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- Location: Arizona
I think this was mentioned in a separate thread but there seem to be "neighborhoods" evolving-
etc. Now, I have nothing against Starwood and Delta but Delta does not happen to fly to the places I frequent. So the Amex "perks" are largely useless to me. I get that they want to promote within their alliance. But surely then they must realize that the service must also be available.
The problem with Priority Pass, select or otherwise, is that it is not convenient to use. There is paperwork and delay at the entrance involved. With my regular lounge membership I flash the card, possibly ID, and am in very quickly. I also get the full range of service like wifi and such. My experience with PP is that it is little more than a license to be treated as a second class citizen.
On the surface I might seem like an ideal platinum customer - I spend quite a bit per year, basically everything I possibly can on the platinum card, I actually use the FHR and travel services a few times a year, I travel internationally, and so forth. As recently as 2 years ago I was using it a lot more. But now I invariably find I get much better prices, perks, and services from my Chase card...and the fee is about half!
Since I do travel a fair bit I still get about the value of the annual fee between the airline credit and discounts at Hertz (20%, rarely discussed). So I will keep the platinum for now, but my incentive for using it is diminishing very quickly. If they don't beef up the perks soon and if they cut the airline credit or hertz discount, I will be outta there.