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The big news was that Amex is raising the fee for the personal Platinum card to $550. And adding some unimpressive benefits. WTF is wrong with these guys? Chase is beating the crap out of them left and right and this is they way they respond? Anyways, my wife is going to close her personal Platinum before the annual fee hits for sure now. I am keeping the Business Platinum and hope to take advantage of that 50% benefit rebate thingie. Well, I expect them to raise that annual fee soon. Can’t wait to get my hands on a Chase Sapphire Reserve and keep it, so fed up with Amex. What gets me is how they have managed to confuse the hell out of cardholders on the differences between the personal and business versions! You can read what Doctor of Credit wrote: Should You Get The American Express Platinum Now, Before the Annual Fee Increases? At least, you know this guy won’t try to sell you plastic…
Skift has its take on Amex’s move with the Platinum card. What stood out for me was this:
“I’m deeply paranoid about these types of competitive assaults on our customer base,” said Doug Buckminster, head of the global consumer services group at AmEx. Speaking to investors this week, he said the company saw a temporary but notable rise in customers calling to cancel their Platinum Cards after the metal Sapphire Reserve was launched.
Talk to you soon Doug!
Some good stuff to learn about what is upon us with the new Hilton Honors program. I want to comment on this:
The real risk is if / when Hilton starts to increase the redemption caps on the properties. If they go, or are increased sharply, you have moved by a stealth to a pure ‘revenue based redemption’ programme.
I don’t think Hilton wants this, if I’m honest, because when you remove the lure of outsized redemptions Hilton points become a lot less interesting
I think Hilton wants this and it will slowly work it in…I guess time will tell, as always. I have been wrong before. I hope I am wrong again.
Most popular routes for private jets. Interesting! No surprise that Vegas is at the top. Check the last entry, I guess much less Venezuelans coming to Miami lately, wow!
Listen to Oscar, United’s CEO, he may just save your life!
Smoke weed and make art. Wow. The only thing I could draw would be something resembling Doritos!
I have long been against the proliferation of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). There are so many gimmicky ETFs that keep coming because they can find suckers that will buy them. But this latest one is absolutely far out. An ETF is launching based on “biblical values” that excludes investing in companies that support the “LGBT lifestyle”. WTF!!!
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There was a deal involving buying an online dating membership through the British Airways shopping portal. Think match.com and e-harmony. Last thing I need is more British Airways Avios! And bloggers were instructing readers how to structure their purchase how to pay more, WTF! Anyways, when I saw it hit the big commercial blogs I just could not help but wonder if these guys will get screwed or waste hours trying to get their Avios. Well, at least they could get a date. Oh this comment over at DansDeals…
How to check for pre-approval offers from banks.
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Thanks to the reader who got the SPG Business Amex with my links, much appreciated.
And I leave you with this…The face you make when you see the Friday blogger interview at MMS telling us all how they discovered the hobby last year and they decided to tell friends and family travel for free…
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