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Postby agp » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:37 pm

When flying to the other side of the world, I just stay awake during the flight. That way when I get to my destination I will be beyond tired. Awake for 36+ hours = beyond tired = best night of sleep ever.

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Postby PopiLopi » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:49 pm

I've heard from a very good source that the main trigger for the platinum card is travel, even if you buy economy class on southwest... Think about it, if you had to get on a plane once a month even on regular coach the platinum card will make a lot of sense because you will use the perks it gives you.
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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:40 pm

MemberSince99 wrote: \I won't be getting a Centurion invite anytime soon, but I'm happy with the cards I have, though I must admit, I am interested in the Platinum. That's really the one card I could see getting maybe next year. How do you like yours?


I love my Platinum card. I was on Rodeo Drive last week and there is nothing like flashing your Platinum card to get great customer service. My latest luxury purchase was a wallet from Louis Vuitton. I travel quite a bit for personal and business so having the travel perks is really nice. People do treat you differently when you carry a different card. I never got any special service, better tables or upgrades when I had a gold card. Remember the movie "Pretty Woman"? Stores are not nice to people, they are nice to credit cards!
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Postby FastSRT8 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:31 am

PlatinumAMEX94 wrote:I love my Platinum card. I was on Rodeo Drive last week and there is nothing like flashing your Platinum card to get great customer service. My latest luxury purchase was a wallet from Louis Vuitton. I travel quite a bit for personal and business so having the travel perks is really nice. People do treat you differently when you carry a different card. I never got any special service, better tables or upgrades when I had a gold card. Remember the movie "Pretty Woman"? Stores are not nice to people, they are nice to credit cards!


There is real truth to that.
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Postby 2percentPlus » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:52 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Paid service on your Bentley, Mercedes or Rolls


I'm glad BMW includes 4 years free!

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Postby FastSRT8 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:35 pm

2percentPlus wrote:I'm glad BMW includes 4 years free!


I meant for service outside of the free period
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Postby 2percentPlus » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:23 am

FastSRT8 wrote:I meant for service outside of the free period


Oh, I'm too cheap for that, just get something new before paying for service. So frugal in fact, I try getting something new before the tires wear out and need to be replaced.

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Postby fantasy86dj » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:45 am

PlatinumAMEX1994 this thread has really taken off! I consider luxury spending to be something like David Jones instead of Target, Gloria Jeans instead of McDonalds Cafes. Of course - you have to have a little Harrods every once in a while !!!

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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:21 am

2percentPlus wrote:Oh, I'm too cheap for that, just get something new before paying for service. So frugal in fact, I try getting something new before the tires wear out and need to be replaced.


As much as I love getting a new car every 3 years, I also realize with the low mileage I put on them, it's a sure 'waste' of money. I prefer to invest my $$$$ and make more. Call me cheap :) but over the years I find luxury cars are made so well they are good for atleast a few years before u really need to dispose of them.
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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:50 am

I am too smart with my money to spend it on something that depreciates in value so quickly. I have purchased 2 new cars in my life, a 1997 Eagle Talon ESI, and a 2004 MazdaSpeed MX-5. I still have both of those cars. Both are fun cars to drive. When I want to change things up a bit I get a different rental when I am traveling. Hertz Gold has the exotic car collection when you are in LA. So you CAN look like a million bucks when you are cruising through Rodeo Drive. I think we all want luxury items, we just don't want to have to spend our hard earned cash in exchange. I needed a new laptop. Sure I could spend thousands on the fastest, it's an expense I can write it off. But I am perfectly happy with the little dual core netbook that is super speedy for me.

The last time I cashed in my MR points was when I wanted a really, REALLY nice pen. Yes a pen. While you all have had free plane tickets, ten years later I still have my really nice gold pen. I like to use MR points to treat myself to a luxury item I normally wouldn't buy. Sure I can afford such items, but it's more like a nice thank you gift from American Express to me.

Years ago when I worked at Best Buy Magnolia, we as employees viewed customers who paid with AmEx as "rich" ... if you can pay in full. Everyone else had to "finance it" ... because you couldn't afford it. Almost every Magnolia customer paid with an American Express card. If a woman had a nice hand bag or a gentleman wore nice shoes, you knew they had some money to spend. Not a 100%, but a really good indicator of who has money.
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