American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card Review (India)

By | November 23, 2022

If you’re looking for a best travel credit card in India, the American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card is a must have in your wallet. The attractive reward rate on the card is too good to believe and it holds intact even after so many years of it’s existence.

It has been holding the “best travel credit card” tag almost every year for about a decade and so it’s undoubtedly an amazing product. Here’s the detailed review of the Amex platinum travel credit card,

Overview

TypeTravel Credit Card
Reward Rate1% – 8.5%
Joining Fee3,500 INR+GST First Year FREE
Best forTaj Vouchers & Marriott points transfers
USPMilestone benefits

American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card has been everyone’s #1 choice when looking for a travel credit card because it comes with an attractive value and a relatively easy to reach spend targets.

Currently, one of the best offer you could get is a First Year FREE limited period offer when you apply using a referral link.

apply now

*** Limited Period Offer: First Year FREE ***

Apply through the link on the page & you’ll get it First Year Fee Free* (Saving INR 3,500) + 2,000 Referral Bonus Membership Rewards® points (spend INR 5,000 within 90 days)

Fees

Joining Fee3,500 INR+GST First Year Free
Welcome Benefit10,000 MR Points
Renewal Fee5,000 INR+GST
Renewal BenefitNil
Renewal Fee waiverNil

While there are no renewal benefit (or) renewal fee waiver condition, you maybe eligible for the retention benefit based on your profile/spends which may include complete waiver of the fee as well.

Do note that the reward rate takes a little hit when you consider the renewal fee. However, there is a right way to about it, we’ll discuss that later in the article.

Note: This is platinum travel card and not platinum charge card, which some gets confused often, as multiple Amex cards carries the “platinum” tag.

Design

Amex Platinum Credit Card - Design

While I’m not a great fan of the Platinum Travel Credit Card’s design, it’s subtle and you wouldn’t be disappointed to have it in hand.

Platinum Travel and Platinum Reserve cards looks similar except a black line running along the right side of the card on Reserve.

Rewards

SPEND TYPEREWARDSREWARD RATE (CASH CREDIT)REWARD RATE (MARRIOTT/TAJ VOUCHER)
Regular Spends1 MR on every 50 INR spend0.50%~1%
  • Excluded spends: Insurance, Utilities, Fuel
  • Rewards don’t expire.

The reward points earned on American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card are ideally meant for Marriott transfers (or) Taj voucher redemptions (according to me), as other options are not attractive enough.

Also note that the MR points earned on plat travel can’t be pooled with other Amex cards, so you can’t redeem for Gold (or) Platinum rewards collection.

While the reward rate on regular spends is not that attractive as seen above, its all about the milestone benefits that makes this card really click!

Milestone Benefit

Spend MilestoneBenefitValue Value (Cumulative)Savings (Cumulative)
1.9 Lakhs15,000 MR (Bonus)~7500 INR7,500 INR3.9%
4 Lakhs25,000 MR (Bonus) + 10,000 Taj Voucher~22,500 INR30,000 INR7.5%
  • Note: You’ll unlock 2 benefits on hitting 4L milestone spend, as above.

Note that the above calculation is done by considering “1 MR = 0.50 INR” as we easily get that value by transferring to Marriott or redeem for Taj voucher redemptions.

With Amex Platinum travel card, you may also redeem your MR points for Flipkart vouchers at the rate of “1MR = 0.30 INR” but that’s not a wise option in my opinion.

So, if we consider regular rewards along with milestone benefits, we get a good ~8.5% return on spend post reaching 4L milestone.

What else one can ask for?!

Note: On reaching milestones, you’ll only get 7,500 and 10,000 “bonus” MR points, you’ll then need to call support and ask them to credit remaining points into your account. Gets done in a minute.

Airport Lounge Access

Access TypeViaAccess Limit
DomesticAmex8 (2/qtr)
InternationalPriority Pass

While you get complimentary “membership” to Priority Pass for international lounge access, you do-not get any complimentary “access” with it, unfortunately.

Note that you’re eligible only for regular domestic lounge access but not to the American Express Lounges located in Delhi & Mumbai. To access those lounges you would either need Amex Reserve (or) Amex Platinum Charge Cards.

My Experience

amex platinum travel card
Taj Fisherman's Cove Chennai
Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai

I’ve been using American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card since past 6 years and it has been an amazing time with the card so far.

I’ve used the Taj vouchers received through amex platinum travel card and other Amex offers to explore some of the beautiful Taj properties (among others) across the country. Here are some of the nice ones that I’ve explored,

  1. Taj Santacruz, Mumbai
  2. Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai
  3. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
  4. Vivanta, Guwahati
  5. Vivanta, Coimbatore
  6. Taj Lands End, Mumbai
  7. Taj Bengal, Kolkata & few more

Which one is your most-loved or aspirational Taj property? Maybe I can cover the review of it if that interests you.

Other Benefits

  • Foreign Exchange Markup fee: 3.5% + Service Tax
  • Amex health insurance benefits (with ICICI Lombard)
  • Amex Festive Offers

How to apply?

You may apply online/offline or at airport outlets (no special airport offers at the moment), whichever is convenient for you.

Currently, one of the best offer you could get is a First Year Free Limited period offer when you apply using a referral link.

To sweeten this, you can also get another 2K Bonus Points by spending Rs.5000 within 90 days of membership.

apply now

*** Limited Period Offer: First Year FREE ***

Apply through the link on the page & you’ll get it First Year Fee Free* (Saving INR 3,500) + 2,000 Referral Bonus Membership Rewards® points (spend INR 5,000 within 90 days)

FAQ’s

1. Is it still good in 2022?

Very much it is, as it has the reward rate that is is one of the best in industry.

2. What other travel cards can I hold along with Amex Platinum Travel?

Generally most travellers I know have Amex platinum Travel + Axis Magnus + Axis Vistara Infinite (First Year FREE for a limited period). That’s a brilliant combo to fetch overall average reward rate of >10% easily.

3. My address proof is not in serviceable area, what to do?

Amex is strict on that for now (as they know what happens when they don’t follow RBI rules) and so can apply only with valid address proof. Changing Aadhaar address is pretty quick and that works for most.

4. I don’t need a travel card, what other Amex card can I have for rewards?

You should then probably explore the MRCC card which is also issued as First Year Free. The same can be applied via this referral link.

5. How fast does Amex process the application?

Usually within ~2 days for approval status and another ~3 days for delivery. They’re generally super fast. If it’s your first AMEX Card, it might take additional 1 week depending on various factors.

6. How to get renewal fee waived?

Spending >7L a year usually helps in renewal fee waiver, perhaps you can make use of the spend linked offers post hitting 4L.

Bottomline

  • CardExpert Rating: 5/5

With a wonderful reward rate of ~8.5% the American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card is one of the highest rewarding credit card in India and its a must have in your wallet if you love travel benefits.

That said, the only issue with the card might be the acceptance, but it’s understandable that those who gets this card are most likely to use it only at premium hotels and restaurants where the acceptance is generally not an issue.

What’s your take on the American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Author: Siddharth

Helping Indians to choose right credit cards, pick right offers and enjoy luxury vacations for less. Day & night exploring the spiritual reality of our human existence.

42 thoughts on “American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card Review (India)

  1. srikanth

    I’ve explored..
    1.Taj Krishna , Hyderabad
    2. Vivanta by Taj , Hyderabad

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Ah yes, I’ve missed adding Taj Krishna to the list. It was a decent one.

      Reply
  2. Sagar G V

    I’m new to Amex. By any chance, do you have a referral link for their entry-level SmartEarn card? And does Amex often offer Life Time Free cards as promotions or should I just go ahead now and get the entry-level card? Thanks!

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      LTF is rare. You shall use the same link and click on “View our other cards” to apply for other card variants.

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      1. Sagar

        Thanks! I used your referral link to get the SmartEarn card. Though I’m new to Amex, it got approved within 24 hrs!

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  3. Giriwar Dwivedi

    Plz explain how to optimise Taj voucher for stay cation for family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children
    Or any other great way redeem Taj voucher

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    1. Dinesh Sharma

      Yes this would be a great topic to elaborate on.
      Sid, please do consider.

      Reply
  4. Sen

    I have started using an Amex Plat Travel card with a limit of ₹150k, since the last month. I have another credit card with a limit of ₹260k. How many months of usage would it take for an enhancement of credit limit, considering my last month’s usage was about ₹90k and general usage will always be above ₹25-30k?

    I have a good CIBIL score but a not very high net ITR of about ₹550k as I am a professional and take advantage of presumptive taxation at 50% of gross income and thereafter deductions of around ₹200k.

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  5. Sud

    Hi Sid, appreciate your effort for reviewing this card. Do we need to call customer care to get the annual fee waived off?

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  6. Krishna

    Hi Sid,
    As always, a nice review, I’ve used this card for five years and it’s still among the finest for travel. I also have MRCC, and they once transferred my MRCC points to my platinum card when I asked them to and they said its one time offer:), which I transferred into Bonvoy and used for 4+1 free night in Thailand.

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  7. Mahesh S. Panicker

    I have been using the MRCC for nearly 2 years now. Recently, Amex offered an upgrade to the Platinum Travel card FYF. Didn’t go for it, as my travels aren’t that extensive to make use of the benefits of the card that doesn’t offer a fee waver or can effectively be used offline. MRCC, with the monthly bonus rewards can offer up to a 6 percent reward on a spend of 20000, and that will also take care of the card fees too. Think Amex in general, will have to do better in terms of lounge access. The MRCC, with a very high yearly fee unless applied on referral, doesn’t offer any. Even the Platinum Travel card, despite being travel specific, doesn’t offer international lounge. Think the Axis Magnus, despite not being a travel specific card, can give the Platinum Travel a proper run for money for the number 1 travel card in the country as of now!

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  8. Chandra Sekhar Kartha

    I just realized that I only got 7,500 MR points last year when I hit the Rs.1.9L threshold. This is why I make sure to read your articles. Always learn something new and I’ll make sure to call the support team and request for the full 15,000 MR points benefit. Won’t make that mistake again!!

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  9. Vikram W

    Hey thanks for that Note to call customer care for remaining points.
    I used to see that i have been using the card and not getting equivalent points, but never gave it a thought to contact customer care. I think i missed my points of the previous years but at least managed to get them this year.
    Its really strange why i need to call them though.

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  10. A fellow card enthusiast

    Hi Siddharth, great review. You’ve clearly done a lot of research which is evident from the article. You have earned yourself a new fan.
    I’ve got a question, if I may ask. Between this card and Amex MRCC (or some other card from Amex), which one would you recommend for me?
    A little background about me: I’m a 30 year old male living in Mumbai with a salary of 30 lakhs per annum. My annual spends are about 3-4 lakhs per year. I plan to do international trips one each year next year onwards. I’m mostly interested in AirMiles.

    I look forward to your response.
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Saurabh

      If you can reach 4 Lakhs spends in an year, this card is better. MRCC is good for spends upto 20k per month.

      Reply
  11. Chirag Patil

    Thanks for the review. I have been using it for past 4 years. Need to add an important info.
    Once the renewal fees are charged, you can just call their helpline. I did it this year. They just asked me to spend 35 k in 2 months which i did it easily and my renewal fee was reversed in the next billing cycle.
    I was also able to use this card twice at Amex lounge in Mumbai domestic terminal T1.

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  12. Navin

    Hi Siddharth, how does this fare against the HDFC Diners Club Black credit card? Given that both cards have the same fee structure.

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  13. Dharmesh kachiwala

    I am a regular user of Amex reserve card, it’s no more that beneficial card this days, lot of other cards are with good benefits.
    In my City Surat, many of the shops, garments shops, Resturants doesn’t accept the card.
    When ever make travel bookings, doesn’t get any benefits, earlier there was benefits on MMT but no more now.
    Yes need priority pass to access the airport lounge out of India, this card won’t do.
    Only three discount cards for Taj hotels is given, that too is just to say.

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  14. Hardik Trivedi

    Does Amex gives Card on Card basis? I am not fulfilling income criteria of amex

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  15. Sunil

    Hi Sid. Another good article. Have you ever booked Taj Stays under discount rates running on Taj website and faced any issue using Taj Vouchers against that stay?
    I recently booked a stay during Freedom sale offer on taj website but at the time of checkin, they refused to use Taj vouchers for the same. They showed me terms where it says these can be used only on “Public rates” and not for any already discounted booking, not even member rates (one becomes a member just be enrolling to Tata Neu). Took a lot of convincing to finally use them.

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  16. Vamsi

    Hi Siddarth, I am holding a Amex Gold Charge Card for the past 8 years. I have recently used all points only for Marriott transfer. One deterrent was that 24K and 18K collection won’t be available anymore. Having said that, is it beneficial to move to Platinum Travel Card? Thanks, Vamsi

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    1. ismail

      Sir, what do you mean by 24k, 18k collection wont be available anymore? source of this info?
      MRCC card exists on this 24k,18k collection. I will be discontinuing the card if this info is correct

      Reply
      1. Vamsi

        Ismail,

        What I meant was if I move from Gold card to Platinum Travel as my main card then the points from MRCC will need to move in to 1 account led by Platinum travel and then 24K and 18k might not be available.

        If you want to get rid of this then go for Gold Card instead. The combination of Gold and MRCC and give 24k points every year if you simply spend 1.44 Lakhs for monthly spends with some discipline.

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      1. Siddharth Post author

        Me: Hi Vamsi, I enjoyed driving Maruti Alto last few years. Shall I now upgrade to Baleno or maybe Ciaz? 🙂

        It’s quite tough to answer just with little inputs, so I skip such queries.

        That’s why I have the credit card consultation service. It ideally takes about 30 mins to 1hr for beginners to understand the game and arrive at a sweet strategy that they can really make use of.

        I understand that not everyone may afford the fee, in which case, I suggest to go through each reviews and comments which will help you find the answer easily. So many lovely contributors have shared advices generously that you can make use of.

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  17. ismail

    using this card for three years now
    cool points- just above 7 % rewards if annual fee taken into consideration
    not so cool points – 1.obligation to spend 4 Lakhs on a not so acceptable card
    2.rewards of 34000rs Taj vouchers make you think and spend more on a lavish vacation = more expenses
    I am planning to get rid of this card when it approches renewal

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  18. Arun Murugan

    Hi Sid

    Amex is back with the same old trick now !

    Please mention this very clearly, those who are using the referral links, ensure that, they need to provide the same address as that of Aadhar. They pull out the address from Digi Locker.

    If different address, then they take this as an opportunity to reject it, and advise the user to re-apply again.

    Funny thing is, when they again apply, it will state ” After careful consideration, we are sorry to let you know that we will not be able to approve your application ”

    This is the exact wordings they will get.

    Then, after a cooling period of 30-45 days, Amex’s different sourcing team would contact these people and approve the card

    This was those agents get their internal referral benefits, then fees , and then avoid giving refferal bonus to us (8000 points) .

    I know that you (even me) a bug fan of Amex, but this is the bitter truth on how Amex India behave unprofessionally in India.
    They will find a small mistake to reject the application and contact those rejected ones later and approve the same application with same documents which was submitted earlier! Shame on Amex India.

    I have experienced this for 6 friends earlier and even today same thing happened with another friend, will wait for another 3 months and see if they will contact him and approve the application, then I will sue them up 🙂

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for sharing it Arun. Will update accordingly.

      I’m aware that they were using this follow up system excessively in the past but now without the proof I doubt if they can still do it. But yes, very useful info for those who need smooth & fast approval apart from the additional rewards.

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  19. Haidar

    Hey Sid, i have been using CC from last 3 years and my highest limit is 5L. Credit score is good having no negative remarks. But the problem is I have started working 3 months ago and my package is 4LPA😅. Can I apply for this card?

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  20. Sarvajit

    Hey Siddharth,
    You are amazing! Thank you for such amazing reviews and offers that you bring about.
    I have 2 questions-
    1. Does AMEX allow us to hold multiple cards of AMEX? As in, if I take travel card now, tomorrow AMEX MRCC offers Lifetime free, I can opt for that as well while holding Travel card?
    2. I am a HNI based on my income as of now for HDFC(not a salary account though). I have recently opened bank account with them. I don’t have any cards with them, how do I get LTF offers on cards with them?

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    1. Saurabh

      1 – Yes. With Amex, you can hold multiple cards and lower variant will be free for you. So if you have plat travel and MRCC both, MRCC will be free.
      2- Chase your RM .

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  21. Abhansh

    I have got an offer for upgrade but no renewal fee waiver and with my 2-3lakh a year spend on MRCC, i don’t think upgrade is good for me. Since I use IDFC first select card more now because of it’s straight forward rewards and generous lounge access, and Amazon pay card for amazon purchases, even MRCC 1.5lakh spend to waive renewal fee is sometimes hard to come by. Amex really need to add more benefits than removing them to keep their cards trendy.

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  22. Mohit

    Hi Sid, no post from u for long time now even when many new cards has been come out from different bank, Ur post and guidance was helpful all the time so request you to share ur views info abt new cards and/or other useful things abt existing cards. #flywithsid

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  23. Haris Ahmed

    Thanks Sid.
    Glad that I read your article. Got 60k points credited for past 3 years as well, thanks to you.

    Keep sending great stuff!

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  24. Pankaj Singhal

    Hi Sid,
    Are you sure we can transfer milestone rewards to a transfer partner like Marriott? The signup page mentions the following:
    1. Spend Rs. 1.90 lacs in a Card membership year and get 15,000 Membership Rewards points redeemable for Flipkart vouchers or Pay With points option in Amex Travel Online worth Rs. 4,500

    2. Spend Rs. 4 lacs in a Card membership year and additionally get 25,000 Membership Rewards points redeemable for Flipkart vouchers or Pay With Points option in Amex Travel Online worth Rs. 7,500.

    Thanks,
    Pankaj

    Reply

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