thomaswhitehall wrote: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.
DoingHomework wrote:As an experienced line-cutter, I will say that I don't consider myself rude. The truth is that I pay for the special treatment I get through loyalty or some other way.
I rent enough cars that I get to see my name on a board with the stall number while most others have to go inside and wait in line. About a third of the time I get an upgraded car pulled right up by the curb. I don't get that because of royal blood. Anyone could have the first part for $50 a year or less and the occasional curbside service is probably because I am loyal to one company and spend a lot with them.
When I fly I get to use the special check-in line, again, not because I'm special or rude but because I am loyal to the airline.
We have a restaurant that we go to about once a week. We have gone there for over 10 years and are somewhat chummy with the legacy staff and the owners. The place has become quite trendy now though and usually has a line, especially of Friday and Saturday nights. They also have hired a few fashionable hostesses - the kind that like to act like they are doing you a favor by letting you in the door. But you know what, we walk past the line, get recognized by the owners or other staff, and get shown a table right away. Why? Because we've been loyal. The place has a bar that gets hopping on the weekends. We were there for a late dinner one night and a bouncer tried to stop us. I simply said "Call the owner and tell him you won't get the (Smith's) their table." He popped inside briefly and came back out and said we could go in. Sweet! But we've paid for it through loyalty and we always tip the staff well.
There are a few other places we frequent that we are recognized in one way or another.
I'm sure that some people find this apparent special treatment rude or think we are being arrogant but we really aren't. We are good customers and treat people nicely. If they are busy, that's fine. But most smart managers and owners know to treat their best customers right. A year or two from now that place won't be trendy any more. But we'll still be helping them pay their bills.
I've never flashed my platinum card to get anything special. I've called the concierge for favors a couple of times and I've of course used it for the airline lounges and that kind of thing but that's it. I actually don't think anyone is impressed by the platinum card, perhaps they are by the Centurion. I have a metal premium card from another issuer. I've clanked that down a few times as well and no one seems to care about that either. They are curious about it being metal but don't equate the metal with being a premium card.
NYC_Dweller wrote:i truly don't think flashing an amex will entitle anyone to a line cut. a line cut can occur when a reservation/name on guest list is made with concierge in advance.