American Express adds Accor Plus Traveller membership to Platinum Reserve Credit Card

One of the most low-key cards in the American Express Consumer Cards universe in India is the American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card. The card tracks the Amex Platinum Charge Card in terms of rewards earning but is a low-end version for those who intend to use a credit card over a charge card. American Express announced new benefits for this card, which are coming soon (live on May 1, 2024).

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American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card to get Accor Plus Membership

American Express has just announced that it will roll out the Accor Plus Membership for American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card members. Accor Plus is a paid programme offered by Accor that offers up to 50% discounts on dining at Accor-attached restaurants, such as the Pondicherry Cafe at Sofitel Mumbai and the Farmers Basket at Pluck at Pullman Delhi Aerocity. The dining discounts can be used across over 1,000 hotels in the Asia Pacific region, including brands such as Fairmont and Raffles at the higher end and ibis on the budget end.

Members also get Silver status in the ALL loyalty programme, which dictates stay benefits and 20 elite nights as a fast-track to their next elite status in the ALL programmes. The membership usually costs INR 8,260 per annum, so it is a nifty perk added to your membership with Amex Platinum Reserve.

International Lounge Visits added.

Amex Platinum Reserve Credit Card also comes with a basic Priority Pass, which only has chargeable visits. Now, the card will offer two lounge trips free of cost outside of India, using the Priority Pass every year. This is over and above the 12 domestic lounge trips offered annually in India.

Enhanced Milestone Benefits against Higher Spending.

American Express launched milestone benefits, offering vouchers for spending milestones achieved on this card every month. Now, they have doubled the bounty on offer. So far, Amex has offered vouchers worth INR 500 monthly on a spending milestone of INR 25,000. Now, American Express will offer INR 1,000 vouchers monthly, but only for a minimum of INR 50,000. This is an enrolment-based benefit, so make sure to enrol when the benefit goes live.

Golf Benefits are now pegged to spending.

The American Express Platinum Reserve offers two rounds of Golf per month at 32 courses across India without a green fee. Effective May 1, 2024, the benefit will be granted upon spending INR 50,000 in a month, and the benefit will be unlocked for the month after. So, if you spend INR 50,000 in May, the benefit can be availed in July 2024.

Overall, the benefits have been reevaluated to make the financial performance of the card portfolio more solid, and Amex has added the Accor Plus benefit and international lounge trips as a sweetener. The card will continue offering INR 10,000 worth of Taj Vouchers on spending INR 500,000 annually. At INR 5,000++ for the first year, this card also offers 15,000 Membership Rewards points when signing up using this link.

Bottomline

American Express is introducing new benefits on the Platinum Reserve Credit Card effective May 1, 2024. These will include an Accor Plus membership and two international lounge trips per annum. The Golf Benefit and Monthly milestone vouchers will now be linked to INR 50,000 monthly spending.

What do you think of the changes to the American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card


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Comments

  1. Hi Ajay
    The launch is effective 1st May, does it mean that one should apply on or after 1st May pl? Kindly let me know. Thanks

  2. Great news and happy to see amex going aggressive. They should look at Accorplus explorer as well and adding accor as transfer partner.

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