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Joining McK in a few weeks. Got the invite to sign up for the green AMEX Corp card with the option to upgrade to Gold or Platinum. Is the Platinum Corp card worth the upgrade ($550/year)? The only real benefit I see is the lounge access. Thoughts? McKinsey & Company

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Why’re you leaving from Amazon to McKinsey? Just curious!

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Depending on what role/team you’re interviewing for at Amazon, it’s a great company! I just made a mistake with joining the wrong team and role. Good luck!

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Certainly not worth it right now. But even when we were traveling I’d never have time for a lounge stop on Monday/Thursday.

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Platinum is worth it if you travel a lot, and either primarily fly Delta or use an airport with a Centurion Lounge. The AXP automatically enrolls you in Membership Rewards, which you’d pay $55 to do on the green card, so that knocks the fee down to $495. It’s also useful for status with National and some other brands.

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Yeah, I thought it was higher, so $90 makes sense. A cursory search had yielded $55. In that case, the fee is effectively $460. I’ve had the Corporate AXP for a few years, and like it, but I’m a NYC-based Delta flyer. I think it used to grant access to United or US Airways lounges some years back, which would have made it even more valuable.

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Piggybacking on this: is it worth the $90 to sign up for membership rewards to earn points?

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