American Express Centurion Card Information

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American Express Centurion Card Information

Postby The Fuzz » Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:22 am

Man, this page has way more information that I've ever seen in one place about the Centurion Card. Click Here to read it. I've tried downloading that page so it can be preserved in case it gets nuked from geocities, but all I've been able to do is get all the pictures. The source code doesn't come up for me and the html file is useless when I download the whole thing. If anyone has better skills at this kind of thing than I do, then go for it. It really is good info.

Among some of the more interesting facts on that page were the pictures of the titanium card compared to the plastic card. Here is one where the plastic card is on top and the titanium is on the bottom.

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You can see how the words 'American Express' are different sizes. That should help anyone to spot the difference if you are looking to buy one off ebay or somewhere. Don't believe them when they say it is a real titanium card if the words aren't small. Also, here is a neat picture of the side of the card showing the thickness.

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And the real proof is right here. What is different about the back of this card? (other than the japanese writing)

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You won't see any reverse number imprints on the back of a titanium card. I don't know how they do it, but the numbers are raised on the front and it is perfectly smooth on the back.

I can take pictures of the card I have if anyone wants to see anything else on it. It is a promo card and not a real cardmember's. In fact, it has the same card number as the JL Benjamin card on that website. It says it expires 06/09 on this one, so maybe I'll play with it for a few months still and then throw it out on ebay or something. ;) You would be amazed at what flashing a black card (even when it doesn't have your name on it) can do for you. :cool:


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Postby The Fuzz » Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:25 am

Oh, wait... I lied. The back of the card isn't totally smooth. It has the card number engraved at the top of the signature strip. It also appears that the phone number information rectangle thing is raised up a bit. I wonder if that is some kind of adhesive badge they put on the card...

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Postby CenturionNL » Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:21 am

The Fuzz wrote:It also appears that the phone number information rectangle thing is raised up a bit. I wonder if that is some kind of adhesive badge they put on the card...


It is not raised up. Its flat. It is a sticker. They did it like the magnetic strip.
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Postby 1bootcamp » Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:54 pm

I thought all these black cards were switched over to titanium metal now or do they still issue plastic versions in other countries?

That chart on that page says the charter members pay a thousand for annual fee. Does the new annual fee of 2.5k apply to them or do they get to keep paying the 1k?

Interesting info there.

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Postby sputNick » Sun Dec 21, 2008 4:44 pm

I think the reason fees are less in other countries is because American Express card probably aren't as widely accepted there.

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Postby CenturionNL » Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:26 pm

sputNick wrote:I think the reason fees are less in other countries is because American Express card probably aren't as widely accepted there.


He is right.
Only Visa and Mastercard are top cards to be accepted.
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Postby Cucumber » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:18 am

Hey does that sample JL Benjamin Centurion card you have say "Charter Member" on the front as they mentioned on there?

I saw something on the membership rewards being maxed out at 500k per year. I didn't know there were limits on those. Do platinum cards have a limit on the amount of points you can earn too???
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Postby The Fuzz » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:43 am

It doesn't say charter member on it. It does say '58 as the membersince date though.

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Postby fffresh » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:33 pm

I'm curious as to what the costs are per card to manufacture the titanium versions.

According to this source it states prior to the Centurion, thy issued a real card named the Amex Ebony card as a test trial predecessor the the Centurion. This is what likely explains stories of an American Express black card back in the eighties.

The rumor of this so called Amex Crystal card is new to me however.

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Postby CenturionNL » Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:21 am

The numbers on the Japanese titanium card above are very well made, if you compare it with the characters and numbers on my Titanium cards.
The numbers on my Ti card are very ugly.
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