platinum amex worth it?
---------EDIT-------- Oct 9-2016
hi guys so just wanted to note my experience with the Platnum Amex:
1) Line by pass at Pearson was epic. The line was an hour long/deep, I just walked right through. However when I got to the screening line, there were a few people in it and pretty sure they weren't platinum holders. I was a bit confused by that as I thought the Platinum people get their own line. Regardless, I got through security in about 3 minutes total.
2) Priority pass/Lounge Access:
I went to the one at Pearson, Plaza Premium lounge. It was alright. It wasn't very busy. They give you free beer and alcohol. Limited selection. Not much in the way of service though. The guy that checked me at the reception was also the guy that would walk around and help one other staff member clean up, serve alcohol, etc.
They had some food, and soup. The food was actually not bad. They had some curry chicken and rice that I filled up on and I was happy with it and so was my wife. Good selection of pop, juice, etc. All free which is nice and some other snacks.
3) Lounge Access in Athens - I could have gone to the Swiss port or the Aristotle Onasis lounge. I went to the Aristotle one. Same thing, they had some food, and mini sandwiches. Also free beer and alcohol as well.
I had a lay over in Heathrow, but didn't have enough time to make it to the lounge there
The only thing that sucked was that I arrived at Athens airport at 8am and my flight was at 1:30pm, I couldn't check in as I was too early ( I had no choice as I flew in from Santorini in an early flight). Anyway, I couldn't use the lounges as I couldn't get through security with my suit cases.. so I basically had to wait in the airport until I could check in for my flight and bag drop.
Last point about AMEX:
I had called AMEX to get a quote on a car rental. I never accepted it and emailed them saying I don't like the price and I will pass - as I was chatting/emailing back and forth with AMEX agent... So anyway while on my trip the car rental company shows up at my hotel with the car and says its ready... I'm like wtf I didn't order any car, nor did I pay or accept the rental.. The Hertz guy was confused but he got the point and left....
That was a bit irritating having to deal with that as I was down at the beach and the hotel guys came down to get me about this. So that was the only thing that was annoying. I might call Amex to complain but I don't know if it's worth it.