American Express Platinum Card®

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The best premium travel card, with unlimited airport lounge access and luxury benefits

≈ $491

in travel rewards after $6,000 in 3 months

The very best card for Canadians who travel a lot.

Getting $491 AND a year of unlimited lounge access for 2 travelers? Amazing.

We both have this card and we love it. But since its fee is high and the welcome bonus that makes the first year profitable (and even the second year too) is “once-in-a-lifetime”, we recommend it if you can maximize the lounge benefit.

You can also easily get 20,000 (≈ $300) more than our Flytrippers Valuation if you renew your card once, for a net cost of just $199 in Year 2 (more than offset by your Year 1 profit).

Unlimited access to airport lounges (for 2 people) and Gold Elite Status at Marriott and Hilton are some of the perks that make your travel experience more luxurious.

And these are just some of the benefits of this card, the most prestigious in Canada (a sleek shiny metal card known as a status symbol to many).

You can also get $100 to get an amazing NEXUS card so you can stop wasting time when traveling (also not included in our Flytrippers Valuation).

Offers are subject to change at any time.

Welcome Bonus of 60,000 Amex points
≈ $900 (estimated value of ≈ 1.5 ¢/pt)

Earn of 6,000 Amex points on the $6,000 minimum spend
≈ $90 (at 1X base earn rate)

Annual travel credit
= $200 (fixed value)

Card fee
= $699 (deducted)

Flytrippers Valuation of welcome bonus
≈ $491 in travel rewards*

+ all points earned with your regular purchases

*you can also earn an additional bonus of 20,000 pts (≈ $300) if you renew your card and make any purchase between 14 and 17 months of Cardmembership (not included in our Flytrippers Valuation of the welcome bonus)

*you can also get a $100 NEXUS credit (not included in our Flytrippers Valuation of the welcome bonus)

After the $491 Welcome Bonus…

Here is the points earn rate:

  • 3 pts (≈ 4.5%) per $ on dining and food delivery
  • 2 pts (≈ 3%) per $ on travel
  • 1 pt (≈ 1.5%) per $ everywhere

American Express Points are hybrid (fixed-value or variable-value) and transferable.

Variable value: Points can be transferred to Aeroplan, Avios, Delta and others (and potentially give you more for your money, but this requires more flexibility). They can also be used via American Express’s fixed-price award chart directly.

Fixed value: Points can also be applied to travel expenses via the AMEX portal, which gives you more flexibility but can not give you more for your money.

More details coming soon in the travel rewards section.

Medical travel insurance 15 days (64 years and under)
Flight delay insurance ($1,000, 4h minimum)
Car rental insurance
Baggage & personal effects insurance
Trip cancellation insurance
Trip interruption insurance
Travel accident insurance
Hotel burglary insurance
Purchase protection and extended warranty


American Express Platinum Card®

Offer Summary
  • ≈ $491 in free travel
  • Unlimited access to airport lounges (for 2 people)
  • Gold Elite Status at Marriott and Hilton
  • Points transferable 1:1 to Aeroplan and Avios
  • Hybrid Points (Fixed-Value or Variable-Value)
  • Excellent earn rate on dining and travel
  • Exceptional insurance coverage
  • No minimum income required
  • Minimum spend of $6,000 to reach
  • Certain conditions apply*


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