Official Amex Centurion black card guide!

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Postby Cucumber » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:38 pm

Hmm so actually when they say you gotta be an Amex member for a year as a requirement for centurion card it's more like you need to be an Amex member and then have the platinum card for a year and THEN you can get the Centurion if you spend enough.... got it :cool:

I thought the membership rewards points equalled 1% cashback anyway right :confused: Like the rewards you get with each point equal about the same as 1 cent.
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Postby Multi-Purpose » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:25 am

Does an interactive guide like this exist for the Platinum card too?
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Postby The Fuzz » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:41 pm

Multi-Purpose wrote:Does an interactive guide like this exist for the Platinum card too?


Not that I know of. The Platinum card benefits are public knowledge, so fancy shmancy stuff like this isn't really necessary. You can look up all the benefits of this card on AMEX's website. The black card is a little more hush hush when it comes to what people know about the benefits.

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Postby Cucumber » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:55 am

Hey now "fancy schmancy" is one my trademark words. You can't say it too! :ppp
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Postby The Fuzz » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:41 am

Cucumber wrote:Hey now "fancy schmancy" is one my trademark words. You can't say it too! :ppp


I'll PM you my contact information and you can send me a cease and desist letter. :p I'll consider you rights to the term at that point. ;)

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Postby Cucumber » Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:57 pm

I didn't get that P.M to send the letter you scaredie cat. That's because your scared of my big and uber powerful legal team I have that will prove once and for that word is ALL MINE :ppp
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Postby The Fuzz » Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:45 pm

Alright, that's it smart guy. Your credit limit just got reduced to $200. Bwahahahhaahah!! Dance, puppets! Dance!

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Postby Demon » Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:05 am

Thanks a lot,
hope I could be the Centurion member soon~
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Postby YoungTraveller » Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:23 am

The Fuzz wrote:Secondly the upgrade thing is probably more myth than anything else. If the agent at the gate recognizes that you are a black card member and understands what that means, then maybe they will do it for you just to be nice, but the fact is that most (and this is absolutely true) Centurion card holders who travel extensively are booking in first class to begin with. I know people personally who work in the travel department for American Express and after years of working there they can count on two hands how many coach class tickets they have booked. Generally these people don't fly coach when they are forced to fly commercial.


It is a myth in the way you describe.

Solely having a Centurion card does NOTHING for upgrades on airlines. Centurion benefits include elite status on several airlines; Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Continental, US Airways. The upgrade benefits that come with this elite status is what will give you the upgrade, not the Centurion status.

You could go and wave a Centurion card under the nose of the gate agent and they couldn't care less. Airlines in the US have strict guidelines and policies regarding the upgrading of elite frequent flyers and Centurion doesn't get you round these.

As for the Centurion cardholders themselves, it seems they are elevated to some kind of super elite. I know a few Centurion cardholders myself (in addition to receiving an invite when living in the UK - I turned it down!) and most of them are self employed and have the ability to funnel large amounts of company and travel expenses through their accounts. If you spend a lot of time on the road it really isn't hard to get into the $250k per year territory.

I can believe a lot of Centurion cardholders (in the US) either fly coach or pay for it and use their upgrade benefits gained from Centurion, or just flying outright, to get their seat in the front cabin.

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Postby bravo4 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:04 pm

The Fuzz wrote:Nope, no cashback.

Cucumber wrote:I thought the membership rewards points equalled 1% cashback anyway right :confused: Like the rewards you get with each point equal about the same as 1 cent.


It's amazing how much misinformation there is here. I have a Centurion card. Although I don't use my points for cash (that would be dumb), I can get them as a credit to my bill, same as cash, at $.01 per point, or 1% cashback.



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