yesterday evening, some prick tried to buy $500 from a software store in Yonkers using my CC number. Fuck him.
and yes pB, Amex called me immediately, cancelled the card before they approved the transaction, and by noon today I had a new card.
i was going to say that only works if you have like a handful of friends (don't forget, they all get a +1 so a 'handful' quickly doubles), and no family.
and it's still fucking expensive. My brother's "30 people plus a clambake" idea quickly scaled to around $5K for food and not shitty drink.