I was reading on flyer talk forums that maybe people are now not able to get the American Express Centurion card.

The thread is actually many pages long but the gist of it is…  evidently until October 15th of this year you just needed to spend 250k in a rolling 12-month period.  We were invited to the program but I still did not think the $5k was worth it.

Then, on their 3rd attempt they offered to waive the $5k fee so we enrolled.  We were already paying for Platinum cards and priority passes at airports (we layover a lot due to flying out of Lincoln Nebraska) so that alone was about 75% of the annual fee of the Black Amex.

It has been interesting finally getting the African-American Express (Kanye West line).  There are a lot of myths and BS out there about what you actually get and how the perks work.

But I digress…

Anyway so if you read deep enough into the story it says that when Amex lowered the spend limits and stuff some of the partners started lowering the value of the perks… and the super high end people who did pay the crazy fees got mad… which is obviously very understandable.

So if you tried to get a Black Amex after Oct 15th and got denied you are not alone.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

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13 thoughts on “Big Changes In The Amex Centurion Black Card?”
    1. Well we will see… If they close it off and the perks go way up again then it will get interesting

  1. 5g’s is a lot for most people. If you travel and spend it anyways it can be worth it. It is funny getting the visa black card application in the mail. Lots of people are trying to duplicate what this card has done…

  2. I always thought Free, totally worth it. But for 5k and then the 2.5k per year to maintain I couldn’t ever justify. If you flew 30-50 times a year it would totally make sense. But I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about people not even getting the upgrades like they once did.

  3. Shoe I didn’t even know you had a cent. How did you get them to waive the initiation fee? It must have been a while ago too since I believe they stopped sending out invitations a while ago.

    I have a cent card and I had to pay the fee, but it is worth it IF and only if, you take advantage of the benefits. The best ones for me are airline elite status (I got 4 first class upgrades so far just in the past month), and hotel elite status and centurion FHR. There are other great benefits of it too, but these will recoup your investment the fastest.

  4. I giggled at how you mentioned “you just needed to spend 250k in a rolling 12-month period” like it was something you do every day. 😛

  5. The affiliate/ppc industry definitely made the black card a much easier thing to achieve… lost it’s status symbol in my eyes after that.

  6. We’ve had one heck of a time trying to get the Amex Centurion Black Card even before October 15th. We definitely meet the spend limit/credit score, but I was informed in August that they are now only accepting people by ‘invitation only.’ We’ve yet to receive an invitation, so I REALLY would like to see what it takes to get one. 🙁

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