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Postby NYC_Dweller » Sun May 06, 2012 10:46 pm

ivotedale wrote:Being that some rewards cards have annual fees and/or 5% bonus categories, do you foot the bill purposely?

To rephrase, I have the foodie pack via Amex Zync charge card, so I get 2x points on anything categorized as a restaurant/food establishment. Also, I have a few close friends that work in front-of-house in the restaurant industry, so they always carry a good amount of cash from their tips.

So for me to take advantage of the situation, I'll typically offer to pay the entire bill w/ my card, but have everyone else pay me back his/her share of the bill in cash after we're done. I do this with close friends/acquaintances of course; wouldn't do this on business/dates (haha!).

This typically adds up quick as far as points/cashback go- I earned a lot of cash back on gas station visits too so far w/ my Chase Freedom 5%!

Anyone else do something similar for points sake?


I do this quite often and in fact this past Friday was the most recent. Thanks to Platinum Concierge I was able to get a table at Masa NYC for myself, wife and 2 close friends. The billed was a whooping $3926.48 (Masa, considered the most expensive restaurants in NYC). After leaving a 20% tip I collected 4,712 points : )

The upside was the accumulated points the sad part was I was still hungry...


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Postby ivotedale » Sun May 06, 2012 10:52 pm

Well, what did you order? I do enjoy a fine foodie-post!

The waiters/waitresses themselves must own platinum cards at least w/ the tips they earn from what it seems!
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Postby FastSRT8 » Mon May 07, 2012 1:05 am

NYC_Dweller wrote:I do this quite often and in fact this past Friday was the most recent. Thanks to Platinum Concierge I was able to get a table at Masa NYC for myself, wife and 2 close friends. The billed was a whooping $3926.48 (Masa, considered the most expensive restaurants in NYC). After leaving a 20% tip I collected 4,712 points : )

The upside was the accumulated points the sad part was I was still hungry...


NICE! I must visit that restaurant next time I am in town. What was on the menu?
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Postby NYC_Dweller » Mon May 07, 2012 11:01 am

ivotedale wrote:Well, what did you order? I do enjoy a fine foodie-post!

The waiters/waitresses themselves must own platinum cards at least w/ the tips they earn from what it seems!


Foodies Unite!!!

Masa is a Japanese restaurant located in NYC. They serve omakase style which means the chef decides what's for dinner (set menu). The price is around 400-600 a person. The course is around 3 hours and it is an experience that all foodies should experience. There was a variety of high end sushi and the most memorable was the last serving - blowfish. It left my mouth and lips numb!

Give Masa NYC or most expensive restaurants in NYC a quick google for more info.

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Postby ivotedale » Mon May 07, 2012 8:41 pm

This place sounds intense!

Experiencing the numbing blowfish though sounds like a treat! I'll have to keep Masa on the list while I wait on my Platinum/Centurion card someday ha.
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Postby NYC_Dweller » Mon May 07, 2012 9:16 pm

ivotedale wrote:This place sounds intense!

Experiencing the numbing blowfish though sounds like a treat! I'll have to keep Masa on the list while I wait on my Platinum/Centurion card someday ha.


I was hoping the chef got enough sleep that night and removed enough blowfish poison lol... Yelp Masa. A lot of people give themselves a yearly treat.

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Postby JCarter » Wed May 09, 2012 3:47 am

NYC_Dweller wrote:I do this quite often and in fact this past Friday was the most recent. Thanks to Platinum Concierge I was able to get a table at Masa NYC for myself, wife and 2 close friends. The billed was a whooping $3926.48 (Masa, considered the most expensive restaurants in NYC). After leaving a 20% tip I collected 4,712 points : )

The upside was the accumulated points the sad part was I was still hungry...


Masa is very nice, but for the cost it isn't what I expect.

Try that at Peter Luger, which only accepts cash or very select debit cards (NY Community Bank and few others).

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Postby PlatinumAMEX94 » Wed May 09, 2012 7:14 pm

NYC_Dweller wrote:I do this quite often and in fact this past Friday was the most recent. Thanks to Platinum Concierge I was able to get a table at Masa NYC for myself, wife and 2 close friends. The billed was a whooping $3926.48 (Masa, considered the most expensive restaurants in NYC). After leaving a 20% tip I collected 4,712 points : )

The upside was the accumulated points the sad part was I was still hungry...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masa_(restaurant)

Quite the restaurant. There is also one in Las Vegas in the Aria hotel.
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Postby ivotedale » Wed May 09, 2012 10:47 pm

Nice, I'm going there [Vegas] at the end of the month, I'll have to check out out (not that I have the monetary means to eat there at this point).

Staying at THEhotel- did the same thing: offered to book the trip and have a friend pay me his share, so I could net the points (and 2x points since I booked through Amex Travel!).
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