Posted on October 28, 2009.
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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Posted on May 29, 2009.
American Express Black Card / Centurion Card Requirements
AS OF OCTOBER 2009 AMERICAN EXPRESS HAS MADE THE CENTURION CARD INVITATION ONLY, THIS INFORMATION IS NOW INVALID.
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 has a credit limit based on personal finance profile (assets, spending habits, etc)
- The Centurion Card as well as the Platinum Card are no longer “invitation only“
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Posted on January 15, 2009.
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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Posted on December 15, 2008.
What does $199 get you? A semi-decent hotel room, probably a good dinner, plenty of drinks for a night (so long as you’re not drinking a really nice wine), or some crazy book on how to get a Centurion card? Our guess is that the only thing this book “Getting A Black Card For Dummies” gets you, is $199 closer to your $250,000 required annual spend (in a rolling 12 month period) with American Express. Ever hear the expression if it is too good to be true it probably is? Well, if you could get the card by spending $199 everyone would have it, and it wouldn’t be worth anything anymore would it? Worried about Madoff Ponzi schemes of late? If yes, steer clear, if not, hey, buy this book that alleges “no need to increase your spending”! Although hey, we don’t know first hand, since we haven’t read the book, but it does remind us a lot of our previous post on the “black card kit” that you too can buy for $75 or $29.99 (is it even metal??). So now you can look like you have money, even though you really don’t, but paid $29 to look like you do? We think it would be best if to focus on actually making money, and if you do want a Centurion Card, then you should read our guide, which many of our readers and (Centurion card holders) helped write.
If you don’t believe us regarding the “Black Card for Dummies Book“, feel free to prove us wrong (prove that the books truly are meant for dummies), and buy the book (good luck).
We welcome you to submit your stories and comments to us when you get your Centurion Card, or if you’d rather waste a little less (it is the time to save) spend $29.99 and get the black card kit?
Don’t worry, we have nothing to do with either of these schemes!
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