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wspfan May 1, 12 2:11 pm

USA CENTURION card program changes: maximum two authorized users @ $2500 each
 
Heads up to those with the Centurion card and additional members on their accounts!!

Spoke to AMX Centurion customer service today (I'm a Centurion cardholder) and they indicated starting this summer (within the next month) that all US Centurion cards will be allowed only 2 companions members versus the allowable 99 on your card. If you have more than 2 additionals, they will be grandfathered in. So you have a month to add people before they shut it down. She said a date will be communicated very soon.

I asked the reason - she said "To make the card more exclusive".

Hope this helps.

danpass May 1, 12 5:37 pm

That makes me wonder how many of those self serving pukes who 'sold' AU cards were a factor in this.

HookemHorns May 1, 12 6:38 pm


Originally Posted by danpass (Post 18495589)
That makes me wonder how many of those self serving pukes who 'sold' AU cards were a factor in this.

If it really was a factor, AmEx needs to seriously reevaluate their membership criteria. I really can't imagine any motivation for a HNWI "selling" AU access to Centurion. Then again, they haven't been targeting HNWI - they've been targeting people clever enough to spend a lot in a short period of time.

laf747 May 2, 12 6:38 am

Please someone educate me. I am a Centurion Card holder with one AU, my wife. If I have read this thread correctly other Centurion Card holders have "sold" AU rights? Is that correct? Why would anyone do that since if the AU holder doesn't pay the Centurion Card holder will be responsible for those charges?

HookemHorns May 2, 12 7:01 am


Originally Posted by laf747 (Post 18498474)
Please someone educate me. I am a Centurion Card holder with one AU, my wife. If I have read this thread correctly other Centurion Card holders have "sold" AU rights? Is that correct? Why would anyone do that since if the AU holder doesn't pay the Centurion Card holder will be responsible for those charges?

You could set a spending limit on the AU card - perhaps making it less than what you've charged the AU. If they don't pay, you're not out anything and you cancel the AU.

laf747 May 2, 12 7:09 am


Originally Posted by HookemHorns (Post 18498576)
You could set a spending limit on the AU card - perhaps making it less than what you've charged the AU. If they don't pay, you're not out anything and you cancel the AU.

I'm sorry in my opinion the whole idea is totally crazy

HookemHorns May 2, 12 10:00 am


Originally Posted by laf747 (Post 18498615)
I'm sorry in my opinion the whole idea is totally crazy

I agree completely, and don't personally know anyone who would participate in such a sham. AmEx might be better served to restrict AUs for personal cards to immediate family rather than a set number of cards.

laf747 May 2, 12 10:07 am


Originally Posted by HookemHorns (Post 18499863)
I agree completely, and don't personally know anyone who would participate in such a sham. AmEx might be better served to restrict AUs for personal cards to immediate family rather than a set number of cards.

Your suggestion makes total sense. Frankly, I would have thought that AU's for personal cards would have always been restricted to immediate family members

mia May 2, 12 10:15 am


Originally Posted by laf747 (Post 18499916)
...would have thought that AU's for personal cards would have always been restricted to immediate family members

Almost impossible to enforce such a rule. Consider, for example, the case of an unmarried couple.

laf747 May 2, 12 10:19 am


Originally Posted by mia (Post 18499973)
Almost impossible to enforce such a rule. Consider, for example, the case of an unmarried couple.

A valid point. Can not argue with you about that. I guess that's why you are the moderator of this forum:)

PanGalactic May 2, 12 12:26 pm

I wonder how many people got burnt by selling AU's

HookemHorns May 3, 12 8:35 am


Originally Posted by mia (Post 18499973)
Almost impossible to enforce such a rule. Consider, for example, the case of an unmarried couple.

Yes, it would have to be based on Ts & Cs (eg: children, parents, spouse, partner, etc). I would think threat of the dreaded FR would keep people in line, but I know there's no good solution.

99 AU was clearly ridiculous, but 2 seems a bit weird (if you want to cut kids/parents/etc out, why not limit it to 1 AU?)

Steve M May 3, 12 10:59 am


Originally Posted by HookemHorns (Post 18506566)
if you want to cut kids/parents/etc out, why not limit it to 1 AU?

Maybe they don't want to cut such AU's out - just limit abuse.

deirdre May 3, 12 3:42 pm


Originally Posted by laf747 (Post 18499916)
Your suggestion makes total sense. Frankly, I would have thought that AU's for personal cards would have always been restricted to immediate family members

Some people have super-large immediate families.

stratofortress May 3, 12 4:00 pm

And some of us are married, but live in a state where our marriage isn't recognized...


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