CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Now I want one...not as another major transferable point currency or for ongoing travel, but just for a big fat hotel bonus sometime before the nerfs/merger. Maybe I can hope for an Amex semi-targeted offer later just from being in the program.
Still, I want to try the Amex Platinum perks more, so that comes first.
What is the "one" here? SPG card?
I'd recommend trying the Platinum over another card with limitations to a specific brand. Obviously there are many things to be considered on both sides, but that's the light I'm choosing to look at it in on your behalf...
Yeah, "one" being an SPG card...or, rather, the associated 35k bonus.
I don't mind getting cards with brand-specific perks - I have several already. It's just a question of the SPG bonus currently providing a lower marginal benefit at a time when I'm lacking airline lounge access and other premium perks, but have two great alternatives for award hotel stays (IHG and Hyatt).