Is a Platinum American Express Card Worth It?

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americanexpressLast year, I read this post – 5 Reasons to Get a Platinum American Express Card from Luxury Travel Mom, and I realized that I could probably get lots of use from the perks and benefits from the card.  I patiently waited until I received an upgrade offer from my currently Gold Card, and I finally got that call.  If I upgraded, I’d be eligible for 25,000 bonus membership rewards miles. 

I upgraded and my brand-new Platinum Amex Card arrived via the mail.  I don’t live Tina Fey’s (or Luxury Travel Mom’s) life, so will I get value from the card?

When I called to activate the card, I was immediately transferred to a customer service rep who was able to help me set up the benefits of my card.  Each year, you can specify an airline to get reimbursements from.  Since I have a flight already planned on Delta, I specified Delta as my airline.  For this year, I’ll be reimbursed for all of the incidental expenses on Delta – including baggage fees, food and beverage fees, and more (except for internet, which is billed via GoGo Internet).

I’ll also have a membership to Priority Pass – which will give me access to airline clubs throughout the world.  When I have long delays or layovers, I know I’ll appreciate that!

I’ll keep you posted on how the card’s benefits work for me.

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