Aus. Financial Review benefit gone. (Replaced with The Australian)

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Just got an email from Amex. Looks like they are replacing AFR with The Australian subscription.
 

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well I'm actually pretty okay with the Australian as a substitute. I understand that it was AFR that didnt want to proceed with the partnership, not amex. so i feel like amex have given us the next best thing.
 

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Official News for posterity via email:

Your news subscription with exclusive
benefits and features​
We are delighted to share that your American Express® Platinum Card Membership will soon include an exclusive The Australian Premium subscription benefit, giving you access to The Australian’s leading news coverage and analysis from here and around the world on all your devices as well as member-only features including:
  • Full digital access to news coverage from some of the nation’s most experienced journalists on all your devices with The Australian website and App.
  • Full digital access to The Wall Street Journal, one of the world’s most respected business publications.
  • The Australian Inside Access Briefings - biannual virtual events and weekly curated eNewsletters providing select American Express Card Members exclusive insight into what's really happening in the corridors of power from The Australian’s most influential political and business writers.
You will receive the official launch announcement with full details on the benefit in July 2021.​
 

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Yeah, the Australian is a deal breaker for me - and would be on value alone, aside from my distaste for their editorial values. I'll capture my remaining travel benefits, see what retention if any they offer ahead of renewal, and happily cancel if not.
 

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Yeah, the Australian is a deal breaker for me - and would be on value alone, aside from my distaste for their editorial values. I'll capture my remaining travel benefits, see what retention if any they offer ahead of renewal, and happily cancel if not.
I completely agree. There has been no effort put into this. If I wanted the Australian I would get it through Apple news along with magazines etc. it’s just like I’m prepaying for things. Amex seems to be neglecting its platinum card holders and are trying to hobble things together. My card is cancelled as soon as I use my travel credits.
 

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Hi all,

After receiving the disappointing news that we were set to loose the AFR subscription, I received an email a couple of days ago that from July, platinum card holders are set to receive a premium subscription offer to The Australian. :(

I am not very happy as I hardly read The Australian. AFR was great value. I would have been happier with The Age or a subscription to MorningStar Premium.

Why do these guys never consult us - the end users - before deciding what they want to change. AFterall, we pay top $ for the card.
 

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Hi all,

After receiving the disappointing news that we were set to loose the AFR subscription, I received an email a couple of days ago that from July, platinum card holders are set to receive a premium subscription offer to The Australian. :(

I am not very happy as I hardly read The Australian. AFR was great value …
The Australian? What next? The (Adelaide) Advertiser?
 
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The Australian? What next? The (Adelaide) Advertiser?
The (UK) Sun? :p

EDIT: On a serious note, what does "premium subscription offer" mean? Just a fancy way of saying "the basic digital subscription", or could we be expecting the paper delivery option too? If anything, the paper is very good at helping start my fireplace :D
 

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We are delighted to share that your American Express® Platinum Card Membership will soon include an exclusive The Australian Premium subscription benefit, giving you access to The Australian’s leading news coverage and analysis from here and around the world on all your devices as well as member-only features including:
  • Full digital access to news coverage from some of the nation’s most experienced journalists on all your devices with The Australian website and App.
  • Full digital access to The Wall Street Journal, one of the world’s most respected business publications.
  • The Australian Inside Access Briefings - biannual virtual events and weekly curated eNewsletters providing select American Express Card Members exclusive insight into what's really happening in the corridors of power from The Australian’s most influential political and business writers.
You will receive the official launch announcement with full details on the benefit in July 2021.​
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The WSJ is included, but I would still prefer the AFR or Morningstar Premium deal.
 
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The Australian Premium
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COMING JULY 2021

Your news subscription with exclusive
benefits and features​
We are delighted to share that your American Express® Platinum Card Membership will soon include an exclusive The Australian Premium subscription benefit, giving you access to The Australian’s leading news coverage and analysis from here and around the world on all your devices as well as member-only features including:​
  • Full digital access to news coverage from some of the nation’s most experienced journalists on all your devices with The Australian website and App.
  • Full digital access to The Wall Street Journal, one of the world’s most respected business publications.
  • The Australian Inside Access Briefings - biannual virtual events and weekly curated eNewsletters providing select American Express Card Members exclusive insight into what's really happening in the corridors of power from The Australian’s most influential political and business writers.
You will receive the official launch announcement with full details on the benefit in July 2021.​

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The WSJ is included, but I would still prefer the AFR or Morningstar Premium deal.
That appears to be the same as their basic digital subscription, minus the "The Australian Plus" member benefits program. Granted, that program is a collection of competitions and fairly niche offers, but it's a bit rich of Amex to call it a "Premium" subscription benefit when it includes less than the lowest subscription tier.
 

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I agree this a bad replacement to the AFR. I like the suggestion of Morningstar premium. Uni kids get the Australian subxx subscription for $25 for the entire year
 

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Guessing it’s either this devaluation or another AF increase. They’re way out of kilter with any other CC AF in the market. Granted, most CCs in Australia don’t have the range of features but these aren’t exceptional features now for the AF difference outside the show off factor of having a metal card which no one uses anyway with Apple Pay.
 

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At the risk of upsetting a few people, but also making a lot more very happy, let me offer all you good people a ‘work around‘ to get the AFR for free.

Simply turn off JavaScript in your prefferred browser and voila, every article is free. For example, in Safari on iOS, go to Settings / Safari / Advanced / JavaScript (toggle). Each browser has a different way to turn off JavaScript so YMMV. Turn it off while reading the AFR and back on when not. The only discernible difference is that you won’t see any embedded pictures in each article. All the content is still there.

Stick it to Fairfax and Amex, or retain your lofty moral standards and abstain from such debauchery. Your choice.
 

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Guessing it’s either this devaluation or another AF increase. They’re way out of kilter with any other CC AF in the market. Granted, most CCs in Australia don’t have the range of features but these aren’t exceptional features now for the AF difference outside the show off factor of having a metal card which no one uses anyway with Apple Pay.

Problem was AFR subscription (and maybe Accorplus?) was added as a benefit to justify the AF increase from $1200 to $1450, and now they replaced the AFR subscription with something else yet I don't see them dropping the AF back to $1200....
 

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Fat chance of that happening but will make it hard to justify further AF increases …
 

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