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  1. #1
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    Updates to Platinum Card

    I understand Amex updated the Platinum Card to better compete with the new Sapphire Reserve card. But when I look at the details for the Platinum card, they look the same. Same sign up bonus, etc.

    Anyone know what these changes are? And if they are so subtle, how will it help?


  2. Updates to Platinum Card
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    I think the big change was offering points per $1 spent on air travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbtdmr View Post
    I think the big change was offering points per $1 spent on air travel.
    I think you meant to say 5x points per $1 spent on air travel. And that really was the big change.

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    You are correct, Mr. Cards. And thanks for fixing my typos. Not sure what happened to my missing "5".

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    With that move to 5x points on airline bookings, the Platinum card is showing that it is the travel card with staying power.

    Besides a generous sign up offer, the Sapphire Reserve card offers fairly average rewards.

    Plus, I prefer Amex customer service over Chase.

    So I think the Platinum will remain the go-to card for high rollers.

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    I don't know if I have the credit to qualify for either. But I certainly would not waste my money on the annual fee.

    These cards are for high rollers. But even then - they seem to have few obvious perks that I would choose either the CSR or Platinum card over a regular credit card.

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    I think the big perks of these cards - better hotel access, airport lounge access - are for people who travel often. And stay at upscale hotels.

    So big spenders are those traveling on corporate travel.

    Regular people will probably be better off with rolling through airline cards, checking our bags for free, getting a nice signup offer and maybe bailing on the card after the first year. After all, no one wants to pay the fee.

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