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American Express announced limited time benefits for many of their cards due to the ongoing coronavirus travel freeze. Travel credits, hotel and resort credits, free airport lounge access, and upgraded statuses are great if you're traveling – but hardly anyone is travelling at the moment.
Most of these limited time Amex COVID benefits start 1 May 2020 and run for a few months or until the end of 2020. Highlights include $20 streaming credits, $20 cell phone bill credits, and $250-$300 restaurant credits. Take advantage of these limited benefits now and save some money over the next few months.
Note that you do not need to enroll for any of these benefits. They are being automatically added to your card. You might need to switch what card you pay certain things from. I switched my Netflix, cell phone plan, Audible, and Amazon Prime video payment method to the Amex Platinum to take advantage of the $20 per month benefits.
Amex Platinum COVID Limited Time Benefits
- $20 per month for streaming (video or audio) services
- $20 per month for a wireless phone services.
$20 per month (up to $320 per year) of statement credits on select streaming services and wireless telephone services purchased directly from the U.S. service provider from 1 May to 31 December 2020.
Eligible streaming services examples include Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Apple TV+, AT&T Now, Audible, CBS All Access, Direct TV Now, Disney+, ESPN+, Fubo TV, HBO Now, iHeartRadio, Kindle Unlimited, Luminary, Prime Video, Showtime, Sling TV, Stitcher, YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Premium and many others.
Eligible cell phone plans include Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Google Fi and many others.
This is a huge benefit! You can lower your cell phone bill by $20 per month, which should already be low thanks to discounts like the Verizon military discount or Google Fi for military. Note that these credits do not roll over, so you need to use them every month.
The Platinum card also give members $15 of Uber credits that can be used for Uber Eats. I get $90 of Uber credits every month thanks to my multiple Amex Platinum cards.
You should receive an email with the subject: “Important news about your Platinum Card®” to ensure you are eligible for these limited time Amex benefits.
Amex Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant
- Earn 6X Marriott Bonvoy points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $7,500 in eligible purchases (1 May through 31 July 2020)
- Eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, including takeout and delivery, will now qualify toward the $300 Marriott Bonvoy statement credit benefit from 1 June through 31 August 2020. Normally you must use this credit at a Marriott property.
The $300 restaurant credit on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card makes this one a winner! Between my wife and I we have 3 of Bonvoy Brilliants plus 3 Hilton Aspire cards.
From June to August this year my wife and I will get $900 in Bonvoy restaurant credits and $750 in Hilton Aspire credits for $1650 in total restaurant credits.
“Important news about your Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Amex Card” is the title of the email Amex sent out to explain these temporary benefits. Here's a screenshot from the email:
Also see how long does the $300 Marriott Bonvoy credit take to post to your account.
Amex Hilton Honors Aspire Card
Many Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express cardholders received an email with the information below in early May 2020.
- From 1 May to 31 July 2020 earn 12 Hilton Honors points for every $1 spent at U.S. supermarkets
- Free weekend night rewards issued through Dec 31 2020 can now be used any night of the week and any award issued from 1 May to 31 Dec 2020 will be valid for 24 months rather than 12 months
- Unused $250 Hilton Resort statement credit can be applied to US restaurant purchases, including takeout and delivery, from 1 June to 31 Aug 2020
The $250 Hilton Resort statement credit can be used for all U.S. restaurant purchaes from 1 June to 31 August 2020. You can still use the benefit for eligible purchases at participating Hilton Resorts during this time.
Amex does not clearly define U.S. restaurants, but assume anywhere in the United States you buy prepared food, either sit down, takeaway, or delivery as a US restaurant. Amex does define what a US restaurant is NOT:
You also will NOT earn additional rewards at bars, nightclubs, convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores, cafeterias, caterers, theatre clubs, breweries, bakeries and meeting venues.Amex retail definitions
You may not earn additional rewards at a restaurant located within another establishment (e.g. a restaurant inside a hotel, casino, event venue, food court, or campus building). For example, purchases made at a restaurant located within a hotel may be recognized as a purchase at a hotel, not a restaurant.
Note that even though breweries and bars don't count, usually microbreweries that serve food alongside beer or other alcoholic beverages codes as a restaurant.
Points earned through purchases on all Hilton American Express Cards, that post to the Card Member’s Hilton Honors account between May 1 to December 31, 2020 are considered “Base Points” and will count towards Elite tier qualification and Lifetime Diamond Status. This is a nice benefit if you are trying to earn a higher tier status, but not relevant if you have the Amex Hilton Aspire card, as it has automatic Diamond status.
Amex Gold Card
No special COVID-19 related benefits for the Amex Gold card, but note that this card already earns 4x points on U.S. supermarkets and 4x points on restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery.
Amex Green Card
$10 per month (up to $80 for 2020) of statement credits on eligible wireless telephone charges. You receive an email with the title “Important news about your American Express® Green Card.”
The Amex Green card already gets 3x points on restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery. Military can upgrade an Amex Green card to another Amex Platinum and get all annual fees waived. Read my full Amex Green card review for more details.
Amex Business Platinum
Up to $320 in statement credits on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. purchases for shipping (up to $20 per month on each, from May through December 2020). Shipping includes UPS, FedEX, USPS, and other couriers
Amex Business Platinum card members will receive up to $200 in additional statement credits for U.S. purchases with Dell Technologies, for a total of up to $400 in statement credits in 2020 when added to the existing Shop Dell with Business Platinum benefit ($100 in additional statement credits from May 1 through June 30, 2020 and up to $100 in additional statement credits between July 1 and December 31, 2020).
Amex Delta Credit Cards Coronavirus Benefits
Amex Delta credit cards including the Delta Reserve, Platinum, Gold and Blue all earn 4x points at U.S. supermarkets 1 May to 31 July 2020. The email title explaining these limited time benefits should be “Important news about your Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Card.”
Amex Extends Welcome Bonus Timelines
Due to the impact of COVID-19, for eligible Card accounts approved from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 for which you are eligible for a welcome offer, the period to make eligible purchases to earn a welcome bonus will be extended for an additional 3 months. Eligible Cards are U.S. Consumer and Business Cards issued by American Express National Bank to a Basic Card Member.Amex Website
Any welcome bonus you're working on, such as the 60,000 point Amex Platinum welcome bonus when you spend $5000 in the first 3 months, is extended another 3 months. Read my full Amex Platinum for military review for more details.
AMEX COVID Benefits FAQ
For my Amex Platinum streaming credit for an Amazon Prime movie, it took 2 days for the credit to post to my account. Amex Terms and Conditions say it could take 2-4 weeks for the statement credits to post, but it seems to happen much quicker than that.
It took 4 days for my Amex Platinum wireless credits to post to my account. I paid my Google Fi bill, which happened to be $20. I received