American Express Adds New Benefits Due To COVID-19

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Many companies realize that consumer behaviors and routines have shifted dramatically due to COVID-19 and that the value proposition they offered customers may not be as valuable during this time. American Express recognizes this, and so, effective in May 2020 until the end of the year, they are adding new benefits to all of their cards.

Temporarily AMEX Benefits for 2020

American Express Platinum Card

  • $20 Monthly Streaming Credit: Cardholders will receive up to $20 in statement credits for streaming subscription services.
  • $20 Monthly Wireless Credit: Cardholders will receive up to $20 in statement credits for wireless telephone charges.

My wireless cell phone bill like most people is higher than $20. What I plan to do is to pay exactly $20 with my AMEX Platinum card and charge the rest to my Chase Ink Preferred card because it earns 5x per dollar spent on wireless service. Free $20 every month!

AMEX Platinum $20 monthly wireless credit

American Express Business Platinum Card

Detailed Breakdown

  • Annual Fee Reduction: $200 refund of the $595 annual fee if your annual fee renews between May 1 and December 31 of this year
  • Dell Benefit Doubled: Cardholders will receive up to $200 in additional statement credits for purchases with Dell ($100 in additional statement credit between May and June 2020 and $100 in additional statement credits between July and December 2020). That’s $400 in Dell credit this year instead of the standard $200.
  • $20 Monthly Shipping Credit: Cardholders will receive up to $20 in statement credits for shipping purchases (UPS, FedEx, and USPS as well as other companies that are primarily in the business of courier, postal, and freight shipping services).
  • $20 Monthly Wireless Credit: Cardholders will receive up to $20 in statement credits for wireless telephone charges.
AMEX Business Platinum $200 annual fee credit

American Express Green Card

  • $20 Monthly Wireless Credit: Cardholders will receive up to $20 in statement credits for wireless telephone charges.

American Express Delta SkyMiles Cards

All cards under the Delta brand (Delta SkyMiles Blue American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card, Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card, and Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card) will receive:

  • 4x Miles At Grocery Stores: Card will earn 4x miles at supermarkets from May 1 – July 31.

American Express Hilton Aspire

  • 12x Points At Grocery Stores: Card will earn 12x points at supermarkets from May 1 – July 31.
  • Restaurants Count Towards $250 Statement Credit: Purchases made from June 1st through August 31st at U.S. restaurants will count towards the $250 Hilton Statement Credit (usually this needs to be completed at Hilton resorts).

American Express Hilton Surpass

  • 6x Points At Grocery Stores: Card will earn an additional 6 points per $1 spent at U.S. supermarkets (in addition to the standard 6 points you normally earn). Free weekend night award can also be used on weekdays. In addition new certificates issued May 1st through December 31st will be valid for 24 months. Bonus points now count as base points.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

  • 6x Points At Grocery Stores: Earn 6x points at grocery stores on the American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card from May 1 through July 31 (this also applies to the Chase version of the card called Chase Marriott Bonvoy).
AMEX Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant 6x points at grocery stores

All American Express Consumer Cards

  • In addition, U.S. Consumer Card Members will soon have complimentary access to a one year Premium membership with Calm, the sleep and meditation app, and half off the following year, if they are not currently Premium subscribers.

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The Bottom Line

A lot of useful benefits, even if it’s just temporary. Kudos for American Express knowing that the many travel benefits they offer isn’t valuable when most people can’t or won’t travel.

AMEX is not only adding new benefits, but they’re tailoring to how people spend money while they’re stuck at home – grocery shopping, using their phone, watching programs on streaming services.

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