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concierge reviw-Sapphire Preferred-very happy (got dinner reservations I couldn't get myself)

Discussion in 'Other Credit Card Programs' started by curtis1120, Dec 15, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. curtis1120

    curtis1120 Silver Member

    I should have known better, but I invited 9 people to dinner without making reservations. I called the restaurant we had agreed on the night before (Tuesday for a Wednesday dinner) and was told - we aren't taking any more reservaions (this is even before I had a chance to say 9 poeple). Yikes. So, I decided to make this a test of the concierge service. They were busy so it took about 17 minutes to get through to the actual concierge. I told Jack, the concierge, the restaurant name, number of people and time we wanted. He put me on hold and got back on the line a few minutes later saying that he had spoken with the manager and secured a reservation as requested. An email was sent moments later confirming the reesrvation. Last night we went to dinner. Our table was reserved, the food and service were excellent.

    I was very happy with the concierge service. I live in a smallish town not a big city (thus the reason we only have one decent resturant), so I wasn't sure if they would be able to help, but they really did save the day.
     
  2. misterbwong

    misterbwong Silver Member

    I've been meaning to try the concierge. Thanks for the review
     
  3. mommypoints

    mommypoints Gold Member

    That is great. Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. TAHKUCT
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    TAHKUCT Gold Member

    Has been using Amex Concierge, but will give them a try. Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. mailbroad

    mailbroad Silver Member

    Thanks for the info!
     
  6. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    I wonder why a restaurant in a small town would offer reservations to a Chase concierge but not someone local who might quite likely be good for repeat business?
     
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  7. Scottrick
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    Scottrick Gold Member

    I never really understood the concierge service. I mean, I can understand asking someone to take care of something you don't have time for, like an assistant, but this idea of getting you in to places you couldn't otherwise makes no sense. Was there really no space? Did it just magically appear? Are they turning away business regularly just because there's a chance that a Chase representative might call that night?
     
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  8. impsycho

    impsycho Silver Member

    Thanks for the info - I'll need to check the concierge service
     
  9. Jimgotkp
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    Jimgotkp Gold Member

    Does the restaurant get any kickback in return? This might be the reason....
     
  10. TAHKUCT
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    TAHKUCT Gold Member

    I have never heard of any kick back for a restaurant.
     
  11. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    HaveMilesWillTravel Gold Member

    Kick-back from what... the 3%-ish the merchant pays to VISA for the dinner bill charged to the card? I can't really see that be the reason.
     
  12. FlyingBear
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    FlyingBear Silver Member

    You mean the "kickback" of getting a customer that appears more affluent than the typical walk-in customer? And in this case, nine of them? Yeah, I could see how they would be interested in "kickbacks" of that sort.
     
  13. Efilon87

    Efilon87 Silver Member

    What was the cost of using the concierge? Great story, if the cost is worth it, I may start using the concierge more often.
     
  14. gleff
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    gleff Co-founder

    I'm sure no cost.

    Who is Sapphire Preferred using for the concierge service? I assumed it was VIPdesk or something similar that i've found relatively worthless in the past. Would love to learn otherwise!
     
  15. curtis1120

    curtis1120 Silver Member

    There was no cost. I believe they used the VIP visa service, since the reservation was listed as Visa VIP.
     

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