How to maximize the elite status benefits from
The Platinum Card from American Express

Last updated on January 21, 2022
First posted on October 18, 2016


8 Hotel Elite Statuses
4 Car Rental Elite Statuses
1 Cruise Line Elite Status

 


Here is one of those non-point or miles hacks to consider if you travel at least a few times per year. If you travel lots chances are you hold elite status with at least one or a couple of hotel chain frequent guest programs so this may not apply to you. But what if you only travel semi-frequently and can't hit those 25, 50 or more nights required from various programs. Or maybe you just got hired on with a company and will travel lots in but won't get hotel status until later in the year or next year? Or perhaps your company books the lowest rates for each of your trips and has you with a different brand every time so that you can't hit those stay or point level requirements in each program for status? Then what do you do? You get yourself The Platinum Card from American Express.

The card has some of the most exceptional benefits of any card in Canada but also comes with a somewhat hefty annual fee of $699. That being said you can easily make use of the $699 with the annual $200 travel credit (use it for one of those hotel stays or for flights etc.), the airport lounge access (see our Guide to Business Class lounge access here) and tying in with this post, it gives you elite status with three hotel frequent guest programs that can then be extended to other programs that match status. In the end you should hold some sort of elite level status with a minimum of nine hotel chains, one cruise program and one car rental program!

 


Canadian Loyalty Programs

  Elite status that comes with the card


To begin with, The Platinum Card from American Express comes with the following Elite Status benefits:

  • Hilton Honors Gold Elite Status
  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status
  • Radisson Rewards Gold Elite Status
  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star Status

To receive these automatic elite statuses you'll have to log in to your Amex account and register for them. Once registered, these are just some of the benefits you get with each of the above programs:

Hilton Honors Gold Elite Status

Hilton Status

Key benefits:

  • 80% bonus points on all Hilton stays
  • Space available room upgrades
  • Daily Food & Beverage Credit (U.S. hotels only) or Continental Breakfast (non-U.S. hotels)

Click here to learn more about Hilton Honors Gold Elite Status on Hilton's site.

 

Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status

Marriott Status

Key benefits:

  • 25% bonus points on all Marriott stays
  • Enhanced room upgrades
  • 2pm late check out

Click here to learn more about Marriott Gold Elite Status on Marriott's site.

 

Radisson Rewards Gold Elite Status

Radisson Elite Status

Key benefits:

  • 5 bonus points per US$ spent on all Radisson stays
  • Enhanced room upgrades
  • 2pm late check out

Click here to learn more about Radisson Rewards Gold Elite Status on Radisson's site.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star Elite Status

Hertz Status

Key benefits:

  • 25% bonus points on Hertz rentals
  • One car class upgrade
  • Expedited rental service

Click here to learn more about Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star Status on Hertz's site.

 

That's it for the three hotel elite and one car elite statuses that come as a benefit with the Platinum Card - but it doesn't stop there.

When you receive your Platinum card, register for all of the above elite offers. Once you have confirmed you have elite status with the above four programs you are then set to take advantage of them to get you even more elite statuses.

The next step in your journey of garnering elite status via your Platinum Card once you have at least one or more of the statuses in place that come with the card is to take advantage of status match offers that other hotel, car rental and cruise loyalty programs provide:

Ideally you don't want to go and apply for all of these at once. Apply for them when you know you can utilize the benefits - whether on an ongoing basis or even just a one time use. Some like Best Western will let you keep the status or reapply for status each year while others you have to be more careful like Choice Hotels who will only match once per lifetime.


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Status match to the following hotel programs


1. Best Western Rewards Status Match

Best Western has had one of the longer running status match offers and it is very easy to get.  Simply put, the Elite Level Status Match No Catch promotion will match your other hotel reward program status with, you guessed it, no catch. The level you get depends on what Best Western thinks the equivalent level is in their program. For example, years ago my Hyatt Platinum status gave me Best Western Diamond status. As of today, I would use the Marriott Gold from the Platinum Card as reports from Statusmatcher.com show most people getting Best Western Diamond Select as their match. As a comparison, Hilton Honors Gold tends to only get you Diamond.

Click here to learn more and to request Best Western's Status Match No Catch .

Here are the benefits of the levels you could be matched to in Best Western Rewards:

Best Western Status


2. Wyndham Rewards & Caesars Rewards Status Match (Currently paused)

NOTE: This Status Match offer is temporarily unavailable at this time.

Wyndham Rewards is another hotel chain loyalty program that offers an Elite Status Match. Match from your best status above to get WR status for stays at Ramada's, Days Inn's etc. Wyndham's status match lasts for only 90 days so I wouldn't apply for it until two weeks before you have a planned stay at one of their hotels. If you complete 7 qualifying nights within those 90 days of having your status matched you will get that elite status until December 31 of the following year. Hilton, Marriott or Radisson Gold should get you Wyndham Rewards Diamond according to Statusmatcher.com.

Click here to learn more about and apply for the Wyndham Rewards status match

Here are the benefits of the levels you could be matched to:

Wyndham Status

As you can see you can also get elite status with Caesars Rewards if you have Platinum or Diamond status with Wyndham Rewards, so there you go one more status to add under your belt. Learn more about the Caesars Rewards status match here.


3. Sonesta Hotels Travel Pass Status Match

This small chain with hotels two hotels in Canada and many more in the U.S., South America, Caribbean and Egypt will Elite Status Match to preferred and elite status levels in other hotel programs. Both Marriott Gold and Hilton Gold have been matched to Sonesta's top Elite level.

Click here to learn more about the Sonesta Travel Pass status match

Here are the benefits of the levels you could be matched to:

Sonesta Status


4. Preferred Hotel Group iPrefer

Not well publicized, the Preferred Hotel Group iPrefer program also offers status matches - they only state this in their FAQ. Seeing they only have two levels, you should be matched to Elite status as you see below.

Click here to learn more about the iPrefer status match

And the benefits from the elite status levels:

I Prefer Status


5. Choice Hotels Privileges Status Match

This is an offer that has been around for a few years but was only opened up to Canadian residents in 2018. After you submit your details including proof of your other status you'll receive an answer in 7-9 days as to what level they will match you to. Statusmatcher.com shows both Hilton and Marriott Gold members getting Choice Privileges Platinum status.

Click here to learn all about and apply for Choice Privieges' Status Match

Here are the benefits of the levels you could be matched to:

Choice Status


6. WorldHotels Rewards Status Match

WorldHotels is owned by Best Western so the status match for WorldHotels Rewards is exactly the same as Best Western's. They even call it the same thing Status Mathc No Catch so it is very easy to get.  Simply put, the Elite Level Status Match No Catch promotion will match your other hotel reward program status with, you guessed it, no catch. The level you get depends on what WorldHotels thinks the equivalent level is in their program.

Click here to learn all about and apply for WorldHotel's Status Match

Here are the benefits of the levels you could be matched to:

World Hotels Status

 






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  Status match to the following car rental programs


7. Enterprise Plus Status Match

Rental car company Enterprise also has status match program for the Hertz Five Star status you get from the Platinum Card. They will give you Enterprise Gold level status as the match. Enterprise Gold gives you 15% bonus points and two free car upgrades per year 

Click here to learn more about the Enterprise Plus status match

8. National Emerald Club Status Match

National provides a status match program not only from other car rental programs but also airline and hotel programs. So you could submit any one of the above statuses to get National to match your status.

Click here to learn more about the National Emerald Club status match

9. Sixt Card Status Match

Sixt Car Rental provides a status match program for those who hold status with Marriott Bonvoy. Since the Platinum Card provides Marriott Gold status you can use that to get Gold Status with the Sixt Card program. Learn more about the Sixt status match here!

Sixt status





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  Status match to the following cruise program


10. MSC Cruises Voyagers Club Status Match

MSC Cruises will status match in their Voyagers Club program to most hotel programs. MSC states you should apply no later than 14 days before the start of your cruise.

Click here to learn more about and to apply for MSC Cruise status match.

MSC Cruise Status
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Wrapping it up


Its not only you who can get status!
Now what makes the card even better, is that if you add a supplementary Platinum Card ($175) that additional card holder is offered all the same benefits. So your spouse or significant other or even maybe your adult children who still live at home can all get the same elite status offers that are listed above! We've done this in the Rewards Canada household and it makes for great travel for your loved ones when they don't travel with you as they don't have to rely on you for those special status benefits! And for only $175 its a great deal! Not to mention the supplementary cardholder also gets the lounge access and all the other associated benefits with the card.

And that's all she wrote! I know this is a long read but in the long run these steps can ensure your travels are just that much better - even if it is just a little benefit like complimentary water bottles or a big benefit like an upgrade to an ocean view suite! Whatever it is, chances are you wouldn't have received it without these status levels!

Here are the details of the card:

The Platinum Card®

Card Type: Charge
Annual Fee: $699 Additional Card Fee: $175 for Platinum, $50 for Gold

• Unlock Travel Possibilities
Earn up to 110,000 Membership Rewards® points - that’s up to $1,100 towards your next flight, or a weekend away at the spa. Terms apply

  • New Platinum® Cardmembers, earn 90,000 Welcome Bonus points after you charge $6,000 in net purchases to your Card in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Offer ends September 20, 2022
  • Welcome Offer: You can also earn a total of 10 points for every $1 on eligible eats & drinks purchases for the first 3 months of Cardmembership (up to 20,000 points). Offer ends September 20, 2022. When your Welcome Offer ends, you will continue to earn at the standard earn rates applicable to your purchases

• Standard Earn Rate: Earn 3 points for every $1 in Card purchases on eligible dining and food delivery in Canada, 2 points for every $1 in Card purchases on eligible travel, and 1 point for every $1 in all other Card purchases
• You will have access to a $200 CAD Annual Travel Credit to use towards any single travel booking of $200 or more charged to your Platinum Card and made on www.americanexpress.ca/travel or through Platinum Card Travel Service 
• Take full advantage of The American Express Global Lounge CollectionTM  which unlocks access to over 1200 airport lounges worldwide. This includes The Centurion® Lounge network, Plaza Premium Lounges, and hundreds of other domestic and international lounges designed to enhance your travel experience
• Enjoy flexible ways to use your points such as statement credits for any eligible purchase charged to your Card, new travel purchases booked on American Express Travel Online through the Flexible Points Travel Program, and eligible flights through the Fixed Points Travel Program
• Transfer points 1:1 to several frequent flyer and other loyalty programs
• Enjoy complimentary benefits that offer an average value of $550 USD at over 1,000 extraordinary properties worldwide when you book Fine Hotels + Resorts
• Platinum Cardmembers can enjoy access to special events and unique opportunities
• Enjoy premium benefits at the Toronto Pearson Airport such as discount on parking
• You will also have access to many leading hotel and car rental companies’ loyalty programs. Our partners include Marriott International, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Radisson Hotel Group Americas, Hertz and Avis
• Interest applies in accordance with your Cardmember Agreement, Information Box, and Disclosure statement if the total New Balance is not paid by the Payment Due Date each month. All payments must be received by the Payment Due Date shown on the monthly statement
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