Monday, 12 September 2011

Looking for the right instrument for real shopping?

Dear Readers,

 I hope you had a great summer! Do not think that I was lost; I just was enjoying a long and well deserved vacation. The great thing about vacation is that you always, always find amazing things that you can not stop getting them; well I was not the exception, of course I found a lot of treasures specially in Miami beach and Bal Harbour and my best friend American Express was always with me.

It was not easy and  I have to share this story with you; in the United States credit card cloning is something usual an everyday thing, and the banks are aware about it, well of course I was not the exception, because of that I had a hard time shopping, sometimes I could pay and in some others shops, I could not; all my credit cards were having problems; once my Amex credit card was cloned, Amex immediately replace my card and also approved one important purchase for me even when my card was unable to work; anyway I just wanted to tell you that is very difficult to be in another country and not being able to use your credit card, your money, in this case American Express fixed all my shortcomings and am very happy with the service.

American Express Concierge Another great experience I have had with American Express was the AmEx Concierge service. If you have Platinum or higher card, AmEx offers a concierge service. Basically you call or email them a request and they will get back to you usually within three days. If you need to buy something (from a place that takes American Express) they can make the purchase and put the charges on your card. Due to my son and I are under Gluten free diet, and spending almost a month in Miami and Orlando FL, we needed information about all the restaurants with Gluten free menu, we directly contacted American Express Concierge and of course they replied almost immediately.

 So here is a part of our interactions with them:

 Dear Mr. Jimenez, 

Thank you so much for using the American Express Platinum Services with your requests for dining and destination information. It is my pleasure to provide you with the information you requested about gluten free dining, natural and organic grocery stores along with ticket information for Walt Disney for you and your family...

 Gluten-Free Dining in & near 34747 

Name of Restaurant: Bonefish Grill Address: 2699 W Osceola Pky, Kissimmee, FL 34741 Phone Number: (407) 931-1790 ...

Health food and Organic Food Stores 

Vendor: The Organic Place Address: 1246 South John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34741-6389 Phone Number: (407) 944-9095 ...

We have a dedicated Concierge & Lifestyle Team who can assist us anytime with:

Flight booking
Hotels booking
Car hire
Restaurant booking
Gift purchase
Flower arrangement
Theatre tickets
Sports tickets
Concerts tickets
Pubs & clubs booking

On top of that when we arrived home we found a special gift from American Express, for our loyalty to AmEx, take a look! A beautiful BVLGARI box with QAR 500 gift card and the latest collection catalogue.

So, talking about  ... Cheap and Chic ... Chic? Having American Express Platinum has been a great experience, they really took care about us and now we experienced what a new level of preferential privileges means... and Cheap? Of course! we saved so much time (Booking, Buying tickets, etc.) and time means money, we earned membership rewards points (Money), we also had a “Travel inconvenience insurance and a travel accident insurance” (Money), access to VIP lounges, preferential rates and services at exclusive hotels like: Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and many others; and do not forget the BVLGARI gift card! Money, money, money J

If you want to become a cardmember of AMERICAN EXPRESS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION Apply here 

More details about Platinum benefits through here

Related article: What I bought from BVLGARI?

Enjoy Shopping!

Dalia Piñeiro xx


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