I ran a quick poll the other day and I found the results interesting. For those of us with a few more miles on the odometer we all remember the old “chunk – chunk” sound when you had to put your credit card, with raised numbers, into one of these machines (and the answer to the poll btw):
This way you got your receipt with the card numbers on it and the merchant had real proof that the card was in fact used as the numbers would be imprinted. But clearly today that is pointless. I can not tell you when the last time I have ever had a merchant pull out one of those old units to process my card (can you?)! Today we are all about the magnetic strip or the slow changeover to the chip readers. Thus no need for raised numbers.
To that end I requested my new flat and metal The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. When I talk to frequent travelers, new or old, I always tell them there is one single card they ALWAYS must hold and it never EVER leaves my wallet and that is this card. Why? The short list is:
- 75,000 new card bonus after spend
- 5x points on flights / hotels booked via Amex travel
- 35% points back on redemption (you can pick Delta)
- $200 yearly airline credit (I buy 4x – $50 Delta eGift cards)
- 10x per year International Gogo passes (worth ~$50 each)
- Centurion access for you and 2 guests (amazing)
- Sky Club access
- Amex SYNC deals and offers
- It is $100 less per year than the personal card
You see my point. If you don’t HOLD this card you, IMO, just don’t get it and see the value no matter what other cards you are paying large fees for each year. Anyway, you can now order a “flat” card if you hold the card and it is very simple.
Just log in to your Amex account and scroll down until you see the link to replace a card.
Next, under card management you simple choose the metal replacement card. You can still keep using your old card until the new on arrives and you active it. Simple and done.
Now why do I love this so much? It is not about the metal inside and I know some gripe all these new metal cards make their wallets more heavy. OK maybe so but I have A LOT (I mean a lot) of cards in my wallet so I can get max value no matter what I am buying (or meeting some kind of spend). Not having raised numbers makes my wallet so much let “fat” and that matters more to me that anything else.
What do you think. Do you hold The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and are planning to replace it with a metal card? Do you like the cards with non-raised numbers? Do you have an issue with the metal inside these cards? Let us know! – Rene