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Upcoming AMEX Changes to Employee Cards, Premium Private Jet Program, Departures Magazine & Upgrade with Points

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Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend!  I just returned from my “free” Holland America Line cruise from Boston to Quebec and had a great time.  Yesterday, when I was reviewing my recent American Express credit card statements, I noticed a few upcoming changes that I wanted to share.  These notices came on my American Express Business Platinum Card, but should apply to most Platinum Cards and some Membership Rewards earning cards.  None of these changes are huge, but they might affect some cardmembers.

American Express is changing the name from “Additional Business Green Rewards Card” to “Additional Business Expense Card” effective August 17, 2023.  Replacement cards will have the new name going forward.  Effective November 2, 2023, that name change will be updated in the Cardmember Agreement.  No changes to the card benefits are mentioned.

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Up next, the Premium Private Jet Program, fulfilled by Wheels Up Partners LLC, is ending on October 26, 2023.  I’ve never used this benefit, so I am not sure how popular it was with cardmembers.

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Up next, the Departures Magazine is ending on January 1, 2024, and you will also lose access to Departures.com content.  The magazine pictures were pretty, but I never actually read any of the magazine articles.

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Lastly, the Upgrade With Points Program is ending on December 3, 2023.  You can use Membership Rewards Points to place offers on upgraded seats.  I never understood how this program worked or used this benefit, so this is not a loss to me.

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If any of these changes affect you, please let me know which benefit you will miss the most.  If you have any questions about these changes, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

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2 thoughts on “Upcoming AMEX Changes to Employee Cards, Premium Private Jet Program, Departures Magazine & Upgrade with Points

    1. Grant Post author

      Hi Robert, I don’t have a personal Platinum card, so I can’t confirm if the change will affect personal Platinum cards, but the way the change is worded, “American Express Card Members with a Membership Rewards account…” makes it sounds like it will affect all AMEX members.


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