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SPECULATION: new USA card priced between Centurion & Platinum?

SPECULATION: new USA card priced between Centurion & Platinum?

Old Nov 7, 19, 6:15 pm
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SPECULATION: new USA card priced between Centurion & Platinum?

Originally Posted by GUWonder
I am just waiting to see how long it will be before the Amex Platinum card fee in the US is nearly double what it is currently or a premium Amex card is placed in between the Platinum and Centurion cards and what benefit features are bundled into higher fee products.
Doctor of Credit is reporting that a card between the Platinum and Centurion card is indeed in the works. It supposedly will be invite only like the Centurion card.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/rumor...num-centurion/
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Old Nov 7, 19, 6:43 pm
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Good to know!

Still waiting on my invite for a Personal Centurion and a Business Centurion... One decade later.

So who knows if I'll ever get either this or the in-between-er despite the right kind of spending and loyalty.
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Old Nov 7, 19, 7:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Statman
Doctor of Credit is reporting that a card between the Platinum and Centurion card is indeed in the works. It supposedly will be invite only like the Centurion card.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/rumor...num-centurion/

I hope Amex doesnt call it the Platinum Pro or American Airlines might sue them.
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Old Nov 7, 19, 7:21 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite

I doubt Platinum will be upscaled, or that a product between the two emerges. If anything, there may be a new card above Centurion in a few years.
Well, given the rumors, this take didn't hold up for very long.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 1:05 am
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I would be interested in an in-between card if it eliminated some of the benefits I don't use from Centurion and retained others. Time will tell. A comment in the DoC post cited above suggests it would "have most of the Centurion benefits except concierge and Equinox and would be Delta Gold instead of Platinum."
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Old Nov 8, 19, 1:54 am
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Originally Posted by PHLondoner
Well, given the rumors, this take didn't hold up for very long.
Let's wait and see. I think the name Optio is terrible.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 2:04 am
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Do people with non-vanilla Platinums (e.g. Schwab) also receive invites to Centurion?

EDIT: WOW! You mods sure are mind readers. How did you know my question had the new card in mind?!?

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Old Nov 8, 19, 3:53 am
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Originally Posted by Statman
.... supposedly will be invite only like the Centurion card.
Perhaps this new card is the real reason American Express has created a link to report interest in a Centurion invitation?

https://iforms.americanexpress.com/i...k=loginpageEOI
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Old Nov 8, 19, 4:14 am
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I may end up eating my words, but I find this such a strange strategy, especially since they have revamped Platinum in most markets, made it more expensive, and issued metal cards. The aspiration, if there is some, is to get up to Centurion, not some new intermediate stage with presumably enhanced Platinum benefits.

I do wonder what colour they'll choose, should this go ahead. What is left?
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Old Nov 8, 19, 4:15 am
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Originally Posted by mia
Perhaps this new card is the real reason American Express has created a link to report interest in a Centurion invitation?

https://iforms.americanexpress.com/i...k=loginpageEOI
I can't tell from the link whether this is US only or worldwide?
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Old Nov 8, 19, 5:17 am
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I would be in if the benefits of Aspire, Platinum, Green, Gold, and a DL Card (or some combo of the aforementioned) were thrown in. It would be nice to just have one card as opposed to the multiple card strategy I currently employ.

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Old Nov 8, 19, 5:30 am
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Originally Posted by GTITAN
I would be in if the benefits of Aspire, Platinum, Green, Gold, and a DL Card (or some combo of the aforementioned) were thrown in. It would be nice to just have one card as opposed to the multiple card strategy I currently employ.

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The end of the era of there being more to gain from paying multiple cards fees than from paying just one card fee to Amex isnt going to happen anytime soon. Amex has a massive dependency on its fee revenue streams and on its partner affiliates for its card portfolio in a travel marketplace that has become increasingly oligopolistic and seems to be headed toward being no less concentrated than is currently the case.

Centurion benefits are becoming less about travel in ways than they used to be.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:02 am
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Originally Posted by LondonElite
I can't tell from the link whether this is US only or worldwide?
If you expand the full text of the link you can see something which suggests that it is USA only:

https://iforms.americanexpress.com/iFormsSecure/un/iforms.do?cuid=centurionEx_en_US&evtsrc=link&evttype=0&intlink=loginpageEOI
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:12 am
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Originally Posted by mia
If you expand the full text of the link you can see something which suggests that it is USA only:

https://iforms.americanexpress.com/i...enturionEx_en_US&evtsrc=link&evttype=0&intlink=loginpageEOI
Thank you...not so easy on mobile!
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Old Nov 8, 19, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by GUWonder
.... travel marketplace that has become increasingly oligopolistic ....
Centurion benefits are becoming less about travel in ways than they used to be.
I do not see that American Express has enough travel-related ammunition to differentiate $5000, $1500, $550, but I see this as a good predicament if it spurs some creativity rather than finer distinctions in elite status and lounge access.

For example, in 2007 Sotheby's launched an interesting card at the worst possible time:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/cred...astercard.html

There are many similar things that a company like American Express could do to make their top tier cards engaging.

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