MOC wrote:Not to mention that your American Express will only be accepted at chain hotels and a rare few other places in Europe. For everything else you will need Visa.
I just spent 2 1/2 weeks in Italy (Florence, Tuscany, Rome & Amalfi Coast) and used my Platinum Card almost exclusively, and did not stay at any "chain" hotels - although they were all upper tier / "Leading Hotels of the World" hotels. I think I wasn't able t to use the AMEX maybe 5-7 times during my whole trip.
That said, as I carry the Sapphire Preferred as well, it would be disingenuous to claim it isn't worth it ... it is. It has good partners for hotels, but I think AMEX points are better for airfare.