Upgrade the Amex Green Card to Another Free Military Amex Platinum

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Active duty military servicemembers can upgrade the American Express Green card to another Amex Platinum and pay no annual fees on multiple Amex Platinums.

Read my full Amex Green Card review for military servicemembers.

Upgrading an Amex Green Card to another Platinum is a great strategy if you want to collect a lot of Platinum cards.

After you upgrade your Green card, you can open another Green card to maintain access to the great bonus categories offered by the revamp card. You will not be eligible for a welcome bonus but can still open a new Green card account.

American Express Green Card for Military: No Annual Fee!

This is a similar upgrade deal to the American Express Gold Card, which you can upgrade to a Platinum after one year.

With no annual fee for US military personnel, and a few tricks, the AMEX Green Card becomes quite powerful for military servicemembers. You can product change (PC) or upgrade this card to an AMEX Platinum card after 1 year (details below)

Upgrade Amex Green to a Platinum

Military SCRA MLA AMEX Platinum
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express – learn how to apply
  • Annual fee of $695 waived for US military personnel and spouses (rates and fees)
  • Best Ever Public Offer: Earn 100,000 Membership Reward Points welcome bonus (valued at $2000+) when you spend $6000 in the first 6 months
  • Earn 10x points at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the US up to $25,000 in combined purchases for the first 6 months (an extra 250,000 points potentially!)
  • Earn 5x points on airfare booked directly with airline or on amextravel.com up to $500,000 per calendar year
  • Earn 5x points on prepaid hotels at amextravel.com
  • $200 annual Hotel Credit: Get $200 statement credit on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts or the Hotel Collection booked on Amex Travel and paid for with your Platinum Card
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credits: Up to $20 in monthly statement credits when you use your Platinum card to pay for: Peacock, Audible, Sirius, and the New York Times. Enrollment Required.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on Uber Eats and rides
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at 1 qualifying airline
  • $100 annual Saks Fifth Avenue credit, can be used for gift cards, enrollment required
  • 40 Centurion Lounges and 1200+ Priority Pass airport lounge access for free
  • $179 CLEAR Credit: Get through airport security faster with CLEAR
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Heavy metal card that looks and feels really cool
  • The Platinum Card® from American Express – learn how to apply
  • Read my full review of the Amex Platinum card for military, terms apply

The best part of the AMEX Green Card for military is one year after you open the account you are eligible to upgrade to the American Express Platinum card. This is true even if you already have another AMEX Platinum.

As long as you keep the Green card on a separate login for your AMEX online account, you should be offered the upgrade link online. Even if you added the Green to your current login on AMEX, you can drop the card from your login and create a new AMEX login to manage the card.

This is an easy process and does not affect your account management or status with American Express in the least.

As long as the new AMEX online account you created does not have another Platinum card attached to it, you should be able to upgrade your Green card with a link.

This is an awesome way to add more AMEX Platinum cards to your inventory. Since military servicemembers pay no annual fees on AMEX cards, you can stack all the benefits on the AMEX Platinum.

Upgrading to Amex Platinum for Military

Let's say you and your spouse both have a “vanilla” (regular) AMEX Platinum, an AMEX Gold Card you upgraded to Platinum, and an upgraded Amex Green to Platinum. That's six AMEX Platinum cards with no annual fees, saving you $3300 in annual fees.

You'll also get all the welcome bonuses for these six cards as you build your Platinum Portfolio, which could be worth 300,000+ MR points.

But wait, there's more. Since each Platinum card comes with it's own benefits, every year you'll get:

  • $1200 in Uber credits (6 x $200), also valid on Uber Eats
  • $1200 in airline fee credits (6 x $200)
  • $600 in statement credit at Saks Fifth Avenue (6 x $100)
  • Free Priority Pass access to airport lounges and Centurion Lounges
  • 2 Free Global Entry membership ($200 value)
  • Free Hilton Honors and SPG Gold Status

This is free money you're leaving on the table by not building your Platinum card collection as a military member. Start building your collection today with the American Express Green Card and pick up the easy welcome bonus now. Then, after a year upgrade the card to a Platinum and reap the Platinum benefits.

Amex Green Card Membership Rewards Points

AMEX Membership Rewards are one of two of the most flexible credit card reward systems. Along with Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Membership Rewards allows the most valuable transfers to airline and hotel partners.

This flexibility allows you to book awesome business and first class tickets on great airlines. For instance, I booked a round trip flight including stops in Dubai, New Zealand, and Australia for New Year's and Christmas this year.

You can also use the points for Amazon purchases, booking travel through AMEX's portal, and buying gift cards. Usually though, you should save your points up for a transfer to a travel partner for the most valuable redemptions. MR points are frequently valued at 1.5-2.5 cents per point or 100 points = $1.50-2.50.

Check out my Amex Green card review to see the latest bonus points offered. Opening a Green card is am easy way to pick up some extra MR points on the way to building your Platinum collection.

Head over here to apply for an Amex Green card.

If you have upgraded your AMEX Green card to a Platinum, let me know in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Upgrade the Amex Green Card to Another Free Military Amex Platinum”

  1. Hi, you briefly discussed dropping the AMEX Green Card from the login and creating a new login to manage it (in order to receive the upgrade link) do you think you could describe how to go about this process a little more? Would I have to reapply for MLA benefits on the new login?

    • Hey, I covered how to create a separate Amex login in this post. You do not need to reapply for MLA benefits on the new login as MLA benefits are applied per account and per Social Security Number. Once you have MLA benefits tied to one account and your SSN, you should never need to reapply again.

  2. If we get a Hilton honors card and get the welcome bonus points and then later upgrade it to the Hilton Honors aspire card, are we still eligible for the 150,000 bonus points or just the other benefits of the card and not the points?

    Thanks a lot for all of your work

    • Open the highest tier card first, so in this case the Aspire card. Collect the welcome offer. Then open the next highest tier card, in this case the Surpass. Collect the welcome offer. Then open the lowest tier, the no annual fee AMEX Hilton Honors card. After about a year you should get offers to upgrade. If you’re given an upgrade offer with an associated bonus, you are eligible for that bonus even if you already received a bonus on the same card. Upgrade offers are treated separately from welcome offers. Hope that helps!


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