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Platinum Credit/Charge Cards - Gimmick?  
User currently offlineDigitalone From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Do you think that Platinum cards are overrated these days? It seems like everybody has them regardless of their annual salary. The AMEX platinum card used to be some super exclusive, by invitation only card which was a form of status symbol, but now, it is seemingly a card that is simply given out so that they can make money from charging the exorbitant annual fee. Even with the Black Centurion card, more and more people seem to have it, especially from the UK, Germany and Japan. Apparently they need an annual income of USD400,000 to be approved. I think anyone can have it as long as they are willing to pay the very high annual fee, and of course have spent alot of money on their current cards.

Now, with institutions like Citibank and other large financial firms (local and international), they currently only have Platinum as their highest level. Do you think they will come out with a new conecpt, creating a card with a higher exclusivity, enabling them to charge a higher annual fee since platinum cards are loosing their niche?

Just an example of how gimmicky banks can get:
I make probably close to minimum wage by Sydney standards, and yet my bank sent me a replacement card (platinum) for my current gold card. To make it even more attractive, all I had to do was sign the contract, send it back to them, ring them once I received their reply by mail and I would have been entitled to the 1st year free, and unlimited suplementary cards. However, the 2nd year was somehting like $400 a year for the main card, and $150 a year for each supplementary card. I did not take up the offer since it was a bit of a hassle to change cards and such, and I never use up my pre-approved limit anyway. I think they are just taking the chance that we use their 'free' services for the first year, then hopefully we forget to termintate the card and get charged the 2nd year so on.

What do you think?

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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

I can't speak for other countries, but here's how it works in the US.

Platinum cards are based on your credit rating, not salary. Your salary, debt ratio, job stability, etc, determine your credit limit.

The Centurion is still invitation only and you need to charge $150,000 annually for a couple of years on your Amex Platinum or other AMEX card before you are invited.

Some banks are offering Titanium level, which is above Platinum.

As for your annual fee, unless there was a card I used exclusively and it provided a benefit that I needed, I would never pay a fee for a regular visa / mastercard.

Credit cards gimmicky? Nah.

User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1977 times:

I can remember when Gold cards were the DEAL. Now, they're pretty much a dime a dozen as are Platnium cards. WellHung said it best, along with it depending on what bank issued the card. I know this one guy(who has a sh*tty credit record) and he thinks he's hot because he has a Cross Country Bank Platnium card. NOT! I bet he's got a credit limit of maybe $500.00, if that.  Big grin
Me, I've got AMEX DL Skymiles Gold and a Platnium Bank of America Visa with no annual fee. Nice to have and More than I need.  Smile

Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3241 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

Visa has four levels of cards: Classic, Gold, Platinum, and Signature. The higher tier cards offer additional benefits. Details at http://www.usa.visa.com/personal/cards/card_benefits.html.

David / MRY

User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Having a platinum card simply means you can get yourself into more debt than a person without one. I hate credit cards.

User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Having a platinum card simply means you can get yourself into more debt than a person without one.

Yes... it's the credit cards fault you can't control yourself.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1930 times:

"Some banks are offering Titanium level, which is above Platinum"

I assure you that that is not true. In fact the titanium card means pretty much that you have a card backed up by an account with the provider.

The day you stop learning is the day you should die.
User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1926 times:

Well that's interesting. I have a Fleet Titanium, but no account with them. Bank One offers a Titanium without an account. How do you explain Discover's offering?


or Yahoo / FirstUSA


Rainforest / FirstUSA


You still have a few minutes to edit your post.  Big grin

[Edited 2004-05-01 06:46:58]

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