Qualifying for the Centurion

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Qualifying for the Centurion

Postby Rajeta » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:48 am

Anyone have good methods for meeting the spending 250K a year requirement to get the black amex?

I would say one way is having a bunch of secondary users on your amex and have everyone use primarily that card. Everyone would then pay for their own purchases. This would only work if everyone involved is trustworthy.

If you have a business another way is to run all expenses through your amex.

Any other ideas?


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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:51 am

Having a business is by far the easiest way to rake up 250k. Even small mom and pop businesses order 500k to 1M a year in supplies or inventory. All you need to do is throw some of that on your Amex and you will have 250k in no time. This is why people say they should make the spending requirement for business cards more because 250k for the business version is too easy to meet.

Now for personal, 250k is a lot of spending. I suppose if you own a business but want a non-business Centurion, you could have a separate normal card and pile all your expenses on it (basically just using a personal card as a business card) or if you have a business card with 250k charges as a sole proprietor, they should let you do your Centurion in a personal version.
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Postby fffresh » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:35 pm

I would say one way is having a bunch of secondary users on your amex and have everyone use primarily that card. Everyone would then pay for their own purchases. This would only work if everyone involved is trustworthy.


The truth is though if someone has to do this and include other's spending to qualify, they probably shouldn't be spending their money on the black card in the first place. Let's face it with a $5,000 initiation fee and a $2,500 annual fee that's a big chunk of your income even if you are making 500k a year.

If it takes doing that the person may be better off spray painting their card black for $2.50 instead. :ppp

Speaking of which I often see old American Express black cards for sale on Ebay. Maybe there's a way you could buy one and re-code it with your own American Express account numbers? This has to be illegal though so I wouldn't recommend anyone do it.

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Postby kiboko » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:51 pm

What are the qualifications for American Express black card / centurion other than spending 250k a year??? I bet anyone would qualify for that credit card as long as you would pony up the $$ for the annual fee and charging 250k a year I'm sure you could get around as long as you already had an Amex.

This card is so stupid!!! Why waste your $$$$$

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Postby ooxs » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:58 am

I cannot imagine anything this card can do for me that a platinum card cannot. I think this is just a self-esteem issue that some folks need to overcome. I am sure if i was to call the platinum desk and ask for something ridiculous like a cargo plane of bud select, they probably will only ask if they can come to the party.

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Postby Money card » Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:14 pm

Mogul is right you have to be very rich or own a business those would be the easiest ways.

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Postby 4Runner » Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:34 pm

The centurion needs to offer better benefits or perks. It will be out date and left in the past any time soon by new cards.

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Postby flyingmd » Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:29 pm

Just FYI - there have been no Centurion invites this year to date in the US. It does appear that the spending requirement has been increased to either 500K or 1M.

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Postby 4Runner » Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:13 am

I am still thinking AMEX should starts offering BETTER benefits with the Centurion and probably with the Platinum cards.

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Postby bravo4 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:10 pm

flyingmd wrote:Just FYI - there have been no Centurion invites this year to date in the US. It does appear that the spending requirement has been increased to either 500K or 1M.


This is true, except the minimum is not known and may be well more than this (I personally know of someone who spent $2MM last year with Amex and can't get one). It may be based on type of spend as well. Perhaps Amex is trying to make it more exclusive.

@Kiboko and the other ignorami who frequently make comments based on their limited perception of it's value: see this thread post.



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