Does Amex only offer Exclusive stuff for Plat card holders?

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Does Amex only offer Exclusive stuff for Plat card holders?

Postby VisaSpeak » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:51 pm

Its like being a Gold member doesnt really give you any exclusive access to stuff, but they are charging $175 a year. But Plat. Gets exclusive access to tickets, concerts, etc.


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Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:53 pm

This falls into 'you get what you pay for' category.

It's all economics. At $175 per year, that may be just enough for administrative charges and to cover your benefits cost. The higher you go on the card scale, the accompanying fees increase which also gives them more money to provide you with perks.
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Postby Robrus1 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:29 pm

You should be able to get tickets to concerts and things like that with PRG. I used to have the PRG, and I never used it but I thought that benefit was the same as Platinum.

I went to Amex's website and looked at the PRG. I can confirm that it does show "preferred seating" (concert tickets, etc) as a benefit available to PRG members.
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Postby DoingHomework » Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:36 pm

With the gold card your $175 mostly buys you purchase protections and that kind of thing. You are not paying for travel perqs or exclusive access. When you fork out the extra $275 for platinum much of it goes to the $200 airline fee credit and other fairly tangible benefits. I personally spend a lot on rental cars and the $20% discount is worth close to $1000 a year to me. In terms of exclusive access, yes you get some with platinum but honestly, it's not that great. There are opportunities, but for me they either aren't of interest or they are not convenient. Recently there was something for the US open tennis tournament or something like that. I have no interest in watching tennis or going to NY so it was of no interest. So I guess you could say the plat does offer some exclusive access but that does not mean it will be of any value to you.

I could afford the Centurion card (though I have never been invited so I probably don't qualify) but when I look at the extra benefits it would give me, they aren't worth it. Maybe I'd get to go drive an Aston Martin like Fast, which would be cool, but not worth the extra cost.

So you just need to make a decision for yourself. Don't get the platinum card for the special access because you will probably be disappointed. But if you can take advantage of the tangible benefits like the travel rebate and that kind of thing then the special access and such are a nice extra.

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Postby rockyrock » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:44 am

Speaking of benefits I can no longer find the Platinum benefits when I log in. When I go to card benefits I get the same screen as always but the links to the benefit run down are replaced by some lame "Do you know..." section.

Did they move it or take it down to revamp it?
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Postby rockyrock » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:48 am

DoingHomework wrote:Don't get the platinum card for the special access because you will probably be disappointed. But if you can take advantage of the tangible benefits like the travel rebate and that kind of thing then the special access and such are a nice extra.


+1

I get occasional emails for advanced tickets to events but I have never been interested. You may be able to call the concierge if you are looking for something specific or hard to get. Like DH said the true value (for me) is in the travel related benefits--lounges, upgrades, discounts, etc.
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Postby benhollberg » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:31 am

Robrus1 wrote:You should be able to get tickets to concerts and things like that with PRG. I used to have the PRG, and I never used it but I thought that benefit was the same as Platinum.

I went to Amex's website and looked at the PRG. I can confirm that it does show "preferred seating" (concert tickets, etc) as a benefit available to PRG members.


I have used this feature many times. I PRG card has preferred seating presales, I do believe but am not completely sure that the Platinum has better seats set apart in the preferred seating block. The presale codes are different for the cards.
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Postby Scoobynoodles » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:15 am

benhollberg wrote:I have used this feature many times. I PRG card has preferred seating presales, I do believe but am not completely sure that the Platinum has better seats set apart in the preferred seating block. The presale codes are different for the cards.


One thing that I have yet to actually see as a benefit is the preferred seating for PRG & Platinum. I've called many times and even used the Ticketmaster site inputting needed info, but the tixx prices aren't that all different nor is the seating any better. One of my beefs so far, maybe I'm not doing it right?!

Am I to assume that a preferred seating benefit means I'll get a better seat for the same price of a regular ticket? Last year I purchased tixx to see Andrea Bocelli in Brooklyn and had Amex Concierge do it for me, the day it went live. Demand was incredibly high so rather had them do it than I. But the "preferred seating" wasn't all that much better. They had different price points and I opted to go for the second highest, so we sat on the first level, not ground level. I get that, but where does the PS come into play? I've bought tixx to other shows in NYC and had the same experience.

Any experts on taking advantage of it and doing it right?!
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Postby benhollberg » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:26 pm

I've used the preferred seating many times. On most AMEX cards you use the code, sometimes you don't even need a code just pay with AMEX, and you get AMEX reserved seating. On preferred seating you always need the code and your price code on tickets is always AMEX preferred, sometimes GLDPRE or AMXPRE. I've only used it for concerts and things like that so I always get the best seats, besides the ones reserved for VIP tickets. Also I've only used it ever really for presales so I always am the first to pull tickets. I notice that on big shows the preferred always sells out before the regular AMEX seats, and usually the preferred has a six ticket limit, or something less than the normal ticket limit.
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Postby cashnocredit » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:52 am

I haven't taken up any offers from my Amex Plat or anyone else for that matter. I did get an invite From my Citi card (AA-WEMC) for two to a Rolling Stones concert in LA which included free food in some sort of pre-concert area. Couldn't take them up on it as I was traveling. That's probably the best freebee I've been offered.



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