Monday, September 4, 2017

Experiencing American Express with FTLOFAOT

The life of a shopaholic is almost tragic. We seek the most expensive pleasures and yet we look to make the smallest deals and discounts happen for us. At the risk of sounding cliché, I am hoping to delve into my experience of having been a part of the American Express family as a shopaholic. I started off my journey exploring the benefits of my MRCC(Membership Rewards Credit Card) on MakeMyTrip since I had heard of the travel benefits a lot. Lucky for me, I was planning a holiday with my best friend and American Express gave me up to 70% cashback on my hotel bookings through MakeMyTrip. Not only did I get a great deal on my hotels, I also found that I could use my card with the utmost ease across Europe with the kind of safety that comes with being an American Express Cardmember. For someone like me who enjoys a good holiday, good food is an obvious accompaniment. A cool tie up that American Express has with quite a few restaurants across the world allows you to get up to 20% off on your food bill on paying with American Express. If you are a fan of the good life then these two key features on the Membership Rewards Credit Card would make you jump with joy too.

The truth of the matter is that the American Express network is actually quite widespread. I figured that the Customer Care would be impeccable but my expectations were far exceeded when I found out that there exists an ECR (Emergency Card Replacement) feature where in American Express issues a replacement card within 48 hours almost anywhere in the world. And that to me is a huge relief (given my love for travelling and general scatter brain ways).

I could also swipe my American Express for bonus membership rewards on almost all platforms I use, from Grofers to Zomato. Offline too, from my daily needs to random shopping sprees (including the irresistible Zara sales), I’ve been able to shop with American Express with the utmost ease. The game changer for me, however, was the Membership Rewards program. It opened up another world of madness for me as I used my membership rewards for everything from buying a new camera to even clearing parts of my bill (yes, that’s possible with American Express). It warmed my heart to see that I could also use my Membership Rewards points to donate to the charity of my choice. Hard to think of a more fulfilling way to spend my membership rewards accumulated to be honest.

There is also something to be said about how easy and safe all my transactions with American Express are. (It helps that if you have the slightest doubt, their customer care will address your worry within seconds). eZeClick for instance, ensures that you can book your movie tickets et al with a single id! No lengthy entering of numbers and CVVs, just a single id. I love the fact that this is an exclusive American Express feature and considering I spend all my time (and money) shopping online, it is perfect for me. Then there is SafeKey which is a feature most websites across the world that accept American Express work with. One password that is sent to your registered email and phone number needs to be entered to ensure the veracity of the user before going through with the transaction. In addition, I love the extra security SafeKey brings to ensure that my card does not get misused during online transactions.

I love the fact that everyday with using my American Express card has been a delightful surprise and I am honestly still discovering so many features that I possibly cannot begin to enumerate here. And most importantly, the Membership rewards program(where the MR points never expire), is now my safety net for my dangerously shopaholic ways. A girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. And if this wasn’t all, there is a one-of-its-kind offer on till 20th of September which gives you a lifetime free membership if you apply for the American Express Membership Rewards Credit Card. Along with Rewards that never expire. You’re very welcome!

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