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Tubpbs wrote: CarefulBuilder14 wrote:
To My Credit wrote:I just looked it up, and it seems to have far too many customer perks for you to be able to get it for free, unless you're a billionaire or something and they want to reel you in. I'd suggest giving up.
Some perks, yes, but most serious travelers tend to favor Prestige/Platinum/Ritz.
I've read a few reports of AFs being waived for the first or second year, but they are uncommon. Remember, even if you do get a waiver, you're only saving $495 if you'd actually pay $495 for the card. Most serious travelers wouldn't.
I see no reason they would waive the fee...regardless of how much you spend. The card is literally designed as a trick...
Whether there's a good reason or not, it has happened...or, at least, people have claimed it's happened. Maybe those CSRs were just clueless or lying, and charged the AF anyway. From what I've heard, customer service on the Black Card is the typical Barclaycard circus.
It's definitely more image than substance. I'm better off paying an AF on Prestige than I'd be with a waived AF on Black Card.
Very useful: SchwabPlat, CSP, IHG, Costco (was AA Plat), Freedom, SPG
Somewhat useful: Discover, ED (was EDP), BCE, Hyatt
Plan to PC: Prestige to DC
SD with activity alerts, might close: Arrival and Brooks Bros
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech, BofA Travel PH