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For our final article in the series on the American Express® Platinum Card (our favourite card!), we’re digging into the card’s top lifestyle benefits: from access to exclusive experiences, to complimentary dining and fashion perks, and much more.
And a reminder: this card comes with a massive 250,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points and a $500 credit for new Card Members who apply by 28 February 2022, are approved and spend $5,000 within the first 3 months. Those 250,000 points could be worth $1,250 in shopping or gift cards or 125,000 frequent flyer points with multiple airlines including Qantas.
Access to experiences
The all-metal Platinum Card is more than just a stylish accessory: it’s also your ticket to a range of unique experiences, from dining to sport and entertainment.
For example, Platinum Card Members can purchase tickets to specially curated events that are not open to the general public, such as the annual American Express Grange Dinner where guests enjoy fine wine, expert narration and perfectly matched dishes in some of Australia’s best restaurants.
Similarly, golf lovers can take part in the Platinum Golf Invitational, a concurrent singles Stableford and Irish Stableford team competition played on some of Australia’s top private golf courses.
The separate American Express Experiences program gives Platinum Card Members the chance to purchase tickets to sought-after public events, often before they go on sale to the general public. Whether you’re a music fan, a film buff, a theatre lover, a follower of fashion or a keen foodie, Amex could get you some of the best seats in the house for a variety of concerts and shows.
Digital news subscription and Departures Magazine
Your complimentary The Australian Premium digital subscription gives you access to expert news coverage and analysis from both The Australian and The Wall Street Journal.
You can also enjoy member-only features like a weekly curated eNewsletter featuring a selection of the best reads from The Australian and news partners including The Economist and Harvard Business Review, as well as virtual events featuring some of The Australian’s most experienced political and business journalists.
Departures Magazine by American Express is a quarterly travel and lifestyle publication curated specially for Platinum Card Members. In addition to receiving the printed version in the mail, you can also access the Departures online website which features a wealth of inspiration such as curated guides to top travel destinations and coverage of lifestyle news and events.
Langton’s fine wine
Platinum Card Members can enjoy special benefits with Langton’s, Australia’s leading fine wine specialist. These benefits include:
- access to Langton’s renowned wine brokerage service where your own expert advisor will work with your tastes and preferences to offer a truly personalised wine experience
- access to an extensive range of top shelf Australian and imported wine, from great value selections to rare, back vintages
- priority pre-release access to the world’s most sought-after wines
- a shopping rewards program that entitles you to a complimentary bottle of wine per membership year according to the Langton’s classification range (minimum annual spend of $5,000-$50,000 applies).
Complimentary insurance cover
Travel securely with complimentary domestic and overseas travel insurance cover when you pay for a return trip with your Platinum Card, Membership Rewards points or airline frequent flyer points.
This cover extends to you, your partner and dependent children up to the age of 24, as well as up to four Additional Card Members. From 15 March 2022, COVID-19 is included in the cover.
You’ll also receive complimentary smartphone screen insurance when you purchase your phone outright or pay monthly phone bills with your card. You can be reimbursed for the cost of the screen repair up to $500 for two events a year. A 10% excess applies to the claimed amount.
Finally, Purchase Protection provides cover for loss, theft or damage to eligible items within 90 days of purchase, while Refund Protection provides cover for the purchase price of an unused eligible item if a retailer will not take it back.
Shopping, fashion and wellness
To round out the lifestyle benefits, you can receive a credit of up to $75, twice per calendar year when you spend across NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER (enrolment required). That’s up to $150 that you can get back each year for simply shopping with leading fashion brands.
You can also regularly get money back and bonus points with a range of merchants via the Amex Offers program. Simply choose the offers you like online or in the Amex app, save them to your card and meet the required spend to redeem the offer.
The Platinum Card offers unrivalled lifestyle benefits and experiences that provide compelling value to Card Members. These are in addition to the stellar rewards program Membership Rewards, which is our favourite for earning and spending points (check out our article about that here).
And if you love to travel, you can also enjoy premium benefits with top hotels and other stylish perks like airport lounge access in Australia and overseas (learn more here).
If you’re interested in getting this card, don’t miss the huge offer of 250,000 bonus Membership Rewards points and a $500 credit – it ends very soon.
All benefits mentioned are subject to Terms, Conditions and Exclusions. To find out more, click here.
Cards are offered, issued, and administered by American Express Australia Limited ABN 92 108 952 085. American Express income and credit approval criteria applies. Subject to Terms and Conditions. All information, including fees and charges are correct as at 30 July 2021 and are subject to change. Applicants must be 18 years of age or over, and earn a minimum income of $100,000 per annum to apply for the American Express Platinum Card. They must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident or hold a long term visa. Long term means 12 months or more and does not include a student visa.