Steps to get centurion Amex

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Robrus1
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Postby Robrus1 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:43 pm

Basically, unless you can spend more than 20K per month, every month, on luxury goods and first class travel without it putting a dent in your wallet, forget about it. Even after years of doing that, you still may not be offered one.
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Postby kap09 » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:01 pm

Dr.Mark wrote:I've had clients (I work in a big Hedge Fund company as a first year Analyst and our clients are "somewhat" wealthy) who have actually asked for it after 1 year and <250K spent and they got the card. So, If had spent that kind of money and didn't get the invite I wouldn't really mind asking for it. Everybody else can think whatever they want. It's not really my business.


I can back this up. I'm in business management and recently spoke to Amex about black card invites for two of my clients. The information I was given was that the requests are perfectly welcome and that the request will flag the account for periodic review for an invitation (as opposed to a cold invite based solely on activity). One has yet to be invited months later. The second received a black box in the mail 3 weeks later with an invitation to apply. That said his spending with Amex exceeds 250k in less than two months depending on the time of year...


jlam572 wrote:Yup what others have said. Spend over 250k a year with a platinum card. I also heard if you don't spend enough after you have a centurion they can take your card away. SRT8 any truth to this? It makes sense to me.


I don't think they take it away. I recently helped a client get rid of her black card after finally helping her realize she wasn't utilizing the benefits and really wasn't in a place to be spending the AF money for what she was getting. Her spending on the account had dropped significantly under 250k a year by the time we downgraded. It was the only time I've had a difficult time getting them to do what we ask. They did NOT want her to downgrade. On a side note, we were required to return the card when we did finally get the downgrade to platinum sorted.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:19 pm

kap09 wrote:I can back this up. I'm in business management and recently spoke to Amex about black card invites for two of my clients. The information I was given was that the requests are perfectly welcome and that the request will flag the account for periodic review for an invitation (as opposed to a cold invite based solely on activity). One has yet to be invited months later. The second received a black box in the mail 3 weeks later with an invitation to apply. That said his spending with Amex exceeds 250k in less than two months depending on the time of year...




I don't think they take it away. I recently helped a client get rid of her black card after finally helping her realize she wasn't utilizing the benefits and really wasn't in a place to be spending the AF money for what she was getting. Her spending on the account had dropped significantly under 250k a year by the time we downgraded. It was the only time I've had a difficult time getting them to do what we ask. They did NOT want her to downgrade. On a side note, we were required to return the card when we did finally get the downgrade to platinum sorted.



Thanks for sharing the info for the rest of the members on this board
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Postby kap09 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:26 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Thanks for sharing the info for the rest of the members on this board


Always glad to help :cool:

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Postby clubbyjones » Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:22 am

I have multiple businesses that spend about 75k a month. I am going to apply for a platinum MB, load all charges on there, then see how long it takes to get an invitation. It will be hell on bookkeeping but it will be a good experiment for all of us hopefuls.

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Postby randeman » Sun May 04, 2014 12:16 pm

mrow wrote:Most of those (airlines) allow you to just buy those statuses.


Only one US carrier, US Airways, allows you to "buy" status. Since they are merging with American, that may no longer be the case in the near future.
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Postby benhollberg » Sun May 04, 2014 1:38 pm

randeman wrote:Only one US carrier, US Airways, allows you to "buy" status. Since they are merging with American, that may no longer be the case in the near future.


Delta Platinum and Reserve give you MQM/MQDs for spending. You theoretically could become Gold Elite with zero fly, although why would you have the Reserve if you never fly. I haven't completed the math but maybe you could become Platinum Elite also with zero flying.
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Postby randeman » Mon May 05, 2014 9:13 am

benhollberg wrote:Delta Platinum and Reserve give you MQM/MQDs for spending. You theoretically could become Gold Elite with zero fly, although why would you have the Reserve if you never fly. I haven't completed the math but maybe you could become Platinum Elite also with zero flying.


You should check that again. Delta requires at least four flight segments per year in order to become elite using their credit cards. As a matter of fact, United has the same policy with their cards. Others may too, I don't have miles on any other carrier so I don't know.
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Postby SteveT » Sun May 18, 2014 12:28 am

[quote="kap09"]I can back this up. I'm in business management and recently spoke to Amex about black card invites for two of my clients. The information I was given was that the requests are perfectly welcome and that the request will flag the account for periodic review for an invitation (as opposed to a cold invite based solely on activity). One has yet to be invited months later. The second received a black box in the mail 3 weeks later with an invitation to apply. That said his spending with Amex exceeds 250k in less than two months depending on the time of year...


So you need to charge 250k within a two month period.

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Postby Darrvao777 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:32 pm

Quick question about the invitation for centurion: you have to be a platinum cardholder first?

And you have to put all your spend on it?

Was wondering if people get the bump from the lower charge cards or even the credit cards? Would they look more favorably upon someone with large expenditures across numerous amex cards or enormous luxury spending on the 1 platinum card?

And to the OP if you're still around, 12-15k/month as a 23 year old?? Awesome! What do you do?

Just got through 12+ years of school /training to make that much as a 33 yr old!!
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