As an avid traveller for both business and leisure, Nick La Galle is no stranger to the ‘cost vs. benefit’ metric, either when running his company The Image Vision Group – which specialises in cloud storage and backup solutions – or deciding which cards to make room for in his wallet.
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When it comes to leisure, the Melbournian makes good use of his American Express® Platinum Card benefits like the annual travel credit1, hotel loyalty status2 and exclusive travel deals on journeys that see him spending several weeks away from home every year.
With a number of those hotel loyalty status boosts on offer, Nick makes good use of the Marriott Bonvoy Gold2 scheme (formerly SPG Gold), and occasionally, Hilton Honors Gold2.
With Marriott Bonvoy, his Gold membership offers complimentary room upgrades and bonus points2, among other perks.
But when a special occasion calls for something even better, Nick puts American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts3 program to best use, such as on his wedding night in 2018.
“We stayed at The Langham in Melbourne, and booked all the rooms (for us and parents) through American Express Travel Online,” he recounts.
“We looked at prices, including not only through American Express but also what the hotel quoted directly, and the pricing on the American Express website was around the same: not far above what I would have paid by booking direct,” but with a US$100 credit included as part of the package with every room.
“We all had breakfast included as part of our booking, so we invited some of the bridal party down to breakfast the next morning as well, which we offset by using that credit, as we obviously didn’t have time for a massage or anything like that.”
Nick also makes good use of the $450 Platinum Travel Credit1 provided each year with his Platinum Card.
The credit can be applied towards the cost of a travel booking made direct with American Express Travel Online or with Platinum Travel Service4 – for flights, hotels, car hire or experiences.
“It gives us a good excuse to take a holiday each year.”
On those voyages, his family holiday snaps are sure to remain safe: as Director of The Image Vision Group, backing up both personal and professional photographs is one of his company’s most popular services.
“We’re a Microsoft Solution Provider as well,” Nick adds, hinting at the company’s broader cloud storage services for larger businesses, but he saves that for when he’s back at the office, where simpler features like Apple Pay also have their place.
“I keep all my American Express Cards in Apple Pay. I’ve left my wallet at my desk a few times at lunch, but with Apple Pay, I could still use my phone or my watch to pay for my meal.”
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