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Old Apr 1, 11, 6:20 am   #1
 
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CX Marco Polo Diamond for Centurion [Ends May 2015]

looks like irwin8417 and marcuslai were right on the money [in this thread]:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...st-2010-a.html

according to the agents i spoke with, cx marco polo diamond starts on april 11 for aussie and idc centurion card holders (there are probably other centurion countries offering this as well but i could only check the countries where i hold the card).

i'll believe it once the status is in the bank, but for now, colour me stunned. for once, it appears that centurion is actually giving us non-usa members an amazing benefit on a great airline.

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Old Apr 1, 11, 7:44 am   #2
 
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April Fools! :P
(previous thread link notwithstanding)
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Old Apr 1, 11, 7:56 am   #3
 
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Not an April Fool... wait and see
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Old Apr 1, 11, 8:45 am   #4
 
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April Fools! :P
(previous thread link notwithstanding)
i know it's hard to believe that amex would do anything to substantially improve benefits for centurion members but this is no joke. according to the memo the agent read me it's really happening, starting april 11. .
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Old Apr 1, 11, 1:56 pm   #5
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i know it's hard to believe that amex would do anything to substantially improve benefits for centurion members but this is no joke. according to the memo the agent read me it's really happening, starting april 11. .
Would love it so much if this became a UK benefit - can't see it though. Might see if I can get an IDC if that becomes reality
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Old Apr 1, 11, 7:31 pm   #6
 
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Why don't you call your Centurion hotline and ask?!
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Old Apr 3, 11, 3:54 am   #7
 
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I'm waiting to hear back from Centurion here in Australia when I probed about the gossip in the "grapevine" - the consultant said she would speak to her manager and let me know.

Other helpful AFF posters have mentioned that it's being communicated to front line staff tomorrow...

http://www.australianfrequentflyer.c...s-27783-6.html
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Old Apr 3, 11, 7:43 pm   #8
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just IDC not IEC?
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Old Apr 3, 11, 11:28 pm   #9
 
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just IDC not IEC?
i believe it's all icc centurion members (idc & iec).
according to the agent i spoke with, eligibility for cx diamond (through icc centurion) is based upon your country of residence, with the residents of 14 countries being eligible. the agent did not say which 14 countries were on the list.
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Old Apr 4, 11, 7:43 am   #10
 
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This is real. Amex UK is trying to roll this out within two weeks.
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Old Apr 4, 11, 7:53 am   #11
 
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This is real. Amex UK is trying to roll this out within two weeks.

For UK ICC cardholders or for all UK Centurion cardholders?
If it is only for ICC, I can imagine that this initiative will generate a lot of frustration for 'regular' UK Centurions....
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Old Apr 4, 11, 8:13 am   #12
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Assuming this is accuarte, I wonder if its primary and supplementary card holders or just primary. Either way, this would be a major benefit uplift in any market
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Old Apr 4, 11, 5:50 pm   #13
 
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Will this apply to American Centurions? Tops status with OneWorld will at least be useful with AA in the US. Not nearly as good as Continental status for me, but a lot better than nothing
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Old Apr 4, 11, 6:31 pm   #14
 
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Will this apply to American Centurions?
No.
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Old Apr 5, 11, 3:35 am   #15
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I spoke to Centurion customer services in the UK about this. They are noteably clueless regarding even existing benefits, and the rep had no idea, but said she would go away and speak to marketing.

She called me back and said words to the effect "we cannot confirm anything at this time, but are always looking to enhance our benefits. If the situation changes we will be notifying you", which was very clearly signalling without confirming that this rumour has substance. My only concern is that this will be targeted to certain high volume (or non One world) travellers, but I think its unlikely Amex could justify a targeted benefit (as opposed to one off give-aways) - it would be out of step with how the programme has always been.

I now believe this is real, and we should watch this space. As I understand it top tier OW would allow access to the BA First lounge at T5 at most other Gold Card benefits - a very considerable benefit, argueably (depending on your particular flying patterns etc) the most valuable benefit of the card
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