The points world is buzzing about Amex’s latest perk on its platinum card- Hilton. Hilton Gold is great especially when traveling abroad. I received ocean bungalow upgrade in Seychelles, a stellar room at the Conrad Tokyo, and the over-the-top Japanese Penthouse at the Hilton Colombo Residence.
But is the $450 annual fee for the Amex Platinum worth it for this benefit, among others? As someone who has both the Amex Platinum Personal and Business, I will give you my finest legal answer: it depends. While the Amex Platinum personal card gives a $200 airline statement credit if you can maneuver the restrictions and provides SPG Gold status and access to the Centurion Lounges (see Vegas, Mexico City), I’m still wary of the high annual fee when cards like the Citi Prestige provide a $250 airline credit that can go directly towards airline tickets, access to the Admirals Club Lounge when flying American, and 3 free rounds of golf.
On the other hand, is it better to pay $95 for the Citi Reserve card for Hilton Gold and $95*2 for the SPG Personal and Business? The answer again is it depends. If you are striving for platinum with SPG and benefit from the 4 night stay credit towards the 25 required and if you can MS or shell out 10k on the Citi Reserve for a free weekend night then paying for those cards are worth it. Personally, I need SPG platinum in my life and this will be the second year I have earned a free Hilton night which may be used in Tahiti. For those reasons, I hold onto these three.
This year’s Keep vs. Cancel list is complete and I’ve already paid the annual fees for the two Amex platinum cards. So for now they’re all in my wallet. Next year when the annual fees become due, I may have to reconsider carrying all the cards when one Platinum may do the trick.
Then again, it depends.