Looks like AmEx is finally getting their shit together! It was always the gripe of many AmEx Platinum applicants overseas that this card, with all of the best intentions to expedite, would take over a month to get to an APO/FPO address. This is mainly due to a robotic system that sends it via FedEx or UPS which cannot ship to APO/FPO. Only USPS can send to these remote PSC locations, so the card would get retuned, and for security a new card could not be issued for 2 weeks!
However upon approval today, I got to see the card in all of its virtual glory with text message verification. Not sure if this is for all future applications of all the AmEx cards. You only get 3 minutes on the site to see it before it disappears! This will allow me to make the $3,000 spend for the 40,000 MR points worth $500 (at 1.25 cents per point) even before the card arrives.
The application was really easy, I logged into Schwab and applied for the AmEx Platinum using the internal link under products. The link did not work before on account opening, but once they got their $10,000 the link sent me to AmEx for the standard application.
Now I have the Mercedes-Benz, Personal, Business, and Charles Schwab AmEx Platinum Card, each with $200 airline reimbursement as well as $1,825 in SCRA fee waivers. Is it time for an intervention?