New Amex Platinum Metal Card Unboxing: A Perfect Balance of Weight & Design

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Amex Platinum Metal Card Unboxing

Last week American Express made some small changes to their Personal Platinum card including the addition of an Uber credit and 5X earning on flights and hotels. They also upped the public bonus to 60,000 points while at the same time raising the annual fee by $100 to $550.

While some people like the changes and many don’t, the one thing everyone can agree on is that metal cards are awesome. In addition to all of the above changes, Amex also ditched the previous plastic version of the card in favor of a higher class metal variant. Last week when the metal card became available, I headed online and ordered one. (Find out how here.)

Despite the website saying it would ship within 24 hours, the card didn’t ship until yesterday. Amex did send it via FedEx overnight, so it arrived this afternoon.

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The card comes in a regular envelope inside of a FedEx envelope. There was some literature explaining the card’s new benefits.

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The front is incredibly attractive. Amex has finally joined the 21st Century of premium cards and removed the numbers from the front. I love how the card reflects light as well.

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Around back you have all of the typical information including the card number and expiration date.

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Here is the old card compared to the new card. What a difference. The old card (top) looks and feels cheap while the new card (bottom) has a nice heft, but it isn’t too heavy.

Weight

Speaking of weight, the Amex Platinum comes in somewhere between the very heavy Chase Ritz Carlton card and the much lighter Chase Sapphire Reserve. To me, the Sapphire Reserve doesn’t feel very premium or metal, while the Ritz Carlton card is a bit too heavy. I think that Amex has really found a nice balance between premium feeling and weight.

Have you ordered your metal Amex Platinum card? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I wish they would get rid of the word Platinum. The product name isn’t on the Green or Gold cards. It would make the card look more streamlined and elegant.

    • Many would certainly agree as I myself would today. However there would certainly be pushback from the type of person that would, say, never even consider wearing apparel without prominent designer labels or using `trashian-esque `designer` luggage with the names of Italian designers (mostly ending in `I`) emblazoned across every available inch of the luggage in enormous capital letters and costing ten to twenty times the cost of a more understated but superior quality Samsonite or Haliburton. Thirty years ago when I was a young stupid kid, I was immensely proud when Amex upgraded me from Gold to Platinum, and that was in a time when their Platinum Card was a pretty big deal. However, upon using the card for the first time in an upscale UK department store, the clerk peered inquisitively at the card before announcing and not withstanding the prominent PLATINUM featured on the card, in her best Mancunican accent and within the clear earshot of dozens of fellow shoppers; “Blimey, I’ve never seen one of these before, I didn`t know that Amex did a silver card, is that, like, between green and gold? The suitably crushed immature little showoff, obsessed with trying to `impress` what were total strangers, went a curious shade of red and slunk off.

      With the truly savvy of today eschewing ostentatious displays, a clever move by Amex would be to make the display of the eponymous word optional.

      That choice could possibly state quite a lot about a person.

  2. I think you might be surprised that not everyone finds these awesome. I’ve read at least half a dozen other comments on DoC/reddit about not being a fan of having metal and if I’m honest, I agree with them. Unless you’re doing it to push back your expiration date I don’t see any functional point to having it be metal. Unless I’m forced to I’ll happily keep my plastic card.

  3. Got mine today.. Kinda feels like Palladium with exception of laser engraved signature..
    Really like the idea of no numbers on the front of the card like Prestige and CSR.
    I bet Citi follows soon enough…

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