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American Express in Finland - 2020 and onward

Old Feb 11, 20, 9:15 am
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American Express in Finland - 2020 and onward



I just received Centurion invite email. Current Plat card holder.

Guess they are testing waters on the Finnish market for C?
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Old Feb 11, 20, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by _fly_ View Post


I just received Centurion invite email. Current Plat card holder.

Guess they are testing waters on the Finnish market for C?
Hey cool! Does it say how much it costs?

I am interested to exchange info about personal spend levels, PM me?
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Old Feb 11, 20, 11:25 am
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Hey cool! Does it say how much it costs?
- nope, no mention. But I’m guessing “if you have to ask, it’s not for you” kind of a pricing.

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I am interested to exchange info about personal spend levels, PM me?
- my amex plat spend is high fours / low fives monthly. Nothing crazy for a person who travels a lot for work.
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Old Feb 11, 20, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by _fly_ View Post
- nope, no mention. But I’m guessing “if you have to ask, it’s not for you” kind of a pricing.



- my amex plat spend is high fours / low fives monthly. Nothing crazy for a person who travels a lot for work.
wasnt it along the the lines of 8k joining fee and 4/5k annual fee 😁

I had to ask and definately NOT the card for ME 😁 Lumo is cheaper 😂😂

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Old Feb 11, 20, 11:41 am
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Hard to imagine getting yearly fee’s worth of value from Centurion without spending tens of thousands on travel.

But then again, couple of years ago I thought that I would never pay 700€/year for Plat Amex but nowdays I think it’s great value... so I guess it really depends on one’s travel patterns and spending habits.

1st year free campaign for Centurion? One can only wish
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Old Feb 11, 20, 11:47 am
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Did they promote any good benefits?
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Old Feb 11, 20, 11:56 am
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Did they promote any good benefits?
Nope. Basically they just asked if I would be interested and if yes, they’ll be in touch.
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Old Feb 11, 20, 12:22 pm
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Pla answer them yes and report back.

I like kauppias attitude. ”Erh I got this Lumo card, whats that everymans Centurion pleb card? Send it here and I will have a look ifnit shines”
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Old Feb 12, 20, 12:22 am
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Originally Posted by _fly_ View Post
Hard to imagine getting yearly fee’s worth of value from Centurion without spending tens of thousands on travel.

But then again, couple of years ago I thought that I would never pay 700€/year for Plat Amex but nowdays I think it’s great value... so I guess it really depends on one’s travel patterns and spending habits.

1st year free campaign for Centurion? One can only wish
Interesting - what is the value you are getting out of AXPlat as a very frequent traveler? AX pushed the card with the free PrioPass - as a rather frequent traveler I might have use of it about once a year, when not on OW or *A or in J. Hotel status - again, a couple of times might come useful, otherwise I have my preferred chain (Marriott these days) with rather high status.

with 4-5 digit monthly spending you seem to be traveling more than I do, so really interested in your take of AX Plat value.
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Old Feb 12, 20, 1:01 am
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Interesting - what is the value you are getting out of AXPlat as a very frequent traveler? AX pushed the card with the free PrioPass - as a rather frequent traveler I might have use of it about once a year, when not on OW or *A or in J. Hotel status - again, a couple of times might come useful, otherwise I have my preferred chain (Marriott these days) with rather high status.

with 4-5 digit monthly spending you seem to be traveling more than I do, so really interested in your take of AX Plat value.
I could pitch in as an avid user. I'm using D8/DY quite often for intra-scandinavian travel so PP is needed for lounge access and fast track (when available). I also like the Espresso House "Lounge on-the-go" which I'll pick up on the way to the aircraft in case I fly AY/SK shorthaul.

Oh yeah: Roughly 2-4 flights per week on average - so probably quite frequent traveller
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Old Feb 12, 20, 2:18 am
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Has anyone made use of the Platinum Travel or Lifestyle services? There's a thread elsewhere on FT about those services but I'd be more interested in the Finnish/Nordic experiences.

I have limited trust that they'd be able to come up with a helpful itinerary in -say- Philadelphia if they only knew a couple of pieces of information of me and my party and unless my request was something along the lines of "please book a table in one of the finest restaurants of the city for Thursday evening"...
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Old Feb 12, 20, 3:29 am
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Has anyone made use of the Platinum Travel or Lifestyle services? There's a thread elsewhere on FT about those services but I'd be more interested in the Finnish/Nordic experiences.
Travel is an ok TA, however I have mostly booked some complex itiniaries for specific flights and hotels.

Lifestyle depends on your destination country as it seems that at least for some destinations they utilize local resources for booking things. For anything in Finland, it is typically easier to DIY.
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Old Feb 12, 20, 5:23 am
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I have limited trust that they'd be able to come up with a helpful itinerary in -say- Philadelphia if they only knew a couple of pieces of information of me and my party and unless my request was something along the lines of "please book a table in one of the finest restaurants of the city for Thursday evening"...
You can request suggestions and you will get a short list of restaurants. If you give any guidance to them (price range, area, genre, etc.), they will narrow the short list down based on your preferences, and obviously the suggestions are likely to be more relevant to you.
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Old Feb 12, 20, 7:12 am
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Thanks Antx ! I guess I'll need to give them a try.
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Old Feb 12, 20, 10:56 am
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Interesting - what is the value you are getting out of AXPlat as a very frequent traveler?
- 10-15k MR points per month with my avg spend (1.5x multiplier) - this alone is more value for me than the monthly fee
- PP lounge access if not travelling on OW and more choice if OW lounges are busy or far away. I counted at least 3-4 visits per mo.
- not having to buy any insurance coverage for rental cars - this has been surprisingly useful
- very good service on the travel insurance - I think it has deductible in the rules but they haven’t applied it
- sometimes the more exotic hotel chain statuses like Shangrila Jade or Melia status come in handy, but this is rare

I think those are the key things for me.

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