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I currently have a PRG, which has (what I think) are pretty good, but maybe a bit limited, roadside assistance services. It also has the Global Assistance Hotline.
I definitely don't make good use of the PRG purchasing bonus categories, so at the very least I think it would make sense to downgrade to a regular Gold.
I do want something AAA-like, and also something that could help during international travel.
The Amex Gold fee is about the same as the top-tier AAA membership, but AAA has naturally better roadside benefits since it has a more limited scope. On the other hand, PCing the PRG to a Gold would keep my AAoA growing faster.
My BCE also has the global assistance hotline, but I don't know if I'd get a nearly-useless really low service tier with it on a no-AF card. I'm not really sure how the benefits of the Arrival+ would compare to the Gold in terms of travel assistance.
I'm not looking for someone to make a flight reservation for me because I don't have time. I'm talking about being in a country where I don't speak the language and having my wallet stolen.
My signature reflects my current and future cards, but in case it changes between now and a time this thread becomes active again far in the future, I have a Sallie Mae, It, Freedom, BCE, and PRG. I plan to get a TrueEarnings and Arrival+ before the PRG would change.
I can pay annual fees, I just would appreciate some input on spending wisely and saving where I can when it comes to these benefits. I don't really care about fancy hotels or airport lounges, so the Amex Platinum might not help much. My expected amount of travel to non-English-speaking places in the next few years has picked up, though, so I will definitely need something.
Very useful: SchwabPlat, CSP, IHG, Costco (was AA Plat), Freedom, SPG
Somewhat useful: Discover, ED (was EDP), BCE, Hyatt
Plan to PC: Prestige to DC
SD with activity alerts, might close: Arrival and Brooks Bros
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech, BofA Travel PH