The American Express Platinum Edge card only costs $195 a year (as of April 2013) and includes a return flight to various cities in Australia on Virgin Australia as well as travel insurance for domestic flights and various other platinum services. However it is the return flight that I would like to focus on. It is impossible to get a flight from Perth to virtually anywhere for $195 return but the free redemption for Perth includes cities as far as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with 23kg luggage. Don't you just love living in the West?
Dealing with the AMEX flight redemption staff is very efficient and pleasant every time, with each representative taking the time to help you with checking what flights are available (apparently, they have about 14 seats available per flight for redemption, even when in one instance the website is saying "one seat left").
If just for the return flight, this Platinum Edge card is surely worth getting unless you don't see yourself making an annual return flight from Perth to anywhere in Australia (except Darwin - which is only available for redemption with the Platinum Reserve Card).
Platinum Reserve destinations - Platinum Edge destinations exclude Darwin and Bali
Virgin also recently launched the Velocity Platinum cards which we reviewed earlier this year. Flights from Perth available for this card only include Broome, Karratha, Newman and Port Hedland.
If Qantas is your flavour, you will probably want to stick with the Qantas Ultimate card but that will cost you $450 / year with a return domestic flight with Qantas thrown in.
15,000 Points bonus: if you want to sign up for the Platinum Edge and receive 15,000 bonus membership reward points, rather than the 10,000 points without referral, email us your email address and a referral email will be sent to you. Or get 40,000 points if you sign up for a Platinum Reserve card which costs $395 / year.