Get Amex Platinum Travel Credit Card FREE for First Year

By | January 10, 2019

American Express is starting off 2019 with one of the most attractive offer that you could imagine. Now get a new American Express Platinum travel Credit Card FREE for first year – Yes you heard it right. Unlike corporate/airport offers, this offer doesn’t come with any condition of 12L/15L per annum income criteria.

Why should You get it?

It is probably the best travel credit card in India at the moment as it is wonderfully rewarding for someone who loves travelling. With a nice ~7% reward rate, you get American Express domestic travel vouchers & Rs.10k Taj Voucher every year based on spends.

It has given me unforgettable experiences in 2018 like the stay in Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Chennai. It even gives access to great spend based offers like the 2018 Amex Diwali Offer and many other merchant offers from time to time.

You can also take advantage of the supplementary card offer along with this to get Rs.2000 worth of Amazon vouchers for free. That’s so cool isn’t it?

If you’re looking for a detailed review of the card, here are the links to some of my articles in the past,

How to get it?

While Amex haven’t updated the waiver offer on their main website, this offer reflects only on the referral site and here’s the link for you to apply,

Note: You’ll also be eligible for additional 2000 Bonus Points on spending Rs.5000 within first 90 days of Cardmembership by applying through above link.

It appears to be a short term offer and may get revoked anytime. So, if you’re having an idea to get the Amex Platinum Travel Credit Card, this is probably the best time to apply!

Thanks to Ramna for spotting the offer.

58 thoughts on “Get Amex Platinum Travel Credit Card FREE for First Year

  1. Prashant Gupta

    I got an offer of free membership reward card for lifetime if i continue to pay the fees for platinum reserve card.

      1. Sakthivel

        Hi Sid,

        How are you. I like your blog very much. My query is already I. Holding 3 amex card. One gold charge and 2 rewards card. I can able to apply and get this Amex Platinum Travel Credit Card FREE of cost..

        Thanks in advance.

      2. Kartheek

        I got a similar offer too, having a Platinum reserve card. However, I wonder if I should switch to Platinum travel card or MRCC because I get more points through these than Reserve card. Also I stay abroad most of the year so most of benefits like Max hospital, golf course and others are of no use to me. What’s your take on the reserve card vs Platinum travel vs Free MRCC card.

  2. Nikhil Jain

    Whats the eligibility criteria for this card?
    Also, the Supplementary card offer which gives Rs. 1000 per card is available under the first year free offer?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      – The usual eligibility criteria for Amex applies. You can find all that info on application page.
      – Yes

      1. Nikhil Jain

        Supplementary card offer which gives Rs. 1000 per card is available under the first year free offer?

        Also, as Indigo vouchers aren’t of much use to me, can I convert this card to lower end everyday spends card 1 year later? If not, will it effect my cibil if i close this card after 1 year? And if I close this card after 1 year and apply any other AMEX in future, will they allow me to apply as a new customer?

        1. Siddharth Post author

          – Yes, Supp. card offer can be availed. No such restrictions.
          – Its Spicejet vouchers now. Well, as long as you’re using regularly for 1yr, the temporary ding on score will be fixed
          – Last query, well, i’m not sure about it.

          1. Prashant Gupta

            Yea u can apply in future. In fact i had closed this card withing 1 month of joining and again after 3 months i asked customer care that i want the card again. They were happy to give me the card and as i had some major spends to do they delivered it to me in 4 days.

      2. Nikhil Jain

        Hi Prashant, You had applied for the same card or any other card after closing it?
        In my case, I will be applying for a lower end variant after 1 year. is that allowed?

  3. AJAI

    Sadly I got rejected for MRCC lifetime free “15Lac offer” because I had held Jet Amex card till 7 months back. Going to apply for this but only if my chances for lifetime free MRCC is not nullified.

  4. Sreekanth

    The website asks for 14 digit KYC Identification Number. Even Aadhaar has 12 digits. Can’t pass through that step. Do you what can I fill there?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      They’re referring to the “CKYC Number”.

      Checked with Cust. Care now and they said to type anything there, You may use Aadhaar no with 00 infront. Call cust. care if you still face issues. Reachable at: 1800 419 2122

      1. Anand

        Any possibility to get that card as I am in non service location, or can I get it by mentioning friends or relatives address.

  5. Atul Shah

    While applying for this card, they ask for net annual income which must be greater than 6L. Now, what is the meaning of Net annual income. I am self employed and my ITR’s ‘Gross Total Income’ column shows an amount of 6.35L am I eligible for this card?

  6. Nishit Sanghvi

    Can I get any amex card on card on card basis?? If yes then what is the minimum limit required??

  7. Arul

    I already had this card , speend 2lks. and cancelled before renew.
    Today I applied this card once using above link and confirmation page say “will notify with 20 days”.

    Is anyone applied? is it instant approval or do I need to wait for few days?

  8. Priyansh Modi

    Do check if you got bonus points for referral- recieved my plat reserve today.

    Now I hold jet plat, plat reserve. Can I then get this card alongside for free?
    And does it make sense to hold it?

    P.S- going to close jet plat for sure in next 4 months or so, as not worth it anymore. Even plat reserve not sure if want it for long term

    Only 2 cards I really want are Jet diners (for tier points to make me plat member) and Jet black (for 33% value on most of spends)

    While had a talk with HDFC people and might get it against FD, have you ever heard case of people getting both cards? Don’t mind paying fees and combined limit

    1. Siddharth Post author

      Bonus points will get posted on spending 5k in first 90 days.

      Yes, you can get it for free. Makes sense if you can spend. Meanwhile, note that u need 6 months gap between 2 amex approved applications.

      Hdfc, it might be tough in one shot.

      1. Priyansh Modi

        True. I guess I would ask them to issue me a Jet Diners against FD, get the tier points.and miles and post that will ask to change to diners black after few months.

        Not super high spends on any cards, so not going for another Amex.
        Infact thinking to discontinue following in next few.months:

        – ICICI Jet Rubyx (Might get it upgraded to Sapphiro due to high spends based offers on ICICI Amex)
        – Jet Plat – unsure regarding Jet

        Will keep Plat reserve for a year and depending on their offers, will.plan ahead.
        Continue with Citi premieremiles (first card), HDFC diners, yes preferred and axis priority (life time free for last 2) and even SBI IRCTC – (just for those SBI offers tbh)

        If not Sapphiro, might go for MMT Signature in ICICI to keep ICICI card.

        Any views? Any card you would suggest to keep or use more or such ?? Most spends on Amazon/Flipkart’s and some on travel portal and Paytm.

  9. Rajeev

    Nice! Thanks for sharing. Can I still apply if i already have a AMex MRCC card ? It was issued just 4 months back. Not sure if they will issue one more ! And in case rejected, if that can affect my credit score ?

    1. Siddharth Post author

      6 months is the usual cooling period before you go for 2nd card with Amex.

  10. Rohit

    On Amex MRCC, if you spend 4k per month for 24 months, you get 24,000 RP which can be encashed for 10k INR as statement credit. That is a >10% return on a spend of ~1 lakh spread over 2 years. That is what i’ve been using and looks better for me. I got MRCC lifetime-free.

  11. Abhi

    On 7th only I applied or this through AmEx desk at Delhi-T3. At 3500/5000 with NO spend based waivers.
    Couldn’t you have come with this a little earlier :'(

  12. Srikanth V V

    I had discussion about this card some time back with the card provider agent/employee (not sure though). The rewards for the 1.9L and 4L will be delivered to customer after completion of 1 year. so i think for that we have to pay the second year fee. Let me know if i am wrong.

    1. Mrinal T

      not at all true , the points are immediately credited when you cross the threshold , those points can be redeemed at any point of time within 3 years from credit , Taj voucher at 4 lacs gets mailed to you automatically when you cross the threshold which has a validity date of 6 months , i have used those 2 times (set off against the total bill, but booking has to be via taj phonelines or on their website )

  13. Sourav

    Hi Siddharth, is this card better than Diners Black? I have Diners Black and Yes preferred.

  14. Kartheek

    I got a lifetime free MRCC offer, having a Platinum reserve card. However, I wonder if I should switch to Platinum travel card or MRCC because I get more points through these than Reserve card. Also I stay abroad most of the year so most of benefits like Max hospital, golf course and others are of no use to me. What’s your take on the reserve card vs Platinum travel vs Free MRCC card.

  15. Rahul Singh

    A small catch.

    Supplement card offer applicable only till 31 Jan, so my primary card has to be approved or issued by then. Wish we knew svoit this few weeks earlier. Moreover, there is no renewal benefit on 5000+ tax fees.

    Still is it an attractive card?

  16. Surya

    I feel AMEX should launch some new variant cards in India, may be some Co-branded cad with hotels or airlines. If they do that then only they can catch up with other cards especially HDFC & SBI which are growing at a faster pace.

  17. Dhruv Luhariwal

    Do all category of spends count towards the 4 Lacs worth of spends?

    1. Amex Guy

      Slightly complicated. All spends count for vouchers of Rs. 26000 since you get them using milestone MR points. The extra ~3500 vouchers come from redeeming accumulated MR points. So fuel and insurance won’t count for them.

      1. Gaurav Malik

        Hi Amex Guy…Kind of confused between 1L MR or 40,000 Taj Vouchers. Need to choose one. But what I have read the MR are more valuable than the Taj Vouchers. What’s your take on this?

        1. Amex Guy

          1L MR, any day of the week. Even in worst of redemptions, you will get more than 60K worth of value at Marriott/SPG compared to 40K Taj. Also, Taj vouchers don’t cover your GST portion so it’s a super bummer. While on Marriott redemptions, there is no GST!

          You should comfortably get 80K value on MR. 1L if you spend a little time. And much much more if you wanna get into serious travel hacking. 🙂

          I’m thinking of writing a letter on definite first steps to take on Plat and Prestige memberships. Will give it out to Sid soon!

          1. Gaurav Malik

            Thank you for the response. That would be really helpful. You are alway the goto man esp when it comes to Amex Plat and Prestige 😀

          2. SH

            Looking forward. I am sure there will be new learning.

            Also is there an Amex Auto program like you alluded to in another of Sid’s post?

  18. Anshul

    Thanks to the referral bonus, you @Siddharth will one day own a BMW through amex rewards! 😀

  19. Amit

    Awesome offer but unfortunately, I got the card delivered 1 day before your article was published, as I decided to apply after reading reviews.

    They are not ready to waive off 3500+taxes even though final landing page belongs to American express.

    To my surprise, even AMEX team is also surprised that there is a website like yours which has comprehensive reviews. They felt great when they saw another article of AMEX ZOMATO offer.

  20. Nagraj

    I had a Platinum Travel card for 4+ years which i just recently got cancelled. I have a Citibank Prestige and an HDFC Diners Black. I think Amex suffers from a few problems – the low credit limit (1/3rd of what i got in both my other cards), no lounge benefits post the first year (that too limited visits on your Priority Pass) and reward yields that aren’t that great compared to both my other cards. Didn’t feel the need to keep it just for the occasional Amex offers – it makes more sense to hold onto a cheaper 499 Membership card for these

  21. Tuhin

    sir, i am new to credit card world.
    i have hdfc diners club miles, i get 4 point on spent of 150/- + 10xpoint on smartbuy
    amex card 1point spent of 50/-, 3 point spent of 150/- + priority pass.
    amex 2point=1jet privilege point / hdfc 1dinersclub mile point = 1 jp point
    should i get amex? why? only for priority pass?
    please answer

  22. Msar

    I applied it through the above link and got approved. And due to my rewards cards they approved it on C2C basis. No need for a y additional documentation.
    Will update once I get it in my hands and that is in the next 5 business days.

  23. KIRAN

    Hi guys,
    What is the maximum credit limit one can expect on this credit card,


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