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I carry (4) different American Express cards in my wallet. Some would consider that a lot from one issuer, probably, however:
- they have some of the most valuable points of their own (Membership Rewards) which can be transferred to a selection of airline and hotel points
- and they have cards that let you earn those points quickly — I’ve said many times that you should never earn just one point per dollar for your spending.
I have the new premium Marriott Card for the Platinum status option and I put airfare spending on my Platinum Card, and restaurant and grocery spend on my American Express® Gold Card, and I can transfer the points from those latter two cards to:
- Star Alliance: Aeroplan, ANA, Singapore, Avianca
- oneworld: AsiaMiles, British Airways, Iberia
- SkyTeam: Aeromexico, Alitalia, Air France KLM, Delta
- Non-alliance: Etihad, Emirates, El Al, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic
- Hotels: Choice, Hilton, Marriott
Here are the American Express cards I’m currently carrying, and how I use each:
- American Express® Gold Card: I use this to earn 4 points per dollar at restaurants and at US supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year).
- Platinum Card from American Express: I use this card to earn 5 points per dollar on airfare. It lets me opt in for Hilton Honors Gold status and National Car Rental Executive status (I don’t need the Marriott Gold status as a Platinum already).
The reason I keep it in my wallet, though, is lounge access. If I happen to fly Delta the card gets me into Delta’s lounges. It works with Plaza Premium, Escape, and Airspace lounges. I use it most, though, to get into American Express’ outstanding Centurion lounges.
American Express Centurion Lounge Dallas.. which like Miami has a complimentary spa
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card: I upgraded my Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card which I had since 2001 to the Luxury Card as it was called at the time since I’d already spent $75,000 on the card last year before the new loyalty program launched last August. That gave me Platinum status for 2019.
- Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card: I have had the card for some time and keep it for the annual free night (redeemable at hotels which run 35,000 points per night or less).
What cards from American Express do you carry?