American Express Platinum Card

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Card features
Rewards program
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Sign up bonus
Points earned
80,000 points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.
Complimentary access for you and a guest to over 1,100 Airport lounges across 120 countries.
Benefit from up to 3 points per $1 spent, transferable to a choice of 10 leading airline programs.
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Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
1 pt
per $1 spent
after spend criteria

Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

80,000 points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.
Receive a $300 Platinum Travel Credit each year, which can be redeemed for flights, hotels or car hire.
Complimentary access for you and a guest to over 1,100 Airport lounges across 120 countries.
Benefit from up to 3 points per $1 spent, transferable to a choice of 10 leading airline programs.
Earn points at a faster rate on overseas spending and select restaurants.
Smartphone Screen Insurance for up to $500 for screen repairs when you pay for your phone or contract with this card.
Complimentary domestic and overseas travel insurance.
Dedicated 24/7 platinum travel concierge service.
A host of platinum level benefits.
The $1,200 p.a. annual fee might be off-putting if you don’t think you’ll use all of the platinum level benefits that come with the card.
You won’t qualify for the bonus points if you have held any kind of Amex card in the previous 18 months.

Our review

Our review of the American Express Platinum CardReviewed by Yvonne Taylor

Almost anyone can have a credit card. But not just anyone can have an American Express Platinum Card*. For a start there’s a minimum income requirement of $100,000 a year. Then there’s the $1,200 p.a. annual fee, which may deter even some high income earners. But once you jump over those two hurdles, you enter a world of prestige and privilege with a seemingly endless list of benefits. Amex have bent over backwards to make you feel special.

A charge card, not a credit card

This is not a credit card, so there’s no messing about with interest rates and balance transfer options. There’s no effective interest rate because there’s no minimum payment opportunity. You will be required to pay off the total amount of your purchases on the card each month, so don’t choose this card unless you are willing and able to do so. But because of the monthly billing cycle, you will in fact get up to 44 days credit each month, interest free.

Great rewards program and 80,000 points

One of the best things about this card is the membership of the American Express Membership Rewards Ascent Premium program, the highest level available. And, when you spend at least $3,000 in 3 months of holding the card, you’ll receive 80,000 points to kickstart your points earning and even let you make an early redemption if you wish.

The lower levels of Amex Membership Rewards don’t allow you to transfer your points to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, but as an Ascent Premium member you will be able to do this. You can transfer your points to the Qantas on a 1:1 basis, so those 80,000 points alone could be redeemed for three Qantas business class return flights between Sydney and Melbourne (worth a total of around $4,860, less fees and charges). You won’t qualify for the bonus points if you have held any kind of Amex card in the previous 12 months.

There’s a total of ten airline points programs to which you can transfer your Amex Ascent Premium points: Qantas Frequent Flyer, Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Air New Zealand Airpoints, THAI Royal Orchid Plus, Malaysia Airlines Enrich and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Points can also be transferred to two 'Frequent Guest’ programs: Hilton HHonors and Starwood Preferred Guest.

Alternatively, you could use the points for other forms of travel through the Amex Platinum travel service, to shop at David Jones online, for gift cards to use at major retailers, or convert them into cash credit against your card account balance.

Tiered points earning system

The tiered points earning system is a little complicated but extremely rewarding:

  • 3 points per dollar spent at a long list of selected Australian restaurants
  • 2 points per dollar spent with airlines and on accommodation
  • 2 points per dollar spent overseas, including online foreign currency transactions
  • 0.5 points per dollar spent on utilities, telecommunications, non-Amex insurance, and government bodies including the ATO and Australia Post
  • 1 point per dollar for all other purchases

Valuable travel benefits

Amex knows that prestige cardholders are regular travellers, so there is a long, long list of tempting built-in travel and entertainment benefits:

  • Every year you get a $300 Platinum Travel Credit, redeemable against airline, car hire and hotel bookings for yourself or anyone else you choose.
  • Complimentary Priority Pass airport lounge membership, for primary cardholder plus one nominated supplementary cardholder. Both cardholders can bring a guest free of charge.
  • Cardholder and a guest are able to use Virgin Australia lounges whenever they fly with Virgin.
  • Access to American Express and Delta Sky Club lounges.
  • Complimentary enrolment into the elite tier of Club Carlson, Starwood Preferred Guest, Shangri-La Golden Circle and Hilton HHonors.
  • Access to the Platinum Travel Service, to get favourable rates on flights, hotel rooms and car rental. You can pay for your travel with your rewards points.
  • Upgrades and preferential treatment at luxury hotels worldwide, when booked through the Platinum Travel Service.
  • Membership of the Platinum International Airline Program, offering up to 20% discount on first and business class fares with leading airlines.
  • A 'Platinum Fare Guarantee’, which means that, for a limited time, if you find a first or business class fare on selected airlines for a lower price, Amex will match it. The airlines in question are British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and Virgin Australia.
  • Platinum Concierge Service and 'Platinum Taste’, for recommendations and bookings at restaurants, entertainment and sporting events.
  • Membership of Platinum’s 'by invitation only’ program, giving you access to events and experiences not generally available, such as special wine dinners, drive days, fashion shows, theatrical previews, VIP functions and major sporting events.
  • Complimentary worldwide travel insurance and purchase protection.

More details about the free insurance cover

As you would expect with a card of this high status, there’s a host of built-in insurance cover at an above-average rate.

  • Comprehensive travel insurance cover at a superior level, including medical emergency expenses, repatriation if necessary, hijack and kidnap cover, baggage, money and documents cover, loss of income cover and cancellation cover.
  • Travel inconvenience cover for delays, missed connections and luggage problems.
  • Transport accident cover for when you travel on public transport, including waiver of your card account balance if you suffer a transport accident.
  • Loss and damage waiver cover for car rental of up to AUD125,000.
  • Buyer’s advantage, which extends manufacturer’s warranty by up to 12 months (but note that it excludes toys, electronic games and motor vehicles).
  • **90 days purchase protection* against loss, theft or damage for items bought with the card.
  • 90 days refund protection* cover if a retailer refuses to accept a return of an unused item purchased with the card.
  • Platinum Assistance Services, providing legal assistance, roadside assistance and home assistance in emergency situations.

As you would expect, the travel insurance cover is activated by paying the full fare for your trip with your card. But you can also activate it by paying the fare with Membership Rewards Ascent Premium points, or with any type of rewards or frequent flyer points provided you use your card to pay the associated taxes and surcharges for the booking. Also, if you can prove that the travel merchant would not accept Amex cards, meaning that you had to use another means of payment for your fare, you’re still covered.

The insurance cover provided with this card leaves almost nothing to chance and is extremely generous in many of its provisions, appropriate to the probable high-end lifestyle of the typical cardholder.

Why should I want this card?

If you’re a well-heeled frequent traveller who likes to enjoy life’s luxuries as well as the peace of mind provided by exceptional travel and purchase insurance cover, the $1,200 p.a. fee should not be too difficult to justify, especially in the first year when the 80,000 points cover the fee several times over if used to their maximum advantage to purchase business class flights or even first class upgrades.

User reviews

4.1 out of 5.0 based on 18 reviews94% of reviewers would recommend this card

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Reviews from users


Reviewed and recommended by Steven on 26 Jun 2016

Simple and easy to use, stress-free with maximum rewards.

I get double points for every dollar spent and the benefits and rewards accumulate quickly, so you can purchase anything, within your points limit, until your heart’s content. With fifty five days to pay your credit card back, interest-free, the American Express Platinum Card, makes life less complicated and care-free.

Earned enough points for two overseas flights

Reviewed and recommended by Bianca on 29 Sep 2016

There are great rewards, the staff are very helpful, and I have never had any issues with the card. I have managed to save enough points to fly myself and my partner overseas and back.

I have no complaints at all. I love the trust of the company and wouldn’t go with any other one.

Excellent benefits for frequent traveller

Reviewed and recommended by Boris on 18 Sep 2016

Great card with excellent benefits, especially for a frequent traveller. The unlimited spend amount, combined with the lounge access, included travel insurance cover and travel and concierge services make this an invaluable card for the frequent international traveller.

The only downside to the card from my perspective is the size of the annual fee.

Not a lot of shops take AmEx, or they add on a fee

Reviewed and not recommended by Linda on 07 Jan 2017

Great card, just not a lot of stores accept them. When you do go to use them they also charge a fee at petrol stations, etc. I do use mine for grocery shopping every now and then at Woolworths — I get $20 off which is great. It would be a better card if it was accepted in a lot more places.

Reliable and the fees are great

Reviewed and recommended by Anne on 23 Jun 2016

I decided to go with American Express and even though it isn’t accepted in a few stores, it’s becoming more widely accepted. The rewards are amazing, with an option to pay some of your debt off using the points accumulated for spend. I think other banks and credit providers should also do this, as it does help with repayments.

Very pleased with card

Reviewed and recommended by Andy on 01 Apr 2014

Fantastic card – but some places don’t except it still. The sad part is that the reward program changed from buying items from AMEX direct to buying gift cards / vouchers for a small number of businesses, which I don’t think is as good a system… :-( (Hope this will change in the near future)

Rewarding for high volume use

Reviewed and recommended by Tell it like it is on 10 Aug 2013

This card is quite expensive on the yearly fees but offers a free flight every year in Australia plus many points for purchases that may be used for other materialistic hedonism or accumulated for further flights. The company personnel are always very helpful. The trick is to pay it off every month and it keeps a record of your expenses and donations. Some merchants like to charge extra for this card – if that’s the case I don’t use it, as that’s not cost effective.

It's good, but I can't use it everywhere

Reviewed and recommended by Callum on 28 Apr 2017

I like the card but wish I could use it more often and get more points. And I know it sounds stupid, but it would be nice if they made the cards look more attractive. That way I would be obliged to put it in my wallet and keep it there, instead of losing it every few months.

Good rewards but not accepted everywhere

Reviewed and recommended by D on 17 Oct 2014

Lots of stores do not accept and a surcharge often applies – have another for when this happens. Generally no other problems and offers a good points earn rate when using. Limits can be easily added and services always been good when dealing with issues. Thanks for listening AmEx!

One of the best in the world

Reviewed and recommended by Michael on 02 Jul 2016

I don’t really like credit cards much, but having the Platinum American Express credit card is rewarding. It has great rewards, an excellent app, and is even compatible with Apple Pay. It definitely destroys all the other credit card companies.

The downside is that the credit card is a bit expensive and not all places accept it, but it is always my first choice by far.

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The basics

About this card

Card setup
Card tier
Card type
American Express
Card use
Credit rating
No bad credit history
Gambling transactions allowed
Joint application
Minimum age
18 years old
Minimum income
Minimum income for pensioners
Same as standard
Rewards program
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
Temporary residents


Additional cardholders
Additional card fee
$175 p.a.

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit
Maximum credit limit


Interest charged from
Statement date
Interest free period
Up to 44 days on purchases
Minimum repayment

Rates & fees

Ongoing interest rates

Cash advances N/A N/A
Purchases N/A N/A


Annual fee
$1,200 p.a.
Cash advance fee
Dishonour fee
Duplicate statement fee
Foreign exchange fee
Late payment fee
Over limit fee
Overseas ATM balance fee
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
Overseas emergency card replacement fee
Transaction verification fee

Rewards & points

Rewards program basics

First purchase bonus
80,000 points
Reward points expiry
Never as long as you keep your account active
Rewards program
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
Spend required for bonus points
$3,000 in 3 months

Earning points with this card

Frequent flyer points
1 pt per $1 spent
Overseas earn rate
2 pts per $1 spent
Points cap per month
Points cap per year
Points earned on ATO payments
0.5 pts pts per $1 spent
Reward points
1 pt per $1 spent

Additional benefits

Airport lounge access
Complimentary flight voucher
Concierge service


This card comes with benefits worth an estimated $1,697

ShoppingEstimated value
Extended warranty
Valuation based on the assumption of making a $250 claim once every 5 years. There is no retail market for all-encompassing extended warranty insurance covering more than one item, so no premium saving.
Purchase protection
Valuation based on the assumption of making a $200 claim once every 5 years. There is no retail market for this type of insurance, so no premium saving.
Refund cover if retailer refuses return
Most major retailers have 100% guaranteed returns, but not all do. Valuation assumes making a $100 claim once every 5 years.
American Express Platinum Travel credit
Cardholder gets $300 American Express Platinum Travel credit each year to redeem for flights, car hire, and accommodation.
Free night(s) at hotels
Valuation based on complimentary Accor Plus membership, which delivers one free night per year in Australian or Asia Pacific Hotels. Hotel standards vary, but $150 is a reasonable median price.
Interstate flight inconvenience insurance
Valuation based on similar domestic travel insurance policies available online that include interstate flight inconvenience.
Overseas travel insurance
Valuation based on similar annual travel insurance policies available online for trips of up to 60 days.
Roadside assistance
Valuation based on similar roadside assistance insurance policies available online.
Transit accident insurance
Valuation based on similar global transit accident insurance policies available online.
Total estimated value$1,697
Annual fee$1,200
Net customer value$497
Disclaimer: Details of who, what, and where coverage applies to, as well as its duration and any coverage limitations will be listed in the credit card insurance product disclosure statement (PDS) on the card issuer's website. The names/labels of complimentary insurance products may differ from one issuer to another. Terms and conditions apply. Always check the insurance PDS when considering a financial product. Accurate as of 31st October 2015.

Minimum criteria for this card

What you need before applying

Be over 18 years old
You are a resident or citizen of Australia
Earn a regular income of more than $100,000 per year
Have no history of bad credit
You have your personal details ready to complete the online application
Have not applied for multiple credit cards recently
Disclaimer: The minimum criteria are intended only to be a guide. Your application may still be rejected by the bank even if you can answer 'Yes' to all the minimum criteria. The final decision regarding your application is up to the bank.

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