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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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American Express Black Card (Centurion Card) Unboxing Video

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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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    Centurion Card Canada Benefits

      1. Takes personal service to new heights, strives to provide you with access like you’ve never experienced before and unparalleled privileges in abundance.
      2. As a Centurion member, you’ll find that just one phone calll will summon the connections and expertise of service professionals, Seek, and Centurion Service will do their utmost to find.
      3. Centurion Concierge can help source and secure whatever it is you seek.
      4. As a Centurion member you have access to professional assistance every minute of the day, every day of the year. Our team of consultants are available to assist you with any request.
      5. Centurion travel from Amex Canada Inc.
      6. Centurion website: Visit the exclusive Centurion Website to stay up to date. It gives you access to the very latest Centurion privileges, service and unique offers, whenever you need them.
      7. Centurion Travel can exert its influence on your behalf – securing your arrangements whenever possible even when a property is otherwise fully booked.
      8 Complimentary access to airport lounges around the world, including complimentary Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Worldwide, which opens the doors to more than 235 lounges around the world including all Star Alliance member airline business lounges. Centurion membership also entitles you to access American Airlines Admirals Clubs, Continental Airlines Presidents Club, Delta Crown Room Club, Northwest Airlines, Servisair Executive, Plaza Premium, and also give you complimentary access to Priority Pass Lounges opening doors to over 450 airport lounges worldwide.
      9. Hotel Privileges, complimentary room upgrade at check-in, complimentary continental breakfast and additioanl special amenities at over 600 of the worlds most glorious properties in exquisite locations. Including Raffles Hotels and Resorts, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Mandarin Oriental to name just a few. Also gives room upgrade at reservation to more than 440 boutique hotels around the world.
      Centurion members receive complimentary Elite Statu memberships such as Fairmont Presidents Club Platinum , Starwood Preferred Gold, Hilton HHonours, Relais and Chateaux and Club 5C, and InterContintal Hotels Group.
      10. As a centurion member you can take advantage of the International Airline Program, that offers you complimentary companion tickets, complimentary upgrades, special class fares, or discounted fares on some of the worlds finest airlines to destinations around the world. Airlines include Air Canada, Air France, and Continental to name a few. Private Jet Services can be arranged.
      11. Cruise Privileges, Access premium benefits such as onboard privileges and shipboard credits on some of the worlds best cruise liners such as Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and more.
      12. Complimentary Avis President Club and Hertz #1 Club Gold Membership, and Elite Rent a Car benfefits.
      13. Centurion Concierge can help secure tickets to shows you want, the Centurion network has been known to help create once in a lifetime opportunities for some of the worlds biggest fans to actually meet some of the worlds biggest bands.
      13. Centurion Dining, There tables reserved every day for Cardmembers for many of the finest restaurants across the country.
      14. Shop VIP, your enjoy special shopping privileges at some of the finest retails spots around the world and right here in Canada. These benefits may include personal shopping services, extended shopping hours, complimentary alterations, gift wrapping, and much more, partners include Harry Rosen, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more.
      15. As a Centurion member you’ll be invited to our most exclusive events, from evenings with celebrated figures, luxury retails, or sporting events.
      16. A special rewards offering, for redeeming your points from the most lavish to the most everyday rewards. Redeem your points for an exceptional selection of travel and lifestyle rewards.
      17. You earn 1.25 membership points for every dollar you charge to your Card. Your automatically enrolled in this top Tier of the membership rewards program, gives you access to our entire catalogue of rewards including an array of prmium brands and experiences.
      18. Travel Insurance Benefits.
      19. Retail Protection, that extended warranties, and coverage for damaged and stolen purchases.
      20. Emergency Assistance, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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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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    Maserati Quattroporte Centurion Edition (for Black Card Members)

    A new partnership between American Express Centurion and Maserati has resulted in the creation of the Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion, Special Series. First unveiled at Forbes House (Belgravia, London) for an exclusive audience of American Express Black Card (Centurion Card holders), the Pininfarina designed luxury saloon was received with excitement.

    Black Card Centurion Maserati

    “The Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion special series is exclusively built to order: finished in stunning metallic Nero Carbonio (carbon black), it features a sumptuous Bianco Polare (polar white) Poltrona Frau® leather interior with embossed Centurion logo on the headrests, a bespoke numbered plaque, titanium coloured trim and 20” ball polished rims. The Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion 4.2 is powered by an impressive 400HP 4.2 litre V8 engine, powering the car to a top speed of 167 mph and allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds. The fully automatic ZF gearbox ensures a smooth and responsive ride in all conditions.” If that’s not fast enough for you, the Centurion Edition Maserati is also available in a 4.7 litre edition, with 430HP engine that can reach 174mph top speed, and go from 0 to 62 mpg in 5.4 seconds.

    Unique Serial # Plate Identification

    Black Card Maserati Centurion Edition Plate

    Centurion Logo Embossed Headrest

    Black Card Maserati Quattroporte Centurion Embossed Headrest

    Prices will start from £88,315 (approx $125k USD) for the Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion 4.2 and £94,185 (approx 133k USD) for the Maserati Quattroporte for Centurion 4.7.

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    The Black Card Era: Visa, AMEX, and many more

    Rapper Clipse tells us, we are in indeed in the Black Card Era. The “black card“, urban legend turned reality in 1999 may finally be exhausting it’s life as everyone in the world can now have a black card. As NBA stars like DeShaw Stevenson would remind you, as would Visa, the Black Card “is not for everyone“, as would WIZKID Productions “Black Affair” for Mid-night Ballers.

    DeShawn Stevenson Black CardWizkid Black Card

    But that hasn’t stopped everyone from capitalizing on the “Black Card“, for example, if you want to go to a club that caters to the”Black Card” crowd, and is VIP only (Arizona’s Black Card Ultralounge pictured below, has now closed)


    The Black Card PartyBlack Card Thursdays At FR.OG

    There is of course a social club that has established itself as the “Black Card Circle“:

    Black Card Circle is the Premier Communication Platform and Relationship Building Organization for Influential Individuals Worldwide.

    Black Card Circle Logo

    Or if you want to listen to some tracks from the Ali Vegas released a mixtape titled “Black Card Council – Unlimited Street Credit.” that are cater to the sophistication that “Black Card” members so often discern, you can.

    Black Card Council

    There is the “NatWest Black Card” which is prestigious in the UK, and requires you are over 25 with £75,000 or greater (sorry Harrison Gervitz).


    Andy Warhol said in 1968 that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”

    …and the black card brings people that bit of fame. For now, you’ll have to stick to one of the above, or you can get the latest new comer to the black card market, the “Visa Black Card“.

    Visa Black Card

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

    History of the Black Cards, and the Visa Black Card

    Visa Black Card

    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).

    American Express Platinum Card

    VISA Black Card vs AMEX Centurion Benefits

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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    Visa CEO Loses Wallet

    Wonder what other plastic he’s got in there? Think Centurion/Black AmEx Card and a MasterCard World Elite! Keep in mind, if he did have the Centurion Card, he could have had all of his cards replaced through the card replacement program, although, I’m sure he’s got enough personal assistants to take care of that.

    “I’m supposed to start off, and say that I’m very happy to be here, and I guess I am. But it’s 4:15 in the morning as far as I’m concerned, and I lost my wallet on the way here,” Saunders said. “It’s rather embarrassing when somebody steals my credit cards.” The comment prompted laughter.
    Saunders began his presentation at 7:15 a.m EST.

    via Reuters

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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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    Centurion Card FAQ

    American Express Centurion Card Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the black card?

    The black card is a high end credit card available from American Express similar to the Platinum card, however, it has extended special benefits (see the benefits guide).

    Did the card start out as a rumor?

    Yes, the card began as an urban myth. “It wasn’t true, but we decided to capitalize on the idea anyway,” according to AmEx Europe director Doug Smith, see how-to-guide history section.

    Is it true that the card is made out of titanium?

    Yes, Initially the card was made out of plastic, in limited areas in Europe in 2004, and wider adoption in 2006 American Express replaced cardholders cards in the US with a titanium version.

    Does the titanium version go off in metal detectors at airports?

    No, the card does not typically set off airport metal detectors.

    Is it true that there is no limit?

    No, there is a limit set based on cardholder account history, credit history, and cardholder assets.

    When are payments due?

    Payments are due at the end of every month like a normal American Express Green, Gold, or Platinum card. It is not a “normal charge card” that allows payment over time.

    How do I get one?

    In short, if you are not a famous or some sort of icon, you need to have an American Express Platinum Card for 1 year, and spend 250,000 in a rolling 12 month period. See our how to guide for more detail.*****As of October 2009 the Centurion Card is Invitation Only.

    What are the fees?

    In the US, $5,000 initiation fee, $2,500 annual membership fee, $1,500 per additional card member fee. That means that $7,500 is due in the first billing cycle after first receiving the card.

    Can I keep my American Express platinum card for free?

    Not in the US currently, if you want to keep your platinum card you will need to pay that membership fee as well, this is waived in certain parts of Europe.

    Can I upgrade my platinum card account to centurion card from a Credit Report perspective?

    No, you will receive a new card number and entry on your credit report, even though your Platinum card can be upgraded.

    Can I keep my credit card number when upgrading from Green to Gold to Platinum?

    Yes, you can maintain the same American Express card number when upgrading from Green -> Gold, Gold -> Platinum, or Green -> Platinum.

    Can I keep my credit card number when upgrading to Centurion?

    No, you will be assigned a new credit card number (notice the typical 37xx sequence).

    Is it true the Centurion card can be declined?

    Yes. Popular culture has you believe sky is the limit with this card, but just like any other credit card, it can be declined for a number of reasons, including security, non-payment, overages over normal spending habits.

    Will I be upgraded when I check into a hotel and just show my card?

    Typically not, despite what some may allege. There may be exceptions to the rule, but although the card carries significant status, the benefits come from the programs provided in the membership, see the benefits guide.

    What about getting into Clubs, VIP Access and Bottle Service?

    The card carries heavy status in the US, usually more so on the west coast in places like LA and Las Vegas, but less so on the east coast in places like NY (see NY Centurion Card Member favorites); This being said, the Centurion Concierge may be able to help you get into places otherwise off-limits, however, don’t expect this experience to be free. Also don’t expect that you will be able to flash you card and get in, you should simply expect that you will get what you pay for, and the card tells Club and Bar owners that you are willing to pay for a lot.

    Many have said that American Express is working to generally improve the benefits of being a Centurion Card Member as many of it’s younger clients are seeking this sort of card amenity

    What about Restaurants?

    Similar to getting into Clubs, VIP Access, you should not expect special attention beyond what the Centurion Concierge can provide. The Centurion Concierge may be able to help you secure a reservation at an exclusive restaurant, have the general manager greet you and your party, but there is nothing particularily extraordinary here.

    What are the travel benefits like?

    Often claim the best benefit of being a Centurion Card member are it’s travel benefits, most notably the airline and hotel elite status. This is due to the fact that Centurion Card Members receive complimentary and automatic elite membership/status in multiple airline and hotel programs, see the benefits guide for specific detail.

    Will I be upgraded to first class?

    It is likely that if you travel enough, you will be bumped as a result of having elite status on the airlines (Continental, US Air, Delta, and Virgin). You will also accumulate miles faster as following the typical rules for elite status on airlines.

    Can I charter a private jet on my card?

    Yes, but be ready to pay that balance in 30 days.

    What celebrities have this card?

    You can be assured that most celebrities with an American Express would have access to this card if need be, however, you may check our known cardholder page for more info.

    Is there a card above the American Express Centurion card?

    American Express Centurion card is currently the highest card available from American Express. There are cards issued by other banks under Visa and Mastercard (see alternate cards) that in certain cases require substantially more in assets (Sotheby’s world Mastercard requires 2 Million in assets), however, do not carry the same universal recognition. In second place for recognition and status is likely the “White Visa” or Stratus Rewards Visa.

    Where’s the card reference in popular culture?

    Check out our “In Culture” section, which aggregates sources on references to the Centurion Card in Media and Entertainment.

    Anything questions we are missing or you’d like answered? Please feel free to comment/ask our team.

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    UK Charter Member Cards

    UK Centurion Card with IC chip (Charter Member)


    Charter Member Sample Card


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    Black Card Sets New Standard For Premium Service With Free Upgrades on British Airways Concorde? and Enrollment in Elite Airline Frequent-Flier Programs

    NEW YORK, October 14, 1999 — American Express today announced the introduction of the CenturionTM Card. The Centurion Card will be offered by invitation only to selected Platinum Card? members.

    The black-colored Centurion Card offers customized personal service to help ease the busy and demanding lifestyles of cardmembers. It has been designed for individuals who travel frequently, entertain often and value single points of contact for service.

    “We created the Centurion Card in response to customer research that identified a small but affluent group of cardmembers for whom individual attention and access to previously unavailable elite travel benefits was of great interest,” said James Bush, senior vice president of Consumer Marketing at American Express. “Many of our prospective cardmembers are already frequent travelers receiving elite benefits on one airline. The Centurion Card is the only product on the market that can grant them elite status on four airlines, and much more.”

    The introduction of the Centurion Card is part of a broader American Express strategy to introduce a wider array of card products to specific market segments.

    “Our company’s innovation includes the creation of the world’s first Travelers Cheque more than 100 years ago, and has continued with unique services for the Personal Card and the invention of the first Gold and Platinum Cards,” added Bush. “With the Centurion Card, we’ve again set the standard — raising the bar in the premium card category.”

    Centurion Card Benefits

    The card provides customers with all the benefits and rewards they received with their Platinum Card, plus numerous additional travel, lifestyle and financial services benefits, including:

    Elite Travel Benefits

    Centurion members are eligible for upgrades and enrollment in the elite tiers of several airline frequent flier, hotel guest and car rental programs, without the rigorous mileage requirements usually needed to join. Examples include:

    • Upgrades to the Concorde at no additional cost with the purchase of a full-fare, first-class transatlantic ticket to or from London and any British Airways gateway in the United States.
    • Complimentary upgrades, dedicated check-in, priority boarding and mileage earning at an accelerated rate via complimentary enrollment in the Continental Airlines? OnePass? Gold Elite Program, Delta Air Lines Gold Medallion? program, TWA Aviators Elite 1 program and US Airways Dividend Miles? Preferred PlusSM.
    • Complimentary access to the airport clubs of Continental, Northwest and TWA airlines when flying those airlines.
    • Room upgrades, late checkout, complimentary use of fitness centers and other benefits through enrollment in Starwood Gold Preferred Guest program, Gold VIP membership in the Hilton HHonors? program, Diamond membership in the Hyatt Gold Passport program and membership in the Inter-Continetal Six Continents Club.
    • Confirmed room upgrades when available, at Ritz-Carlton and select Four Seasons properties around the world and more than 330 other fine hotels, resorts and spas.
    • Complimentary international cellular phones, which will be delivered directly to Centurion Cardmembers, who pay only the cost of the calls.

    Personal Assistance

    • Each cardmember will be assigned a personal travel counselor to handle all travel needs, and their own concierge to help with anything from special occasion planning and selecting ideal gifts, to locating unusual items.

    Retail Privileges

    • Special privileges will be extended to Centurion members at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, including personal shopper services, invitations to exclusive events, free consultation for restyling of precious jewelry (Neiman Marcus) and private shopping hours (Saks.)


    • Fee-free enrollment in Membership Rewards PlusSM, the premium level of the Membership Rewards? program. This includes redemption of points for travel on any airline anywhere in the world, and for purchases charged on the American Express Card.
    • Fifty-percent Membership Rewards point bonus on all charges made with a Centurion Card at our Centurion partners. These partners include Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, TWA, British Airways, Hilton Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and others.


    • Complimentary two-hour consultation with Provident Financial Management, a subsidiary of American Express Tax and Business Services, which specializes in planning for high-net-worth individuals, including industry leaders and celebrities.
    • A 25 percent reduction in the management fee for investments and a reduced minimum investment requirement at Portfolio Management Group, a division of American Express Asset Management Group at American Express Financial Advisors.

    American Express is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and network services company founded in 1850. It is a world leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel, financial planning, investment products, insurance and international banking.

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