Should You Get The Charles Schwab Platinum Card ASAP With Recent News?
There have been a few pretty big rumors / changes floating around about the Amex Platinum cards and the Charles Schwab card in particular. The first one is a pending annual fee increase with new credits and the other is a reduction in the 1.25 cents cash out option with the Charles Schwab version of the Amex Platinum. With both of those rumors swirling it had me wondering, should you get the Charles Schwab Platinum card now?
Amex Platinum Rumors Breakdown
First off I wanted to tackle the rumors that are running around out there in case you missed them. Both seem to have significant proof that they are happening which will play a large role in your decision making process.
Amex Platinum Increased Fee / New Perks
There have been some rumors floating around for weeks that are supposed to kick off 7/1. If & when these are confirmed we will update you on that but here are the rumored changes which we covered in the past:
- Increase to $695
- $179 Clear credit
- $200 Travel / Hotel credit
- Digital Entertainment credit
It looks like a lot of what is already on the card is rumored to stay as well. I personally don’t think this is worth the increase, although some will come out ahead. But if you could lock these in at the lower cost I think it is worth the gamble.
Charles Schwab Platinum Reduction In Cash Out
We covered this a week or so ago as well but here are the details:
Starting September 1st Charles Schwab Platinum cardholders will only get 1.1 cents per Membership Reward point when cashing out. You are currently eligible to get 1.25 cents per point.
Why You May Want To Do This Now
The Charles Schwab Platinum still has a few months before it drops the value of their cash out. But if you wait until the rumored higher annual fee kicks in ($695 – $550) you would need to cash out 96,666 Membership Rewards points to make up the difference in annual fee at the higher rate ($145 / (.0125 – .011)).
If you are sitting on a stash of Membership Rewards and had planned to cash out some of your balance at some point in the near future then now is the time. If you wait it could end up costing you money or value. Or you may need to cash in more points than you wanted to in order to make the value proposition worth it.
Get The Charles Schwab Platinum Card ASAP – Final Thoughts
The same line of thinking could be done for the traditional Amex Platinum as well, especially if you can get the 125K offer and the 10X on grocery. I wanted to focus on the Schwab Platinum because it has two things going on with it and I feel like more people reading this have carried the traditional Platinum vs the Charles Schwab Platinum. But you will want to consider this for both cards if you have never had either, time is running out! Carpe diem and all of that.
P.S. – Yes you can carry both forms of the Platinum card at the same time 😉
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