Amex centurion

By Suziek | Oct 23, 2017, 08:34 PM
Hi. Just received an invite for amex centurion. Just wondering if it is worth it? What are the latest benefits worth writing home about? I'm currently a high tier member in most hotel programms and just about to reach velocity platinum.
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By Taylor | Oct 24, 2017, 12:50 AM
HI, Suziek. I was invited a couple of years back and with the then $5k per year plus signup cost the benefits dollar didn't stack up. The hotels that they can access are great but in 90% of the time it was ways cheaper to book hotels direct and use the benefits of tier membership that i already had. Apart from EY the airfares were the same as Platinum but again this was a couple of years ago and this may have changed.

Compared to the US Centurion benefits the Aus is sorry second.

Amex wants 2 and probably has created a feeling of exclusivity with the Centurion so unless you do a lot of flying internationally and are prepared to book everything via Amex and at times pay top dollar I would suggest its still not worth the cost.

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By mspcooper | Oct 24, 2017, 06:34 AM
It depends on your circumstances. If you paid international business airfare via their travel agent plus hotel accommodation for at least one night, you are eligible for free limo transfer in and out of your trip in australia and your destination.
I’m disappointed from time to time they are not able to secure tickets for big events all the time. However, they got me tickets for Book of Mormon even though it was sold out.
Customer service is great. If you live in Sydney or Melbourne, you may get access to free events, i got free tickets to Disney on ice.
You get access to Amex centurion lounge and VA lounges and free qantas club membership here in australia even if you are not flying business.
Free upgrade to Hilton Diamond, IHG and other clubs.
If you already have a platinum card with them, this becomes free as part of Centurion.
I don’t think they have got the cheapest flights around time, but they will price match (Which personally defeats the purpose).

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By Suziek | Oct 24, 2017, 09:36 AM
Disappointingly I will not accept the offer based on what everyone is saying. From the literature available the Centurion isn't an enhancement to the offers available to me at the moment. I fly with EY business internationally twice a year with my family of 5 for leisure, on points earned through my business - why would I have to source the best price just for them to match it? I am a high tiered member with SPG, IHG, Shangri-la Circle to name a few. My expectation with the card would have been for them to secure front row tickets to sold out concerts, free flights (within reason), basically money can't buy experiences.

I may have considered it for $5,000 but not when the membership levels aren't any better than what I already have.
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By ChrisCh | Oct 24, 2017, 02:07 PM
One new perk is access to the 'Centurion Card only' section of the new AMEX Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong Airport.

(The main 'Centurion Lounge' is really for Platinum cardholders. The Centurion Card area is exclusively for Centurion members, the difference being more privacy, better Champagne and a private a la carte restaurant as opposed to buffet food.)

I visited both spaces a couple of weeks ago and you can find my review here with plenty of pics.

In short, that lounge alone certainly wouldn't be worth the $5,000 annual fee, but if you visit Hong Kong a lot - particularly if you fly with lots of different airlines - it could be one of the factors towards your decision. :)
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By Suziek | Oct 24, 2017, 03:33 PM
One new perk is access to the 'Centurion Card only' section of the new AMEX Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong Airport.

(The main 'Centurion Lounge' is really for Platinum cardholders. The Centurion Card area is exclusively for Centurion members, the difference being more privacy, better Champagne and a private a la carte restaurant as opposed to buffet food.)

I visited both spaces a couple of weeks ago and you can find my review here with plenty of pics.

In short, that lounge alone certainly wouldn't be worth the $5,000 annual fee, but if you visit Hong Kong a lot - particularly if you fly with lots of different airlines - it could be one of the factors towards your decision. :)

Thanks Chris.I read your review when you published it a couple of days ago. The lounge looks awesome and seems to be the only real perk with centurion but still not worth $10,000.
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By israelhenriques | Oct 25, 2017, 03:01 PM
I think it is worth it! I have it and swear by it! I use all the benefits. You don't need to book with them to get the hotel benefits that you can get via the hotel status' they give you...
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By Perthguy | Oct 25, 2017, 03:22 PM
Sadly my Centurion has become worthless over the last few years. They used to have Diamond Marco polo (One World Emerald), Top Tier Accor and many other benefits, now I have Emirates Gold, Hilton Diamond and Shangrila top tier.
It includes QF Lounge and priority pass. I havent found Centurion to be helpful with fares or hotels at all, in fact way more expensive than what I can source elsewhere. Insurance has changed now so you have to buy a portion of the trip to be covered where before it was blanket cover, independents are not covered as well as previously. Both Platinum and Platinum edge have travel credit, Centurion nothing. This used to be a fantastic card that had many unique features, not any more sadly. Not worth the $5000 annual fee and I am giving mine back shortly, so have the clients that I referred and joined years ago. Not surprised they are now looking for new members. I hope they realise clients need to get value for money.

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By shimero | Oct 25, 2017, 06:16 PM

Hi Suziek. I was a Centurion card holder for many years. First from Switzerland and then Singapore. Once they raised the price to $SG7,500 I bailed out. Simply the value is just not there, the Platinum card is much better value that does most of what a CC card will do at a much cheaper price. The Centurion Concierge is great. Responsive to a fault, problem is if you book airfares and or accommodation with them they do not try and get you the best rate anywhere. You pay full freight and that is not what I am a Centurion member for.

I want them to fight for me, chase better rates, flight schedules, hotel stays with perks. None of the above happens and if it does it will only be because it coincides with a hotel special running at that time. I understand that the price for entry to the CC club is now AUD10k, no way. save the money and treat yourself to a round world holiday with family.

Regards

Greg

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By ConcordeRay | Oct 25, 2017, 07:53 PM
One new perk is access to the 'Centurion Card only' section of the new AMEX Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong Airport.

(The main 'Centurion Lounge' is really for Platinum cardholders. The Centurion Card area is exclusively for Centurion members, the difference being more privacy, better Champagne and a private a la carte restaurant as opposed to buffet food.)

I visited both spaces a couple of weeks ago and you can find my review here with plenty of pics.

In short, that lounge alone certainly wouldn't be worth the $5,000 annual fee, but if you visit Hong Kong a lot - particularly if you fly with lots of different airlines - it could be one of the factors towards your decision. :)

Hi Chris, Just a comment on the champagne "distinction"...While visiting the Centurion club in Dallas, I wandered up to the bar , spotted my favorite-Veuve- and asked the bartender for a glass.I was astonished when he asked if I was Centurion or Platinum(alas, the latter) and informed me that the Veuve was only for Centurion members....could have ruined my 18 hour long haul after that discrimination, but luckily EK had plenty on board, served well chilled, and with the usual elan of the EK crew, so they made up for my ruffled feathers! Cheers!
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By eq_syd | Oct 25, 2017, 09:29 PM
I am currently a card holder (2nd time after couple years break).
Most definitely it’s not worth with the added joining fee. It is worth it for me for the $5k annual fee though.
This time round, I was offered no joining fee. They don’t always offer that..

I find hotel offers, car service/fast track, service, some events offers, some of the status offers good and use them a lot.

The Plat charge offers great value in the market as a comparison for most situations.


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By Manjit Sadhwani | Oct 26, 2017, 12:26 AM
Sadly my Centurion has become worthless over the last few years. They used to have Diamond Marco polo (One World Emerald), Top Tier Accor and many other benefits, now I have Emirates Gold, Hilton Diamond and Shangrila top tier.
It includes QF Lounge and priority pass. I havent found Centurion to be helpful with fares or hotels at all, in fact way more expensive than what I can source elsewhere. Insurance has changed now so you have to buy a portion of the trip to be covered where before it was blanket cover, independents are not covered as well as previously. Both Platinum and Platinum edge have travel credit, Centurion nothing. This used to be a fantastic card that had many unique features, not any more sadly. Not worth the $5000 annual fee and I am giving mine back shortly, so have the clients that I referred and joined years ago. Not surprised they are now looking for new members. I hope they realise clients need to get value for money.

Totally agree. I've got the card, and the benefits are blah, they DO not get you the best travel deal, so I don't even bother, and yes well I'd like the best seats to a good concert, but all they do is line you up with the rest of the herd, call ticketek while you're on hold, something you can do yourself. Nice to still have the diamond Marco polo. Suziek said it perfectly with the card needing to provide "money can't buy experiences".

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By Ross | Nov 04, 2017, 06:02 PM
I had the Centurion card from it's first offering in Australia until a few years ago.

I agree with many of the comments above, it is not worth the annual fee in comparison with the Platinum card.

Yes you don't get the relationship manager with the Plat card, who was often able to weave magic, but not frequently enough to justify the fee. The Plat benefits are still pretty good.

My spends are still the same but I've not been asked to join again and there was no joining fee the first time.
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By mnc | Dec 02, 2017, 08:33 PM
The proliferation of pay and wave,samsung and apple pay is another nail in the coffin for the Centurion card as no one sees/ holds your card anymore and like it or not that is one of the main reasons we like to have it!
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