September 29, 2023

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Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum: Which premium Amex card is right for you?


Over the past several years, we have seen premium cards evolve to attract and retain customers.

Two of the top cards for premium travel and lifestyle benefits are The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. Both cards have received updates in the past two years, adding additional perks and benefits but also increasing their respective annual fees. There’s now an annual fee of $695 for both the Platinum Card (see rates and fees) and the Business Platinum Card (see rates and fees).

Although there are some overlapping benefits offered by the Amex Platinum and Business Platinum — and both earn the same Membership Rewards points with access to the same transfer partners — there are important differences to consider when deciding which one is right for you.

Let’s take a closer look at the Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum to see which makes the most sense for your wallet.

Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum comparison

Before we dive into more details, here’s a comparison of the two cards’ welcome offers, earning rates, major perks and available credits for cardholders.

Benefit/perk Amex Platinum Card Amex Business Platinum Card
Welcome offer 80,000 Membership Rewards Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases within the first six months of card membership 120,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in your first three months of card membership
Earning rates
  • 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or via Amex Travel (on up to $500,000 of these purchases per calendar year, then 1 point per dollar)
  • 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked with Amex Travel
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases (terms apply)
  • 5 points per dollar on flights and prepaid hotels booked with Amex Travel
  • 1.5 points per dollar on purchases of $5,000 or more and in select business categories in the U.S. (construction material and hardware suppliers, electronics goods retailers, software and cloud system providers, and shipping providers) up to $2 million of purchases in a calendar year, then 1 point per dollar
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases (terms apply)
Prepaid hotel booking credit Yes No
Lounge access Yes Yes
Airline fee credit

 

Yes Yes
Uber credit Yes No
Clear Plus membership credit Yes Yes
Digital entertainment credit Yes No
Equinox credit Yes No
Saks Fifth Avenue credit Yes No
Walmart+ monthly membership credit Yes No
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck application fee credit Yes Yes
Elite hotel status Yes  Yes
Premium rental car status Yes Yes
Access to exclusive events Yes Yes
35% airline bonus No Yes
Dell credit 

 

No Yes
Adobe credit No Yes
Indeed credit No Yes
Monthly wireless credits No Yes
Annual fee $695 (see rates and fees) $695 (see rates and fees)

Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum Welcome offer

Each card comes with a generous welcome offer, but the minimum spend required to earn the bonus is where they really differ. You can earn the full 80,000 Membership Rewards points after spending just $6,000 on the Amex Platinum — with six months in which to complete the spending, so an average of $1,000 per month on average. However, the Business Platinum requires a much steeper minimum spend of $15,000 within the first three months to earn its 120,000-point bonus. This requires spending an average of $5,000 per month.

Based on TPG’s valuation of Membership Rewards points at two cents each, the Platinum bonus is worth $1,600. In contrast, the Business Platinum bonus is worth $2,400, making them two of the most valuable offers on the market.

However, some TPG readers have been targeted for even better offers: up to 125,000 points on the personal Amex Platinum or 150,000 points on the Amex Business Platinum. Check your eligibility by using the CardMatch tool (note that these offers are subject to change at any time).

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If we decide the winner of this category based on pure value, the winner is the Business Platinum. However, consider the value as a return on spending. For the Amex Platinum, it’s a 26.67% return; with the Business Platinum, you’ll receive a 16% return on the spending required to earn the bonus in the welcome offer.

Winner: Amex Platinum (personal)

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Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum benefits

Both of these cards excel when it comes to travel and lifestyle perks. The most recent overhauls to both cards added additional benefits to both the personal and business variants of the Platinum.

Benefits offered to both cards

Enrollment required for select benefits.

*Eligibility and benefit levels vary by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for details. Policies are underwritten by New Hampshire Insurance Company, an AIG Company.

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Consumer Amex Platinum benefits

There are several major differences when it comes to credits with these two cards. First, the consumer Amex Platinum offers these exclusive perks:

Perk  Annual amount   Notes
Prepaid hotel booking credit Up to $200 Statement credits valid on prepaid bookings at Fine Hotels + Resorts or The Hotel Collection properties made through American Express Travel
Uber credit Up to $200 Up to $15 in credit each month to use on Uber rides or Uber Eats orders in the U.S., with an additional up to $20 for the month of December (must add your card as a payment method in your Uber account)
Saks Fifth Avenue credit Up to $100 Up to $50 to use January through June and $50 to use July through December (enrollment required in advance)
Digital entertainment credit Up to $240 $20 monthly statement credits and applicable only for Audible, The New York Times, SiriusXM, Peacock, The Wall Street Journal, Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ or the Disney Bundle (enrollment required in advance)
Equinox credit Up to $300 $300 annual statement credit for select Equinox memberships or a digital subscription to Equinox+ fitness app (enrollment required in advance)
Walmart+ membership credit Up to $155 Reimbursement for $12.95 monthly membership fee for Walmart+ membership (subject to auto-renewal); Plus Up Benefits not eligible

As you can see, this can deliver a ton of value, especially if you already use some of the eligible services.

Related: 10 things to do when you get the Amex Platinum

Business Platinum benefits

Meanwhile, the Business Platinum card has the following exclusive perks:

Perk Annual amount Notes
35% airline points bonus Up to 1 million points Receive 35% of your points back when paying with points for flights booked with Amex Travel. This applies to any flights on your preferred airline (chosen in advance) or flights in first or business class with any airline.
Dell credit Up to $400 Up to $200 to use January through June and $200 to use July through December (enrollment required in advance)
Adobe credit Up to $150 Applies only to prepaid plans with Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign for teams (enrollment required in advance)
Indeed credit Up to $360 Up to $90 per quarter in statement credits for spending with Indeed
Monthly wireless credits Up to $120 Up to $10 in monthly statement credits for spending on wireless plans with U.S. providers (enrollment required in advance)

Related: Have an Amex Business Platinum card? Don’t forget to register for these perks

Winner: This one will depend on what you use most. Do you use the Dell credits and pay for a lot of flights with points through Amex Travel? Or do you use shopping, streaming and lifestyle credits? In terms of overall value, this will go to the Amex Platinum (personal) for most people.

Earning points with the Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum

Both cards earn 5 points per dollar when you purchase airfare and prepaid hotel rooms from Amex Travel. However, the personal Amex Platinum also earns 5 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly with airlines (up to $500,000 of these purchases per calendar year, then 1 point per dollar).

On the other hand, the Business Platinum card is great for business owners who regularly make large purchases with the card, since purchases of at least $5,000 and in select business categories earn 1.5 points per dollar, up to $2 million of these purchases per year (then 1 point per dollar).

Winner: Amex Business Platinum

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Redeeming points on the Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum

American Express Membership Rewards points are one of the most valuable loyalty currencies out there. According to TPG’s valuations, Amex points are worth 2 cents apiece. With 20 transfer partners, Membership Rewards points can help you travel to just about anywhere in the world.

One benefit that’s exclusive to the Business Platinum card is that when you book any flight directly with points through Amex Travel on your preselected airline — or business or first class on any airline — you’ll receive a 35% rebate of the points you used (up to one million points each calendar year).

This is particularly useful if you don’t have flexible travel dates and award space isn’t available. You will need to have the full amount of points in your account at the time of booking. However, if you find a good deal on a flight, you may wind up using fewer points this way than transferring to an airline for an award redemption. Always compare your options.

If you plan to transfer your Membership Rewards points to one of the program’s airline or hotel partners, you should try to get at least 2 cents per point in value when booking award flights or nights. Of course, if you book business- or first-class flights, you can expect to get even more value out of these points.

Winner: Amex Business Platinum if you book flights through American Express Travel; otherwise a tie

Related: When to transfer and when to Pay with Points with Amex Business Platinum

Should I get the Amex Platinum or Business Platinum?

If you’re looking for a premium card loaded with travel perks and you don’t have a business or the substantial expenses that come with one, the personal Amex Platinum should be just what you need.

While there are numerous credits on each of these cards, the personal Platinum comes out on top with a whopping 13 perks — six of which are unique and not offered by the Amex Business Platinum. All of those credits add up to over $1,500 in potential value and help take the sting out of the card’s $695 annual fee (see rates and fees).

Throw in access to lots of airline lounges, substantial travel benefits and the Membership Rewards you can earn with the card (especially when you book airfare and get 5 points per dollar) and this looks even better. And remember that you can add up to three authorized users to your Amex Platinum for a total of $175 per year, then $175 per authorized user thereafter (see rates and fees).

For small-business owners, the decision isn’t quite so simple. The Business Platinum card currently has a welcome offer of 120,000 points after spending a total of $15,000 in the first three months, making it an incredibly attractive choice. You’ll get more bonus points on this card, assuming you can meet the spending requirements.

The Business Platinum Card also has a $695 annual fee (see rates and fees) and carries 11 key benefits for cardholders — five of which aren’t offered by the personal version of the card. The annual fee isn’t cheap, but the benefits and the annual credits offset much of the fee on either card, making both a solid choice for the frequent traveler.

If you’re wondering what the Amex business card requirements are, the answers vary. Some people are surprised to find out that they qualify for a small business credit card. While the process on how to apply for an Amex business card will be similar to a personal credit card application in many ways, there will be additional steps. These include providing contact information for your business, its nature, its spending habits and how long it’s been operating. For more information, see our guide on who is eligible for an Amex Business Platinum card.

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Bottom line

Those looking for premium perks are often drawn to the American Express Platinum cards — whether that’s the personal or the small-business version. Both cards offer numerous perks at home and on the road. Features like lounge access, travel protections and extremely valuable points are just a few of the attractions. But deciding on the Amex Platinum vs. Business Platinum isn’t always straightforward.

Both cards carry the same, somewhat-alarming annual fee. Depending on which perks you value more, one card is likely better suited to your lifestyle and travel goals. At this point, you should have a better understanding of the similarities and differences of the cards, helping you make an informed decision on which card to apply for.

Of course, for some cardmembers, it makes sense to have both in their wallet. A small-business owner who wants to maximize travel for both business and pleasure and take advantage of the full range of Platinum benefits can hold both cards. Just make sure your professional and personal spending habits make both annual fees worth it. Combined, these cards come with almost $1,400 in total fees.

Apply for the Amex Platinum card with a 80,000-point welcome offer after spending $6,000 in purchases within the first six months of card membership.
Apply for the Amex Business Platinum card with a 120,000-point welcome offer after spending $15,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership.

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Additional reporting by Ryan Wilcox, Ethan Steinberg and Ryan Smith.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum, click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum, click here.