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Centurion adds Centurion Lounges at Various Airports

The Centurion team has been had at work to add new/supplemental benefits to replace, the once (premium benefits of the card), namely automatic airline status.

As a result in starting in 2014, and moving into 2015, American Express has begun to open “Centurion Lounges” as various Airport locations throughout the US.

Centurion Lounges Existing & Planned:


  • Las Vegas


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AMEX Wins Cancellation of BLACKCARD Trademark Registration

AMEX Wins Cancellation of BLACKCARD Trademark Registration

American Express (“Amex”), the issuer of the ultra-exclusive “Centurion Card” credit card (which is black in color and thus better known among the public as the “Black Card” — pictured above), won a victory in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Black Card, LLC (“BC”), a company that obtained a trademark registration for the mark BLACKCARD (for credit and debit card services). The Court granted summary judgment in favor of Amex on its claim that BC’s trademark registration for BLACKCARD should be canceled on the grounds that it is merely descriptive and BC had not demonstrated acquired distinctiveness. See American Express Marketing and Development Corp, et al. v. Black Card, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133151 (S.D.N.Y. November 17, 2011)

In 1998, Amex, following its long history of color-based credit cards reflecting a hierarchy of credit card prestige (i.e., green, gold, platinum), developed a black colored credit card which it called the Centurion Card and which was available by invitation only. While Amex never formally refers to the Centurion Card as the “Black Card,” Amex executives recognized that the public referred to its Centurion Card as the “Black Card” and thus often informally referred to the card as Amex’s “black card.” While Amex applied to register BLACK FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS, it never filed a Statement of Use and the application went abandoned.

(The other “Black Card”)

In 2008, BC began issuing its own card (in connection with Barclays Bank Delaware and Visa) which was black in color and which had the words “BLACK CARD” emblazoned theron (pictured above). BC’s CEO Scott Blum, who founded Internet retailer and who was a Centurion cardholder since Amex first introduced the card, began developing his black-colored premium credit card back in 2005 when he was CEO of Internet company called Yub, Inc. Blum, apparently frustrated with Amex’s Centurion services, sought to build a “better Black Card.” Yub applied for the BLACKCARD on September 20, 2005. The mark was published for opposition in May 2006 and, when no oppositions were filed, the PTO issued a Notice of Allowance in 2006. Yub later assigned all of its rights to the as-yet-unregistered mark to BC. [Query: Was this assignment of an intent-to-use application even valid under 15 U.S.C. § 1060? – see actual recorded assignment]

BC (and its predecessor) filed thirteen applications total between 2005 and 2009 for various BLACK CARD marks. Some were refused on the grounds that the mark was merely descriptive; in others, Examining Attorneys requested information from BC about whether consumers would associate the mark with a different provider of credit card services. Nonetheless, the PTO did issue the aforementioned trademark registration on April 29, 2009. However, for reasons not entirely clear, even though BC’s attorney had filed a preliminary amendment which inserted a disclaimer of the term BLACK apart from the mark as shown, the registration certificate did not reflect the disclaimer when it issued.

On May 13, 2009, Amex filed a petition to cancel with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. See American Express Marketing & Development Corp. et al v. Black Card, LLC, Cancellation No. 92050968 (TTAB). On February 16, 2010, BC filed an action in Wyoming that sought a declaratory judgment regarding Amex’s rights to “Black Card” as well as other trademark and unfair competition claims. On February 26, 2010, Amex filed the instant action in New York District Court alleging its own trademark and unfair competition claims as well as seeking to cancel BC’s registration under §2(e) of the Lanham Act. The TTAB’s proceeding was suspended on May 7, 2010, pending the outcome of the lawsuits. Moreover, Amex was able to get BC’s Wyoming complaint dismissed as an anticipatory filing. BC later refiled its counterclaims in the New York action. The parties later stipulated to have Amex’s claims for monetary damages and BC’s federal and state trademark infringement and unfair competition claims dismissed with prejudice. Upon close of discovery, the parties filed cross motions for summary judgment, with Amex moving for partial summary judgment on its §2(e) cancellation claim.

The court’s decision goes into a lengthy (but informative) discussion of its power to determine the right to registration of a mark, the standard for refusing registration of marks which are “merely descriptive” when used on or in connection with the goods/services of the applicant, the spectrum of distinctiveness with respect to protection of a mark (i.e., generic, descriptive, suggestive, arbitrary, and fanciful), and the rebuttable presumption which arises a mark that is registered by the PTO.

Regarding the rebuttable presumption, the court stated:

When the PTO issues a certificate of registration for a mark, a rebuttable presumption arises that the mark is protectable. Papercutter, 900 F.2d at 562-63. “Registration by the PTO without proof of secondary meaning creates the presumption that the mark is more than merely descriptive, and, thus, that the mark is inherently distinctive.” Lane Capital, 192 F.3d at 345. The fact of registration, however, “shall not preclude another person from proving any legal or equitable defense or defect . . . which might have been asserted if such mark had not been registered.” 15 U.S.C. § 1115(a). The party challenging the registration “bears the burden to rebut the presumption of [the] mark’s protectability by a preponderance of the evidence.” Lane Capital, 192 F.3d at 345. “The presumption may be rebutted by a showing that the mark is descriptive, not suggestive.” Papercutter, 900 F.2d at 563.

The presumption, in short, is a “procedural advantage” to the registrant and nothing else. Lane Capital, 192 F.3d at 345. It is not “itself evidence of how the public actually views the mark.” Id. “The presumption of validity that federal registration confers evaporates as soon as evidence of invalidity is presented. Its only function is to incite such evidence, and when the function has been performed the presumption drops out of the case.” Id. (citation omitted).

So while the court gave BC’s BLACKCARD registration its appropriate rebuttable presumption of protectability by virtue of its 2009 PTO registration, the court found that Amex had demonstrated by a preponderance of the evidence that the mark is descriptive was descriptive, and thus not protectable absent secondary meaning. The court also found that “No reasonable factfinder could find that a prospective consumer would consider the mark to be suggestive rather than descriptive.” The court first noted that BC’s mark BLACKCARD appears on a black-colored credit card. “As with other credit cards, it enables its holders to make purchases on credit. The black color of the card is an essential feature or characteristic of the card. BC’s advertising emphasizes the color, underscoring this point.” The court further noted that the word BLACK is descriptive in a second sense within the credit card industry:

Within the credit card industry, the word “black” is descriptive in a second sense as well. Largely through the efforts of Amex, the word “black”, when used in connection with credit cards is understood to describe access to premium credit card services. Indeed, this was the very reason that Blum chose the mark “BLACKCARD” for his credit card. The term “BLACKCARD” immediately calls to mind an important aspect or characteristic of the product and describes the product’s principal features and qualities. It is, in essence, communicating the grade of credit card offered by BC. The black-colored credit card marketed by BC is central enough to the overall product, however defined, to render “BLACKCARD” a descriptive mark.

Finally, following its determination that BC’s mark was descriptive, the court further found that BC had offerred no evidence of secondary meaning accruing to the mark BLACKCARD in order to support an argument of acquired distinctiveness.

BC attempted to argue that Amex lacked standing to seek to cancel BC’s mark, but the court rejected such arguments finding that Amex had “a significant, concrete, and real interest in proceedings to challenge the registration” based on its own use of the term “black card” in communications to prospective customers about the Centurion card (and noting that BC sued Amex for infringement).

BC also attempted to argue that its mark is not descriptive, but instead is suggestive of high-end financial services (citing cases where the color RED was held to be a protectable mark in connection with perfume and scotch whiskey). However, with respect to the Red Label mark on scotch whiskey, the mark did not serve as a grade designation; and with respect to RED on perfume, such reference suggested romance and passion to the prospective purchasers. In the instance case, the court found that BLACKCARD “merely describes the color of the card and the category of credit card services into which BC’s card falls.”

As such, the court granted ary judgment for Amex on its cancellation claim under § 2(e) of the Lanham Act.

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Centurion Card Loses Continental/United Gold Elite Status

Effective September 30th 2011 Continental is ending it’s relationship and multiple benefits with American Express.

  • Centurion card members lose Gold Elite status with Continental (currently Centurion cardholders receive automatic Gold Elite status)
  • American Express cardholders can no longer able to transfer AMEX Membership Rewards to Continental Onepass Miles

American Express PR commented that: “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Continental to continue these benefits beyond September 30, 2011,” said Lynne Biggar, senior vice president for American Express’ Membership Rewards program. In attempt to soften the blow of the relationship American Express announced somewhat trivial benefits for Platinum and Centurion cardholders, namely a $200 airline fee credit.

It is quite possible the loss of the Continental benefits will not be replaced for past Centurion cardholders; Years ago Centurion card holders were given Starwood Platinum status and “replaced” with an equivalent benefit. If AMEX does not produce a replacement benefit to Continental status on their Centurion card, they should expect to lose a chunk of cardholders who leverage the cards $2500/year fee for travel benefits, namely elevated airline status.

Full Press Release Here

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Funny American Express Black Card Video

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AMEX Centurion Card Back To Invitation Only

American Express has flipped the Centurion Card back to being invitation only. Originally the card was launched as invitation only as was the platinum card, as of a few weeks ago American Express has now changed the Centurion Card back to invitation only regardless of spend.

Centurion New Accounts

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There’s a discussion over at Flyertalk on this as well.

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Luxury Plastic: Plastic Surgeon or Credit Card?

Phillips notes that Dr. Grover is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Stanford-trained, and a member of several elite surgical societies. “For our Breast Augmentation surgeons on Breast Implants USA, we require Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Through rigorous training and strict educational requirements, ABPS Certification signifies a highly-trained and skilled plastic surgeon.”

“That,” concludes Phillips, “combined with his personal style and work ethic, makes Dr. Grover a natural choice for Visa Black Card.”

Features of the Visa Black Card include 24-hour concierge service, luxury gifts and an exclusive rewards program. The limited availability of the Black Card is designed to ensure the highest caliber of personal service for card members.

More information about the Visa Black card can be found on the Black Card website, including a link to the national television ad featuring Dr. Grover.Sanj

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Interview with Luxury Credit Card Maven (AMEX/Visa/MC)

We conducted an interview with one of our readers who happens to hold the American Express Centurion Card, Visa Signature Card, as well as MasterCard World Elite. We thank the reader much for their anonymous support, read on!

What do you consider a luxury or premium credit card?

A premium card would be anything that necessitates a particular financial situation to be approved. This can be total account relationship (Dollar Account) with a bank, level of income, total spend, etc.

Obviously for anything to be premium or luxury it must also contain additional benefits that are out of the ordinary for other credit cards of that type or by that issuer.

What luxury credit cards do you currently use?

  • AMEX Centurion
  • AMEX Platinum
  • Visa Signature
  • MasterCard World

Which card is your favorite?

Tough call

  • As luxury and premium goes, the AMEX Centurion beats any other card hands down.
  • Value for Money, I would suggest AMEX Platinum, as it gives many of the benefits (Such as a premium protection, concierge, lounge access, etc) For a relatively affordable price. Simply joining one of the airlines’ lounge programs already is the price of the AMEX Platinum – and anyone who qualifies for it would be ill-advised to join an airline lounge for that reason alone.

Why do you find best about the card?

Number one has to be the reciprocal arrangements with airlines and hotels to provide elite status in their programs.

Second place is the personal service (no waiting on hold, or being allocated random administrators overseas) and personal concierge.

Third place is the occasional bonus and promotional offers with co-marketing partners such as freebies from stores, hotels, and high-end brands.

I would not count the “recognition” of a black card as a benefit. Your own attitude and personal-skills do more than a piece of metal clanging arrogantly on a counter.

What are benefits do you find are best (points, miles, gifts, privileged access to events, etc)?

Points and miles are surely a benefit, though I haven’t used nearly as much as I earn. I have hundreds of thousands of points in all kinds of programs and earn them quicker than I can (or want to) use them.

Privileged access to events is a very nice benefit – Although in the current economy these events have been significantly scaled down in quantity and quality. Marketing-partners simply aren’t as active in wooing what are perceived to be “Elite potential clients.”

Who do you think has generally the best points program?

The best points program is AMEX in general, and the SPG AMEX in particular.


Every dollar charged is at least one point. One point is transferable to a wide range of airlines at a rate of 1.25 miles per points, which means that a business class ticket to europe can be had for no more than 80k points.

Also, the redemption rates with Starwood brand hotels are second to none, as long as you accumulate 1 point per dollar, which is only available on that card. Stays at their hotels earn much more.

How about rewards and trips program?

Not sure of the difference.

How do some of the luxury credit card concierge programs stack up eg. Virtuouso vs Centurion (Circle Associates)?

Circles is normally mentioned as being a superior company. I can’t comment more accurately regarding Virtuoso as I haven’t recently used them.

I can say that VIP desk (Which is that Visa Black uses) is traditionally trashed as being very inferior to all other concierge outfits. Again, this is based on hundreds of other personal-accounts rather than my own. I wouldn’t be daft enough to get a Visa Black myself.

What are your thoughts on the various programs eg. Visa Signature vs MasterCard World Elite vs American Express Centurion?

Here it is really applies to oranges.

The apple is AMEX Centurion

The oranges are Visa Signature and MC World / World Elite.

The former has a particularly high annual fee, as well as an even higher application fee and restrictive qualification criteria. The later are usually available for free, if you qualify.

MC World Elite, to my knowledge is only currently offered through two partners: Saks and Ameriprise.  Although this is marketed as the most premium product offered by MC, its benefits are much more thin than the AMEX centurion (or even platinum):

  • No airline elite nor lounge partners (a priority pass card is offered, which costs $27 per guest per visit, after the first few “introductory” uses – AMEX is free and totally unlimited).
  • Very thin hotel partners (800 worldwide in total) with less benefits than the usual AMEX fine hotels and resorts program available to platinum members for free as well.  In order to receive “an additional amenity” at the hotels, you must book and pay for a suite (with AMEX you can book any room you like, as basic as possible).
  • Ridiculous car rental “elite” privileges: namely “free membership in emerald club” from national.  Nothing else.  Anyone can join emerald club for free without being “special” at all.

Since AMEX controls both sides, bank and card, do you find they have an advantage?

Arguable about what you would consider controlling both sides. Very few people “bank” with AMEX (their bank is called centurion bank – no connection to the black card) and AMEX also is offered (under license) by most unaffiliated banks.

If you refer to those cards issued directly from and managed by AMEX – then they may even have a disadvantage since almost nobody has an actual banking relationship with them.  Therefore, you hear more nightmare stories about credit limits, declines, and cancellations from them – as they cannot gauge a complete profile of a customer, not having access to their bank balance information, earning and direct deposits, and other relationship history.  When was the last time you met an account manager at AMEX?  Now when was the last time you met a manager at your own bank (which issues all types of credit cards)?

What benefit would you love for American Express to bring back to the Centurion card (Everyone typically wants SPG Platinum)?

Yes, everyone typically laments the loss of SPG Platinum.  People forget the loss of Hyatt Diamond as well.

Currently, the only “Elite Membership” offered is Gold SPG, Gold Hilton, and Platinum Holiday Inn = all of those can be obtained for free, with zero hotel stays, simply by having and using their own co-branded credit cards.

I would love for AMEX to bring back any type of hotel elite status that actually cannot just be obtained for free with no stays at all – otherwise the hotel chain doesn’t really treat you as a particular VIP since there are so many thousands of these Gold status members floating around who aren’t even loyal at all to the hotel chain.
SPG Platinum is one; Hyatt Diamond is another, Intercontinental Royal Ambassador is another.

Also – bring in at least one airline partner with a top level elite tier.  No need to have several mid-tier partners within the same alliance (like Delta and Continental) and none in another (like Oneworld).  Delta now has 4 tiers, and Centurion (so far) only gives you the 2nd level up, not even the 3rd…

Do you think AMEX should raise the requirements beyond 250k?

The “requirements” have been diluted by allowing business spend to count towards the threshold.  Three or four years ago, there were only 14,000 members; today there are 27,000 and rising.  The introduction of the $5,000 initiation fee prevented that from being 50,000 or more, but currently you can obtain a centurion simply as an employee of a company which has very mediocre monthly expenses paid on a business card.  How many new cardholders have declined such freebies as $500 towards a purchase of $1000 or more in a retail partner – since they would never afford to even spend the extra $500 there?

There are 20 something year old kids who play PayPal games (of charging their AMEX card to pay themselves back) just to get a centurion card, or who charge the monthly advertising expenses for the company they work for (as a simple midlevel project coordinator) and get a black card?  It’s becoming diluted somewhat – which, in my opinion, prevents AMEX from offering better elite benefits or removing old ones.

One idea would be to leave the 250k as it is, but only for personal cards.  Business cards should be 500k.  And you cannot switch between a business and a personal.

Would you pay more annual fees for some really awesome benefits (I think we all might)?

Very very hard to say.  I believe that almost nobody takes advantage of every single one of the benefits that centurion offers.  If you did, you would qualify for elite status independently.

In that case, to raise the fees would alienate the existing ranks, who are the original vip customers to begin with.  We would all like to see awesome benefits, but not to pay more than $2,500 which in this economy is excessive to begin with.

A solution would be to offer new, really “awesome” benefits but you select which ones you want.  For example, the highest tier airline status offered in a choice of 4 partners – of which you choose 1 and 2nd tier in 2 more.  That way AMEX keeps their expenses to a reasonable level, members get higher benefits in items which help them, and people don’t end up paying for what they don’t need.

Which banks do you think offer the best programs?

Bank of America, Citibank, Chase and Wells Fargo all have attractive programs for private banking customers – which are their elite/premium accounts.  They are each good for their own.

Do you have a great experience where a luxury card has really made a difference?

A week before Christmas, I tried booking a table at a Manhattan restaurant for that same evening but was told that they were booked with holiday reservations until the end of December.  The restaurant was not a participant in any special AMEX or visa signature “hot tables” program, so I did not think to waste time booking through a concierge.

I spoke to the manager, explained that I was a good customer, and did not want a large table or group reservation – just 2 couples.  Nothing could be done to “squeeze me in” that day, nor even later that week.

One call to Centurion, asking for help to find any available time that evening or even for the rest of the week – and the concierge asked “can I place you on hold while I check with the restaurant?”.
60 seconds later, the concierge comes back on the line and says “what time and day do you want a booking for 4?  Pick what you like”.  I said “I would love today in 2 hours – but I will take anything at all they can squeeze in, at any time”.  Another 60 seconds on hold and I am told “everything is set for today in 2 hours, is there anything else i can help you with?”.

Amazingly, when i arrived at the restaurant, there was a line out the door, people were waiting more than 30 minutes for their pre-reserved tables to be available.  One person was even arguing about the fact that there seemed to be a clean table in the center which was empty – they were told “it is not a table in use today”.  I then asked about my own party of 4 and that i also had a reservation, and was told “it will be a bit of a wait, we are very busy today, can i have your name?”  one glance at the list, and “right this way sir” to that elusive empty table (much to the annoyed, or impressed, glances of the other waiting people)…

I still have no idea what the concierge said, or to whom it was said – but I was thoroughly impressed.

I’m sure you have a few bad experiences to share?

Yes there are, and some are better left unshared…

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JP Morgan Launches “Chase Sapphire”

JP Morgan Chase Sapphire Credit CardIn the increasingly competitive luxury credit card space, JP Morgan Chase (largest US credit card lender) has just launched the Chase “Sapphire” card targeted at affluent Americans (households with incomes exceeding 120,000/year). The card is available as a Visa or MasterCard, and there is no pre-set spending limit, and the card includes a typical points/rewards program. Presented as tailored to customer need, Gordon Smith CEO of Chase’s card division noted on an August 17th interview “If we cannibalize ourselves and move customers from one product to another, but we capture more of their business, then we’re absolutely fine with that.” It is, however, completely logical that Visa and MasterCard seek this market segment because it is the most profitable, and biggest growth area for them.

The net of it is that the American Express vs Visa/MasterCard debate has remained the same since the 1990s.

  • American Express notes that their cardmembers spend on average 3.5x more than Visa and 4.5x more than MasterCard cardholders.
  • Visa and MasterCard tout their worldwide and in the US acceptance at 8 million locations, vs 4.6 million American Express.

Kenneth Chenault noted ““Despite all the claims by Visa and MasterCard about success in the affluent segment, where it really counts — in the results — they haven’t moved the dial at all.”

The new Chase Sapphire Preferred Includes (in addition to standard benefits):

  • 25% Travel Bonus (Points are worth 25% more when booking travel)
  • Annual Point Bonus (10,000 point bonus for spend exceeding 50,000)
  • 1:1 Point Transfer to Airline/Hotel Programs
  • Enhanced Identity Protection (Additional 2k insurance coverage 5k total coverage)
  • No fee first year, $95/year thereafter (Chase Sapphire non preferred has no annual fee)

Chase Sapphire Includes:

  • Ultimate Rewards Points Program (1:1 dollar/point accumulation)
  • Double Points on Airfare via Chase Travel Booking Tool
  • Retail Gift Cards Starting at 2,500 points
  • No Blackout Dates or Travel Restrictions, Most Major Airlines
  • Pay with Points or Credit or Both
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Sapphire Preferred Exclusive Experiences (VIP Passes to American Idol, Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Fashion Week, etc).
  • Zagat Review Access for Restaurant Reviews
  • Exchange Points for Cash
  • Chase Global LifeLine (Emergency Travel Assistance, Card Replacement, Medical Assistance, etc).
  • 24/7 Concierge
  • Online Account Management
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Travel & Baggage Delay Insurance
  • Lost Luggage Insurance
  • Roadside Dispatch (Referral towing/locksmith services)
  • Auto Rental Collision Damage Coverage
  • Identity Protection (Insurance, 3 months of monitoring services, protection from unauthorized purchases)
  • Purchase/Return Protection (90 day replacement)
  • Extended Warranty Protection (up to 1 year)

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All Merrill+ Visa Cardholders Upgraded to Visa Signature

Any longtime holders of the Merrill+ Visa card, were stuck without “Visa Signature” status until recently; Now, all Merill+ cardholders will be upgraded to Visa Signature status without re-applying for a new account, more details on Visa Signature status below.

Visa Signature Status includes benefits such as:

  • No pre-set spending limit
  • Sports tickets and special access
  • VIP access to Film Screenings, Movies, Broadway Shows
  • Travel savings and upgrades at some of the world’s finest resorts and spas.
  • Fine Wine and Food including free Zagat survey access, and invitation only experiences.

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American Express raising Centurion Requirement To 500k?

American Express Centurion CardSomeone recently updated Wikipedia with info that as of August 1, 2009, American Express will require a minimum of 250,000 500,000 USD within a 12 month period to qualify for the Centurion Card; I’ve called AMEX to verify this in the past, and they have said it is not the case, although maybe they just are not divulging a change? It definitely makes sense, 250k is not want it used to be.

Anyone have more detail on this? Guess we will find out this week on 8/1. Still $250,000, for now.

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Radio DJ Confuses Visa Black Card with Centurion Card

Anyone else embarrassed for this Radio DJ PK? Although, in general, perception is reality. Let’s say that PK (Radio DJ) either knows and is just playing along for an interesting show, or he doesn’t know and may not even care that the cards are, uh, different.

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Royal Pains TV Pilot – Black Cards in the Hamptons

I was out in the Hamptons this past weekend and saw the van for Royal Pains out and about. If you haven’t seen it already USA has a new series that starts this Thursday at 10PM EST titled Royal Pains. Royal Pains is about a doctor “Hank Lawson” (played by Marc Feuerstein) who was fired from his position and against his judgment becomes a “concierge doctor” for the rich.

In the show pilot, the writers wasted no time on black card references, the son of the heir to family that invented the blender (Tucker Bryant) wrecks his Dad’s Ferrari and is injured. After some emergency care, Tucker needs transport to a hospital, “[Tucker Bryant] The Hamptons heritage no way man, Dad calls it the local cemetery. [Hank Lawson] What would your Dad suggest we do? [Tucker Bryant] Go into my wallet and get the little black card that says American Express on it.” Tucker is then taken by helicopter to Mount Sinai in Manhattan. You can watch the full pilot for Royal Pains on Hulu

Royal Pains Emergency Tucker Bryant Black Card

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American Express Red

The American Express Red is an American Express credit card which has been launched for the first time in the United Kingdom in March 2006. Applicants must be UK residents. It is part of the Product Red initiative. The principle of the card is that every time money is spent with it, 1% of the amount is sent to a fund called Global Fund, created in 2002 to fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. When the yearly spending amount exceeds £5000 a year, this percentage is increased to 1.25%.

In the UK, the card is advertised by spokespersons such as Bono, Gisele Bündchen and Elle Macpherson.

Red American Express is mentioned in the 2007 song “The Way I Are” by Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson.

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American Express Black Card (Centurion Card) Unboxing Video

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American Express Centurion Card Song

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Centurion Card Video from In Debt We Trust – Documentary

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Centurion Card Requirements

American Express Black Card / Centurion Card Requirements


Many rumors and poor facts exist on Centurion Card Requirements, but it is really this:

  • Have a good credit score and history (necessary for Platinum Card Also)
  • Have been an existing American Express Platinum cardholder for a minimum of 1 year
  • Spend $250,000 USD on American Express Personal Cards within a rolling 12-month period


  • The Centurion Card as well as the Platinum Card are no longer “invitation only
  • The Centurion Card has a credit limit based on personal finance profile (assets, spending habits, etc)
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    Black Card History

    The Black Card started out as an urban legend in the early 1980s circa 1984. It was alleged by that American Express handed out a high end ID with unusual privileges. This rumor is corroborated by a Wall Street Journal article written in 1988, despite the fact that American Express continually declined the rumor as true.

    From WSJ: Suppose, for example, on a 3-o’clock-in-the-morning whim, you decided to book a round-the-world trip; American Express would accommodate you with a travel service staffed 24 hours a day. In the market for a red 1965 Ferrari? If you were a black-card holder, American Express would kick tires in the world’s fanciest used-car lots. If you remembered in Singapore that you had left your favorite suit in a Hong Kong penthouse, the company would arrange to fetch it. (full 1988 WSJ Black Card Article Here)

    On October 14, 1999, publicly launched the American Express Centurion Card aka The Black Card, see original press release here. Doug Smith, director of American Express Europe said:”There had been rumors going around that we had this ultra-exclusive black card for elite customers… It wasn’t true, but we decided to capitalize on the idea anyway. So far we’ve had a customer buy a Bentley and another charter a jet.”

    In 2004 in Europe and 2006 in the US the Centurion Card was switched over to Titanium from Plastic.

    In 2006 American Express also raised the eligibility requirement from 150,000 annual spend to 250,000 annual spend.

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    American Express Sues Courtney Love for $352k

    Courtney Love Black C ard LawsuitNo wonder why she was so salty about Kathleen Hanna (Julie Ruin) and Adam Horowitz’s AMEX Black Card!

    American Express filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles alleging that Courtney owes $352,059.67 that includes unpaid balances ($279,079.68 on a Centurion Card, $69,245.56 on a Gold Card and $3,734.43 on a Platinum Card), attorney fees, and late charges. American Express suspended her charging privileges after she both failed and refuse to make payments.

    Courtney Love’s publicist had no information as of Wednesday regarding the suit, but had left a message for Love’s attorney. Courtney was also sued for libel in February for comments she made regarding a fashion designer on Twitter; And just last year Courtney was sued for one million by an advisory firm seeking it’s share of proceeds from sale of Nirvana’s publishing catalog.

    Myspace and Twitter, Courtney Love is definitely in touch with the times, even at the age of 44.

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    Wikipedia’s Black Card Disambiguation

    Wikipedia has created a disambiguation page to resolve confusion and ambiguity pertaining to the definition “Black Card”. It is possible that the more “Black Cards” exist, the less the term has meaning, similar to what happened to “Platinum Cards” years ago. What do you think, does it matter what color your credit card is, or is it really about the benefits?


    To refresh you, I’ve included the definition for disambiguate –

    dis-am-big-u-ate / Pronunciation [dis-am-big-yoo-eyt]
    –verb (used with object), -at-ed, -at-ing.
    to remove the ambiguity from; make unambiguous: In order to disambiguate the sentence “She lectured on the famous passenger ship,” you’ll have to write either “lectured on board” or “lectured about.”

    Black card (disambiguation)

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    The term black card could refer to:
    * American Express’s Centurion Card wikipedia page here
    * Barclays’s Black Card VISA credit card (no wikipedia page, the editors nixed it)
    * the black penalty card issued for serious misconduct in the sport of fencing

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