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FastSRT8
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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:16 pm

Still waiting for PlatinumAmex94 to chime in as I want to hear how he flashes his card.... and the stories to share.

I on the other hand simply 'drop' the Cent on the counter (it's an art how high you drop it LOL so it's not rude) and let the titanium 'cling' sound do the rest of the talking. Once held, the merchant knows...it's not plastic and from the weight, I almost always get them trying to bend it.

As for extra treatments, I dont go about flashing the card at the stores as it probably wont get me anything. What I do is I call the Cent concierge and let them tell the stores/restaurant I am coming. This always gets me better kiss ass service and a private shopper to help get me sizes and pre-select things I need. Really a great tool as it makes shopping fast and easy. IN and OUT in no time. Makes other shoppers sick when they see me get the service while they wait and try to flag down sales reps.
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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:23 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:What is your MO when in night clubs or lines? What is your 'flash' technique?


My MO is to cut the line. I usually tell them I have a VIP card, then I pull out my card and show them. When I was at the Hard Rock it was an hour wait. I said, "Hi, I have this VIP card that gets me priority seating, I was wondering if it you could accommodate my party." Seems to work for me every time. In night clubs it ensures that I get a good table, which can sometimes be difficult in some clubs.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:30 pm

Thanks for this great tip. I have never personally done that BUT it does makes sense. I will have to cut lines more often and try this technique. I may get shot down but it's worth a try LOLOL

Do they seat you right away when you show them or do they come back with the "what's your name" and you can wait there reply?

Either way, I can always say the Cent guys told me to try the stunt LOLOL...

PlatinumAMEX94 wrote:My MO is to cut the line. I usually tell them I have a VIP card, then I pull out my card and show them. When I was at the Hard Rock it was an hour wait. I said, "Hi, I have this VIP card that gets me priority seating, I was wondering if it you could accommodate my party." Seems to work for me every time. In night clubs it ensures that I get a good table, which can sometimes be difficult in some clubs.
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Postby thomaswhitehall » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:53 pm

Sometimes at bars opening tabs (rarely.)

If anything I would think waitstaff/help would only assume your financially responsible/sound meaning you probably tip > or equal to 20% since you have the disposable income to do so.

Perhaps at high end retail stores they might pay more attention to you next time you enter but the allure of having an amex isn't what it used to be. Maybe if you had a personal Centurion it might get you something on return visits/if you made an appointment since they know you have a greater level of disposable income to spend.

If you want respect/better service treat service staff with great respect, dress well, have manners and carry yourself properly. This will get you significantly further/ more attention.

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Postby thomaswhitehall » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:58 pm

This works...with a platinum card?

Perhaps it's more of your personality/attire rather than the card? I live in New York, I don't think this would get me anything aside from a smile.


My MO is to cut the line. I usually tell them I have a VIP card, then I pull out my card and show them. When I was at the Hard Rock it was an hour wait. I said, "Hi, I have this VIP card that gets me priority seating, I was wondering if it you could accommodate my party." Seems to work for me every time. In night clubs it ensures that I get a good table, which can sometimes be difficult in some clubs.

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Postby JNK » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:24 am

Going a bit OT, but I just have to say this:

Wait time is a wait time and though I totally get the whole, "Call the concierge service and have them handle things" bit which can alert stores or restaurants ahead of time etc and actually consider that as a 'perk' and a 'should be doing' if you have the card that can do it for you, I personally dislike how people think that having ABC or XYZ means you should automatically be getting better service than someone else in a line who is also a paying customer.

If you have a Platinum card or whatever other card or service that provides such services, you should be calling the number and getting the service you're paying for, not randomly cutting lines and flashing your card just to get in faster, IMHO.

You deserve the props for getting some of the best cards out there, but don't go around shoving it in other people's faces or abusing the preconceived privilege of having the cards.

That said, this is probably one of the biggest reasons having ABC or XYZ card isn't as 'great' as it used to be.

Who wants a 'better' card when all they're seeing is that the 'better' card holders are all tending to act like jerks and asshats?

Just my 2 cents.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:35 am

JNK,

good points but if you read my posts, I have never tried this and thus was wondering IF it works. This is not to say I will or will not try it.

I have gone thru the 'proper' channels and asked the Centurion concierge to get me a spot in a restaurant or private shopping so I don't think I am out of line or 'flashing' my card needlessly.

Just curious what these cards can and cannot do. Having one is one thing.... using it to it's max is another and something I want to do. It's not about being a jerk or an asshat as you call it... it's about leverage and using what you have and can at your disposal.

JNK wrote:Going a bit OT, but I just have to say this:

Wait time is a wait time and though I totally get the whole, "Call the concierge service and have them handle things" bit which can alert stores or restaurants ahead of time etc and actually consider that as a 'perk' and a 'should be doing' if you have the card that can do it for you, I personally dislike how people think that having ABC or XYZ means you should automatically be getting better service than someone else in a line who is also a paying customer.

If you have a Platinum card or whatever other card or service that provides such services, you should be calling the number and getting the service you're paying for, not randomly cutting lines and flashing your card just to get in faster, IMHO.

You deserve the props for getting some of the best cards out there, but don't go around shoving it in other people's faces or abusing the preconceived privilege of having the cards.

That said, this is probably one of the biggest reasons having ABC or XYZ card isn't as 'great' as it used to be.

Who wants a 'better' card when all they're seeing is that the 'better' card holders are all tending to act like jerks and asshats?

Just my 2 cents.
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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:00 am

FastSRT8 wrote:Thanks for this great tip. I have never personally done that BUT it does makes sense. I will have to cut lines more often and try this technique. I may get shot down but it's worth a try LOLOL

Do they seat you right away when you show them or do they come back with the "what's your name" and you can wait there reply?

Either way, I can always say the Cent guys told me to try the stunt LOLOL...


In all fairness, I usually flash my killer smile when requesting special treatment. I am an awesome dresser and many say I am quite attractive. So those things combined with a Platinum card tend to grant me certain privileges you wouldn't get unless you just ask. Things like, "Any chance you could get my best friend and I a great table to celebrate his big promotion?" usually go over pretty well. I also give an Andrew Jackson ($20 bill) and say "that's the start of your tip".

My story at the Hard Rock got better. After we were seated on the patio, my friend said, "The hostess just told that other party it was an hour wait and we got seated right away. Unbelievable luck you have."
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Postby thomaswhitehall » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:06 am

PlatinumAMEX94 wrote:"In all fairness, I usually flash my killer smile." "I am an awesome dresser and many say I am quite attractive." "I also give an Andrew Jackson ($20 bill) and say "that's the start of your tip"."


I've posted on a few forums over the years but this was probably the best post I've read....bravo.

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Postby JNK » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:09 am

FastSRT8,

Sorry I wasn't more clear in my previous post.

I very much did read your posts which is actually why I said the whole thing about I totally get the whole, "Call the concierge service and have them handle things" bit which can alert stores or restaurants ahead of time etc and actually consider that as a 'perk' and a 'should be doing' if you have the card that can do it for you.

You DO utilize the services offered by your card and you DO call in to service and THAT is totally and absolutely different from what I was talking about which was cutting in line some place and flashing your card and pretty much demanding to be given special treatment right then and there if the establishment doesn't normally offer that kind of a perk.

As an example, you've called your card service ahead of time before to alert a department store that you're coming in to shop and you've gotten yourself a private shopper to help you out from start to finish, right? THAT is different from being in a long line at said department store and then walking up to the front of the line and throwing out your card and demanding to be helped right then and there and that kind of example is what I was talking about.

On the other hand, some places also offer special perks for certain cardholders (like certain AMEX or VISA Signature) and sometimes in accordance to that, things like priority seating or free complimentary whatevers is offered on the spot even without reservations or calling ahead and THAT is another story altogether, too.

Hopefully I made myself more clear.

FastSRT8 wrote:JNK,

good points but if you read my posts, I have never tried this and thus was wondering IF it works. This is not to say I will or will not try it.

I have gone thru the 'proper' channels and asked the Centurion concierge to get me a spot in a restaurant or private shopping so I don't think I am out of line or 'flashing' my card needlessly.

Just curious what these cards can and cannot do. Having one is one thing.... using it to it's max is another and something I want to do. It's not about being a jerk or an asshat as you call it... it's about leverage and using what you have and can at your disposal.
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