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Visa Infinite Black Card (RBC Royal Bank)

Last year Visa launched the RBC Royal Bank in Canada in 2008 by Invitation only. This card was launched prior to the other ultra exclusive Canadian Black Card, American Express’ Centurion Card launched in December 2008.

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The RBC Royal Bank Visa Infinite Black Card is:

*Invitation only
*1 Million CAD in Liquid Assets, Net Worth of 3 Million CAD or >.
* 250,000 or more Annual Income.
* Annual Fees $399 per year for Private Banking clients, $599 for non-Private Banking clients.
* RBC Rewards redemption rate of 2% instead of 1% for all travel rewards, all flight classes (no blackout periods or seat restrictions)
* Visa Infinite Concierge Service (Virtuoso)
* Complimentary Priority Pass membership (the $99 annual fee version)
* Complimentary TabletPlus membership (usual fee $195)
* Complimentary access to Zagat® restaurant ratings and reviews
* Dedicated customer support number for Visa Infinite clients only.
* Extensive travel insurance coverage and emergency assistance
* Minimum $20,000 credit limit”

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Centurion Card Launched in Canada

Centurion Card CanadaIn December 2008, American Express sent out invitations for the Centurion Card in Canada. The invitation eligible, includes about approximately 274,000 consumers, or 2.7% of the population. In Canada the qualifiers are a bit different than in the US, and requires that eligible candidates have

at least $1 million in financial assets, excluding collectibles, homes, cars, and general consumer goods. That is, you need to have $1 million in liquid assets, or cash.

Despite economic turmoil, Trevor Van Nest, VP of Consumer Card Marketing @ American Express Canada says “We had sweaty palms, but the response has exceeded expectations,” and that although “There has been a slight dip in spending, but the absolute dollars are still higher than any other market,” and their targeted cardholders spend “several hundred thousand dollars a year [on their credit cards].”

The Canadian Centurion Card, or Black Card, similar to the US, is made from titanium, requires a one-time initiation fee, annual membership fee of $2,500. The benefits on the card itself, for the most part match that of the US Centurion Card, although severely lack when it comes to US travel benefits which include elite status on multiple arlines (Continental, Delta, US AIR, Virgin Atlantic). VIP Shopping priviledges (personal assistant, after hours shopping, free gift wrapping and alterations). at retailers including: Harry Rosen, Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The American Centurion Card in Canada now competes with the Visa Infinite Black Card launched by RBC and CIBC in March 2008, which includes typical luxury credit card benefits, has an annual fee of $120, and requires cardholers have a minimum household income of $100,000 CAD.

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Chinese Artst Makes Sculptures Using Black Card

Mao Zedong, standing on a box of Dom Perignon, with the American Express Black Card/Centurion Card in his hand. As a strong status symbol in popular culture it is not surprising that the Black Card is emerging in Art work.

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“Getting Rich is Glorious”
Deng Xiaoping

About the Artist:  R. Lloyd Ming
R. Lloyd Ming uses photography, video art, installation and sculpture to ask hard questions about society. He is inspired by artists who use found or readymade objects to create their work and Ming typically also works in this way. Notable influences are Marcel Duchamp, Subodh Gupta, Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson, Haim Steinbeck, Joseph Cornell, Louise Nevelson and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Ming is particularly influenced by the work of American artist Robert Rauschenberg. Throughout his career Rauschenberg used objects he found on the street to make sculptures he called combines.

http://www.RLloydMing.com

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Visa Infinite Black Card launched in Africa by Access Bank

The Visa Infinite Black Card has just been announced by Access Bank of Nigeria as Africa’s “most prestigious credit card”. Similar to other cards carrying the “Black Card” name, targeted at “For discerning clients who desire unlimited spending power, convenience and privileges with a single prestigious solution.”

Advertised benefits to this invitation only “Limited Membership, Infinite Privileges” card include:

  • A concierge service to manage cardholder travel, hotel reservations, currency exchange, transportation, special vacation packages, etc
  • Travel insurance coverage, including: medical treatment, evacuation, emergency medical, including emergency medical treatment, and of course loss of luggage
  • Priority Pass Membership
  • Minimum $30,000 credit limit
  • Specific 24/7 call centre service
  • Ticket Exchange
  • Emergency card replacement and cash advances
  • Collision damage waiver
  • Extended warranty and purchase protection
  • 29% Interest rate

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The Virgin Atlantic Black Card

It seems Virgin Atlantic now has a Black Card, we are all going to have Black Card overload pretty soon.
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…EXPLAINED IN BLACK AND WHITE

The Virgin Atlantic Black Card is the fastest card to earn Flying Club miles, end of story. You’ll fly faster with:

* 2 Flying Club miles for every £1 spent on card purchases
* 4 Flying Club miles for every £1 spent direct with Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays
* 6,000 bonus Flying Club miles upon first spend within first 90 daysFootnote 1
* 10% off Virgin Holidays packagesFootnote 2
* 0% on balance transfers for 6 months from the date your account is opened. 2% handling fee applies
* 18.9% (variable) on card purchases, that’s a typical rate of 37.1% APR (variable) including the £115 annual fee, see the Summary box for full details

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Visa Black Card: Initiation Gift – Cross Tech3, 3-in-1 writing tool

One of our readers has recently submitted these photos on a gift they received with their new Visa Black Card. We are assuming that this is just the initation gift, and that users that spend more over time will get more “luxurious gifts” as part of the $495/year membership.

Here is the letter that was included:

Dear Black Card Member:

Congratulations on becoming a Visa Black Card member. Black Card and Cross have teamed together to bring you a welcoming gift of the unique Cross Tech3, a 3-in-1 writing tool that allows you to switch from black ink to red ink to pencil with a simple twist.

Like Black Card, Cross stands for the highest levels of quality and service: each of our writing instruments is backed by a lifetime mechanical guarantee and reflects the commitment to superior craftsmanship first made by Richard Cross in 1846. I trust you will enjoy the benefits of your new Visa Black Card as well as the pleasure of writing with your new Cross pen.

Sincerely,

Chad Mellen

President, Cross Accessory Division

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FYI: AMEX does not own the “Black Card” trademark, Visa does.

Umm, Oooops!

Originally rumor and urban myth, the American Express CENTURION CARD came to be in 1999 (see the original AMEX press release). “There had been rumors going around that we had this ultra-exclusive black card for elite customers,” says Doug Smith, director of American Express Europe. “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.”

So, although the urban myth and legend referred to the card as the “Black Card” American Express decided to call it the “Centurion Card” named after their private bank, and trademark that instead; The challenge for AMEX is now, however, that they left themselves open by not also trademarking the term Black Card, despite the fact that the American Express Centurion Card is ubiquitously known in popular culture as the “Black Card” or Black AMEX, and less so the “Centurion Card”.

Visa readily tells those applying for the card that the “Black Card is not for everyone”, apparently, they mean American Express as well. You can check out patents filed for “Black Card”  and “Centurion Card” on the United States Patent Office Site.

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It doesn’t matter legally, that the cards don’t really compare in terms of exclusivity or benefits because Black Card, LLC, Barclays and Visa currently do own the trademark “Black Card”. Maybe we will see a new Black Card for Dummies Guide targeted at the Visa’s Black Card instead?

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Colbert Jokes about Race and the Visa Black Card

Steve Colbert on his show The Colbert Report makes fun of racial issues and the Visa Black Card: “Visa: it’s everywhere you want to be, unless that place is a Jimmy Buffett concert. (01:55)” Colbert also correlates Visa’s vague 1% requirements and statement that the card is “not for everyone” as an implication of Visa behaving in a racist manner (he’s joking of course!).

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NatWest Black Card

In 2002, NatWest bank in the United Kingdom launched their own Black Card, which is only available to customers with an income of £75,000 or above and over 25 years of age. Approval is subject to status and conditions. The NatWest Black Card has an annual fee of £250, with a minimum credit limit £15,000. The card has a typical 51.8% APR (variable), and cardholders are therefore advised to make more than minimum balance payments. Benefits of the card include personal assistance for gift-shopping and event planning; executive airport lounge access; NatWest YourPoints redeemable for flights; roadside assistance throughout the UK and Europe; card and purchase protection; travel insurance; exclusive offers and access to prestigious events; and, home emergency coverage.

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Visa Black Card Demographics – Is the Card all Marketing Hype?

For Visa Black Card, it may all be hype and marketing science (as it can now be seen in ads in Robb Report, Snow Magazine, etc), but some sample stats we’ve collected so far it appears Barclay’s is at least successful in attracting the higher end customers (although, time will tell as this card itself may not be all that exclusive, as it’s allegedly only a “Visa Platinum Plus” which is below the Visa line of Signature Cards: ). All the charm of luxury may come in the from of the British accent featured in Barclay’s TV Commercials .

Here’s some of the data we have seen of that exclusive “1%” cardholder profile:

  • 31 year old male, income approx $175,000 3 credit scores average 765, approved for Visa Black Card with 25,000 limit, alternate cards: Chase Freedom Visa Signature Limit = $50,000.
  • 28 year old male, income approx $300,000 3 credit score average 740, approved for Visa Black Card with 20,000 limit, alternate cards: American Express Centurion Card.
  • “Schiffy”income approx $10,000, credit score average 598, approved for Visa Black Card with unknown limit.
  • “Dave” income approx $170,000, credit scores above 765, approved for Visa Black Card with unknown limit.
  • “Pashok” MBA with 6 figure income, credit scores 765, approved for Visa Black Card with unknown limit.

If you Apply for the Visa Black Card and are accepted, please feel free to update us with your stats to include in the profile!


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Visa Black Card and American Express Centurion – No Comparison

The more information that is gathered about the new Visa Black Card, the more it seems that the card is not as high end as the American Express Centurion card. So the whole theory of, you get what you pay for ($495/year vs $2500/year) holds true. Here’s some photos our reader sent in showing the card side by side to the Centurion Card, our reader tells us card itself feels like a normal credit card — nothing special. You can check out our review/unboxing page for more photos, and our comparison chart for card benefits comparison. American Express doesn’t have an online application for their Black Card, but Visa allows you to apply directly for the card here

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Visa Black Card – Hands on Review and Unboxing

We were fortunate enough to have one of our readers who recently received the Visa Black Card and send us photos of the unboxing as well as photos side-by-side to their Centurion Card. Without even diving deep into the benefits you can see right off that this card is more appropriately competing with the American Express Platinum Card, and you will see will see further from the photos and even the unboxing that the card does not “feel” that luxurious.

Here’s the box as it arrives to your house:

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And our reader opening the box:

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The World Awaits

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Open box including card terms and conditions, as well as Visa Black Card box.

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Black Card Concierge and Benefits Guide cover.

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Details on The Concierge and Visa Black Card Benefits

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Details on the Visa Black Card Rewards Program

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Here’s an image of the front of the Visa Black Card in person.

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This is somewhat interesting as our reader expected the card to be stiff or special in some form since it is allegedly made from Carbon Graphite (Carbon Fiber), but apparently it feels and bends just like plastic.

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Our reader says they even felt weird putting the cards side by side, as the more they learn (and we learn too), they don’t really compare.

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www.blackcard.com Exclusive Visa Black Card TV AD

The TV ad is also posted on Barclay’s official Visa Black Card Site.

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The Visa Black Card vs American Express Centurion Card (in depth comparison/review)

History of the Black Cards, and the Visa Black Card

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On October 2, 2007, ThinkTank Holdings LLC (founded by Scott Blum, located in Jackson, Wyoming.) announced a new Patent Pending (filed 2007) Credit Card Venture titled “Next Card“. The concept for “Next Card” was simply for a high-end/luxury credit card made from a special carbon/carbon based material. Concept from inception was that this card would be available to corporations and individuals for an annual fee of $495, it was also anticipated that the card would launch with typical luxury card services such as 24-hour concierge, points and rewards program, as well as other benefits.

After Black Cards and the Black Card Brand (that is, American Express)

Chasing the American Express Black Card brand was no doubt a goal of Scott Blum with this concept. The American Express Centurion Card started out as an urban myth (see history) that American Express ultimately decided to capitalize on October 14, 1999. “There had been rumors going around that we had this ultra-exclusive black card for elite customers,” says Doug Smith, director of American Express Europe. “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.”

Visa after having launched it’s “signature” series of cards in 1999, launched a higher tier of “signature preferred” cards in May of 2007 targeted at customers who spend $50,000 a year or more on their cards (Visa Signature average spend is approximately $27,600 a year). Merchants actually pay 14% more per transaction vs a regular Visa or Signature card.

The whole purpose of this card is to take share from American Express,” said James McCarthy, Visa senior vice president for consumer-credit products. They may be a ways away, according to a 2007 survey in Europe, Centurion cardholders spend 11.5 times more (see demographics) than the typical American Express card member, and on average have income in excess of 1M a year.

Combine urban myth and Black Card allure with Visa salivating over American Express and Centurion Card premiums and what do you get? The Visa Black Card.

Visa Black Benefits vs American Express Centurion Card Benefits

In our initial comparison of the Visa Black Card and American Express Centurion Card we observed that luxury plastic is no longer, well, plastic (although it sure seems that way); The question still remains how truly exclusive the Visa Black Card is? Time (and our readers) will tell, but as stands, 1% of the population is somewhat “undefined” other than by credit record, and other private information (Barclay’s has yet to clarify what this actually means), while American Express has some hard limits, e.g. you have to spend $250,000 on a Platinum Card to qualify, no getting around that. Outside of exclusivity, luxury credit cards aim to offer “new levels of service” for their “elite clientele”  while providing “unique experiences” and unusual “discounts and amenities“. Below, we’ve put together a detailed comparison chart of the Visa Black Card compared to American Express Centurion Benefits. What stands out most is the automatic membership and hotel/airline elite access gained with the Centurion Card, which is nonexistent on the Visa Black Card; Of course, the Visa Black Card only runs $495 a year, compared to the $2500 a yearfor the Centurion Card. At current it appears the Barclay’s Black Card is sorely lacking in many areas where American Express is not, and the card itself is more comparable to the American Express Platinum Card ($450/year membership).

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VISA Black Card vs AMEX Centurion Benefits

BENEFIT CENTURION VISA BLACK
No Pre-Set Spending Limit (Limit Based on Individual) N Y
CONCIERGE (24/7/365) Y Y
Personal Assigned Concierge Y N
Full service, 24/365 travel agency and concierge Y Y
Centurion Destinations Vacations Bonus points and credits for booking Y NA
AIR/AIRLINE TRAVEL
Frequent Flier Programs Y N
Continental Airlines Gold Y N
Delta Airlines Gold Y N
Virgin Atlantic Airways Gold Y N
US Airways Platinum Y N
International Airline Program (complimentary companion tickets) Y N
Private Jet Services Program Y N
Airport Lounge Programs Y N
American Airlines Admirals Club lounges Y N
Continental Airlines Presidents Club Y N
Delta Crown Room Club Y N
Northwest Airlines WorldClubs Y N
Priority Pass (access to over 450 airport lounges) Y Y
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses Y N
Automatic Baggage Insurance Coverage
Up to 3,000 loss or damaged carry-on Y N
Up to 2,000 beyond Common Carrier coverage for checked bags Y N
Travel Accident Insurance (Death and Dismemberment) Y N
AUTO/CAR PRIVILEGES
Car Rental Elite Status Membership Y N
Avis Presidents Club Y N
Hertz Gold Y N
Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance Plan Y N
Limousine Program Y N
BOAT/YACHT/CRUISE BENEFITS
Centurion Cruise Credits
$500 shipboard credits for cruises booked through Centurion Travel Service Y N
Receive additional upgrades and amenities (cruise partner specific) Y N
Annual Reward $100 credit to book a cruise or land vacation via CTS. Y NA
Private Yacht Program Access and Special Amenities ($750 or more) Y N
Fraser Yachts Y N
International Yacht Collection Y N
HOTELS/RESORTS/VILLAS
Fine Hotels & Resorts Y NA
Centurion Hotel Privileges Y N
Peninsula Y N
Aman Y N
Orient Express Y N
Mandarin Oriental Y N
Ritz-Carlton Club Y N
Centurion Villas Y NA
Exclusive Resorts (25 destinations worldwide) Y NA
Abercrombie & Kent Villas Y N
Beautiful Places Y NA
Four Seasons Residence Clubs Y N
LaCURE Y N
The Mansion at MGM Grand Y N
Villas of Distinction Y NA
Centurion Destination Vacations Y NA
Hotel Elite Status Y N
Hilton Family of Hotels (HHonors Gold) Y N
InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts (Priority Club – Platinum) Y N
Starwood® Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (SPG) Y N
Club 5C Relais & Châteaux Y N
EMERGENCY TRAVEL SERVICES
24/7 Medical, Legal, Financial, and other Emergency Assistance. Y Y
Arrange Transfer to Medical Facility by Air or Ambulance Y N
Prescription Replacements Y N
Emergency Hotel Check-in Y N
Immediate Cash Access Y N
Lost Luggage Recovery and Tracking Y Y
Stolen passport assistance Y N
Emergency cancellation and Replacement Y N
Emergency Translation Services ? Y
Foreign Protocol information ? Y
Message Service ? Y
Computer rental, audio/visual rental equipment ? Y
Check Cashing Privileges up to 10k/month Y N
Order foreign currency and fee-free Travelers Cheques by phone Y NA
DINING/LIFESTYLE/EXPERIENCES
Access to special seats Y Y
Special invitations to exclusive events Y Y
Reservations at remarkable restaurants Y Y
Services of Professional Concierge Y Y
By Invitation Only (sports, performing arts, business symposiums, etc) Y N
Centurion Dining Reservations (tables held at restaurants for cardholders) Y Equivalent
Premium Seats (reserved seats)
Sports Events Y Y
Entertainment Events Y Y
Live Concerts at venues in LA/NY Y Y
Platinum Lounge Access at Staples center in LA Y NA
Access to American Express Gold Card Events Y NA
COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS
Space Adventures’ Spaceflight Club Membership Y N
Magazine Subscriptions
Black Ink Y N
Departures Y N
Equinox Fitness Clubs
Centurion member rate Y N
Complimentary Personal Training Sessions Y N
Spa Treatments Y N
Guest passes Y N
Kids’ club Y N
SHOPPING PRIVILEGES
General Escalated Shopping Privileges Y Y
Assistance with finding speciality items, rare, research Y Y
Bergdorf Goodman (close store for private shopping) Y N
Gucci Y N
Neiman Marcus Y N
Sony Cierge Y N
Extended Warranty Y N
Fraud Protection Guarantee Y Y
Purchase Protection Plan Y N
Points Programs Y Y
Membership Rewards First Program Y Equivalent
Tour GCX13 Membership with benefits ($150 credit) Y NA
Special Free Luxury Gifts Y Y

*We are not fully aware of all Visa Black Card services offered quite yet, and will update as we learn more as our readers get the card and submit info.

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The Visa Black Card, Plastic Is No Longer

The luxury credit card market is heating up, and they’ve moved over from plastic to carbon graphite and titanium (maybe so the cards won’t melt from over use); Visa wants their share of the premium space American Express holds, especially with it’s Centurion Card aka the Black Card.

Visa after having launched it’s “signature” series of cards in 1999, launched a higher tier of “signature preferred” cards in May of 2007 targeted at customers who spend $50,000 a year or more on their cards (Visa Signature average spend is approximately $27,600 a year). Merchants actually pay 14% more per transaction vs a regular Visa or Signature card.

The whole purpose of this card is to take share from American Express,” said James McCarthy, Visa senior vice president for consumer-credit products. They may be a ways away, according to a 2007 survey in Europe, Centurion cardholders spend 11.5 times more than the typical American Express card member, and on average have income in excess of 1M a year.

Seemingly it’s not enough to be a plastic card and different or luxurious, it needs to be made from some other material.  American Express figured it out first: Starting in 2004 in parts of Europe, and in the US in early 2006 changed it’s exclusive Centurion Card aka Black Card from standard credit card fare plastic, to titanium.

Well, Scott Blum (Buy.com founder) wants part of it too, ThinkTank Holdings LLC, announced in 2007 they would be launching a high-end credit card business with patent pending credit card that would be made out of carbon fiber code named “Next Card” now launched this month (just a few days ago) as The Visa Black Card. This high-tech credit card is aimed at both individuals and corporates for an annual fee of $495. The card has been launched including 24-hour concierge service, points, rewards, and other benefits. Here’s a side by side view of the Visa Black Card and the American Express Centurion card, carbon graphite or titanium? I’ll take titanium. Apply Online for the Visa Black Card Here.

If you want to see for yourself, you can Apply Online for the Visa Black Card Here.

To see the rest of the luxury plastic, or I should now say cards, please see Alternate Cards.

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Visa Signature

Visa Signature Card

The Visa Signature card is Visa’s highest offering. It’s a lot more complicated to figure out which program as the best, when compared to American Express for both Visa and MasterCard, because each handles it’s details through the bank which issues the card. At a high level the card includes standard travel benefits (packages, discounts, upgrades), concierge (travel, dining reservations, vacation planning, help with general research and recommendations), access to special tickets and events (entertainment, sporting, fine dining/culinary), special shopping discounts and privileges, as well as dining reservations and restaurant reviews from Zagat.

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Visa Black Card, The Black Card Made of Carbon Graphite

Barclay’s launches their Visa Black Card competing directly with the American Express Centurion card. The Visa Black Card which is made out of carbon graphite, and includes similar benefits to the Centurion Card such as Priority Pass. Currently “Limited to 1% of US Residents” but criteria is currently yet to be clarified (when I called 12/2).

*1% cash back on purchases or $1 = 1 points that can redeemed for travel anytime
* 24-Hour Concierge Service
* Exclusive Rewards Program
* Luxury Gifts
* Patent Pending Carbon Graphite
* Annual Fee $495

Apply for the Visa Black Card Online

Update:
Introductory 0% Balance Transfer for 6 months
Standard APR = Prime + 9.99 =  Currently 13.99%
Cash Advances = Prime + 15.99 % = Currently 19.99%

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*The Exclusivity/Limited to 1% of US Residents according to Barclay’s rests heavily on a Credit Score amongst other “personal financial information”.
If you wish to know if you fit Barclay’s criteria, e.g. limited to 1% you can Apply Online with Visa Here

For additional details, articles, reviews, hands on photos and more, go to our main Visa Black Card page.

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Residence Superieur Black Card (Membership)

Want a luxury lifestyle, but don’t want to pay for it all of the time?

Richard Nilsson, an international lifestyle designer has launched a new Black Card as part of his “Residence Superieur” club, allowing members access to luxury lifestyle residences, dining, travel, and experiences at fractional cost.

Sample card benefits include:

  • Access to Residence Superieur mansions (updated annually)
  • Access to Private Jet Service.
  • Invitations to the Residence Superieur events.
  • Access to the Residence Superieur Connoisseur Collection and shop
  • Yearly giveaways from the Connoisseur Collection
  • Access to the exclusive printed version of Superieur magazine.
  • Access to the Residence Superieur network.

All of this will cost you 200,000 euros per year.

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MasterCard World Elite

MasterCard World EliteThe World Elite MasterCard is MasterCard’s highest card offering, providing travel benefits, reservation programs, special rewrads programs, Concierge, etc. World Elite cardholders get access to Virtuoso travel consultant services, including special upgrades, amenities, and rare travel experiences provided through the Virtuoso international luxury travel network. Cardholders also have access to a concierge service that provides personalized recommendations, help with reservations with dining, travel, entertainment, and other services on a 24/7/365 basis. The World Elite MasterCard program holds table at restaurants, tickets at sporting events, special shopping access, as well as tailored spa/salon experiences. Finally as with any card, the World Elite MasterCard provides access to savings and goods with retail, dining, and personal care services.

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GK Power / Dubai First: Royale MasterCard

GK Power, a Seoul-based smart card maker and online game provider, developed the luxury card and began selling it to local and overseas banks last year. Recently, it signed a $175,000 contract with Dubai First Bank in September to supply 1,000 cards _ worth 300 times more than conventional plain plastic cards _ for the bank’s most valued clients. Kim says this is just the beginning of the high-end card market that the company is looking to step into in the U.S., China, Europe and the Middle East

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