Amex plat charge deval

henrus

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Check your local council library. They may offer AFR access for free.

If you live in Brisbane, Redland, Logan, Ipswich, Scenic Rim or the Gold Coast council areas you can sign up for a free digital membership at Logan City Council Libraries (basically it's Logan and any surrounding council areas).

Once you've got an account you can log in to view the full print version for today (and the past 4 years), click on eNewspapers at the link below:

It looks like this to read the full paper but you can also search for stories or click on the text or go to dynamic view to read articles similar to how you would online.
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Edit: The City Mellville in Western Australia has similar access and any resident of WA can join their library for free. https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/libraries/elibrary/eresources
 
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I cancelled my plat charge in march 2020 but still have access to the AFR, was hoping that I'd be able to leach this benefit for little longer but looks like it'll be gone soon.
 

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Email them and complain about the constant degradation of the perks associated with this card, AFR, Priority Pass Restaurant credits, removal of $400 travel credit for Reserve card holders et etc

It's just not worth it anymore.

Has anyone got any suggestions of a better AMEX card where you get similar points benefits to the Platinum Charge?
 
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It certainly makes you re-think staying with a Pt card. And regarding the date for termination of the AFR subscription, mine stopped working on May 1st! Maybe they'll come up with a free Economist subscription?😂😂😂, yeah, I know.
 
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This was a benefit I didn't think I'd care much about initially and now will be sad to live without. Given Priority Pass is virtually worthless domestically and the reduction in the number of VA lounges if you're actually flying VA, I'm also finding this card harder to justify. Hotel and hire car status here and there just don't cut it, and the Accor Plus benefit, though "fun" if you can manage to maximise its value, is something I could easily live without.

I received the $400 supermarket benefit shortly before renewal and am still benefitting from the Reserve travel credit, but even then, I feel increasingly more like I'm just offsetting the card's cost by prepaying for groceries or travel credits and less like I'm getting any real value from the card.

So unless some real, tangible benefits start following, I will just go back to one of the many AMEX credit cards with lower fees that are immediately offset by a travel credit, while still enjoying the usual AMEX benefits like Shop Small, etc.
 

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For me, the subscription had a limited use. Who has that much free time to read ? However, I was able to score a return trip for two (Adelaide to Melbourne) with a $100 discount on accommodation using the $450 travel credit, including lounge access in Virgin lounge, $400 off my shopping bill, free breakfast using my Hilton gold membership when we stay in Darwin and one free night and half price dinner with my accor plus membership. That's about $1200 saved without feeling the need to change my choices. If I score a few bonus money back deals, I have got a fair whack of my $1400 back. When international travel returns, because of the travel insurance , I will be back in the black.
 

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This is a real disappointment for me as I browse the AFR on my iPad every day and click on any articles that interest me. Their personal investment sections on Wed and Sat are very good value.
So I will take DRD71 advice and email them.
I was hoping there would be 100's of entries on this thread and if we all emailed, maybe we could get some traction.
 

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Email them and complain about the constant degradation of the perks associated with this card, AFR, Priority Pass Restaurant credits, removal of $400 travel credit for Reserve card holders et etc

It's just not worth it anymore.

Has anyone got any suggestions of a better AMEX card where you get similar points benefits to the Platinum Charge?
I think this is a great idea - please share AMEX's replies
 

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I think this is a great idea - please share AMEX's replies
After emailing them yesterday, I have the standard "Thank you for contacting us with your concerns. We are currently reviewing the issues you raised, and your unique case reference number is above" reply at present.
 

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Solid benefit that wasn’t directly travel related, the recent devaluations are significant, hard to get your head around what the play for them is currently.
Instead of making the card more appealing and adding some wider non travel specific benefits they keep chipping away at it.
The US AMEX don’t just stick their head in the sand they add current benefits like the monthly Uber cash credit.

They need to update this card or create a new high end card that is more relevant for the times plus lift the 18month exclusion on sign up bonuses so everyone that has left them is tempted to jump back on.

Just an opinion from an ex long term holder.
 

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Don’t shoot the messenger but the Amex website (via Platinum Charge log on) now shows $300 (instead of $450) Travel Credit 😰
Perhaps it's a mistake? Just 3 years ago they increased it from $300 to $450.

Also just noticed that the AFR is still advertised as a benefit for new cards. Seems a bit misleading.
 
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I can't find any mention of this. The only mention of $300 is this one.

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Thanks. I read this as well (just now after my earlier post). I was browsing on my Amex app on iPhone and click explore/learn Platinum benefits and it definitely ONLY mentioned a flat amount of $300 (of Travel Credit). I was alarmed and even thought I might have been redirected to the US Site (i.e. US$300) but it was not. However, I now hold the hope that it's a mistake on Amex side of failing to update its "mini" site. Let's hope for the best.

Any way, my apology if it's a false alarm.
 

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Thanks. I read this as well (just now after my earlier post). I was browsing on my Amex app on iPhone and click explore/learn Platinum benefits and it definitely ONLY mentioned a flat amount of $300 (of Travel Credit). I was alarmed and even thought I might have been redirected to the US Site (i.e. US$300) but it was not. However, I now hold the hope that it's a mistake on Amex side of failing to update its "mini" site. Let's hope for the best.

Any way, my apology if it's a false alarm.

I think it must be some page that they forgot to update. At least truly hope that's the case :)
 

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