American Express has added another design card feature, this time for the Platinum Card which will be available by request for new and existing cardholders from January 20, 2022.
The two design options will feature two artists with very different designs, one with a rather nice floral design (featured above) and the other with a modern, abstract image.
Both cards were unveiled yesterday but won’t be available to members until the end of January and can be requested after January 20, 2022 by contacting customer service either by phone, chat or if we’re lucky there will be an online request option.
Amex has previously offered special editions for their Gold Card in form of the Rose Gold edition as well as the Centurion Card in various art designs similar to the Platinum now.
I’m actually a big fan of the floral design and will definitely order one of those when they become available.
Here is the second option:
The abstract version isn’t really my jam, to say the least. It kinda looks like my one-year-old niece has played with some markers but hey, art is supposed to be objective right!?
Here are all three cards together in comparison:
You can find more information from American Express through their press release yesterday (access the Amex website here).
American Express today unveiled two new U.S. Consumer Platinum Card designs by two highly-acclaimed artists, Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley, who transformed the Platinum Card into pieces of art. The two new Art x Platinum designs will be available to new and existing Platinum Card Members beginning January 20, 2022, joining the classic Platinum design.
Julie Mehretu, one of the most renowned abstract artists today, created the Platinum x Julie Mehretu, which evokes the abstract modernity for which she is known.
“For me, making art comes from expanding the imagination and possibility, the incredible feeling of inventiveness and vitality that one can experience with a painting,” said Julie Mehretu. “Art is all around us and I am delighted that a part of my work can now be found on the smallest of canvases in Platinum Card Members’ wallets.” …
Designed by Kehinde Wiley, a visionary portrait painter best known for naturalistic portraits brought distinctive botanicals to the Platinum Card design for Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, which wonderfully captures the essence of his profound energy and worldview.
“This was an exciting project and powerful experience for me to translate my artistic approach into one of the reimagined designs for the Platinum Card,” said Kehinde Wiley. “I am proud to help Platinum Card Members enjoy a bit of artistic inspiration every day.” …
U.S. Consumer Platinum Card Members will be able to order one of the two new Art x Platinum designs beginning January 20, 2022.
This announcement follows the recently refreshed U.S. Consumer Platinum Card, which provides Card Members with new lifestyle benefits and experiences.
I’m not sure how far you can consider this part of the “refresh” under the changes the Platinum card underwent this summer which also included a hike of $145 in annual fees. Sure it’s nice to have this design card but all in all… I’ve also seen a lot of complaints online that the card doesn’t say PLATINUM anymore on the front.
As someone who doesn’t use his Amex Platinum for anything else but air ticket purchases, rental cars and Amex offers this really isn’t very relevant for me. I honestly couldn’t tell you when I last swiped my Platinum card anywhere. It’s pretty much all online these days.
American Express USA has rolled out two new Platinum design cards that members can order by late January. The new cards will be free when replaced but obviously will only be sent if actively requested.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the floral design looks on the actual card. The card replacement will involve another FedEx abroad to deliver it to Thailand, at least I’m getting some value for money for my annual fee.