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Morgan Stanley Amex Platinum

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Earn 125,000 points after spending $6,000 within the first 6 months (terms apply). Expires 1/11/23.

Bonus Value

Approximately $1250 - $1625

Annual Fee

$695

Card Rewards

5 points on flights booked directly with airlines and Amex Travel on the first $500,000 you spend within a calendar year

5 points on prepaid hotels booked directly with Amex Travel

1 point everywhere else

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Card Overview

The Morgan Stanley Amex Platinum card is a luxury travel card with many benefits for travel and hotel stays in general. You get 5 points for flights booked directly through airlines, a $200 annual airline incidental fee credit, free global entry and TSA precheck, complimentary Hilton and Marriot Gold status, and free access to over 1,200 airport lounges worldwide. Amex also offers Platinum concierge service. Get $15 in Uber cash for monthly rides, up to $200 annually. The card also has many great travel and purchase protections like return protection, baggage insurance, and more!

Card-Smart Tips & Advice
  • Credit: Good credit needed
  • You must have a Morgan Stanley Account: You must have a Morgan Stanley investment account in order to be eligible for the card
  • Amex 90-day rule: In a time span of 90 days, you can only get approved for 2 Amex cards
  • Max cards: You can only get approved for up to-and including- 10 Amex No Preset Spending Limit* cards. (This rule is not always enforced)
  • Apply for two cards: If you apply for one Amex card and get approved, it is recommended to apply for a second card since Amex is very good about approving for two cards, even within the same day
  • Only one Platinum in 90 days: Amex has three personal Platinum cards 1) The Amex Platinum 2) The Morgan Stanley Platinum, 3) The Schwab Platinum. You can only get one of the three Platinums in a 90 day period.
  • Credit bureau: Amex will usually pull your Experian credit report. With the new "Apply With Confidence" feature, Amex will first do only a soft pull on your credit report and will let you know if approved or not. Only after you accept the approval will Amex do a hard pull on your credit (this feature is currently only available on Amex consumer cards. See more details below)
  • Combining same-day credit inquiries: Credit inquiries for same-day applications will be combined, as long as they are both approved for on the same day. Note, for some existing Amex credit cardholders, Amex will not do a hard credit pull when applying for a new credit card at any time
  • Check application status: You can check your application status  here  or call 1 800 567 1083
  • Reconsideration: If declined you can call 1 800 567 1083 to be reconsidered
  • Quickest way to get my card: Amex will sometimes give you an instant credit card number after approval, but not always. Amex Platinum physical cards will automatically be expedited and delivered overnight.

  • Engagement bonus: You can get a $695 Engagement Bonus to go towards the annual fee every year if you open both a Morgan Stanley investment account and a Morgan Stanley Platinum CashPlus account. Plus, keep at least $5,000 monthly in the investment account. Read more details here.

Approval Monitor (submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users)

67% Approved
725 Avg. Score of those approved
33% Denied
Approved 67% (2)
Denied 33% (1)
Credit limit rangeN/A
Approved 67% (2)
Denied 33% (1)

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Card Details And Benefits
Rewards

– 5 points on flights booked directly with airlines and Amex Travel on the first $500,000 you spend within a calendar year
– 5 points on prepaid hotels booked directly with Amex Travel
– 1 point everywhere else

Foreign Transaction Fee

No foreign transaction fee.

Upgraded Status

Hilton Gold status.

Marriott Gold status.

Uber VIP.

National Emerald Club Executive status.

Avis Preferred Club status (publicly available).

New! Hertz President Circle. Plus get an extra 4 hours to return your car (For the 4-hour grace period you need to use the Amex Platinum CDP )

Credits

Free Walmart+ Membership. Get a $12.95 monthly credit to cover the full cost of a Walmart+ membership.

Get a $200 airline incidental fee credit each calendar year.

Get a $200 statement credit each calendar year on prepaid Fine Hotels and Resorts and The Hotel Collection bookings, through Amex Travel (bookings with The Hotel Collection requires a minimum two-night stay).

Get a $240 Digital Entertainment credit, up to $20 back per month, on purchases at the following providers: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment is required.

Get $15 in Uber Cash credits for U.S. rides each month plus a bonus of $20 in December, which is a total of up to $200 annually.

Get a $300 Equinox statement credit, $25 per month on select memberships. Enrollment is required. (Starting in 2023 the $300 credit will be once annually not split up per month)

Get a $189 CLEAR statement credit per year.

Earn $100 in statement credits each calendar for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue ($50 credits twice a year).

Global Entry and TSA pre-check

Get a statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check every 4-4.5 years.

Lounge Access

Access to 1,200+ airport lounges, with a complimentary membership to Priority Pass Select:

Centurion Lounges

AirSpace Lounges

Escape Lounges

Delta Skyclub lounges (when flying Delta)

Select Lufthansa lounges (when flying Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, or Swiss)

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Coverage for canceled or interrupted travel due to an unforeseen medical emergency etc. Max $10,000 per person per trip, max $20,000 per year for non-refundable travel expenses including flight tickets, hotels, and more.

Auto Rental Collision Insurance

Secondary worldwide coverage on rentals up to 30 days (excluding Australia, Italy, and New Zealand). Max $75,000. You can purchase an Amex premium plan that will offer primary coverage up to 42 days. Max $100,000.

Lost Luggage Reimbursement

Get covered for lost or damaged luggage up to $2,000 per person for checked baggage and up to $3,000 per person for checked and carry-on baggage combined. Max $10,000 per trip for NY residents.

Trip Delay Reimbursement

If your flight is delayed for 6+ hours, you can claim up to $500 per trip to cover expenses like meals, lodging, toiletries, medication, and other personal use items. Max 2 claims per year.

Return Protection

Not happy with a purchase? Get a refund on purchases that have passed the store return policy - up to 90 days from date of purchase. Max $300 per claim, max $1,000 per year.

Extended Warranty Protection

Get one additional year to your original manufacturer's warranty time. (Will only cover if the original warranty is for 5 years or less). Max $10,000 per claim, $50,000 per year.

Cell Phone Protection

Get reimbursed for up to $800 per claim (with a $50 deductible) if your cell phone is damaged or gets stolen. To activate coverage, you need to pay your monthly cell phone bill with your Platinum credit card. Max 2 claims per year.

Purchase Protection

Get refunded if your purchase is damaged, lost, or stolen, up to 90 days from the date of purchase. Max $10,000 per claim, $50,000 per year.

How can the points be redeemed?

Cashback: The following are your options for redeeming Amex Points for cashback:

Amex Travel: You can use your points to book airfare, hotels, car rentals, and more on Amex Travel. You will get 1 penny per point for flights and 0.7 cents per point towards all other travel.

If you have the The Business Platinum Card from American Express then you can get 35% of your points back when booking a flight on Amex Travel and if you have the American Express Business Gold Card you get 25% of your points back when booking a flight on Amex Travel (up to 1,00,000 points back per calendar year).

In order to qualify for the 35% -25% points back promo, the flight needs to be one of the following: 

  1. Flights booked on your preferred airline – this is a single airline you choose once a year in January as your preferred airline. You can choose any of the following U.S. airlines:
  • American
  • Southwest
  • United
  • Delta
  • JetBlue
  • Alaska
  • Frontier
  • Hawaiian
  • Spirit
  1. You will also receive the 35%-25% rebate when you book a first or business class ticket on any airline (regardless of the airline you choose as your preferred airline)

Transfer to airline and hotel programs:  You can transfer your points to any of the following Amex Travel partners.

Airline partners:

Transfer Ratio Transfer Time
Aer Lingus, AerClub 1:1 Instant
AeroMexico 1:1.6 2-12 days
Air Canada 1:1 Instant
ANA 1:1 3 days
Air France/KLM 1:1 Instant
Avianca LifeMiles 1:1 Instant
British Airways 1:1 Instant
Cathay Pacific 1:1 Up to 1 week
Delta Airlines 1:1 Instant
Emirates 1:1 Instant
Etihad Airways 1:1 Instant
Hawaiian 1:1 Instant
Iberia 1:1 1-3 days
JetBlue 1:0.8 Instant
Qantas 1:1 Instant
Singapore Airlines 1:1 1-2 days
Virgin Atlantic 1:1 1-2 days

Hotel partners:

Ratio Transfer Time
Choice Privileges 1:1 Instant
Hilton Honors 1:2 Instant
Marriott, Bonvoy 1:1 Instant

Additional Resources

 

The new application experience is currently available for individuals applying for a U.S. Personal Card via HelpMeBuildCredit, at AmericanExpress.com/us/credit-cards, or by calling American Express, and is not available if you apply for a Card after you log into an existing Card Member Account.

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*The estimate is based on our research on what approximate value consumers get when booking travel with points or transferring the points to partner airlines/hotels and booking award travel. You might need to be reward savvy to achieve the proper value. You can find out more on how we value points here

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