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Postby Originality » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:18 am

After being a Zync user for 2 years, I was eligible for an upgrade to a Gold or Platinum Card. Given that I have traveled over 10x this year nationwide and plan to go internationally I felt that the platinum card will best suit me. Really happy to sign up for the new perks and so forth.

Does anyone have any advice or helpful tips on using this card that they can share? looking for members that have had this card for a while.


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Postby rockyrock » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:53 am

I just canceled my Platinum last month after having it for 9 years. It is a great card but I rarely travel these days so it no longer fit in my lifestyle.

The best advice I can give you is to use as many of the perks as you can. I was able to get SPG and HHonors Gold just for being a member last year. You can sign up for rental car agency status and Boingo service. Priority Pass and Global Entry can be very useful if you travel internationally. If you travel alone, the Sky Club access is great.

One service I totally underutilized was the concierge; they will pretty much do anything you ask them to. A few months ago they were able to sore me a table at a booked restaurant in the Honda Center.

One thing it is not good for is earning points. If you aren't chasing points though this isn't an issue. It has great purchase protection, travel insurance, etc.

It is a great card for the right spender.
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Postby Originality » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:05 am

I actually have a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card that I use to earn points for. the Amex is mainly used for travel basically and for unrestricted spending when I need it which I find very beneficially when I need it.

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Postby djrez4 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:02 am

Off the top of my head:
  • Global Entry reimbursement (automatic)
  • $200 Airline reimbursement (must sign up and select airline, then automatic)
  • Boingo membership (sign up)
  • SPG Gold (sign up)
  • Priority Pass membership (sign up)
  • Road Assistance

Some require you to actually sign up. Amex generally goes over the benefits when you call in to activate. If you activated online, give them a call and ask them to help you sign up for everything. They're accommodating.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:19 pm

Welcome and enjoy the membership!
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Postby jlam572 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:01 pm

Welcome to amex plat. I would keep the zync open too just for novelty, but that's just me.

If you fly a lot, its definitely worth while.

Every year I use almost all of my airline credits, I use the concierge once or twice a month, and I use the lounges now a few times a year, but before it was 50 times a year. The loss of the AA lounges really hurt my travel because for business I have to fly with Hawaiian, and besides delta/AA, the other lounges here in Hawaii are rubbish.
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Postby solomon » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:26 pm

I just got a 100,000 membership rewards offer for a platinum card. Are there better deals out there? I almost want to decline because I have no relationship with AMEX as of yet and I have no desire to pay a $200+ annual fee. A green card, maybe.
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Postby Brad Bishop » Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:52 am

I had one for about 10 years about 25 years back.

My advice is to make sure you keep a mental note of the services you're using and whether those add up to the $450 annual fee. As long as they add up then keep it. Don't wait 5+ years to say, "You know.. I can't remember the last time I used any off the services from my Platinum card..."

It may feel like a prestigious card but, back when I had it, people just didn't care. As long as you paid your bill with something, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, or whatever, they were happy.

Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a cool card to have at the time. I'm just saying that the reality is that in the 10 years I had it I think I may have had 2 people say something like, "Oh, a Platinum card!" I had maybe a dozen plus over that same time say, "Oh, Amex Silver - I bet you'll be upgrading to Gold, soon!"

Today, I think that'd be even less. At the time when I got it the only gold and platinum cards were Amex and then Visa and MasterCard caught on and everyone started having Gold Visa and Gold MasterCards and, shortly after that, Platinum/Premium/Premier Cards. They all pretty much saturated the market with various "prestigious" cards.

Today, I don't think anyone notices a card at all, unless it's a really, really unique design. They just run it and move on. Even back in the day they really didn't notice anything. I think my Diners Club card was noticed a few times as, "Wow - never seen one of these before" (which is telling).

I kept the card during those 10 years because I thought it was cool, not because I was using their services. I lived in Canada for a brief time and used it to cash checks at the local Amex office. That was about it. Otherwise I paid Amex a lot of money for those 10 years because I thought it was "cool".

I tried to use the buyer's protection bit once and it was a series of insurance forms to fill out to make the claim. It was more hassle than it was worth. It sounds good in the commercials because they show it as, "Oh, my whatever broke," and then someone snaps their fingers and a new one appears. In reality it's a bunch of tedious insurance forms to fill out to make a claim. Unless the item had a LOT of value, you probably wouldn't bother.

So, basically, just make sure you get services out of it for the time you use it and don't be dumb, like I was, and hold onto it solely because it seems "cool".

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Postby lobbythis » Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:40 am

Brad Bishop wrote:So, basically, just make sure you get services out of it for the time you use it and don't be dumb, like I was, and hold onto it solely because it seems "cool".


10 years is a long time to figure that out.

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Postby luvbullmarkets » Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:07 pm

solomon wrote:I just got a 100,000 membership rewards offer for a platinum card. Are there better deals out there? I almost want to decline because I have no relationship with AMEX as of yet and I have no desire to pay a $200+ annual fee. A green card, maybe.


Check to see if the offer includes "fee waived for the first year." You could always apply for the Platinum then downgrade to the green card one month prior to the Annual Fee posting.
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