Last year, Amex launched a digital entertainment credit on the Amex Platinum card. To say I was underwhelmed would be an understatement. Initially, the only services eligible for the credit were Audible, Peacock, Sirius XM and The New York Times. However, Danny the Deal Guru points out a change that I see reflected in my account: the digital entertainment credit can now be used toward Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, and Hulu. That’s a huge improvement that gives these credits undoubtedly broader appeal.
Some cardholders have surely been happy with these credits as-is. If you are a regular digital New York Times reader or live where you can get the Sunday edition delivered, the $20 monthly credits have probably been great. The same can be said for the other qualifying services.
Personally, I wasn’t previously using any of those services. I subscribed to Peacock Premium during the Winter Olympics in order to see everything I wanted. That amounted to watching the Olympics two or three times and not using Peacock again since (though it keeps getting charged to my card and credited, so whatever I guess).
On the other hand, I do subscribe to Disney+ (and based on the nearly universal appeal of their broad range of products, I imagine this will only expand the appeal of these credits). I don’t yet subscribe to ESPN+, but I have recently developed a renewed interest in sports and I would be happy to get access to some more live sports. My current Disney subscription is annual (I signed up by stacking deals we wrote about), but when it runs out I will almost surely move to putting in on the Platinum card. The Disney Bundle (which includes Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu) costs $13.99 with ads on Hulu or $19.99 if you want Hulu without ads. That’s a nice fit for the credit either way.
While I would still prefer a far less restrictive streaming credit, this is undoubtedly a big improvement. This will certainly change the calculus for me about whether to keep or cancel (but I’ll still probably try for a retention offer!).
Make sure to enroll in the benefit in your Amex account here so that you receive your monthly credit.