RIP to the big 15x Shop Small and restaurant bonus

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If you read this morning’s post about how I earned 581,000 Membership Rewards points buying a car, you may or may not have seen the update about the Shop Small offer. For those who have missed the bummer of the day, the 15x offer for Shop Small merchants in the US and restaurants worldwide has expired on the Platinum Card from American Express. This offer was only available through restaurant reservation website Resy. It has been replaced with a new offer that’s certainly not bad but it has lost a lot of luster.

Card Offer and Details
The Platinum Card® from American Express
150K Points + 10x restaurants
150K after $6K spend in first 6 months + 10x at restaurants worldwide for the first 6 months on up to $25K in eligible purchases. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 6/8/2022)

$695 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 125K after $6K in the first 6 months + 15x when you Shop Small in the US and at restaurants worldwide on up to $25K in eligible purchases in the first 6 months [Expired 1/20/22]

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.


Card Type: Amex Pay Over Time Card

Base
Travel

Earning rate: 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel ⚬ 5X points for prepaid hotels booked through American Express Travel

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ $200 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $200 a year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline ⚬ $200 prepaid hotel credit annually valid on Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection bookings. ⚬ Up to $300 in Equinox credits. ⚬ Up to $20 per month rebate for select digital entertainment services (NY Times, ESPN+, Disney+, Hulu, Peacock, Sirius XM, Audible) ⚬ $189 CLEAR fee reimbursement annually. ⚬ Up to $200 for Uber rides annually. Credit and Uber VIP status for Basic Member only ⚬ $300 credit when buying a SoulCycle bike directly from SoulCycle (up to 15 bikes per year) ⚬ $12.95 monthly credit for Walmart+ monthly membership subscription credit. ⚬ Complimentary Uber Eats Pass Membership for up to 12 months (must enroll by 12/31/21) ⚬ Up to $100 in credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue (up to $50 in credits semi-annually, enrollment required) ⚬ $100 Global Entry fee reimbursement or $85 TSA Precheck reimbursement once every 5 years ⚬ Airport lounge benefits ⚬ Rental car elite status ⚬ Marriott Gold status ⚬ Hilton HHonors Gold status ⚬ Free Gold card AUs. Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)

See also: Amex Platinum Guide

Unfortunately, the offers on the Schwab Platinum and Morgan Stanley Platinum card no longer appear to have any temporary bonus categories at all (each continues to carry a welcome offer to earn 100K points after $6K in purchases in the first 6 months, but gone are the restaurant and Shop Small bonuses).

Resy continues to have the best offer on the “vanilla” Platinum card, though the maximum number of points that one could earn with the bonus offer is now only 375K points — and that would require a lot of restaurant spend in six months.

The ability to earn a big initial bonus offer and get excellent return on restaurant spend is still quite strong, but it is an entirely different ballgame from the previous offer. Truthfully, I am amazed that the old offer lasted as long as it did — I never would have expected it to last for more than six months.

We certainly did our best to shout from the rooftops about what an incredible opportunity was presented with the 15x Shop Small offer and hope that a lot of readers were able to take advantage before it disappeared. The timing of today’s offer change is a major disappointment for those who might have been able to leverage a similar deal to the one I wrote about, but hopefully it plants a seed in case we ever see anything like it again.

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Mark T

I signed up for the Resy offer in early January and recieved the welcome package with the 125,000 mile offer and 15 times points. Will Amex change that now?

Greg The Frequent Miler

No, whatever terms were in place at the time of your application will still apply (that’s always the case)

BonvoyedAgain

Thanks FM team for the Resy 15x offer. Was about to sign up for 10x back in November and the saw your post.

SamBam

Drinks all around. On Nick. Thanks Nick and team FM. The best gets better.

chris

So wish it was still there, I was hoping to get my spouse the card after my 6 months but I knew it was a long shot.

DaninMCI

Bloggers kill another golden goose 😉 Seriously I learned a lot from you guys on this bonus. I can see Amex execs reading your car buying post “Someone bought a freakin car with the bonus? Really? Jeeves!!! Get my assistant, immediately!”.

Andrew

I just want to join the chorus again thanking you guys for leading us to the best offer we’ve ever seen and not doing the old screwjob referral like other folks do on their sites.

Your readers trust you because you’ve proven over and over again that we can. That means a lot!

Nun

Without an extra multiplier category or a points rebate (like biz), I don’t get the appeal of this card after year 1. Yes we can travel a little more now but not really. The new designs are hideous IMO. I have to guess many will cancel/downgrade like me unless there’s an awesome retention.

Hector G

Typical blogger! Writing about this offer so heavily killed this deal…

Like others have said, you all do an amazing job keeping your readers up to date on deals/offers that are best for them. Thank you.

Gabe

Man, I just applied for this today without looking at the terms. I couldn’t get in on it last year since I kept getting a notification that I would not qualify for the sign up bonus. Now that I didn’t get that notice anymore, I was glad to be golden (or platinum, I should say). I’ll have to see the benefits when the card comes in to be sure, if not I’m done with it if I can’t get 15X small businesses.

Matthew

My guess is the marketing team is trying this new card design approach to sell the product. Several blogs are already marketing it for them. It’s interesting they drop all the good platinum offers just as the new card design came online. I’m surprised the 15x lasted as long as it did. I thought for sure it would end December last year to prevent a possible triple dip. Tho the +4 did end early December. My guess is some other nicer offers will come, maybe towards the end of the year like last year.

Peej

I was able to triple dip and get the referral +4. And now I’m getting an extra 1 point up to 3000 of spend. So for the next 5 weeks I’m getting 20X on small business and restaurant and 6X everywhere else.

BILL

The 15x is still active for people who applied and have the card in hand, correct?

Jen

THANK YOU for promoting this offer so heavily. I applied just last week. I was hoping to have the husband apply in 6 months – hopefully there will be a worthy replacement by then. In the meantime, thanks for all of the great info.

Grant

All good things come to an end, congrats to everyone who got in on the offer and was / will be able to max out the bonus 🙂