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American Express Platinum Edge - No Annual Fee for 1st Year, Free Flight + 13,500 Points (After $200 Spend at Priceline)

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Got an email from Priceline indicating they partnered up with American Express. First year membership is free with a free domestic flight annually and 13,500 AmEx Membership Rewards Bonus Points (redeemable for a $100 gift card) after you spend $200 at Priceline.

Features:

  • 10 Membership Rewards points for every $1 spent at Priceline (need to be in Priceline Sister Club to join but free).
  • Spend $200 at Priceline in the first 90 days of being approved and receive 13,500 Membership Rewards Bonus Points - Use these points to redeem a $100 gift card (including Priceline).
  • No annual fee for the first year ($195 thereafter)
  • 1 x complimentary VIrgin Australia Saver Fare domestic return flight each year
  • 55 days interest free on purchases
  • Earn 3 points per $1 spent at major supermarkets, 2 points per $1 spent at major petrol stations, 1 point per $1 spent elsewhere (excluding certain bills which are 0.5 points)

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  • Any other amex deals have free first year and free domestic flight?

      • Thanks

      • I used a referral link and registered and just received my card and activated it, how long till we get the points? cheers !

        • +1

          Depends on the card - each one has different requirements.
          Eg. Platinum Edge: Must spend $500 on the new Card in the first 2 months of Card Membership. 15,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points will be awarded to the eligible Card Member’s account 8-10 weeks after the spend criteria has been met.

        • @Holysmoke: you are right about the $500, thanks so much.

  • If I were to cancel within the first year, can the AMEX points be rolled up to other AMEX point programs or would I have to "cash out"?

  • Good one OP! I've been looking for a first year free Platinum Edge deal.

  • i dont think priceline is big enough to issue credit card (partner with amex)!

  • +1

    No bonus points in this offer, so got to decide if the 15k bonus points from referrals is worth $195, or if no bonus points but no fee is better (this deal). Decisions, decisions!

  • +1

    have to spend $200 at priceline first to get this $100 gift card

    • +2

      Plus it's not actually a voucher, it's 13.5k points which can be converted to a voucher (or other, better value things like airline points).

  • +2

    Reading the finer print, you will only receive the $100 Priceline voucher if you spend $200 at Priceline using your AMEX within the first 90 days of opening.

    Also, you redeem the $100 Priceline voucher using an AMEX bonus of 13,500 points, which doesn't have to be used on Priceline.

    Take note if you're after the voucher! $200 is a lot to spend at Priceline (unless you're make up/skincare junkie) and I usually find their prescription prices are higher than other pharmacies.

    • +3

      Ask them to price match on scripts - I found they will come to the party no worries :)

      • Okay. I'm not a big price matching person (afraid of rejection!), but at least I could try in the future.

      • Is Priceline a chemist?? I've never seen medications in their store. :-O

        If so, I presume I'd still get 10 points/$ on my existing platinum edge?

        • There are Priceline Pharmacies, these offer pharmacy services in addition to the usual lines ordinary Pricelines stock.

    • I, in my case, would hit them with five repeats of my blood pressure medication but only if they accepted to price match with C Warehouse- I doubt if they would decline. =$204.00.
      For this offer one (I) would need to spend the $200 early as possible so as not to forget.
      ……For those in the know: With all the Amex deals of the past with cash back being applicable, this card would qualify for those type of deals yes???

      • Would a chemist be able to dispense 5 repeats? I thought there were limits on the amount of repeats you can have unless you have a valid reason (e.g. holiday).

        Perhaps it would be better to buy expensive perfume and sell it off for a loss somewhere. Or maybe some cosmetics?

        • +1

          Going overseas as I have said before as an excuse and was able to receive three repeats. I shall agree it's left open as to a way to make the minimum purchase

        • They often do depending on the Meds

        • @binatang:

          I have had trouble getting chemist to double fill script for asthma meds when I am about to travel. Can I quote something, Bintang? It's a pain to make a second trip a few days later.

        • @kobrien456:
          I may have to stand corrected on this kob. Twas over a year and a half ago that Tony White chemist dosed 3 scripts of blood pressure meds on the excuse I was going OS. That was on the Stocklands shopping centre half price vouchers popular then. only last week did Chem Warehouse deny me 2 although I didn't hassle them over the matter. They may have closed down their dispensing rules or I was just lucky way back. A Doctors direction to issue multiple may help? But then again you don't want to stuff around too much

        • @binatang: Thanks mate.

        • @kobrien456: Welcome

  • how about the free flight? does that sounds like a good deaL? any catch there?

  • +1

    T & C

    Offer only available to new American Express Card Members who apply at www.priceline.com.au/amex by 31 December 2015, are approved and spend $200 at Priceline on their Card within the first 90 days of Card Membership. Card members who currently hold or have held an American Express Card in the preceding 12-month period are ineligible for this offer. 13,500 Membership Rewards Points will be awarded to the eligible card member’s account 8-10 weeks after the spend criteria has been met. Points are equivalent to a $100 Gift Card which can be redeemed at various merchants including Priceline. The advertised offer is not applicable or valid in conjunction with any other advertised or promotional offer.

    • I only cancelled my Amex a couple of weeks ago (just before the end of my first year free period) - however it was a platinum rewards card rather than platinum edge. I qualified and received the platinum edge today.

      I'm not sure how I got it, but I did!

    • Mmm this has me worried too.

  • Awesome deal.
    One of the best "consistent" cards out there. Even with the annual fee. Would be a great deal with the annual fee waived alone.

    edit: Having said that, I think I would've preferred bonus points instead.

    • Given you're the resident credit card guru, which is better (in your opinion):
      1. 15k bonus points and $195 fee
      2. no bonus points and no fee?

      • +2

        lol
        Assume you "pay" $195 annual fee to get the 15k points.

        How much would the 15000 points be able to get you in terms of redemption?
        13500 points for $100.
        If you "approximate" this to offset the annual fee, you're still left with ~$80 annual fee.

        So Option #2.

        If you intend to use it on premium air travel.. it's possible #1 is better.

  • I already have a plat card. Would i need to cancel this first

    • u wont be able to apply if it is an amex platinum card

      • I am interested on this point as I know with a lot of Amex sign up offers you can still get the card and the no annual fee (if no annual fee is the office) , you just forfeit the bonus points if you already hold a card .

        Doe anyone have any experience in this area ?

  • +4

    I'm confused - this deal seems to give you 13500 Membership Rewards Points after spending $200 at Priceline. With a standard referral, you get 15000 points for spending $195 on the annual fee (and then spending some amount anywhere). Is the choice not between

    • Spend $200, get 13500 points and $200 worth of stuff from Priceline
    • Spend $195, get 15000 points

    In which case, this deal would be the obvious way to go? Maybe I've misunderstood

    • +3

      Or you can not spend the $200 and still get the card for free

    • +2

      I think it would be Spend $200 at Priceline, get 15500 points and $200 worth of stuff from Priceline (the extra 2000 points are the 10:1 regular points)

      • +1

        So $5 for 500 points and $200 of stuff. Sounds like a good deal to me.

        • Especially if you can find stuff you would have bought anyway

  • +1

    I wonder if the 10 points per $ also works on the Platinum Edge cards not signed up through the Priceline limk?

    • +2

      Yea that 10 points per $ is actually really really impressive.
      ~8% return.

    • +1

      I don't think it is. Here is the relevant part of the T&C for the 10:1 (here the "bonus points" appears to refer to the 10:1, not the 13,500 points):

      Bonus Points offer only available to Priceline Sister Club members who apply in response to this offer by 31 December 2015, and are approved. The offer allows 10 Membership Rewards points per AUD$1 spent at participating Priceline stores in Australia or Online at https://www.priceline.com.au/ and on any Priceline Protects insurance policy. Offer valid when you pay with your American Express® Platinum Edge Credit Card. Subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Membership Rewards program available at www.membershiprewards.com.au/termsandconditions. Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for Bonus Points to be credited to your account.

  • Depending on where you depart from, some places do not have a lot of choice on these AMEX free flights - best check that before applying.

    • Is there a list of destinations, in particular from Perth.

      • +1

        Flights out of Perth aren't bad mate, - I've had mine for a couple years - most capital cities and can even get return to Broome!

        Check them all here
        https://www.americanexpress.com/australia/campaigns/platinum...

        • Yeah Perthons actually get the best deal from this. Whereas Hobarters get the worst.

        • If you know, how long after joining can you take advantage of the free flight?

        • +1

          I used my first flight within 2 months if that helps… The AMEX guys are pretty excellent when it comes to customer service so I wouldn't be surprised if you could cash it in as soon as you're approved.

  • +1

    Good deal but Platinum Edge Card doesn't link to Qantas FF points :(

    • Only the Qantas range of Amex cards or the Platinum charge card allow you to transfer Amex reward to Qantas.

      • Or the co-branded cards available through professional associations.

  • You need a well paying job to have an AMEX card, right?
    (I'm a uni student).

    • +1

      Yeah, Amex's standards are far higher than those of the banks. In some cases they're just bone headed. I got declined for upgrading a card with no higher limit, which they'd invited me to apply for, despite my relatively high spend and blemish free repayment history - I was happy to cancel soon after.

    • I started off with their Gold Ascent when I was 20, moved to Platinum Edge after a couple years. A year after that, I got my Green charge and now have my Platinum Charge and Platinum Reserve. Build a history with them if you're starting off, but when I first started, my salary was under $25K (part-time). Btw, I'm not associated with Priceline, it checked itself.

      • You could've unticked it? lol

        The $1200/year Platinum Charge?

        • yeah he could've unticked it.. just happened to me too lol

        • +1

          Yes, that $1200/Yr Platinum Charge. I've justified my travel and expenses to make it worthwhile. If they remove Accor Plus privileges, I'll ponder whether I'll stay next year.

  • Might be too late to take advantage with this offer http://www.reddit.com/r/AustralianMakeup/comments/3a0wc9/pri...

    • Wait why too late? That starts Thursday. Or do you mean it'll take too long to receive the card?

      • im thinking receiving the card and then that promotion will be finished by then?

        • Yea I guess that must be it.
          You could always try and buy it first and ask to "refund" and "repurchase" it. Just make it clear that you're doing it so that your purchase is on a different card and you're not ACTUALLY trying to get a refund.

        • @illumination:

          yeah just a bit messy doing that and if you can be bothered lol

          first i'd need to get the card but got so many cards already but credit rating could be st a nowadays lol

  • +1

    Just to also clarify, I can sign up then use my free flights, then cancel before my year is up to avoid a new year's fee?

    So, at a minimum, if I don't care about using the card then I'm getting at least a free return domestic flight, right? No other catches?

    • Please respond someone

      • I don't see any reason you wouldn't be able to do that because:

        • The annual fee for the second year will only be charged before your second year begins
        • You can use the flight immediately
        • There is no "minimum 12 months" or whatever clause/contract (AFAIK this doesn't exist with any credit card)

        So I will say yes with 95% confidence.

  • how much is the minimun income?

    • +1

      Household pre-tax income of $50K

  • is the free annual fee only available to new Amex members?

    • T & C

      Offer only available to new American Express Card Members who apply at www.priceline.com.au/amex by 31 December 2015, are approved and spend $200 at Priceline on their Card within the first 90 days of Card Membership. Card members who currently hold or have held an American Express Card in the preceding 12-month period are ineligible for this offer.

      • "Card members who currently hold or have held an American Express Card in the preceding 12-month period are ineligible for this offer."

        just to clarify but you mean any existing amex card holders can't apply for this card/offer?

        I've had an amex for 5 years now so that means I can't get this card too?

        • I know of someone who has 10 AMEX cards, signed through different companies, and is able to utilised the deals offered before closing relevant accounts to avoid incurring of fees.

          I wonder if anyone else can confirm if this is possible?

      • Do bank issued amexes count as well?
        I've got a bank Amex, but would like to get a platinum edge card for the flights (live in Perth, so good deal)

        • No. They're not Amex cards as such, but Amex licenced cards.

  • Can I apply for this card and not spend the $200.00 in Priceline and still get the flights with the annual fee waived? Also where can I check availability of flights?

    • Yes you can (they are 2 separate offers)
      I think you need to call to find out but I've heard availability is quite good.

      • Thanks, think I am going to apply.

  • How long does it take from application to getting the card usually?

    • They say 5-10 working days

  • If I end up cancelling the card just before the 12 months, does anyone know what will happen to my outstanding point balance?

    • Will disappear, but you could "store" the points in a Starwood Preferred Guest hotel account which is free, and also lets you transfer to some airlines too.

  • Hi ozbargainer,

    May I ask if I can book the free flight during public holidays?

    I am thinking to go to Melbourne during xmas and see if i can make a good use of the free tickets.

    Thanks

    • You'll probably have to call them to find out about availability.

  • Card arrived today. Ready to book my free flights. Great bargain! Will be using this instead of the Coles MC for everyday items. Cheers again, OP

    • Did you get a letter or e-mail before receiving the card confirming that you had been approved?

      • No.

        On another note, I've been discussing the issue of points and cards with illumination. I'll keep the Coles MC for price protection purposes or where Amex is not available. Under $100 I'll use the ING paywave where possible.

        • Thanks. How long did it take to receive your card after applying? I haven't heard or received anything yet, but it's only been 6 working days.

        • @tanoshiiki: Took 10 to 12 working days for me.

        • @OldBugger:
          I got an SMS today saying "Congratulations" and that it will be delivered within 7 business days. Just in time hopefully to do a prescription refill.

  • -1

    I cannot spend $200 in priceline and don't want to.
    So I will be return because of change of mind ;-)
    see details here: https://www.priceline.com.au/priceline-policies/returns-and-...

    • if you mean you intend to spend $200 and then refund your purchases I don't think thats wise, pretty sure Amex will cancel the points.
      please correct me if I'm wrong

      • +1

        Yes, this is what I meant.

        Will let you know once done :)
        I am not losing much since it is mostly for free flights.

  • +1

    Does anyone know if

    "Card members who currently hold or have held an American Express Card in the preceding 12-month period are ineligible for this offer."

    refers to the David Jones Amex card as well? think I saw somewhere it depends on if it was issued by Amex themselves or a bank/djs/etc

    EDIT: just got off the phone with amex, DJ's amex is still amex so no deal haha

  • what about buying a priceline giftcard for $200 and spend in 1 year when the price is right?

    • That's a good idea. Has anyone tried it?

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