How to get an Amex Centurion card invitation?

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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:05 am

amexguy321 wrote:the centurion card has no direkt link to upgrades... airlines upgrade you b/c of the membership card you receive from amex, so blame the airlines directly. also, the type you fare you book has to do with upgrades as well... ie full fare vs saver fare


Actually sometimes you will get an upgrade from CTS with or without MR points if you do the reservation via them.


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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:07 am

AtlSam wrote:What exactly are the qualifications for a Centurion card? Last year (my first year with the Platinum card) I charged about 241,000 on my card. Is there any way American Express will even think about inviting me to Centurion?


Yes, simply spend $300,000 + a year on luxury goods, full fare airline tickets and make your reservations via Platinum Travel Services at AmEx. At $241,000 you do not even qualify under the old terms of $250,000 yearly.

You also need to be an American Express card holder for at least 5 years, and have positive payment history. These rules were implemented in February 2012, when they started sending out new invites.

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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:08 am

2percentPlus wrote:I wouldn't want it, it doesn't pay me 2% or more. It should pay 3% to reward the big spenders.


Simply hold a Blue Cash Preferred along with the Centurion and you're fine. Use the BCP when you want rewards, and Centurion when you need to cut lines, or make an impression.

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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:10 am

Crashem wrote:Centurion used to get you elite status with more airlines and therefore upgrades than it does now


While Elite status on airlines has gone down, they have promised a stronger relationship and more status this year on US, UA, DL and VX. Member services also says they are looking into a relationship with Cathay Pacific for US customers. You will need to pick which airline you want status on, and earn the status through minimal qualifications year after year following the first year grant of status.

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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:14 am

Crashem wrote:I think the benefits for card have definitely lagged as more people got it. Concierge went downhill. Less upgrades on flights. The upgrades on flights used to make the card more worthwhile. When we started last business, they offered centurion cards right away, but was too cheap to do so. Not sure if it was right or wrong decision.


Concierge never really went "downhill", it just required you to be more direct in your requests.

IE: "Find me a table at a good italian restaurant in lower manhattan" wouldn't get you the same results as "Find me a table between 6-8pm at a 3 diamond or better Italian restaurant as close to Midtown in Manhattan as you can find"

When doing special arrangements with various venues they are also very good at working out the kinks and laying it all out to make it very easy to review.

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Postby 2percentPlus » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:10 pm

2percentPlus wrote:I wouldn't want it, it doesn't pay me 2% or more. It should pay 3% to reward the big spenders.


JCarter wrote:Simply hold a Blue Cash Preferred along with the Centurion and you're fine. Use the BCP when you want rewards, and Centurion when you need to cut lines, or make an impression.


Does a Blue Cash Preferred pay 2% rewards? No.

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Postby bmw1990Z » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:31 pm

JCarter wrote:Yes, simply spend $300,000 + a year on luxury goods, full fare airline tickets and make your reservations via Platinum Travel Services at AmEx. At $241,000 you do not even qualify under the old terms of $250,000 yearly.

You also need to be an American Express card holder for at least 5 years, and have positive payment history. These rules were implemented in February 2012, when they started sending out new invites.


do you work for amex or something? you seem very informed on this card. I'm just curious :)
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Postby Crashem » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:05 pm

JCarter wrote:Yes, simply spend $300,000 + a year on luxury goods, full fare airline tickets and make your reservations via Platinum Travel Services at AmEx. At $241,000 you do not even qualify under the old terms of $250,000 yearly.

You also need to be an American Express card holder for at least 5 years, and have positive payment history. These rules were implemented in February 2012, when they started sending out new invites.


Where did you hear this jcarter?
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Postby Crashem » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:08 pm

I know a couple of people who recently got card but they fit into the famous or soon to be famous entertainment types. Call from pr person to Amex. Definitely not on spend or otherwise. Centurion was first Amex they got. Thought while they open centurion back up, it was still in baby steps
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Postby JCarter » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:08 pm

bmw1990Z wrote:do you work for amex or something? you seem very informed on this card. I'm just curious :)


No, I hold the Centurion card. A phone call to 877-877-0987 got me all the answers I desired.



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