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AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee & changes to Centurion lounge access

EvilR-T
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AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee & changes to Centurion lounge access

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cashorcharge
Valued Contributor

Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee

I remember reading something early 2020 that AMEX had "mentioned briefly" during some Press Event or Quarterly Earnings Meeting that they were looking to introduce a new card that would slot ABOVE Platinum but still BELOW Centurion (Black) and this card would have a higher AF but also different benefits.  It was also stated that the card would be released last year but apparently COVID changed their course.

 

I am wondering if they are still contemplating that with this rumored change.  

 

Thanks for sharing....

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4sallypat
Frequent Contributor

Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee

@cashorcharge you are correct - there was a rumor on One Mile at a Time article about a new Amex card that fits between the Platinum and Centurion card:

https://onemileatatime.com/amex-new-ultra-premium-card-rumor/ 

 

Rumored to be: Amex Black or Amex Titanium 

 

I hope my personal Platinum does not have an AF increase - it's already pricey with an AU ($175) on top of the $550.....

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ImTheDevil
Community Leader
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Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee

I can swallow the $550 for the card but if it goes up like this, I can't see a way to justify it. It almost sounds like they're just moving Plat upmarket into the role they envisioned for the newly-announced card, with the AF increase and mention of it becoming less about travel and more about lifestyle. Barring a better MR earnings structure to reflect the higher cost to have it, I'll likely close mine at the one-year mark.



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4sallypat
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Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee

If the Plat goes up to $695, I was thinking of downgrading the card to the Gold where it's more affordable and I keep my MR points which I have farmed for many years...

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Stralem
Established Contributor

Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee

Welp, as always, if the benefits are something that fit with my lifestyle, I'm not necessarily afraid of a fee increase.

 

But of course, this is going to require a serious re-evaluation of that if true.

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sladesurfer
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Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee


@EvilR-T wrote:

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/rumor-american-express-to-increase-personal-platinum-annual-fee/


Good, I hope they increase it to $1000 to lessen the crowd in Centurion Lounges. When it was open, Theres never a day i go inside thats not crowded.

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ImTheDevil
Community Leader
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Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee


@4sallypat wrote:

If the Plat goes up to $695, I was thinking of downgrading the card to the Gold where it's more affordable and I keep my MR points which I have farmed for many years...


Good to have that option. I have Gold already and don't really care about getting Green, as I can cover most of its benefits between my Gold and BCP cards. If they revise the earnings structure, mainly through MR multipliers on spending categories, that could be a different story, but at 1 MR per dollar outside the travel portal, this would likely end up being a lost tradeline in my case.



Platinum NPSL | Rose Gold NPSL | BCP | Delta Gold | Hilton Surpass | Hilton Honors | FNBO Prime Visa | FNBO Evergreen | PenFed PCR | Navy cashRewards | Navy Platinum | Apple | IT Cash | IT Chrome | GHSFCU Visa Plat | Quicksilver | Target | VS | Home Depot | Lowes | Sams MC | Firestone | Overstock | Kohl’s | Key Bank auto loan (2017 Audi A6 Premium Plus S-Line)





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FlaDude
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Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee

The continual Amex AF increases brings to mind this scene from Animal House:

 

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NRB525
Super Contributor

Re: AMEX Platinum might raise annual fee


@EvilR-T wrote:

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/rumor-american-express-to-increase-personal-platinum-annual-fee/


Thanks for the link. 

 

I have been quite happy with the approach AMEX has taken on their cards in the last year. I will look forward to the newly identified benefits for the "Lifestyle" category. I expect the added benefits and credit opportunities will make up for the fee increase.

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