bravo4 wrote:Platinum gives you *some* of the benefits, lots missing though, the biggest:
- Airline status
- US Platinum
- DL Gold
- CO Gold
- VS Gold
- Personal concierge (this is very handy, IMO)
- Extra amenity at FHR hotels
- Various hotel elite status
- Unlimited priority pass ($395 to purchase this separately)
What are those worth? Depends on how much you travel.
For the longest time I avoided platinum because I did not think the fee was worth it. I was 1K status on United Airlines for several years when I traveled a lot for business. I admit it was very nice and helped facilitate business because I was almost always able to get a seat at the last minute. But it seems pointless to me to have status on several airlines. Perhaps if you travel a whole lot for business it might be helpful.
The personal concierge could be good if you use it. But you get concierge service with platinum. The difference would be that with Centurion the concierge will know your needs - again, helpful, but there is no guarantee you will get a good one.
The extra amenity might be nice as well. But often these are useless - late checkout, free breakfast, or a spa treatment. Again, nice to have but not worthwhile if you are on business and don't have a lot of free time.
Hotel elite status? I have that with a few chains already, including Marriott and Starwood. Nice but not worth a whole lot IMO.
Priority pass is $395 a year as you said.
All in all, the extra bennies don't seem worth $2000/yr more than platinum, at least not to me. And that does not even include the initiation fee.