The TV ad is also posted on Barclay’s official Visa Black Card Site.
Posted on December 16, 2008.
The TV ad is also posted on Barclay’s official Visa Black Card Site.
Posted on December 11, 2008.
In our initial comparison of the Visa Black Card and American Express Centurion Card we noted material types; Outside of card types the things that stand out are, how hard is this card to get (e.g. is it truly exclusive?) , and what real benefits does it offer? The the main things that stands out is the concierge service, but we have yet to see what this can deliver. Visa lists the following, but as with any concierge it’s defendant on the actual service, both American Express tout. American Express Centurion Concierge has been in business since 1999, over 9 years.
You can go to the American Express Concierge Travel Insights Site for more detail on the black card, such as where Centurion Cardholders like to eat when they are in New York.
Or you can go to Visa’s Black Card Site with the details below.
Here’s what Visa cites as examples of Concierge abilities.
Entertainment Planning (Information, Referrals, Reservations, Ticketing)
- Recommended Restaurants
- Health clubs
- Sports entertainment events
- Golf Tee Time
- Shopping locationsBusiness Services (Referrals & Arrangements)
- Conference service
- Emergency translation services via phone
- Computer rental, audio/visual equipment
- Message service
- Foreign protocol informationTravel Information and Assistance (Referrals/Recommendations, Reservations)
- Weather forecasts/ATM locations
- VISA passport locations
- Customs, duties and information
- Mass transportation information and schedules
- Hotel information
- Mail/fax destination package
- Car rentals, limousine & car service information
- Flight information and ticketingCountry and City Information
- Festivals/museum/music entertainment information
- Time/hours/holidays information
- Tourist information
- Shopping informationGift Arrangements
- Gift baskets
- Floral arrangements
- Specific gifts (as requested)
- Special occasion gift recommendationsSpecialty Services
- Assistance with location and purchase of specialty items.
- For example:
- Rare books or records;
- Unusual household items;
- And referrals to specialty services such as dog groomers, tailors and doll makers
- Hard to find items; special research; specialty shopping
Posted on December 8, 2008.
ThinkTank Holdings LLC Announces New Patent Pending Credit Card Venture
Oct 2, 2007
JACKSON, Wyo. — ThinkTank Holdings LLC today announced that they will be entering the high-end credit card business with their new patent pending credit card that includes carbon and/or carbon based material. The code name for the company is “Next Card” and should be available to the public soon. The name of the company will not be announced until its release date.
ThinkTank filed its provisional patent application during 2007 based on previously performed research. The original design was invented by ThinkTank’s founder, Scott Blum. This high-tech credit card will be available to individuals and corporations for an estimated annual fee of $495. It is expected to come with a 24-hour concierge service, a points and rewards incentive package as well as many other benefits.
Trust, E-innovation and Leadership in Change
Foreign Banks in United States Since World War II: A Useful Fringe
Building Your Brand With Brand Line Extensions
The Impact of the Structure of Debt on Target Gains
Project Management Standard Program
About ThinkTank Holdings:
Founded in October 1999 by Scott Blum, ThinkTank provides technology infrastructure, financing and management expertise to its companies. At ThinkTank, ideas are created around solutions that change or improve the way business is conducted.
ThinkTank is focused on technology, commerce, and media related industries and currently has the following companies in its portfolio: Buy.com, Yub.com, Sell.com, TechSpace, Thinkbig Media, and YogaToday. Revelocity was sold to NeoForma (NASDAQ: NEOF) in December 2002, ChannelWave was sold to ClickCommerce (NASDAQ: CKCM) in January 2005, and Commerce5 was acquired by Digital River (NASDAQ: DRIV) in December 2005.
ThinkTank is a holding company that has significant investment or control in each of its companies. The partners provide expertise in the form of capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, strategic business partnerships, legal support, business development, marketing expertise and financial management and analytics.
Posted on December 5, 2008.
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.
Posted on December 2, 2008.
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
Introductory 0% Balance Transfer for 6 months
Standard APR = Prime + 9.99 = Currently 13.99%
Cash Advances = Prime + 15.99 % = Currently 19.99%
*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.
Posted in Visa Black Card