If you got an invitation for the Amex Centurion, would you spend $7,500 for it?

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If you got an invitation for the Amex Centurion, would you spend $7,500 for it?

Postby bravo4 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:33 am

If you got an invitation for the Amex Centurion, would you spend $7,500 for it?

What if the fee went up to $10,000 - would it still be worth it?


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Postby DoingHomework » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:30 pm

No way. Platinum gives you most of the benefits at 1/5 the price. The only exception might be if I traveled a lot internationally for pleasure.

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Postby bravo4 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:54 pm

Platinum gives you *some* of the benefits, lots missing though, the biggest:
- Airline status
- US Platinum
- DL Gold
- CO Gold
- VS Gold
- Personal concierge (this is very handy, IMO)
- Extra amenity at FHR hotels
- Various hotel elite status
- Unlimited priority pass ($395 to purchase this separately)

What are those worth? Depends on how much you travel.

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Postby Elliot Castro » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:54 pm

- Personal concierge (this is very handy, IMO)


I always felt that was the silliest gimmick of all.

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Postby bravo4 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:00 pm

Elliot Castro wrote:I always felt that was the silliest gimmick of all.


Interesting. Why? I use it nearly every day. I have gotten amazing upgrades, free VIP entry into all the best clubs in Vegas, etc. etc. and they have saved me a ton of time. I guess it depends on how you use it.

As part of my consulting services, I help people obtain the card. It costs around $10k to get it using my methods, but I have yet to hear of anyone say it isn't worth it and not a single person I know of who obtained it cancelled it. So it must be worth something to someone or they wouldn't sell any, right?

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Postby DoingHomework » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:44 am

bravo4 wrote:Platinum gives you *some* of the benefits, lots missing though, the biggest:
- Airline status
- US Platinum
- DL Gold
- CO Gold
- VS Gold
- Personal concierge (this is very handy, IMO)
- Extra amenity at FHR hotels
- Various hotel elite status
- Unlimited priority pass ($395 to purchase this separately)

What are those worth? Depends on how much you travel.


For the longest time I avoided platinum because I did not think the fee was worth it. I was 1K status on United Airlines for several years when I traveled a lot for business. I admit it was very nice and helped facilitate business because I was almost always able to get a seat at the last minute. But it seems pointless to me to have status on several airlines. Perhaps if you travel a whole lot for business it might be helpful.

The personal concierge could be good if you use it. But you get concierge service with platinum. The difference would be that with Centurion the concierge will know your needs - again, helpful, but there is no guarantee you will get a good one.

The extra amenity might be nice as well. But often these are useless - late checkout, free breakfast, or a spa treatment. Again, nice to have but not worthwhile if you are on business and don't have a lot of free time.

Hotel elite status? I have that with a few chains already, including Marriott and Starwood. Nice but not worth a whole lot IMO.

Priority pass is $395 a year as you said.

All in all, the extra bennies don't seem worth $2000/yr more than platinum, at least not to me. And that does not even include the initiation fee.

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Postby Keysmasher » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:02 pm

bravo4 wrote:If you got an invitation for the Amex Centurion, would you spend $7,500 for it?

What if the fee went up to $10,000 - would it still be worth it?


Would you keep it bravo4?

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Postby jeffysdad » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:00 pm

I think one's net worth would need to be at least $15M, likely more, to support the kind of lifestyle that would make having a Centurion card worthwhile. I probably wouldn't consider a Centurion until I was worth about $50M, but then my private banker would probably be able to offer me something more exclusive/less vulgar. Sadly, it's not something I have to worry about.
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Postby Elliot Castro » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:21 am

I believe the only ones who really made their Black card worth while, were the ones who were PAID to advertise that they have one.

Everyone else is just a sucker who falls for the whole prestige thing, and lets everyone know how foolish they are.

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Postby bravo4 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:48 am

Elliot Castro wrote:Everyone else is just a sucker who falls for the whole prestige thing, and lets everyone know how foolish they are.


Another jealous hater. Sheesh.

I travel enough to make it more than worth it. I love it. Oddly enough, mine stays in my wallet (unless I need it to get into an airport lounge or something) and I use the SPG Amex because I like those points. I just like and use the travel benefits. So it is not a prestige thing for me at all.



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