American Express Centurion vs. Visa Black Card

American Express came up with an excellent concept for a credit card for those heavy spenders and Visa wanted to copy it, but I think they failed miserably. American Express USA has the best service of any credit card company I have seen, I have usual credit card and they have been great so I don’t even have a clue about what they would do for the Centurion customers but here is a small and funny comparison.

Spending:
AMEX Centurion: In order to keep the card you have to spend at least $250,000 a year. Basically buying a car a year, and you have to pay it within the agreed period

Visa Black Card: Credit history sets your limit, so if your not a Billionare it will probably be $5000.

Exclusivity:
AMEX Centurion: You must be a current American Express card holder with great credit history. And going over the limit is never an issue in your spending.

Visa Black Card: Barclays bank mentioned only 1% of the population will be able to get this card. I doubt it.

Concierge Service:
AMEX Centurion: You command and they serve, I don’t think I have ever heard AMEX refuse a customer request. If you go shopping they arrange for a personal shopper at high end boutique. I wonder what would happen if you asked for a bunch of penguins to be delivered to your house. “No” is not a word they would utter.

Visa Black Card: It seems they have gotten on board with a 24 concierge service to do everything you want. Vacation bookings, Game Tickets, Shows, Information on the “In” places in different cities, restaurant reservations and more.

Extras:
AMEX Centurion: Your a member of Sony’s Cierge service, meaning you get access to all of Sony’s products before they his the market. You can get car extentions for you kids or family and in any color you want.

Visa Black Card: The card is made out of Carbon so it doesn’t wear. Also members get 1% back on purchases that can by used for travel or airline cost.

Cool Points:
AMEX Centurion: The Centurion by far carries the biggest amount of cool points, every body from Puff Daddy to Donald Trump have this card.

Visa Black Card: Nobody really knows about it yet, but I doubt they can reach the same level as AMEX anytime soon.

Link: Complex

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8 Comments

  1. Azteca

    I have a Centurion (issued in Kuwait), its overrated, barely gets me into Mc Donalds these days. The Platinum is more value for money. ($5000 vs. $750 per year in fees)

  2. Doesn’t NBK already carry the Visa Black card? i remember going through some booklets and reading about the concierge services.

  3. The more you spend the faster you go into debt :/

  4. “AMEX Centurion: In order to keep the card you have to spend at least $250,000 a year. Basically buying a car a year, and you have to pay it within the agreed period” False! ive had it since UK launch in 99 and you dont have to spend anything on it a year to keep it. just pay the 650 pounds annual fee :) newer members pay much more annually :( and i agree with Azteca they are overated and when you use thier services you really dont feel your getting much out of them.

  5. liz

    in response to spicy pepper, actually, the card differs from U.S. to U.K. In the U.S. you are required to spend a certain amount, which I believe to be 250 grand, in the U.K. however, you are not.

  6. Who really gives a shit about a card and it’s status, or YOUR status. Go fuck yourselves…

  7. John Pinder

    I’m John. I’m interested in an invitation for a American Express centurion black card.

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