Starting today, you will receive 5x points on all airfare purchases with your The Platinum Card® from American Express – this is only valid for flights booked directly with the airline or with American Express Travel. This is a great addition to a card that has only offered 1x point on every single purchase in the past. This card is now potentially the best card to use for purchasing airfare, if you only care about the number of points you’ll earn.
Now, if you care about any other protection a credit card might give you for flying, I highly suggest NOT using this card! When it comes to purchasing airfare, I personally suggest using a credit card that will give you travel protection. Many credit cards (such as most Chase cards) will cover costs incurred from having a family emergency and needing to cancel your vacation, costs incurred from a flight delays/cancelations, lost baggage, etc. Of course there are stipulations to the above reasons and they need to fall within the covered protection category, but overall, the protection you receive from some non-American Express credit cards far surpass the 5x points you’ll receive from the Amex Platinum card.
Or, you can always roll the dice and hope that the 5x points earned offset the lack of travel protection. I know many will never use travel protection benefits, so it might be a moot point for you! Overall though, I am very happy to see American Express enhance this card. There are some very nice benefits you receive for just having this card (i.e., $200 airline fee credit, Centurion Lounge access, etc.), and I am glad to see a spend bonus added as well.