My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Travel Day (With A Happy Ending)

Typically, our travels are pretty straightforward. We fly from home to where we want to go, and back home again. For this trip, as it turned out, I needed to be in Washington D.C. for the weekend to attend Frequent Traveler University. From there I would fly to Austin and meet up with Sharon, who would be flying there direct from Orlando. From there we were due to visit Schlitterbahn, our favorite Candlewood Suites and some of our favorite restaurants in the area.

Our travels looked like this:

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What Airport Lounges Can You Get Into With The American Express (AMEX) Platinum Card?

The American Express (AMEX) Platinum card is designed for the jet setter crowd. While the personal Platinum card carries a steep $550 annual fee, I consider the benefits the card provides to be worth the cost. If you want to learn more about the benefits of the Platinum card, you can check out our full review HEREWhile the card is marketed to those who can afford the luxury items advertised in the Departures magazine that’s included with your card membership, many benefits of the Platinum card can help travelers who aren’t in the top 0.01 percent. One of those benefits is access to several different types of airport club lounges. It can be hard to keep track of which lounges the card will get you into and the requirements for each, thus the need for this post. To clarify, access to lounges is a perk of the Personal Platinum, Business Platinum and variants of these cards.

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Heads up that other American Express Cards with platinum in the name, like the Delta Airlines Platinum or Optima Platinum, don’t get the same lounge access.

American Express does have a very handy lounge locator on their website. If you type in the airport, they’ll tell you all the places you can get into and which type of lounge that location is. If you have several lounges at an airport to choose from, here’s a link to our article about a website that provides reviews of over 2,500 lounges in 850+ airports worldwide.

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Credit Card Review: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

I’m not someone who tends to churn credit cards. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘churning,’ it means applying for a card for the sign up bonus and cancelling it before the annual fee hits. Then you wait a while and apply for the same card again so you can earn the sign up bonus again. Rinse, repeat, spend miles, cancel card, apply……. and so on, and so on.

To fight against this practice, American Express has a policy of only offering one sign up bonus on each of their cards per “lifetime.” Since Sharon and I have both previously earned a sign up bonus for this card, we figured that we’d never be able to get one again. That was until Sharon received a mailer offering the card with a sign up bonus and there was no wording on the application saying it was limited to once in a lifetime. So she applied for the card and now we’re once again cardholders of the: Continue reading “Credit Card Review: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card”

Credit Card Review: American Express Platinum Card

The American Express Platinum Card is the last of the three premium travel cards for me to review, as I’ve already talked about the Citi Prestige and the Chase Sapphire Reserve. I’m looking at the Platinum Card at this moment because my annual fee is coming due and I need to evaluate if I’m going to keep the card, downgrade it or cancel it. Since I need to look at everything the card offers to help make my decision, I figure this is as good a time as any to post my review.

You can sign up for the American Express Platinum card by using my referral link. I would greatly appreciate it because I receive a bonus for everyone who gets the card. Thanks!

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