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File this one under “things you don’t encounter on a plane every day.”
One of the benefits of the American Express Platinum card is that you get $200 in Uber credits, which are placed into your account each month. You get $15 in Uber credits for U.S. rides each month, plus a bonus $20 in December (in other words, you get a $35 credit in December).
This new benefit was introduced right around the time that the annual fee for the Platinum Card went up $100 (from $450 to $550 a year). So while the card will cost more up front, there’s chance to get even more value from it. Well, that is, if you’re able to use all $200 of the Uber credits.
It’s important to know that these credits don’t carry over from month to month, so if you don’t use them in one month, they’ll disappear. AMEX is very specific about that in the rules:
Monthly ride Credit expires at 11:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time on the last day of each month. Unused Credit will not carry over to the following month. Credit will be applied for the month in which the transaction is completed
So that tells you when the current month’s credit will expire. But what about when the new month’s credit is added to your account?
There are lots of scary roller coasters in the world. Every year more of them are built, sometimes taking over the record of the tallest, the fastest, the upside-downiest or otherwise craziest. But in Japan, they always have to go a little more off-center and a little more off-the-beaten-track. So why was I not the least bit surprised when I found out they built this?
Getting ready for an road trip isn’t as difficult as it used to be. There was a time when you needed to know your route ahead of time, which meant pulling out the trusty atlas to see the highways you’d be traveling on.
The role of navigator was almost as important as the driver. That person was responsible for feeding turn by turn directions while making sure the car radio was providing quality traveling music and staying awake to make sure the driver didn’t fall asleep.
Technology changes and mobile GPS, TomToms or SatNav devices have made navigation on a trip as easy as following directions from Yoda. Well, maybe easy that would not be.
Nowadays we don’t need a separate GPS device, as our cell phone gives us directions to where ever we want. Well, until it doesn’t.