American Express Platinum Charge cardholders can now access annual dining credits worth up to $400.
The Amex Platinum Global Dining Credit benefit was added earlier this month and comprises of two separate credits each worth $200, which will reset each calendar year until at least the end of 2024.
The “Local Dining Credit” is worth $200 and can be used at participating restaurants in Australia. These include around 105 Australian restaurants located across all states and territories except Northern Territory.
Separately, the “Abroad Dining Credit” can be used at over 1,000 participating restaurants overseas across New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America including around 44 locations in New Zealand. The Abroad Dining Credit is also worth the equivalent of AU$200. (When spending on your card overseas, the amount in foreign currency will be converted to Australian Dollars and there will be a 3% currency conversion fee which is not covered by your Dining Credit.)
A full list of participating restaurants is available on the American Express website.
How to access the Amex Dining Credits
Amex Platinum primary cardholders can access these benefits through their Amex Offers. A one-time enrolment will be required to access both the Local Dining Credit and Abroad Dining Credit, which will renew at the start of each new year until 2024.
After activating these offers, you’ll be able to access 100% cashback at participating restaurants, up to a value of $200. At the restaurant, you’ll need to pay the bill using your American Express Platinum card. The full amount does not need to be spent in one transaction.
According to the terms & conditions, this benefit is only available when dining in and excludes gift card purchases. It’s not available when ordering takeaway or delivery and the payment needs to be processed directly with the restaurant (not a third party such as Menulog). The Global Dining Credit is not available on additional cards.
Other Amex Platinum benefits
With a $1,450 annual fee, the American Express Platinum card in Australia is not cheap. But it also comes with some valuable benefits that justify its annual fee.
In addition to the new dining credits worth up $400 per year, Amex Platinum cardholders can access a $450 annual travel credit. Card benefits also include elite status with several hotel loyalty programs, Accor Plus membership and access to multiple airport lounges.
Amex Platinum cardholders can also earn 2.25 Amex Membership Rewards points per $1 spent in Australia, which can be converted at a 2:1 rate to 10 frequent flyer programs including Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity and KrisFlyer.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: $200 “Dining credit” towards a list of Global Restaurants