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Ritz Carlton Visa vs. Amex Platinum

Question asked by chris0311 on Mar 5, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 1, 2015 by jsucool76

I currently have the Amex Platinum and I am considering getting the Ritz CC. With the amount of money I spend/nights I stay at Marriott properties it seems crazy not to take advantage of all the perks that come with the Ritz. The problem is I do not think I can justify holding both cards at the same time. The annual fee is quite hefty on both cards. Plus a lot of the perks I loved with the Platinum has lost their luster. The free lounge access is a bit useless because I only fly First/Business class now and both tickets come with (better) lounges. The $200 incidental reimbursement perk is also useless because I primarily fly Emirates. Even trying to use the buying airline gift certificates "trick" does not work(or at least it did not work for me). That pretty much just leaves the concierge service. A lot of people think it is useless but it has come in handy multiple times.


What are your opinions on this matter? Would you keep both or toss the Platinum? Did you face a similar dilemma before getting the Ritz?