While American Express cards aren’t accepted widely outside of the US (typically only at international locations of US-based hotel and restaurant chains and sometimes high-end stores), having the Platinum Card from American Express might be useful as a second card when traveling abroad.
Specifically, the Platinum Card plugs you into Amex’s excellent travel concierge service, which is like having a personal travel agent a phone call away, no matter where in the world you are. This card is also a good option for people who like to fly and can make use of American Express’ best-in-class Centurion Lounges, with locations in eight international airports and growing.
This card has a $550 annual fee, though, so you’ll definitely want to use it often in the US to make its points and perks worthwhile overall.
Points: The Platinum Card from American Express offers 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
These points can be redeemed through Amex Travel with a value of 1 cent each ($0.01) or they can be transferred to American Express transfer partners like British Airways and Air Canada.
Perks: Even though you may not be able to spend money on your Platinum Card everywhere you travel, it still has many benefits that are worthwhile for international travel.
First off, American Express travel concierges are accessible for assistance with restaurant reservations, concert tickets, and more anywhere in the world when you’re a Platinum cardholder. In addition, each calendar year, you may select an airline for your $200 airline incidentals credit.
This credit can cover things like seat selection, upgrades, checked bag fees, drinks onboard, and more. Similar to other premium credit cards, you’ll get a Priority Pass Select membership with access to over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide, but you will also have access to American Express’ amazing Centurion Lounges (currently eight within the US and eight international lounges, with more opening every year) and to Delta’s lounges when you fly Delta.
And you’ll also have your Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee covered when you pay for it with your card. The Amex Platinum also offers $200 annually in Uber credits ($15 per month, $20 in December) but only for use in the US.