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Amex Platinum Concierge – First Experience

by Mr Credit Card

Update – Amex is presently updating the features of the Platinum Card. Some features mentioned here may be outdated. We expect the new features to be available today and I will update accordingly.

Followers of my blog know that I have just got an American Express Platinum Card. A few weeks ago, I had my first experience using the concierge service. So here is the story.

I was at the Philadelphia International Airport going to Orlando for a conference. My flight was on Southwest Airlines (I paid for it because it was cheap and did not warrant during any membership reward points or using my Chase Flexible Reward Points). It turns out that there was a flight delay and that it was going to take a few hours.

So while my friend Jim, who was traveling with me, and I sat at the terminal, a thought suddenly came to my mine. Since I had just got my Amex Platinum Card, I should call the concierge service and check if they could get me into an airport lounge to chill out the next few hours.

As it was my first call, the concierge operator (whatever you call them) kindly took down my details and told me to wait while she checked to see if she could help me. After a few minutes, she told me that there was a Delta Crown Room just outside the security check point and I should be able to use it by just “flashing my Amex Platinum Card”. I asked her if she was sure as I am not flying with Delta. She said she was positive and even checked with her colleagues!

So Jim and I made our way out and went into the Delta Crown Room. We told the receptionist our situation but we were politely told that it was not possible to use their lounge. It was only possible if we were flying on Delta. We said that American Express told us it was possible. She then said that everyday, about 20 Amex Platinum or Centurion Cardholders come in thinking they could use the lounge without a Delta ticket. She took out the rules and showed them to us.

We felt a little embarrassed and made our way out. I then called concierge again and told them my experiences. This time, the lady who answered my call was more experienced and told me that the earlier information I was given was wrong and she apologized for the error and confusion. She told me it was a common error made by a new members of the team!

Jim and I then actually took a walk all the way from terminal E to I believe terminal B where the Marriott was. We chilled out at the Marriott for a while before heading back for our flights.

Well, it sure wasn’t the best impression that Platinum Concierge made with me. Having said that, I am not going to get upset or anything like that. Having been a American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Card for the last 13 years, I have been satisfied with the service. I have lost a card overseas (and a new card arrived within one day), got Amex not to accept a bill in which I felt I was ripped off and did not have to pay for car rental insurance whenever I rented a car. I will overlook this incident, but will report to you all any of my new adventures with this card.

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6 Responses to “Amex Platinum Concierge – First Experience”

  1. AppoRamaMan Says:

    Call AMEX and complain. Tell them you were embarassed by the ordeal. You shouldn’t have any problem getting something out of them. Didn’t you pay some crazy fee for that card? $395? Mine was free, I plan to cancel before the yr promo period plus I got 25,000 AMEX Points bonus.

    I have never paid a fee to have a card and I never plan to pay a fee…ever!

  2. Patrice Says:

    just curious do you know if the Amex Concierge program is outsourced and if so which company.

  3. Mcfarlane Says:

    I agree with you 99% but wonder if you have really looked at the whole picture. DOn’t mean to be critical just food for thought.

  4. iknow Says:

    Patrice – yes they are outsourced to a company located in Boston.

  5. us too Says:

    We tried this year to use our Platinum Amex for access to Delta airline partner airlines all over the world – 5 times. NOT ONE would accept it despite the fact that they were published Partners on One World Alliance. They would NOT let us in biz lounge even tho US part of our flights were on Delta. This card is useless in foreign airports, FYI, for biz lounge.

  6. Barbara Says:

    Patrice – Yes, they’re outsourced to a company called Circles. There’s an office in Boston but they don’t handle the American Express account, the office in Chelmsford, MA does. I used to work there.

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