Something I just discovered on the Amex site:http://www.americanexpress.com/us/content/card-benefits/roadside-assistance-terms.html
PRG will still have Amex's top-level roadside assistance.
The regular Gold card will be dropped down two
levels to the Roadside Assistance Hotline on 12/1/14.
Green, which had the middle tier, is being dropped to the same RAH.
That kind of wrecks my plan of downgrading to Gold for AAA-type benefits (and Global Assist) and making the Gold a permanent card.
Boo, Amex. Just as I find one benefit that is a great reason to keep you (essentially AAA when I travel as a passenger in a car I don't own), I find you're taking it away.
Maybe the PRG is worth keeping, and the signup bonus was nice, but a $125 AF Gold card with modest rewards should have something better than bottom-tier roadside assistance - if you can even call it that!
It would be better to just raise the AF on the Gold by $10 or $20 than to cut an important part of the travel program. The pre-benefit-cut Gold would be worth keeping, but having to keep a PRG instead of downgrading to a Gold to keep that benefit puts the PRG in the 'replace before too long' category.
Edit: I know I'm new to Amex and haven't paid them an AF on a charge card (yet, at least). I know I don't give them a ton of business. I know a signup bonus puts me ahead a bit financially. But I sympathize with their loyal customers/cardmembers here. Shouldn't $125 a year get better treatment?