Amex Mercedes-Benz Platinum vs. regular?

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Amex Mercedes-Benz Platinum vs. regular?

Postby bgalakazam » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:50 pm

So the Mercedes co-branded card is $25 more per year, but offers some goodies at the dealer. They also have the 50 000 sign up (opposed to 25 000 for Platinum. Not that I will be applying in the next 1-2 months, but something to look at). I have researched it and found that the $200 toward an airline credit do indeed happen. It also says you get all other Platinum benefits, but I wasn't able to verify this. I am concerned about the following:

- Priority Pass (since it only says about the airline lounges, but doesn't mention Priority Pass explicitly)

- Fast entry into US

It would be great if someone with (or without) the card can shed some light if the co-branded Mercedes card is 1 for 1 with the Platinum + the additional rewards at the Dealer.


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Postby FastSRT8 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:29 pm

what is fast entry into the us??!
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Postby agp » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:01 am

When you're going through customs in the US, you don't have to wait in line if you have the Plat. It's like priority boarding but for entering US customs.

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Postby Cyberius » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:50 am

agp wrote:When you're going through customs in the US, you don't have to wait in line if you have the Plat. It's like priority boarding but for entering US customs.


Only if you have joined the Global Entry program. A Platinum card doesn't get you through customs any quicker. However, as part of the Platinum, once you join the Global Entry program, they credit back the fee to join.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:59 pm

So really you need to have the Global entry program first. So that begs the question.... why would Platinum advertise a benefit that really is not?!
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Postby Ratfacedudeguy » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:54 pm

Sure it's a real benefit. You get the Platinum card, you apply for Global Entry, you pay their fee, Amex pays you back.
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Postby m20e3087 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:26 pm

AMX pays you back even if your denied.
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Postby PopiLopi » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:46 pm

Global entry is to expedite arrivals, the part where lines are divided by US citizens, residents or visitors and they stamp your passport. Customs is the step after that where you give the blue form to an official that might let you go right away or may decide to open your bags and fo thru your stuff.

In another forum a guy was complaining because they sent him to a room and opened all hia bags while having priority pass and amex told him that they get expedited arrivals, but they still have to do the customs which most cases is pretty fast but if you're unlucky t
they'll go over your whole luggage even putting out your undies (very embarassing!!)
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Postby websteth » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:38 pm

PopiLopi wrote:Global entry is to expedite arrivals, the part where lines are divided by US citizens, residents or visitors and they stamp your passport. Customs is the step after that where you give the blue form to an official that might let you go right away or may decide to open your bags and fo thru your stuff.

In another forum a guy was complaining because they sent him to a room and opened all hia bags while having priority pass and amex told him that they get expedited arrivals, but they still have to do the customs which most cases is pretty fast but if you're unlucky t
they'll go over your whole luggage even putting out your undies (very embarassing!!)

And I was told if you give too much lip or complain while going for a full search and you have Global Entry, it will be revoked permanently. As others have said, GLobal Entry only expedites the process and if a search is still needed, you must comply. I used Global Entry in Vancouver and I was through the 45 minute line in less than 2 minutes.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:15 pm

So wait... is global entry something I as a Canadian can apply for? OR is this a US Citizen thing only?
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