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Oct 13, 19, 1:40 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,110
Posted By Steve M

I hope that Amex is on top of these sorts of...

I hope that Amex is on top of these sorts of situations, and deals with them appropriately. It's bad enough for standard hotel loyalty programs when some properties want all the benefits of flying...
Oct 11, 19, 6:24 pm
Replies: 714
Views: 91,747
Posted By Steve M

That's true, but there is a catch: with FEQM's,...

That's true, but there is a catch: with FEQM's, you could earn up to Platinum with FEQM's alone - that is, you could get up to Platinum without a single qualifying flight. With the new program, a)...
Oct 6, 19, 6:54 pm
Replies: 1,199
Views: 139,428
Posted By Steve M

That will also happen if you ride on Sept 30 but...

That will also happen if you ride on Sept 30 but add a tip for that ride on Oct 1 - the tip will come out of the Amex $15 credit for Oct (if Uber Cash is selected as the payment type).
Oct 2, 19, 6:43 pm
Replies: 250
Views: 60,065
Posted By Steve M

I think it's very unlikely that closing an Amex...

I think it's very unlikely that closing an Amex account with the first 12 months would prevent you from getting future cards, assuming that you paid on time. Now, whether it prevents you from...
Oct 1, 19, 8:01 pm
Replies: 473
Views: 127,928
Posted By Steve M

That works on Southwest only because of their "no...

That works on Southwest only because of their "no change fee on any fare" policy. With most carriers, if the fare has a change fee (and almost every fare does, other than full fare or close to it),...
Sep 30, 19, 2:26 am
Replies: 102
Views: 30,405
Posted By Steve M

Charges for post-paid FHR stays post the same as...

Charges for post-paid FHR stays post the same as any other post-paid reservation at the hotel - there's nothing special about how the bill is settled to the credit card just because it's a FHR...
Sep 23, 19, 11:30 am
Replies: 44
Views: 8,668
Posted By Steve M

Did you try to do this before flying the outbound...

Did you try to do this before flying the outbound flight? If so, then the agent was correct - you can't turn a round-trip into a one-way in advance without repricing it as a one-way. Assuming you...
Sep 20, 19, 2:49 pm
Replies: 472
Views: 112,343
Posted By Steve M

I wonder how many of those folks talked among...

I wonder how many of those folks talked among each other about how crowded the clubs are these days.
Sep 18, 19, 12:14 pm
Replies: 77
Views: 12,478
Posted By Steve M

That's probably what this lady thought (that is,...

That's probably what this lady thought (that is, if she's guilty of what she's been arrested for):

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article235144717.html
Sep 9, 19, 10:36 pm
Replies: 374
Views: 70,906
Posted By Steve M

I'd say their algorithm is working properly: ...

I'd say their algorithm is working properly: With that usage pattern, they probably lose hundreds of dollars every time you open an account.
Forum: Japan
Sep 9, 19, 11:41 am
Replies: 9
Views: 975
Posted By Steve M

This can manifest itself in interesting ways. I...

This can manifest itself in interesting ways. I once was with a friend in Tokyo, and it was hot and we just wanted a cool place to hang out for a couple of hours. We went into a restaurant that was...
Sep 8, 19, 12:41 am
Replies: 897
Views: 265,000
Posted By Steve M

It depends on the offer. I think that many people...

It depends on the offer. I think that many people believe that these are not gifts or rewards from Amex for cardmember loyalty, but are instead advertising from the merchants themselves. That is, the...
Forum: China
Sep 4, 19, 12:20 pm
Replies: 153
Views: 13,632
Posted By Steve M

In discussing your "complete BS" ticket, you...

In discussing your "complete BS" ticket, you mention every fact other than whether you were actually speeding, which would seem to be the only relevant detail.



I have a simpler defense: I...
Sep 4, 19, 12:08 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,385
Posted By Steve M

If someone makes that assumption about kids and...

If someone makes that assumption about kids and DL, they probably would be better off at Ocean Park, but that may not apply to the OP. If they're a Disney fan, suggesting that they go do Ocean Park...
Sep 4, 19, 11:55 am
Replies: 82
Views: 10,931
Posted By Steve M

I remember that during the Asian economic crisis...

I remember that during the Asian economic crisis in 1998 or thereabouts, you could negotiate a good hotel deal at a high-end property as a walk-in ready for immediate check-in, but they wouldn't...
Sep 4, 19, 8:26 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,280
Posted By Steve M

Ah yes - one of their talking points is that the...

Ah yes - one of their talking points is that the notion that Amex charges a higher discount rate than Visa/MC is a thing of the past, at least when comparing premium cards (Visa/MC now have a...
Sep 2, 19, 5:53 pm
Replies: 1,199
Views: 139,428
Posted By Steve M

That's not my experience. I just took a ride...

That's not my experience. I just took a ride yesterday, and what's new for me is a) it defaulted to Uber Cash instead of the credit card it previously defaulted to, b) it displayed the amount of the...
Sep 1, 19, 9:11 pm
Replies: 1,199
Views: 139,428
Posted By Steve M

I recently got an email from Uber saying that...

I recently got an email from Uber saying that they've changed the payment priority in the app, so that it now defaults to Uber Cash. And, they are now explicit in saying that the $15 Amex credit...
Sep 1, 19, 9:04 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,412
Posted By Steve M

Some things to consider about that ferry: You...

Some things to consider about that ferry: You have to have a confirmed reservation on an operating (e.g. non-cancelled) flight in order to board the ferry. If your flight is cancelled, then you...
Sep 1, 19, 5:46 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 8,457
Posted By Steve M

Can you set an alert on CX Z or U inventory on...

Can you set an alert on CX Z or U inventory on the BA site and have it email you when it becomes available?
Sep 1, 19, 5:43 pm
Replies: 73
Views: 11,063
Posted By Steve M

I'd guess that flight attendants get a much...

I'd guess that flight attendants get a much higher hourly rate than the Centurion Lounge bartenders, not to mention things like travel benefits. They are different jobs with different compensation -...
Sep 1, 19, 12:32 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 2,072
Posted By Steve M

I'm getting better at it, but it still...

I'm getting better at it, but it still occasionally bites me. "I'm going to do this as cheaply as I can, no matter how much money it costs."
Aug 30, 19, 6:20 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,280
Posted By Steve M

They can and will offer you ways to expand the...

They can and will offer you ways to expand the amount of spend on your Amex card, such as by getting additional cards for employees. They'll also introduce you to other ways that Amex can help your...
Forum: Japan
Aug 29, 19, 11:58 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By Steve M

That's interesting. The current advice is that...

That's interesting. The current advice is that that area is open to anyone that has large luggage and needs a place to put it, complete with a suggestion that you notify the conductor if not sitting...
Aug 29, 19, 8:51 am
Replies: 374
Views: 70,906
Posted By Steve M

A better question might be "why either?" When...

A better question might be "why either?" When did the other person get approved, vs your attempt? If yours was later, perhaps Amex has improved their algorithm. From the reports here, it...
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