Amex - National Car/Emerald Club partnership ending?

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Amex - National Car/Emerald Club partnership ending?

Postby Spunky » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:37 am

I was just making a correction to my National Emerald Club account tier and received the following note from a CSR:

It is very important to know that the Amex promotion for which the latter account was opened expires 28-FEB-2015. As National is no longer in partnership with American Express, it is very important that you maintain the qualifications to maintain your Executive status to avoid a downgrade in your tier level before the above expiration date.


This is the first I've heard of this.
MB Amex Platinum | Amex Premier Gold | Amex Everyday Preferred 25k | Citi Executive 22.5k | Barclay Arrival 12.5k | USAA Amex 10.5k | WF Platinum Visa 5k | Chase Visa | GECRB Visa

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Postby jitdc » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:44 pm

That is a bummer. It makes sense though. When I received my Platinum approval I immediately went to the Amex site to sign up for the all benefits of the card. The only visible car rental program shown was Avis. I had to call National and Hertz directly to sign up for their respective programs.

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Postby Z06Biker » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:18 am

Another nail in the platinum coffin...
AMEX: PRG Gold, Business Simply Cash, Business Costco, BCE.
Chase: United MileagePlus Club, Sapphire Preferred, Amazon Rewards
Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard
HSBC Cash or Fly World Mastercard
USAA World Mastercard, USAA Platinum Mastercard
Wells Fargo Business Platinum
USC Credit Union Mastercard

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Postby Spunky » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:37 pm

To be fair, Amex has had something of a monopoly on these benefits for a while it seems, there is obviously a trend toward diversification of "luxury" benefits-oriented cards around smaller brand families.

I started a spreadsheet just for kicks to examine the differences in perks between cards—from program membership and status upgrades to specific terms in consumer protections, rental collision, etc. Platinum is still the most packed by a long shot.
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