Amex Plat "Hidden" Benefits?

Old Aug 16, 10, 2:44 pm
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Amex Plat "Hidden" Benefits?

I was just on a flight with someone last week who told me Amex set him up with some elite status on some airlines because he asked.

After a few drinks and an hour into the flight I bought this back up. He said he got elite status on Delta and Continental and flying about 10-15 times a year, but not enough to make the cut with the airlines.

I know there are a few perks that I use, like the lounge access (now US Air) and Hertz #1 Club Gold, but they do this for a few other car places as well, but mainly use Hertz.

Ideally would be great to have some connect with US Air or Marriott to get their higher status, but I guess thats my fault for not flying/staying at their preferred vendors
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Old Aug 16, 10, 5:26 pm
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probably status matches....
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Old Aug 16, 10, 6:23 pm
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I'd be curious to know if anyone else has found this because I've never heard anything of the such. If you try be sure to post results.
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Old Aug 16, 10, 7:19 pm
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Sounds like Centurion benefits. Both DL and CO Gold are included IIRC.
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Old Aug 16, 10, 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
Sounds like Centurion benefits. Both DL and CO Gold are included IIRC.
I was thinking the same but he specified plat.
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Old Aug 17, 10, 2:05 am
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Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
Sounds like Centurion benefits. Both DL and CO Gold are included IIRC.
DL & CO get Gold status with Amex Plat?

Ive heard of them doing things before for people so my guess is he probably spends a lot on travel with them and got them to either pay up for the upgrade to Plat for him or have some connection.

I'm going to call tomorrow but previous they have NO relationships with US Air at all
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Old Aug 17, 10, 6:19 am
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Airline elite status is not a benefit of the Amex Platinum card.

Starwood Gold status is, and so now is National Executive status.
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Old Aug 17, 10, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by bossku69 View Post
DL & CO get Gold status with Amex Plat?
No. They are Centurion benefits.

Originally Posted by bossku69 View Post
Ive heard of them doing things before for people so my guess is he probably spends a lot on travel with them and got them to either pay up for the upgrade to Plat for him or have some connection.
I highly doubt that they are comping an AmEx Platinum member any airline status.

Originally Posted by bossku69 View Post
I'm going to call tomorrow but previous they have NO relationships with US Air at all
Actually, if you have a Centurion card you get US Platinum (I think) status as well.
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Old Aug 26, 10, 11:58 am
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I doubt there are any 'hidden' benefits that haven't been uncovered by FT members already!
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Old Aug 26, 10, 11:32 pm
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anybody try calling plat. services yet if so they will ask where you heard this promotion what would you say
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Old Aug 27, 10, 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by gleff View Post
Airline elite status is not a benefit of the Amex Platinum card.

Starwood Gold status is, and so now is National Executive status.
Potentially dumb q as a relatively recent AMEX Plat - do I need to call someone to make this happen?
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Old Aug 27, 10, 5:30 pm
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Originally Posted by phlwookie View Post
Potentially dumb q as a relatively recent AMEX Plat - do I need to call someone to make this happen?
go to www.americanexpress.com/platinum to see all the benefits and then login to see instructions on how to enroll.
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Old Aug 27, 10, 7:08 pm
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Originally Posted by phlwookie View Post
Potentially dumb q as a relatively recent AMEX Plat - do I need to call someone to make this happen?
Yes call SPG and tell em you are and Amex plat holder and you would like your comp gold status. Same goes for National, if when calling either they ask for a code(which they usually don't) you can find that on the plat site after logging in.
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Old Aug 27, 10, 8:47 pm
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Yes call SPG and tell em you are and Amex plat holder and you would like your comp gold status.
There is a code that you have to provide to SPG to get upgraded to Gold
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Old Aug 27, 10, 8:54 pm
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Thanks folks, will do.
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