When the annual fee became due on my American Express Platinum card, I called the retention department and told them I was thinking of cancelling my card. They offered me 25,000 Membership Reward points if I would keep the card. I took the deal.
I’m checking our flights and cruise itinerary every couple of days to make sure that there are no major changes. Airline schedules are fluid, and even cruise ship itineraries can change–Celebrity has cancelled all stops in Istanbul. This is (in my view, a VERY conservative) response to the possible involvement by the Islamic State in the Russian plane crash in Sharm-El-Shiekh on Oct. 31. We have layovers in Amsterdam and CDG in Paris, so I’m checking what I need to bring for lounge access at these airports. Lounge Access Having lounge access is really nice at any time, but