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JL
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American Express Premium Rewards
So I've had the card for a few years and have racked up a ton of points, but don't use any of the services or anything associated with American Express. For folks who use AMEX, what services do you use that they provide? I need to take advantage considering what I pay for the yearly fee.

Also what's the best way to use points to get the most bang for your buck?


AmeriKop45
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what services do you use that they provide? I need to take advantage considering what I pay for the yearly fee.


Which AmEx card do you have? Is this the Premium Rewards Gold? This card only comes with the $100 Airline Fee credit every year and access to the Hotel Collection Hotels. Booking through AmEx travel basically gets you $75 hotel credit and upgrades etc. Not many other benefits apart from this.
Some other benefits that are there but are not exclusive to this card are:
1) Rental car insurance (Collision Damage waiver)
2) Travel Insurance
3) No Foreign Transaction fee

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Also what's the best way to use points to get the most bang for your buck?


Best bang for your buck is to use these points to travel. About how many are we talking?

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JL
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I've got almost 500,000, yes it's the gold premium rewards card.
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AmeriKop45
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Thats a good sum. Do you like to travel? Pick a place in the world and you can get there with your points.


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tigerpawl
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Best bang for your buck is to use these points to travel.
This. Only problem is they don't have as many partner airlines as they use to. Move points from Amex directly to your frequent flyer account. Using Delta Sky Club (and other airline club rooms) is way cool.

I might add.... my daughter realized she lost her wedding dress at the Windsor Court after she left for her honeymoon. I was an hour away from the hotel. Called Amex concierge service and explained. They said not to worry. Got a call from Amex later that day. They found it - or more correctly someone at the hotel. How many CC Companies would do that, I wonder?

If you use points to purchase stuff, it's really not a good value.


AmeriKop45
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How many CC Companies would do that, I wonder?


2 more. Chase (if you have CSR) and Citi (if you have Prestige).

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Using Delta Sky Club (and other airline club rooms) is way cool.


It is. But PRG doesn't come with Sky Club access, nor any other lounge.

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Only problem is they don't have as many partner airlines as they use to.


Not sure if this is true. Unless I am wrong, they have more airline partners than ever before. And also some of the best ones in Air Canada, ANA, Flying Blue, Singapore, BA etc.


GaryMyMan
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Flying Blue

I moved my Amex points to this and got two seats round trip to Paris for a relatively small amount of points. One day I’d love to do ANA biz class to Tokyo.

Flying in Biz & 1st Class is technically the best bang for your buck, because those cabins cost SO much more than economy if you're paying cash, but usually only 50% or so more if you're using points/miles. Plenty of times I've seen the value of first class tickets at $0.20/point or so.

You can really go overboard overthinking the “best” use of points. There are blogs dedicated to just that (Flyertalk). I’ll occassionally read The Points Guy for tips/sales/crazy fares.

With 500k points, you can easily take a companion to Europe or Asia round trip in biz class, and probably transfer points to a hotel partner to stay a few nights free. Don't waste it on bull shite like Home Depot gift cards at $0.01/point!
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VABuckeye
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re: American Express Premium Rewards
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American Express 2 more. Chase (if you have CSR)



Or the Ritz Carlton card. Great benefits.


KillTheGophers
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I have been looking at the Ritz Carleton card - I think I like it.


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Athanatos
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I transfer Amex points to air Canada's aeroplan for good redemptions on business. The costs and fees are a little higher than United, but not bad.


AmeriKop45
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To Europe and SA - yes. Aeroplan comes out ahead of a lot of programs. Flying Blue may be an option during their fare sales. I wouldn't transfer over AmEx to any one program before I have a specific use for them though.


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