If, after reading this post you're interested in applying, use the link embedded in the pic above to get the 75K offer--it is NOT available through the AMEX website.
AMEX is running a special offer now on their Platinum card. They're offering 75K Membership Reward points as a welcome bonus after meeting the spending threshold of only $1K! It's a limited time offer and the highest welcome bonus ever offered by AMEX Canada!
75K AMEX points are worth either $750 in travel that you charge to the card (not the best use of the points), 75K Aeroplan points that can be transferred instantly to your Aeroplan account (log out of your Aeroplan account and back in after completing the transfer and you'll see the points have posted), or 93,750 Avios points the next time AMEX offers a 25% bonus to switch your points to British Airways Avios--as of tomorrow, the points transfer will be 1:1.
25K Aeroplan points will get you a long haul flight in economy class within the US/Canada--so that's worth 3 round trip tickets! With Avios, you could get 3 round trip tickets from Toronto/Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale (for example) for 20K Avios points each--that's worth 3 1/2 round trip tickets!
Highlights of the card:
No foreign exchange fees (usually a 2.5% or higher charge for each transaction)
With the platinum card, you receive 1.25 MR points per dollar spent.
A $200 Airline reimbursement fee per year--so if you kept the card for only a year, that would be a $400 savings over the 12 month life of the card (though you may love the card so much, you'll keep it)!
Access to over 600 airport lounges worldwide, including the Platinum Lounge Benefit, the Airport Club Program, and Priority Pass for you--and at Centurion lounges, for example, at Pearson, free access to the lounge for your whole family!
There IS a $699 annual fee on the card. If you're not satisfied with the card, you can have it downgraded and receive a prorated reimbursement for the card, though you may want to use the airline reimbursement credit first if not just for this year, but next year too! Email me if you would like more info on how to get the most out of this credit.