AmEx Platinum cardholders get automatic elite status at Marriott, Starwood, and Hilton — here's what that unlocks at thousands of hotels around the world

Business Insider | 9/3/2018 | David Slotnick, Insider Picks
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If you have the Platinum Card® from American Express, you can automatically get Gold elite status at Marriott, Starwood, and Hilton hotels without having to stay a certain number of nights.

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Even if you stay in hotels just five or six nights a year, the perks that come with Gold status can be particularly valuable, ranging from extra points to free breakfast.

Read on to see the benefits you can get.

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The US version American Express Platinum Card offers a tremendous amount of value for cardholders, despite a large $550 annual fee. For instance, during my first year with the card, I got more than $2,000 in value, netting me more than three times the value of the annual fee.

In addition to perks like airport-lounge access and travel credits, one big benefit of the Platinum Card is that just by holding it you're eligible for complimentary mid-tier elite status at Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood hotels — Marriott and Starwood used to operate independently but have recently merged under one unified set of benefits.

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Without the Platinum Card, you'd generally need to spend at least 25 nights in Marriott or Starwood hotels to earn Gold status in that joint program, or a whopping 40 nights (or 20 stays) in Hilton hotels to earn Hilton Honors Gold.

While the benefits of elite status are obviously more useful the more you use them — so the more often you stay in hotels — the status you get from the Platinum Card can still be worthwhile even if you just spend five or so nights in hotels each year. Just make sure to link your card to your loyalty accounts to activate the status.

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While both hotel statuses...
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