DoingHomework wrote:Bravo4, Could you post a direct comparison of what you get with platinum and what you get with the black card? I still don't see the extra benefits being worth the extra annual fee. Perhaps if there were a clear benefit I would consider it.
I'm not Bravo4, but I do hold a Centurion and use it for the benefits (Not elite status).
First of all the Concierge is very good at obtaining items/services you can't normally obtain.
Air travel is very nice, but given that a smart consumer is going to stick within one airline and utilize that status to book in the future (even via codeshare). The true benefit here is lounge access, simply flashing the card DOES (even though it is not pre-arranged as a benefit) get you in to most airline lounges. Why? I don't know, but I enjoy this perk.
I fly full fare first on business travel, so I am unable to comment on upgrades. I also hold United Global Services so that is kinda null in use for UA.
My son is graduating from law school this May, and I was able to have the Encore (Owned by Wynn) book him and friends out a suite at minimal cost to blow off some steam before the bar. All because of this "status" with Centurion.
I was able to get a colleague of mine medevac'd home at no charge due to purchasing our tickets on my Centurion (Without travel insurance). That saved $100,000+
Trust me the benefits are there, but you really need to use them to see an advantage.