Unfortunate Plat Changes

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MemberSince99
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Postby MemberSince99 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:53 pm

There was a post on FICO today to this effect. I read it only because I'd seen it here first.


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Postby Robrus1 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:26 pm

Here's a partial of the email:

We are writing to give you advance notice of changes to your travel benefits and to remind you about other valuable features of your Platinum Card.

As of March 22, 2014, Platinum Card Members will no longer receive complimentary access to American Airlines® Admirals Club lounges and US Airways® Club locations.
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Special Offer: Up to $200 in Statement Credits

We recognize the inconvenience this may cause you as someone who travels frequently, so we have included you in a special offer. You will receive up to $200 in statement credits toward American Airlines and US Airways incidental fees charged to your Card from March 22, 2014 to December 31, 2014.1 You can use these credits toward:

•Membership fees in the Admirals Club program and US Airways Club•One-day passes to Admirals Club lounges and US Airways Clubs•Other American Airlines and US Airways incidental fees like baggage fees or flight change fees
There's no enrollment required, and purchases made by both the Basic and Additional Card Members on the Card account are eligible for the promotion. These statement credits are in addition to the $200 Airline Fee Credit2 benefit already included in your Membership.*

*American Express relies on accurate airline transaction data to identify incidental fee purchases. If you do not see a credit for a qualifying incidental purchase on your enrolled Card after 4 weeks, simply call the number on the back of your Card. See terms & conditions for more details.
ImageImageYou will continue to have access to a large network of airport lounges, including complimentary access to:

•Delta Sky Clubs®3•Priority Pass™ Select4 membership for entry to more than 600 participating airport lounges worldwide•Airspace Lounges™5 in New York (JFK), Cleveland, and Baltimore
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Postby Robrus1 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:32 pm

I remembered that there is now a Centurion lounge at DFW, which is where I am fairly frequently, so I guess I'll just start going to that lounge since it's probably nicer than the Admiral's Club anyway, however, having lounge access for Admiral's Club at other airports will be dearly missed.
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Postby woogs » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:04 pm

Received the same email on my Mercedes Platinum card. Was offered $500 in credits. Hopefully it works on gift cards as with airline status I never have any fees for bags, award redemption (or re-deposit), etc.
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Postby djrez4 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:11 pm

Waiting for my email. I was planning to axe the card after the new year anyway. May as well get some extra credit out of it beforehand.
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Postby DoingHomework » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:13 am

I must say, I got the United Club card earlier this year and it really gives the Amex Plat a run for the money. Because of my location and where I travel I fly United mostly so that helps. But the card has a lot of perks including lounge access without a ticket (i. e. even if flying another airline) and a hotel program which, at least recently, seems to be better than FHR. I actually use the hotel program 2-3 times a year and I find that the United Club card hotels and FHR hotels have a big overlap but the Club card program usually has better deals and better perks. Not always of course so I check both.

The bottom line is, Amex better get its act together or it is going to start losing paying customers at a rapid clip I believe.

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Postby Sevenfeet » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:55 am

I had always wondered when the day came that Amex was going to get more competition in terms of the Platinum card's airline lounge perk. It looks like now that's happened, mainly due to the American/US Air merger and their desire to do better with their credit card products, which is a growth industry to be sure for the airlines. Combine that with Mastercard stepping in to likely offer them a pretty sweet co-branding long term exclusive deal and you see the situation we have now.

So now we have our lines of demarcation. Delta (which absorbed Northwest) works with Amex and has for years and that gets you lounge access with them. United (which merged with Continental) works with Chase and Visa for their upscale card product which gets you access to their lounges. And American (which is merging with US Air) is going with Mastercard/Citi. If you are a frequent traveler in the US and want lounge access built in to your credit card, your choice is pretty clear.
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Postby jmtdallastx » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:25 pm

DoingHomework wrote:Sucks for you. I got a similar message but it said the reduction in benefits applied only to Texas residents


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Postby rockyrock » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:00 pm

I agree with everyone that this is a bad development, the Plat only comes out of the sock drawer when I travel anyway already... Although based on my current location and where I fly most often I use Delta so this won't impact me all that much yet. Next year I will be relocating to the LA area so things may change... My card just renewed in August so they have nine mos to up their game or I will close it.
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Postby luvbullmarkets » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:39 pm

AMEX needs to get more partners.

Chase has taken a big bite of the market with all their partnership agreements with hotels, airlines, etc. And they have much lower annual fees to boot!
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