In addition to travel planning, American Express is also equipped to handle the increasingly hostile world around us. Platinum cardholders traveling more than 100 miles from home have access to the Premium Global Assist Hotline, which provides emergency medical and legal referrals; plus, the service can relay an urgent message to a family member or friend, locate the nearest embassy, replace a lost passport, help track down missing luggage, and provide translation services. Should you land in an unfortunate situation, bail-bond assistance and emergency cash wires are also available. For those who tend to think ahead, the hotline can provide customs information, destination guides, inoculation recommendations, and travel warnings.
Premium Global Assist Hotline, 1-800-345-2639; americanexpress.com.