Is Tinder Platinum Worth the Investment?

Are you tired of scrolling through Tinder, only to be interrupted by pop-up ads urging you to upgrade to Tinder Platinum? With its enticing promises of messaging before matching and priority likes, it’s hard not to consider whether the hefty price tag of $39.99 per month is worth it. As a seasoned Tinder user, I was offered a three-month trial of Tinder Platinum to find out for myself. While the exclusive features did change my experience on the app, it didn’t drastically enhance my success in finding matches.

Understanding the Difference: Tinder Plus, Gold, and Platinum

Before we dive into the worthiness of Tinder Platinum, let’s explore the distinctions between Tinder’s various paid subscriptions. Tinder offers three levels of paid subscriptions: Tinder Plus, Gold, and Platinum. Each tier comes with its own set of perks, with Platinum being the most expensive option.

Previously, Tinder Plus included features like unlimited likes, rewinds (to undo left swipes), and the ability to change your location using the Passport feature. However, with recent changes, these features are now available in all paid subscription tiers. Tinder Gold, on the other hand, adds five Super Likes per week, one free Boost each month, the ability to see who has already liked you, and daily “top picks” recommendations. Platinum encompasses all the features of Gold and Plus, with the addition of messaging before matching, prioritized likes, and the ability to see the likes you’ve sent in the past week.

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The Value of Tinder’s Paid Features

When considering whether to invest in a Tinder subscription, it’s essential to weigh the value of the features you’ll gain access to. Unlimited rewinds, a feature I found particularly valuable, allows you to correct mistaken left-swipes and explore potential connections that you might have missed out on otherwise. Meanwhile, unlimited likes is advantageous if you frequently find yourself swiping right on numerous profiles. For those who enjoy the flexibility of changing their location to explore potential matches in different cities, the Passport feature offered in Tinder Plus is useful.

Furthermore, getting rid of pesky ads is always a plus. With a paid subscription, you can bid farewell to those intrusive advertisements that tend to interrupt the browsing experience. In my opinion, these standard paid features alone make Tinder Plus worth it.

Unveiling Tinder Platinum’s Exclusive Features

Now let’s delve into the exclusive features that set Tinder Platinum apart. The first is the ability to message someone before matching by using a Super Like. This can increase your chances of matching by 25 percent, according to Tinder. While initially hesitant to use this feature excessively, I found that most of the people I messaged early on did end up matching with me. However, it’s essential to exercise caution and avoid crossing any boundaries when utilizing this privilege.

Another exclusive feature is prioritized likes, which ensures that your likes and super likes are seen faster than those of non-Platinum users. Although I didn’t notice a significant difference in my match rate when using this feature, its potential benefits may vary from person to person.

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Lastly, Tinder Platinum allows you to see the likes you’ve sent in the past week. While this can be exciting, it can also lead to disappointment if you discover that someone you found intriguing hasn’t reciprocated your interest. Personally, I stopped exploring this feature as it did not significantly impact my matching experience.

Determining the Worthiness of Tinder Platinum

Ultimately, my experience with Tinder Platinum left me feeling that the features I enjoyed the most were already available in Tinder Plus. I didn’t extensively utilize the features unique to both Gold and Platinum, such as the ability to see who has already liked you. However, if the exclusivity of messaging before matching, priority likes, and seeing who you’ve liked in the past week resonates with you, then Tinder Platinum may be worth the investment.

Consider your preferences and usage patterns on the app. If these exclusive features align with your dating strategy, then go for it. However, if you find that Tinder Plus offers sufficient functionality, you can easily downgrade and enjoy a more cost-effective experience.

It’s worth mentioning that while Tinder Platinum may have its allure, other dating platforms like Bumble Premium offer similar features, such as the ability to undo left swipes and see who has already liked your profile. Your choice ultimately depends on your comfort level and which app you use more extensively.

In conclusion, Tinder Platinum didn’t live up to my expectations, as the features I valued the most were already available in Tinder Plus. Going forward, I plan to stick with Tinder Plus and enjoy all the features I need while saving $15 per month. Whenever I encounter the tempting Platinum pop-up, I now know exactly what I’m missing – and I promptly tap away.

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So, is Tinder Platinum worth the investment? It’s a decision you must make based on your personal preferences, budget, and dating habits. With all the information at your disposal, choose the subscription that best aligns with your needs and embark on your quest for meaningful connections.

UPDATE: Jan. 21, 2022, 3:30 p.m. EST – This article has been updated with a comparison to Bumble Premium.
This article was first published in 2021 and republished in 2023.

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