Archive | September, 2008

DBS Black Card (American Express)

Introduced circa 2006, via American Express and DBS Bank in Hong Kong, this card seeks to capitalize on “black card branding”.The card itself requries a minimum annual income of S$48,000. Benefits most notably, include lifetime 2x point accrual rate and 4x accrual rate for “luxury spending” , American Express Travel Offices, American Express Selects (travel, leisure, dining, and shopping discounts).

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DBS Black Card Commercial

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Sotheby’s World MasterCard


Sotheby’s World Elite Mastercard is available to individuals with over $2 million in assets, and offers access to your own Sotheby’s auctioneer. This card contains some truly high end benefits such as 24/7 concierge, airline companion tickets, airport lounge access, upgrades at hotels, resorts, spas, lodges, and villas.

Primary Benefits Include:

  • 24/7 concierge and travel consultation
  • Complimentary Business Class companion international air tickets
  • Upgrades from Economy to Business Class on international air travel
  • Global airport lounge access
  • Upgrades and amenities at 700+ top hotels, resorts, spas, lodges and villas
  • Complimentary shore excursions on 400+ luxury cruises annually

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Gratis admission to top museums for you and three guests
  • A subscription to Sotheby’s exclusive magazine, Preview, featuring the best of Sotheby’s seasonal auctions
  • Invitations to private exhibitions at Sotheby’s
  • Special pricing on Sotheby’s catalogues
  • Rewards Concierge to assist you with your rewards selection

Sample Rewards with Points Include:

  • A week exploring the artifacts of Southeast Asia including newly excavated and private areas of Angkor Wat
  • Charter air time with Marquis Jet
  • Three days in Italy behind the wheel of a different Ferrari each day
  • Private Wine Consultation. A Sotheby’s wine expert will assist you in stocking your cellar
  • Fly an Albatross Russian Fighter Jet

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Kazkommertsbank’s Diamond Mastercard

Kazkommertsbank now offers a credit card with MasterCard that is laced with gold as well as a real diamond. Annual fees of the card are approximately $1000 USD and boasts a credit limit of 50,000. The card itself, comes in two versions (his and hers), his featuring a picture of a winged horse, and hers featuring an image of a peacock. There is no doubt that this card is bling, but can we really be slowed down with that 50k credit limit?

Regardless, only about 1000 cards are said to be issued in total, at a rate of approximately 30 a month.


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Halifax Carbon Card (UK)

The Halifax Carbon Card, MasterCard branded card, is available to Bank of Scotland Private Banking customers, earning £75,000 or more, and is ideal for those people who have busy schedules and who travel frequently. There is an annual fee of £175.

  • Acceptance at 23 million MasterCard outlets worldwide.
  • Emergency help overseas if legal or medical help is required, a passport is lost or stolen, an interpreter required or a message home needed.
  • Comprehensive family travel insurance worldwide, including travel accident, winter sports flight delay, lost luggage and purchase protection cover when you charge your travel tickets to your Carbon Card.
  • Membership of Priority Pass, the world’s largest independent airport lounge access service, giving free access to 300 executive airport lounges in over 70 countries.
  • A programme of special offers and discounts on selected goods and services.
  • Minimum credit limit of 15,000.
  • Cash withdrawal up to 750 a day.
  • Up to 59 days interest free credit.

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Barclaycard i24 (UK)

Barclaycard i24 replaces what was formerly known as Morgan Stanley i24 card and was taken over from Goldfish/Morgan Stanley.

The i24 Card provides 1%, 24/7 concierge with “discovery” and “recovery” services, priority pass membership.

Annual fees are £275.

You’re going to have to be earning £70,000 a year to qualify.


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Santander Unlimited MasterCard Black (BR)

Santander Group in Brazil offers the Unlimited MasterCard Black. This card is only issued to Private Bank members and features a limit correlated to assets within the bank. This card is extremely exclusive in Latin America with only about 2,000-3,000 cards in circulation.


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