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Is the American Express Platinum Card Worth It?

When you are paying a yearly fee for a credit card, what included amenities can make said credit card worthy of your investment?

The American Express Platinum Card has an annual fee of $550 per year as of 2021.
The American Express Platinum Card has an annual fee of $550 per year as of 2021.

When comparing one card to another, it is extremely important to do your homework to make sure you are coming out on top.

In this case, we did the homework for you. And, yes, the American Express is worth your investment.

Yes, indeed-y.

With the AMEX Platinum card, you have a free annual membership to Priority Pass lounges worldwide. This is an excellent complement to other annual memberships you may have and can be an invaluable asset to charm business partners, have a minute to yourself in a packed airport, or simply travel overall in a more calm and relaxed manner, a way in which you may not have ever experienced before.

What may be even more striking, though, is that with the American Express Platinum credit card, you are also granted access to the American Express Centurion Lounges. These “airport retreats” can be found in the airports in Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, Las Vegas, LGA in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, and San Francisco. Centurion Lounges mean you don’t have to compromise comfort in the name of travel. Have a drink curated specifically for you. Enjoy a bite of local, seasonal fare, depending on your airport location. Enjoy a quiet massage. A hot shower. High-speed internet, modern workspaces, and an outlet by every seat.

American Express offers Centurion cardholders exclusive check-in services at the AMEX Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport.
American Express offers Centurion cardholders exclusive check-in services at the AMEX Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport.

Of course, when you’re ready for take-off, there are perks that come when you fly, too. Check your bags and avoid the weighty travel of lugging on a carry-on. Enjoy a free in-flight meal on the house. With this card, you are also eligible to select one qualifying airline and receive up to $200 in statement credit per calendar year.

Carrying the metal credit card makes shopping even more fun.
Carrying the metal credit card makes shopping even more fun.

When you book travel through American Express Travel, you’ll garner 5X Membership Rewards. Watch your rewards add up and up and up!

Enjoy up to $200 in annual Uber savings too.    You will receive $15 in Uber credits for U.S. rides each month, plus, since December is a busy month of going here and there, a bonus of $20 thrown in, just because.

Chances are, with a Platinum card, you travel often and are banking your miles. When you travel, you will always need some place to stay. Lucky for you, this credit card gets you an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts, which means you get a two-night stay with daily breakfast, a room upgrade when available, guaranteed 4PM late check-out, noon check-in when available, and complimentary Wi-Fi wherever you go.

Entrance of the American Express Centurion Lounge at the San Francisco Airport SFO
Entrance of the American Express Centurion Lounge at the San Francisco Airport SFO

The option for a metal Platinum card makes paying all the more fun. You’re surely be painted as a heavy hitter when you foot the bill with a metal card, since this card comes at a price. For the first card annually, the price tag is $550 and $175 for up to three additional cards. But when you have a Centurion Lounge where everything is included, Uber credits, hotel credits, and food and drink “on the house,” savings add up. In this case, it makes sense to pay one fee upfront and garner a whole year’s worth of benefits.

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Flying High In Style: The Battle Between Boeing & Airbus

Airlines are always vying for the customer’s attention.

And when it comes to innovation, airlines have found that when they’re trying something innovative, customers will certainly pay attention.

Boeing and Airbus have been battling it out to try and trying to out bid each other when it comes to the innovation of the aircraft carriers that transport us in our travels. They’re both trying to conquer traveling faux pas (chilly air, uncomfortable seats, tiny windows) and deliver the ultimate in passenger comfort.

Does one airline come out more on top? Is it safe to say there is a winner?

Let’s first break it down.

Between Airbus and Boeing, both of these are long range, wide-bodied, twin-engine aircrafts hoping to transport customers long distances.

The Airbus A380 is a super-jumbo plane that is capable of transporting, depending on how the layout is configured, 550 to 800 passengers.

An Emirates Airbus A380-800 super jumbo, the largest passenger aircraft in the world is waiting for passengers and loading at London Heathrow terminal 3 during sunset
An Emirates Airbus A380-800 super jumbo, the largest passenger aircraft in the world is waiting for passengers and loading at London Heathrow terminal 3 during sunset.

While this spaciousness on a flight sounds like a dream, travelling alongside 550 to 800 people could sound like, to some, trying to leave the parking lot after a rock concert let out.

Think of the Airbus A380 like a double-decker bus in the sky. The two decks span the entire length of the plane and inside, it’s quite spacious. On some planes, there are showers, on-board bars, anti-turbulence systems, cool mood lighting, and the atmosphere is whisper quiet. There is also a tail camera in place that is viewable from your very own seat.

Emirates Airline flight attendant. Emirates first class. Onboard food, dining. Luxury travel. Airbus A380. First class suite.
Emirates Airline flight attendant. Emirates first class. Onboard food, dining. Luxury travel. Airbus A380. First class suite.

The case, though, is that in economy, seating can be quite dense. Cabin pressure does not fare as well as on the 787 and the 350.

Boeing’s 787 is fundamentally something different. Their vision has been invested in creating, designing, and building an airplane that transports passengers in the utmost comfort. They hope to make the ultimate in comfort and travel cost-effective and as affordable as possible.

Japan Airlines (also know as JAL) Boeing 787 9 Dreamliner taxiing in airport seen from above. Long haul flights to Haneda and Narita Airport. Aircraft aerial view.
Japan Airlines (also know as JAL) Boeing 787 9 Dreamliner taxiing in airport seen from above. Long haul flights to Haneda and Narita Airport. Aircraft aerial view.

The Dreamliner, as Boeing refers to the 787, offers better air pressure, humidity, and larger windows for viewing pleasure. Windows also have neat “tinting” shades, though they don’t completely black out. The bathrooms are often equipped with windows, which somehow just seems extraordinary and plain special. Cabin lighting is exceptional, the atmosphere is quiet, and there is also an anti-turbulence system in place.

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner economy class cabin and inflight entertainment system (IFE) at London's Heathrow
British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner economy class cabin and inflight entertainment system (IFE) at London’s Heathrow.

The realities of plane configuration means that adding in more standing headroom, larger windows, sizable bathrooms, and working to adjust humidity rates to be higher than the bone-suck-chill of normal aircraft, can be at times like working against the flow. The shape of planes dictate the size of the bathrooms. So does the number of seats. Should you cram them in there or offer a little more leg room?

The number of seats (comfort as an option or not) dictates, depending on ticket prices, how much money the airline makes when the flight is at full capacity. Comfort in the world of Boeing means asking paying customers what they’d like to see change. What could make the flight more pleasant? It all comes down to the interior design of the airplane.

All in all, the Airbus design seems to be something more innovative. Changing the culture of airline travel involves dreaming big, pushing the boundaries, and giving the risky ideas their own chance to fly.

Let us know if you knew the battle between Boeing & Airbus or if you were completely surprised with this list.