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Subject: Re: American Express Platinum Date: 1/23/2006 2:46 PM
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I am trying to judge the value of the Platinum card membership offered by American Express, for which I occasionaly get "invitations" from AmEx. The Platinum requires a higher annual fee than the Gold card ($395 vs. $75). I understand the Platinum membership provides concierge service and double Membership Rewards points but I am left wondering how that will justify an additional $320 a year provided that I can handle making my own arrangements for my wife's birthday / anniversary / business functions, etc.

Can any AmEx Platinum holders out there offer some advice on how to best utilize the features of Platinum card membership to make it worthwhile? I've heard stories about "instant upgrades" to first class seating in airlines or suite upgrades in hotels but I find that hard to believe.

The only way I go for the upgrade is if I can make it pay for itself (and then some). Any suggestions, pro or con, will be much appreciated.
- ModernViking | Date: 1/9/06 6:29 PM | Number: 217890

I had a billing dispute with American Express over a stay at the Greenbrierer (http://www.greenbrierer.com) in 1987, the billing error was American Express's, but it took over nine months to get it resolved in my favor. After that was settled, I cancelled the card; never did business with them again.

Kahuna,CFA
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