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New Benefit for AMEX Platinum Cardholders: Register for Free Boingo Wi-Fi

by jeffreyJune 13, 2014

The American Express Platinum card is one of the best cards out there. While it carriers a very hefty annual fee ($450) for both the Personal and Business versions, it has some of the best benefits and travel-related services that are very value-add. Here’s a quick list of what the $450 a year will get you:

  • Global Entry Fee Credit ($100 one-time value)
  • Upgrade to Starwood Preferred Guest Gold (typically requires 10 stays or 25 nights per year)
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit Annually ($200 value, but did it really need saying?–covers incidental charges for the airline of your choice)
  • Access to airport lounges
    • Free Priority PassTM Select membership (~$399 value, offers access to 700+ airport lounges worldwide)
    • The CenturionSM Lounge 
    • Delta SkyClubs ($450 value)
    • AirSpace Lounges
  • Access to FINE HOTELS & RESORTS program (favorable rates, benefits and packages at participating properties)
  • International Airline Program: “Enjoy a companion offer anytime you purchase a qualifying Business or First Class ticket for international air travel on over 20 participating airlines.”
  • Rental car privileges
    • Hertz: access to discount code that gives you 4 hours free per rental (i.e. rent from 12pm to 4pm the following day, a 28 hour rental and only be charged for 1-day)
    • National: free membership to Emerald Club Executive (typically requires 12+ rentals/year)

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Back in March 2014, American Express announced that it would be adding a new benefit to the card: Free access to Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots:

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 9.16.26 PMWell, June 2014 is here and it’s time to register.

BOINGO

The Deal

If you’re an American Express Platinum cardholder, you can register for free Boingo WiFi access:

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How to Get It

  1. Head to the special website: The Boingo American Express Preferred Plan
  2. Enter your card number to check eligibility
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  3. If you entered an AMEX Platinum card number you should be all set
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  4. Create a user name and password and you’re all done!

This is a great new feature from American Express and Boingo. From what I can tell, it is closest to their $59/month plan:

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For some travelers, this is an appx $9.95 value assuming you only need coverage in North and South America

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For those whose travel spans the globe, this is really most like their $59/mo plan but even better because it gives you unlimited minutes vs 2,000 minutes

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