A new link for the Amex 250K Business Platinum offer (but be careful)

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There have been several terrific, targeted American Express offers floating around over the past few months, including 150,000 Membership Rewards points after $6K spend for the consumer Platinum, 130,000 points for the Business Gold after $10K spend and another Business Gold offer for 180,000 points after $20K in spend.

For shear magnitude, though, nothing beats the 250K Business Platinum offer. The spend is significant at $30K, but this particular offer allows six months to meet the spend instead of the normal three. The offer first surfaced last month when we reported it was being sent tp some people via mailer. Later, we discovered that it was possible to find out if you were targeted by speaking with an agent over the phone, even if you hadn’t received a mailer. The phone offer was slightly better than the mailer version in that it included the option to get another 10,000 points by adding an authorized user card (for a total of 260,000 Membership Rewards points).

Now, US Credit Card Guide has posted a link directly to an application page for the 250K + 10K welcome offer. The link bypasses the initial landing page that you normally encounter when you click through an Amex credit card offer, so it theoretically allows someone who isn’t targeted to apply for the welcome offer without needing to call or use various private browsers.

But be cautious. These sorts of links can be dangerous and there have been reports of them leading to an Amex shutdown. We initially debated about whether or not to even share the link, but now that it’s making its way around the interwebs, we decided to share it as an FYI to readers (and also to let folks know to be aware of the risk if they see the link elsewhere).

The Deal

  • American Express Business Platinum targeted welcome offer: Earn 250,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $30,000 within the first 6 months of card membership. There is an option to earn an additional 10,000 points by adding an authorized user and spending $1,000 on the authorized user card (the authorized user spending does apply towards the total minimum spend of $30K)

Direct Link to Offer

Key Card Details

Card Name w Details & Review (no offer)
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

FM Mini Review: This card is absolutely loaded with high end perks. Depending upon your situation, those perks may be worth the annual fee or much more.


Annual Fee: $695

Card Type: Amex Pay Over Time Card

Base
Travel
Other

Earning rate: 5X flights and prepaid hotels at AmexTravel.com ⚬ 1.5X points per dollar on eligible purchases of $5000 or more (on up to $2 million of those purchases per year) ⚬ 1.5x on US construction/hardware stores, US electronic goods, and US shipping ⚬ 1X elsewhere ⚬ Terms apply.

Noteworthy perks: Up to $200 a year in statement credits for airline incidental fees ⚬ Up to $400 a year in statement credits for Dell purchases ($200 Jan-June; $200 July-Dec) ⚬ Up to $120 in wireless services credits per year ($10 per month) ⚬ Up to $360 per year in credit with Indeed (up to $90 per quarter ⚬ Up to $150 per year in purchases with Adobe for annual prepaid plans for eligible Creative Cloud for teams and Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign ⚬ $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement.⚬ Airport lounge benefits ⚬ Rental car elite status ⚬ Marriott Gold status ⚬ Hilton Gold status. ⚬ $189 CLEAR fee reimbursement annually ⚬ 35% Airline Bonus: Get 35% points back after you Pay With Points for flights with your selected airline (or premium cabin with any airline). Enrollment required for select benefits

See also: Amex Platinum Guide

Quick Thoughts

While this is a killer offer, I probably wouldn’t take the risk of using the link to apply. There’s so many safe (or at least relatively safe) methods to get a pile of of Membership Rewards points right now that, for me, the bank isn’t worth the risk on this one. That said, I know there’s a lot of folks out there who like to push the envelope and will feel differently. I would at least advise trying the phone method first, in case you can get targeted that way. It will come with much less shutdown danger.

(h/t: US Credit Card Guide)

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Reno Joe

Question 1: I’ve seen the offer mentioned on a few web sites and all say “be careful.” How does one “be careful?” One either applies or does not apply. How does one “carefully” apply?

Question 2: When you say “shutdown,” do you mean all of one’s Amex cards would be closed? Or, just that Business Platinum? Or, those points would be disgorged?

GBSanDiego

LoL! – ‘after a few years, they forget that you were naughty‘

Frank

Still not as good as 2 x 150K offers.

Rachel Hartstein

Can you please explain your thinking here? Because with the 2 offers you’d also pay the AF twice… I don’t often see that factored into the value of the card but I always subtract the AF from the points to get a sense of true worth…?

Unclesam

Do you know when was the last time leaked link resulted in a wave of shutdowns? Late 2021 shutdowns were tied to Adam and late 2020 shutdowns were related to PayPal key. It must have been before the PPK incident.

JLH

Can you please explain what you mean about shutdown? I have a personal amex plat, but no biz card. What am I risking?

slaven

called on both P1 & P2 and no 250k offer. however, i did sign up for the 160k platinum (NLL) that popped up in acct and the 145k gold offer via incognito referral.

Last edited 4 months ago by slaven
slaven

thank you to the FM team.
i had another 160k Platinum (NLL) offer on P2’s account, but am already stretched very thin trying to figure out how to spend $25k in 3 months.

Corbett

I greatly appreciate your research and legwork on this issue. I was eager to give it a try. I deemed the risk of cancelation to be worthwhile because AmEx remains desperate to rebuild its customer base after losing Costco, jetBlue et al. I just tried and can report lifetime language. However, the 150K invitation by snail mail lacks the language. Ah, well!

Elk

So you ended up not applying for it?

Christian

Do you think that calling to see if you’re eligible is prudent if you currently have 3 business platinum cards? Asking for a friend.

Christian

Many thanks – I mean my friend says many thanks!

Helen Lenerd

@Tim Steinke – can I use the same EIN # for my second biz plat card that I use on my current biz plat or do I need to use a SSN?

Stew podaso

This link may cause you to get cancelled, warning about this link. Here is the link lol. You’re knees must hurt

Malte

Personally, I think it is the right move and I appreciate it. There’s a high YMMV offer with a risk. You choose your own adventure

LarryInNYC

I used to have a lot of knee pain. Then, about 5 years, I switched to a no-carb diet to address pre-diabetes and, to my surprise, the knee pain resolved in a week.

So, my advice is: less carbs, more cards!

Nate

Not nearly as badly as my eyeballs hurt when rubes who don’t know the difference between your and you’re make snarky ignorant ****posts.

Kiki

Maebe Its bcuz their stew ped. They’re name is Stew Pedaso, like the read whine.

Last edited 4 months ago by Kiki