booking, cancelling, taking the credit, and rebooking with Virgin. But I haven’t done this. I remember seeing something on AFF somewhere about a credit shell – try googling it, see if it comes up.

  35. Robbi

    Hi Keith
    Am hanging out for a platinum edge but had a Amex velocity card that I cancelled in May 2013. This was issued by Amex. I thought that this would make me ineligible but one of your comments above has me wondering if I can apply and still get bonuses.

    • Keith

      OK, I reread the comments and think I know which one you are referencing. This is my experience – I just got a David Jones sign up bonus while still holding a Platinum Edge, for example. Check with Amex directly if you want certainty.

      • Robbi

        Hi Keith
        Apparently the David jones card works differently as DJs are offering the promotion not Amex…….so bottom line according to them is you will get 30000 points on DJ card but no bonuses on the platinum edge if you have held a Velocity branded card (or other Amex card) in the last year. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me but that is the official word.

  36. Hi Keith,

    What’s your opinion for this card against American Express Velocity Platinum Card? Do you know if the bonus points will still be rewarded if we currently hold other amex platinum cards such as one from NAB? Cheers.

    • Keith

      Non Amex-issued cards won’t affect your eligibility for a bonus, and neither will Amex issued cards from different ‘ranges’, eg Virgin or Qantas.

      This card gives way more flexibility in your points (and the free flight) while the Platinum Velocity card gives more Virgin specific benefits. Up to you which suits you best.

  37. amexq

    Oh well….I have an Amex platinum reserve, gold charge is its companion card already. I am not sure if I can get a companion for a companion…

  38. raw

    Hi Keith, I just got myself one of these. Just wondering if you know what is the rate of earning rewards points for overseas spend? i.e. my Citibannk Platinum Rewards gives 3 points for every $1 spent.

  39. Scotty

    I was looking at the Platinum Edge card and it says the bonus is not available to “Card members who currently hold or who have previously held any other Card product offered by American Express Australia Limited in the preceding 12 month period are ineligible for this offer.” Does this include the ANZ Amex Qantas card I’ve had for years?

  40. Holmesy

    I know this is a bit old, but I’ll add something on the free flight in case someone is researching – I have been told by the booking number that it has to originate from a capital city in order to qualify. which is pretty rubbish for me living in a regional city – I can book Melbourne to Newcastle return, not the other way round. Yeah thanks Amex for my free “one way” flight per year….

  41. MH

    when I checked the AMEX website, ALDI wasn’t in the list of supermarkets for 3 points per dollar. Just FYI 🙂
    Also the flight is every anniversary year – does this mean it won’t be credited till after I’ve paid a second annual fee? (Just relevant to if I could use it for expected travel in the next 12 months)

  42. zoom&boom

    If I get an AMEX gold card and then the complementary Platinum card can I get a supplementry card on both cards for my wife?

    • I don’t know of a reason why you couldn’t do this. Platinum Edge definitely has no additional cardholder fee, just check the Gold doesn’t too.

    • I don’t know of a reason why you couldn’t do this. Platinum Edge definitely has no additional cardholder fee, just check the Gold doesn’t too.

      • zoom&boom

        Thanks for that. I will confirm this and apply through your offer.
        The only reason I will need the Gold card is to pay off a one-off tax bill. I don’t think the Platinum will give me a high enough limit.

      • zoom&boom

        Yes I’m aware of that but my other CCs don’t have a big enough single limit. Do you know if the ATO accepts multi CCs for payment?

      • I don’t for sure, I avoid paying the ATO!
        But anecdotally I’ve heard you can make multiple payments, maybe do a dry run and see?

  43. Yapapi

    Tried EDR again with buying a WISH card over the weekend, no luck getting EDR points.
    Noticed an interesting Platinum Edge quirk though, I visited the Re Store this weekend, an independently owned specialty continental deli/liquor store, absolutely no links to any major supermarkets. I meant to use my Gold Card, but accidently pulled out the Platinum Edge. Glad I did, it has come up with triple points for that spend.

    • How, indeed, quirky. The list of stores is well defined by Amex, and they aren’t on there. At some point I’ll give them a call and try and get a new list out of them and see if any others have popped up.

  44. Yapapi

    Keith, thanks for the heads up on the Gold Card and the free companion Platinum Edge (and for your sign up links, hope you enjoy the extra 10k).

    Just wanted to let you know that I tried the gift card trick at woolies and it worked a treat. It was the only thing I was buying at the time so I considered not swiping my Everyday Rewards card (in view of your comment above concerning gift card purchases not accruing ER/QF points). Glad I did because ER points have been credited to my account for that transaction (not yet transferred to my QF account, but I expect that will happen shortly). I think I will be buying myself a lot more gift cards going forward (I think I deserve to treat myself to some petrol ;-)).

    • Sure can. The free flight benefit of the Platinum Edge has to be booked by the account holder, but not FOR the account holder – you can give any name.

      • elvee

        While you can nominate someone else for the flights, flights between MEL and PER are not permitted as part of the deal.

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