Overnight, American Express just updated their Platinum Card benefits to reflect a new monthly credit for Walmart+ and I’m so torn about this. On one hand, I can’t complain about free money and it’s better to have something and not need it as opposed to needing something and not having it. But on the other hand, I’m disappointed because I know American Express can do so much better than this. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not above shopping at Walmart. They have some great deals occasionally but it’s not a place that I shop at all too often and I would imagine the vast majority of Platinum Cardholders don’t either. And in turn, we won’t get too much (if any) value out of this new “benefit” at all.
In case you don’t know what Walmart+ is, don’t feel bad. Neither did I and I had to look it up. It’s basically Walmart’s version of Amazon Prime, but not as good.
- Free grocery delivery from Walmart Stores ($35 order minimum)
- Order as often as you want
- Same everyday low prices
- 100% freshness guaranteed
- Free shipping from Walmart.com (excludes oversized, freight and Marketplace items)
- No $35 order minimum required
- Only includes items shipped by Walmart
- Prescriptions for less
- Get Select prescriptions for as little as $0
- Available at over 4,000 Walmart pharmacies
- Member prices on fuel
- Save 5 cents per gallon at Walmart and Murphy stations
- Access member prices at Sam’s Club fuel centers
Walmart+ costs $12.95/month or $98/year. To get the free credit, all you have to do is use your American Express Platinum Card to pay for the monthly Walmart+ membership (annual memberships do not qualify). You will then receive a monthly credit to offset the cost. This applies to all flavors of the American Express Platinum Cards including the vanilla, Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, etc.
Walmart+ American Express Platinum Credit Bottom Line
Walmart+ does have some perks if you live near a Walmart Store or shop frequently from their website. But I’m not a Walmart shopper and this is not something that will push my shopping habits more towards Walmart. I already have Amazon Prime and almost everything that I want, I can get from there and I would rather do my own grocery shopping. I’m not too keen on having someone else pick out my groceries for me and how will I know they are doing the watermelon knock test correctly? I’m sure if you’re a working parent, this may be helpful for you. But as for me, I’m gonna add this to the list of Platinum Card benefits that will do nothing for me, along with the Equinox and entertainment credits.
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