As I mentioned in an earlier post, today, Iâ€™m heading to Spain to see Coldplay play live in Madrid at the world famous Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas! Yes, thatâ€™s a bullring! Itâ€™s all part of the Amex Unstaged experience, and Iâ€™m so lucky to be one of the four bloggers in all of Canada who get to go. (Iâ€™m actually the only one not from Toronto, so Iâ€™ll try to represent all the other provinces and territories as best as I can!)
This is actually my second trip to Spain. Â Back in university, I lived in Granada for a few months because I wanted to learn Spanish. Â It was an amazing experience, albeit a little stressful, since a kid from New Brunswick had no right planning a two-month-long trip to Spain by himself. This weekâ€™s trip to Madrid will be great because last time I was there, I was so tired from the planning and overwhelmed at the new language that I actually slept for a few hours in the Prado museum.
Because the focus of the trip will be the Unstaged experience, we will have only a day or so of free time, so I wanted to make sure that, this time, I get to see as much of Madrid as possible. And so enters the Amex Concierge. Think Siri, but an actual live person. In preparation of our trip, the Concierge team â€“ available to Platinum and Centurion Cardmembers â€“ booked our flights and hotels and made the whole experience super easy.
When I go travelling, I like to pack in as much as I can. Â Thatâ€™s why I usually travel alone, because very few people can adapt to my â€œSleep When Youâ€™re Deadâ€ motto, instilled in me by my father. Â So I was super excited that my concierge could also help me plan what I was going to do with a few days in Madrid. I love taking photos, so I said a great walking tour or a boat tour would be great. Â Another one of the bloggers suggested a soccer gameâ€¦ sorry, I mean football game â€¦ and I nearly died. Â Of course, how could I go to Spain and not see a real football game! Then thereâ€™s the food. Ohhh, the food. Iâ€™m so excited to find some real paella. Just thinking about it now, makes my palms sweat.
What I loved about the Amex concierge is that they organize the trip for us directly based on our â€˜must doâ€™ wishlist. Now if I knew I had a few weeks in Madrid, I would probably spend a ton of time on the Internet researching, reading reviews, checking travel guides. But if an Amex concierge can do it for me, that takes away A LOT of stress. After we spoke on the phone, I got a complete itinerary of the activities available to me, including distances from the hotel, costs and how long each activity might take. Iâ€™ve printed off all of the recommendations and when I land on Tuesday, I know Iâ€™m going to have an amazing 72 hours.
Whatâ€™s even better is that once I get to Spain, itinerary in hand, I have a 1-800 number that I can call if I need some last-minute advice or have any questions. Itâ€™s super important to me that I donâ€™t waste a second of my trip, and with the Amex concierge, I know that I wonâ€™t.
Stand by for photos â€¦ lots and lots of photos.