As if all the benefits this plastic beast already offer weren't enough, American Express has announced that they are adding several additional perks for international travelers. Robin Korn, Senior VP and General Manager of Consumer Charge Cards, noted that “with the launch of these new benefits, combined with the suite of existing ones, the Platinum Card is truly the passport to a premium travel experience." No argument here.
The new additions will join an already-impressive list of Card member benefits granted to those willing to fork over the hefty annual fee ($450 in U.S., $399 in Canada), and are intended to "help make international travel more enjoyable and less stressful, even in the face of increasing flight delays, endless airport lines and mounting incidental travel fees."
1. Priority Pass™ Select – Priority Pass Select will provide access to more than 600 international airport lounges in more than 100 countries worldwide. This new international travel benefit extends the airport lounge program that provides access into domestic airport club lounges for American Airlines Admirals Club®, Delta Sky ClubTM and US Airways® Club.
2. $100 Global Entry Credit – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection offers a program called Global Entry that allows approved members expedited clearance and the ability to bypass lines at International Arrivals in major U.S. airports when returning from traveling abroad. There is a $100 application fee, but if paid for with their Platinum Card, Card members will receive a statement credit reimbursing them for the expense.
3. Elimination of Foreign Currency Transaction Fees – Effective immediately, Card members will not be charged the 2.7% foreign currency transaction fees on international purchases when they use their Platinum Card.
Not bad. Removing the foreign currency transaction fee is an especially nice touch, especially for those of us who do most of our shopping internationally (and for those of us living in Canada, what choice do we have?). Looks like the Platinum Card has given us three more reasons why it's the best high-end card on the market. Thoughts?