Mogul of Pineapples wrote:To be honest I feel the benefits beyond the gold aren't worth it unless you travel extensively. Did they give you 25,000 bonus points for upgrading? Usually the phone reps offer 25,000 bonus membership reward points to try and pursue you to upgrade.
DoingHomework wrote:Let us know how it goes with the platinum. I just got a gold. I have always avoided AMEX for various reasons but I decided it was time to do it for reasons I have mentioned here and won't repeat. There are a few things about the platinum that are attractive and I might go for one in a couple of years. The goldis $175a year. The platinum is $450 but they give you membership in Hertz #1 gold, which I pay $50 a year for...and there are other things I pay for occasionaally that you get. I travel internationally every 2-3 years and try to fly business class so teh free companion ticket might make it worth it even if I only get one every few years.
My biggest gripe is that they charge you extra for a second platinum card on teh same account for a spouse. That is idiotic in my book. They don't do this with other cards and they don't do it with the platinum card in Europe or Asia. Hopefully they will stop doing it here. If so I might go for it in a couple of years.
realest145 wrote:A am not sure about the cost for an additional Plat. card but I got my wife a gold card on the account and I believe it was $75 a year.
DoingHomework wrote:I just think that is really backwards of American Express to treat spouses differently by giving one a gold and one a platinum. Do they not know it is the 21st century? Spouses are equals these days and Amex shoudl treat them that way. I find what they do is offensive.
I'm sure they are trying to get the most fees possible in the event that two spouses travel extensively and would use too much of the benefits (airport club access, companion tickets, etc.) But they could address that with limits or some other way.
The bottom line is that if you live in most other parts of the world you do not have to pay extra to share an account with your spouse. And gold cards for your family (up to 5) are free if you have a gold card so it seems bizarre to me that they would chareg you for one when you have a plat!
Great that you were able to get tickets to a sold out event though
Extreme z28 wrote:I've had the Platinum card for a few years now and by far it's the best card I have. I use it for everything that I can. They services have been top notch and they have worked with me on everything (tickets, dinner reservations, they even got one of my best friends and his wife out to my wedding from TX at a very resonable price for flight, hotel and car when their plane tickets got messed up, mind you they pulled this off 2 days before my wedding and got them a cheaper rate than they originally had.) I hope you enjoy your Platinum as much as I've enjoyed mine.
DoingHomework wrote:Do they give your wife a platinum too or just a gold? If so do they make you pay an extra fee for her plat?
At least is sounds like you get great benefits that make it worthwhile.