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Old 12-08-2008, 03:08 PM   #41
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Its a different world. I have never even seen a platinum card before, I don't think many people have them at all here in NZ.

I see now every man and his dog can get them in the US, they certainly don't have any novelty factor for you.

Maybe our banks are starting to go down the same track as American ones - that's a worry.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:10 PM   #42
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My wife received an offer for the AMEX platinum the other day, but when we saw the $450 annual fee attached to it, we just shredded the whole thing... Sure the platinum card came with some extra benefits (like access to some airline lounges, etc...), but quite frankly it seemed to offer very little value for the price tag.
Look at the AMEX Platinum Cash Rebate Card from Costco- no annual fee, good cash rebate benefits- I use mine for everything I possibly can, pay it off every month and still get $600-$700 back every February. The rebate check has to be cashed at Costco, but you don't have to spend it there- althought I did buy a hot dog and a coke for $1.50 on the way out-must have been that rebate money burning a hole in my pocket
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:52 PM   #43
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Its a different world. I have never even seen a platinum card before, I don't think many people have them at all here in NZ.

I see now every man and his dog can get them in the US, they certainly don't have any novelty factor for you.

Maybe our banks are starting to go down the same track as American ones - that's a worry.

Ayup. Our banks offer words that sound valuable. Much cheaper than actually providing value. Several of you kiwis have mentioned that platinum cards aren't common in NZ.. We Nortemericanos persist in ignoring the idea that NZ might be at all different than the USA. Wonder if NZ doesn't have many platinum cards due to some sort of tall poppy resistance. Really considered moving down to your country a while ago - decided it was too like Oregon, just with the seasons 180 degrees out. Then there was the fact that NZ didn't want anyone of my advanced age unless i wanted to invest heavily.
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:18 PM   #44
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Just got yet another mail offer for a 0% platinum card from the bank who uses the numbers on either side of 4 as its name.

I, as every last one of you viewers well know, pay off the full balance each month so it does my no good.

I'm guessing most of my dear, dear fans and friends out there in ERF-land are inundated with these offers even more than I, Barbarus the Uncouth.

I was once offered a Titanium card. Whats with that
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I was once offered a Titanium card. Whats with that
I'm holding out for a Uranium card. That I might apply for, just for the coolness factor. "I have a uranium card!"

I can see people avoiding me so they don't get cancer like Madame Curie...

And a plutonium card.... WOW!!
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I'm holding out for a Uranium card. That I might apply for, just for the coolness factor. "I have a uranium card!"

I wonder if that is like the "uranus" card. For people who have money coming out the wazoo!
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:50 PM   #48
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I have a platinum AmEx card in my desk drawer, sent to me last year...had completely forgotten about the dang thing until I read this thread. I popped into my office, and yup, there it was... never occurred to me to have the card activated or that a certain "cachet" was associated with it's use. Wow, an Okie cowgirl with a platinum AmEx....what the heck - hardware & feed stores....here I come!
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Well I checked out my Visa and sure enough platinum. I don't think it means anything. It sounds like it's a different animal in New Zealand. Don't pay for it.
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I'm holding out for a Uranium card. That I might apply for, just for the coolness factor. "I have a uranium card!"

I can see people avoiding me so they don't get cancer like Madame Curie...

And a plutonium card.... WOW!!


Totally rad, dude. (physics joke)



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Just for kicks, I went and counted, and it looks like 15 of the 36 credit cards I have are platinum. Of those 36, only two are in my wallet: one is the PenFed Platinum Visa and the other is a regular old business Visa.

Like most others, I could care less the name of the card. I like cash rewards and long 0% interest periods.

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