Plat Amex No Longer Invite Only

Discussion in 'American Express Rewards' started by alemdohorizonte, Feb 28, 2007.

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  1. alemdohorizonte

    Jan 18, 2007
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    it looks like the american express platinum card is no longer invitation only here in australia. from their new website it appears that anyone who meets their requirements (mainly earn over 100k per year) can now apply. here is the link: https://www.iplatinum.americanexpress.com/prospect/australia/FrontServlet?request_type=ApplyForCard

    does anyone know if this means they have put concrete requirements for what they require, spending wise, for a centurion card (rather than their previous "it depends upon a number of factors" answer)?
     

  2. Amex User

    Amex User Newbie

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    You are right, this is not a good thing... I prefer the invite only status as now any old Joe can join.
     
  3. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    I think the pretensions of exclusitivity went out the door when the invited me to get one.
     
  4. turtle

    turtle Junior Member

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    Would the companion fare make it a good reason for taking up the offer, i ask this as i am doing an around the world first class late this year for two people. If there were some good savings to be had then it might be worth it, anybody have any info on the level of discounts that you can get.....cheers:p
     
  5. NM

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    My understanding is that the companion fare is only available on certain full-fair paid tickets and not on products like ATW fares.
     
  6. kpc

    kpc Senior Member

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    Not any old Joe earns >100K P.A.;)
     
  7. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    I got an invite as well. Can't be that exclusive. ;)
     
  8. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    Got my invite today... I must have reached their 'length of holding an Amex Card // spending threshold" recently, or they are starting to get desperate for new Plat holders.

    Can't see anything special about it at all - except that I'd get my Plat Amex Credit Card free when I signed up.

    Like what has been previously discussed in this thread, I don't see it as anything close to exclusive or special...
     
  9. Nutcase

    Nutcase Active Member

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    Im curios and have a couple of questions:

    1) Is this for an offer for the AMEX Platinum Charge Card or Credit Card?
    2) What other AMEX card (s) are you currently carrying at the moment?

    Im racking up a spend of over $120k pa on my Qantas American Express card and have been offered nothing - Except their crappy insurance products.
     
  10. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    It was an offer for the Platinum Charge Card.

    Already have a Plat Amex Credit Card and a Qantas Premium Credit card. Allegedly I also have a Gold Credit Card (Fee Free) in their system, but I supposedly swapped that for the Plat Amex Credit Card when I applied.

    CC spend per year on Amex isn't that much. Perhaps $30K at the most? I'm also an Amex Cardholder since 2003, and have had no defaults, over Credit Limits or anything like that with Amex.

    Their crappy insurance stuff annoys me too. I wish I could get removed from their lists for that, but not the good things they offer like bonus point offers or promos!

    Previously I've been offered Gold Business Charge Cards a few times, and I think a Gold Charge card, but can't remember now.

    If you really want one, why not phone and ask if they'll offer one to you? You seem to have a good record with them.
     
  11. Nutcase

    Nutcase Active Member

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    Thanks for the prompt reply - much appreciated.

    I also have (allegedly) a gold charge card on their system too which I swapped for my Qantas card. This has afforded me some luxuries like a substantially reduced fee on the Qantas ultimate card and a reduced APR.

    I have no idea how they offer their invitations these days. It surprises me what they do in as much as the small annual fee they charge me, and No interest means that they can t be making as much out of me as they could.

    Over the years I have had offers of Gold business cards, and Platinum Charge Card once - I think - and not much else.
     
  12. Maca44

    Maca44 Established Member

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    My Amercian Express Platinum Credit Card expires in May 08, and as the only benefit I receive for the $390 annual cost is a return domestic flight between SYD-BNE/ADL/MEL I think I can get one of those for less than $200 which is the extra cost from a rewards maximiser to Plat Credit card. There was talk that they had removed the Rewards Maximiser, but found it at Rewards Maximiser Gold Credit Card - American Express Australia
    Essentially, it has the same benefits for me, 1:1 points per dollar without the free domestic flight.
     
  13. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Im not surprised that they would drop the invite only aspect. I would suspect that they would like to have any creditworthy person mad enough to spend $900 annual ego stroking fee for a charge card

    Dave
     
  14. lovetravellingoz

    lovetravellingoz Senior Member

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    For the maximiser that is:

    $1 spent = 1.5 rewards points = 1.5 frequent flyer points*
     
  15. Chicken

    Chicken Active Member

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    Like me, who gets an invite to get platinum charge card every 6 months, even when my tax return makes a pensioner's tax return look rich.

    Yeah, $900, I would rather spend $900 to be stroke by (censored)
     
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