Amex Business Platinum Changes: New & Increased Credits Plus A Higher Annual Fee

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Amex Business Platinum Changes: New & Increased Credits Plus A Higher Annual Fee

After the recent Amex Platinum refresh and annual fee increase we wondered if something similar would happen with the Amex Business Platinum card to match.  It appears American Express is following a similar pattern with the Amex Platinum’s sister business card. They now have the most expensive business coupon book to go along with their personal card’s coupon book. Let’s take a look at the Amex Business Platinum changes and the new annual fee.

Amex Business Changes Details

Here are the details on the new earning structure, credits and increased annual fee.

Earning Structure

  • 5X Points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com
  • 1.5x Membership Rewards® points earned on purchases for up to $2 million per calendar year across new categories that include:
    • Electronics goods, retailers, software, and cloud service providers
    • Construction materials and hardware supplies
    • Shipping providers
  • Earn 1.5x points earned on large purchases over $5,000
  • Earn 1X on everything else

Amex Business Platinum Changes

New / Increased Credits

  • Dell Technologies:
    • Up to $400 annual statement credit on all Dell purchases, up to $200 semi-annually. This is a $200 increase from the existing Dell benefit for Business Platinum Card Members.
  • Indeed: 
    • Up to $360 annual statement credit on all Indeed hiring and recruiting products and services to post open positions and find top talent, up to $90 per quarter.
  • Adobe: 
    • $150 annual statement credit on select purchases, including Adobe Creative Cloud, the world’s best collection of creative apps and services, and Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign, which makes it easy to send, track and collect trusted e-signatures.
  • Wireless Credit: 
    • Up to $120 annual statement credits for purchases made directly from any US wireless telephone provider, up to $10 per month.
  • Expedited Security Screening: 
    • An annual $179 statement credit for a CLEAR membership.

Amex Business Platinum Changes

Existing Platinum Benefits

  • $200 Airline Fee Credit annually for up to $200 back in statement credits each year on incidental fees at one Card Member-selected qualifying airline.
  • 35% points back when Card Members pay with points to purchase all or part of an airline fare (up to 500,000 points back per calendar year)
  • Cell Phone Protection for repair or replacement costs following damage or theft up to $800 per claim, with a limit of two approved claims per 12 month period, when the cell phone line is listed on a wireless bill and the prior month’s wireless bill was paid by an Eligible Card Account. A $50 deductible will apply to each approved claim.
  • Up to $100 credit on a Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application fee.

Increased Annual Fee

The annual fee will be increasing from $595 a year to $695 starting on or after January 13, 2022.

Amex Business Platinum Changes – Final Thoughts

While I am not a fan of these increasingly more and more expensive coupon books at least these additions make some sense compared to Walmart+ etc.  I like that they increased a current credit in Dell this time around versus adding new stuff like with the personal card.  Those 2 x $100 increase more than offsets the $100 increase in annual fee.  The wireless credit should offer most everyone $100+ in value as well.  Adobe and Indeed could be very valuable to some and will be completely worthless to others.  If you can use either of those two then you are coming out way ahead.

I have to say that I like these changes a lot more than the personal Amex Platinum changes. What do you think of the new Amex Business Platinum changes?

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. Can you get a third Dell credit? If I opened the card Mar 2021, used the Dell credit in June and Dec 2021, can I get a 3rd Dell credit in Jan 2022 before I cancel in March 2022?

  2. Wow. If math is correct, effective annual fee is -$25 based on my usage by not including the credits for Global Entry, CLEAR, Indeed and Adobe.

    $695 Annual Fee
    -$400 Dell
    -$200 Airline
    -$120 Wireless
    = -$25

    • One of our Facebook Group mods just dug into the terms and saw this:
      “Valid only on purchases of annual prepaid subscriptions for Creative Cloud All Apps or Single Apps for Teams or Acrobat Pro DC with E-Sign or advanced E-Sign for Teams.”

      So not as useful as we would have hoped 🙁

  3. Are these changes in effect now? Is the Dell credit split between $400 1/2 in the first six months and the other 1/2 in the second 6 months?

    • They should be in effect now. You can check your account when logged in to verify – I am hearing others are seeing it. Yeah the Dell credits will be broken up like they were with the $100 ones but just double now.

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