American Express Running Out of New Metal Cards and Outraging the Modesty of Women Inflight

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  1. i requested a metal card immediately and i received a card in the mail- and it was plastic. A lil frustrating…

  2. Practically speaking, more Credit cards should be made from metal. I have had brand new cards get warped in the car due to direct sunlight and heat. Using the chip reader is an adventure, as well as gas station pumps.
    I have had numbers get rubbed off to the point of unreadable. Usually, this happens long before the expiration, so I am stuck with a constant reminder to treat it with fragility. Or just switch to a metallic Sapphire Reserve, which is not always the best choice, particularly at the pump.
    For high volume users, I would think banks would prefer to give their customers a metal option.

  3. Amex told me my metal card would could not arrive until April 11.

    Well, just got a shipping email that it’s on a FedEx truck today (April 4).

  4. Metal or plastic. Who cares? They both do the same, just not the same for the cardholder’s ego. I’ll keep my plastic AMEX Plat.

    Albeit, the metal one looks beautiful.

  5. I didn’t even request a metal AMEX card, but impressively FEDEX delivered my replacement card within 18 hours! American Express may have decided to provide me with this new card because of a recent fraudulent charge to my account.

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