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FastSRT8
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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:27 am

Thanks JNK.

Yes I agree it can get quite grey with respect to what said cards can and cannot get you. Just to be on the careful side, I really limit my exposure to circumstances where I can get disappointed AND therefore embarrassed. As such, I'd stick with the sure bet and use the phone in service unless I am really desperate and/or trying to impress someone.


JNK wrote: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.
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Postby irvine801 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:11 am

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.


I honestly wonder if this would work with my zync card or even my black Citi card. Thoughts gentlemen?
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Postby MemberSince99 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:30 am

I've used all of my Amex cards nearly early day since I've gotten them. No one has ever said a word. They don't seem to care how you pay just so that you pay. I had thought at first some might comment but no one seems to care one way or the other if you're using Cap One or Amex.

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Postby agp » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:55 am

Little OT: the first and only time so far I have used my metal Sapphire Preferred I did not get any comments on the card or presumptions about my financial worthiness - but I did get a number ;)

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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:38 am

I believe it is HOW you present the card. You need to exhibit great amounts of confidence. That speaks more than just the card which in the end is just a prop.
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Postby thomaswhitehall » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:29 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:I believe it is HOW you present the card. You need to exhibit great amounts of confidence. That speaks more than just the card which in the end is just a prop.


Exactly...or just carry yourself with confidence. That will probably get you further.

I'm surprised you haven't gotten some nice experiences with the Centurion FastSRT8.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:49 pm

thomaswhitehall,

Funny and timely you mention that... I have one coming next wednesday. It's an event hosted by Jaguar and Land Rover. It's a complementary driving experience with their vehicles on a race course (Jag) and prepared offroad course (LR).

There are professional drivers and lunch is provided.

Keep in mind... I am a relatively new Cent holder. Original member since 89, Plat since 92, Cent just this year
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Postby thomaswhitehall » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:39 pm

Yeah I've been to that three times. They hold it annually for those who also own a Jaguar or Range Rover if you purchase the car from the dealership, or I guess if you hold a Centurion.

The off road course is a TON of fun and scary at times since you tilt the car to the extreme on certaint hills making you think it's going to tip over any second. It's a ton of fun, wear boots since there's mud everywhere and don't get your car cleaned the week before since you go through several feet of water covering the car in mud. Don't know if you have a range or not but at the course they let you drive your own, they just deflate the tires and they offer you a free detailing after the event. Have fun.

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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:00 pm

irvine801 wrote:I honestly wonder if this would work with my zync card or even my black Citi card. Thoughts gentlemen?


I think on a Saturday night you should march over to your closest Hard Rock Cafe and see if it works. Let us know how that works out for you. I was just throwing out ONE of my strategies that affords me certain privileges. 90% confidence & charm, 10% because of the kind of card it is. Oh, and if you are a Hard Rock member that also helps.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:26 pm

LOL Thanks!!!

PlatinumAMEX94 wrote:I think on a Saturday night you should march over to your closest Hard Rock Cafe and see if it works. Let us know how that works out for you. I was just throwing out ONE of my strategies that affords me certain privileges. 90% confidence & charm, 10% because of the kind of card it is. Oh, and if you are a Hard Rock member that also helps.
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