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What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 2: Why We Acquired and Hold Each Card
What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 2: Why We Acquired and Hold Each Card

What’s In Our Wallet 2020? Part 2: Why We Acquired and Hold Each Card

This article is Part 2 of our “What’s In Our Wallet 2020?” series. Here are link to Parts 1 & 3, and once published, we’ll add a link to the Epilogue. * Part 1 – What’s In Our Wallet 2020?…

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Keep or Cancel – Amex Personal Platinum – and Did I Get a Retention Offer?
Keep or Cancel – Amex Personal Platinum – and Did I Get a Retention Offer?

Keep or Cancel – Amex Personal Platinum – and Did I Get a Retention Offer?

Executive Summary I was very much on the fence about my Amex personal Platinum card. The card is best-in-class for flights purchased directly from airlines. It has solid benefits, although many are either difficult for us to fully use and/or…

Our Cheap AA Flights Did *Not* Trigger the Amex Airline Fee Credit – Experiment Failure!
Our Cheap AA Flights Did *Not* Trigger the Amex Airline Fee Credit – Experiment Failure!

Our Cheap AA Flights Did *Not* Trigger the Amex Airline Fee Credit – Experiment Failure!

Background In light of American Airlines gift cards (AA GCs) no longer triggering the Amex airline fee credits (see our article here: Are AA Gift Cards Really Triggering the Amex Airline Fee Credit Again? As of Now, We Don’t Think…

Are AA Gift Cards Really Triggering the Amex Airline Fee Credit Again? As of Now, We Don’t Think So [UPDATED 6/25/19: Dead; No Credits for AA GCs]
Are AA Gift Cards Really Triggering the Amex Airline Fee Credit Again? As of Now, We Don’t Think So [UPDATED 6/25/19: Dead; No Credits for AA GCs]

Are AA Gift Cards Really Triggering the Amex Airline Fee Credit Again? As of Now, We Don’t Think So [UPDATED 6/25/19: Dead; No Credits for AA GCs]

[UPDATE as of 6/25/2019, 2:30 pm Central time – Numerous data points found in Comments to the Doctor of Credit article we referenced in this article as well as in this FlyerTalk thread indicate that, after 6/14/2019, AA GCs consistently…

Do Cheap AA Flights Really Trigger Amex Airline Fee Credits?
Do Cheap AA Flights Really Trigger Amex Airline Fee Credits?

Do Cheap AA Flights Really Trigger Amex Airline Fee Credits?

Introduction & Short Answer So, do cheap American Airlines (AA) flights really trigger Amex airline fee credits, like those on the Amex Platinum, personal Gold and Hilton Aspire cards? Maybe. We have some positive data points on cheap AA flight…

Amex FHR Update: Better, But There Are Still Issues
Amex FHR Update: Better, But There Are Still Issues

Amex FHR Update: Better, But There Are Still Issues

Introduction Back in January, we wrote an article sharply criticizing the state of the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) program – Amex FHR Is a Hot Mess These Days. That post has been one of our more widely-read articles,…

Amex FHR Is a Hot Mess These Days
Amex FHR Is a Hot Mess These Days

Amex FHR Is a Hot Mess These Days

UPDATE, 4/1/2019, 4:00 pm – We updated our research on Amex FHR and found that some things mentioned in this article had improved, but there are still issues. See our further article at Amex FHR Update: Better, But There Are…

Comparing the Amex Platinum and Citi Prestige Concierge Services
Comparing the Amex Platinum and Citi Prestige Concierge Services

Comparing the Amex Platinum and Citi Prestige Concierge Services

This article is part of our Trip Report – Adventures with Edventure in Nashville. Introduction One benefit of premium credit cards that we’ve under-utilized is the personalized concierge service. Amex provides concierge service with its personal and business Platinum cards,…

Keep or Cancel – Amex Mercedes Benz Personal Platinum
Keep or Cancel – Amex Mercedes Benz Personal Platinum

Keep or Cancel – Amex Mercedes Benz Personal Platinum

Executive Summary I canceled my Amex Mercedes Benz Personal Platinum card yesterday.  My primary motivating factor is Amex’s discontinuation of the MB Platinum and soon-to-come forced product change to the regular Personal Platinum card (the “vanilla” Platinum).  I have never…