You’ve made it. You’re a millionaire thanks to that whacky invention, lottery win, lucky investment or deceased relative you never met. While wait for your diamond-encrusted slippers to be delivered and your melt your old platinum cards, you're going to want to check out what sort of plastic is available to you. Or, like the rest of us, maybe you just want to see what the 1% use to spend their money.
American Express Centurion: A card for the more adventurous (and rich)
Details about this titanium bad boy are deliberately scarce. Rumours suggest you need to be spending $250 000 a year to even be considered for an invitation to receive the card. But once you’ve been invited, the world is your oyster - things like a personal concierge to formula one car rentals are at your fingertips.
If that’s not enough, perhaps an invitation-only golf event at the Hunter Valley is to your liking?
Hitting a hole-in-one wins you a brand new Maserati Spyder. Or maybe free first-class upgrades with every flight, with the option to bring a ‘companion’ on said flight for free.
And all for the small fee of just $4300 per year.
P.S For anyone wondering what these cards are like to hold. We spoke to a guy who has a friend who has a friend who had one and he said that they’re about the size and weight of an iPhone but 10 times slimmer.
The Silver Surfer - JP Morgan Chase Palladium Card
The JP Morgan Chase Palladium Card is a relative newcomer to the scene and so tries to go one better than the centurion by laser etching your signature onto the back of the card.
The usual benefits are still on offer, like an around-the-clock personal concierge able to get you tickets to sold-out shows and no-pre set spending limit. And if you’re thinking of buying a Marquis Jet Card for on-demand personal jet flights around the globe, the Palladium card gets you one complimentary hour worth almost $5000.
To round off this excellent list of features the Palladium also covers you up to $1000 to get your body home in the event you die abroad.
Dubai First Royale Mastercard
It’s a well-known fact that those society’s types like their credit cards to be made out of rare metals. Surprise! This card is encrusted with a diamond.
The certified diamond which sits in the middle of the gold-encrusted Royale Mastercard is the finishing touch to a card that goes through 36 stages before being completed.
The Royale Mastercard brings with it a personal relationship manager who will look after booking events on your behalf, and also preferential access to the Burj Al-Arab, one of the tallest and most exclusive hotels in the world. There’s just one tiny catch - you have to call sunny Dubai your home to be eligible for this card.
Westpac Altitude Black
This card is one of the most rewarding credit cards on the Australian credit card market as a premium offering only available to those who meet strict income criteria. The Altitude Black card offers users exclusive features such as dedicated concierge services, making everyday tasks such as booking seats for a concert, finding the finest restaurants or organising a private car a seamless task. Receive uncapped points earnings both the American Express and Mastercard, with the choice between Altitude or Qantas Rewards points.
Members of this exclusive card also receive a fast track to Gold Status with Starwood Hotels when you stay one night in an eligible hotel in the Asia Pacific region at Starwood Hotels – which usually takes 25 nights to reach this status.
Other benefits include
- Priority Service Hotline
- Altitude Black Travel Service
- Personal Shopper
- Priority Pass Access at over 600 VIP airport lounges
- Discounts at Globaleshop
- Uncapped rewards point earning
Visa Black Card AKA Batman’s credit card
The snob in you may scoff when first inspecting the Visa Black Card - it’s only made of patent-pending carbon after all. Still, the card provides the same 24-hour concierge service as the others, as well as a low introductory rate for balance transfers for the first 15 months - which seems a little out of place considering the clientele this card’s aimed at.
In addition to that, "The Black" gives you complimentary access to airport lounges around the world and its website states members will periodically receive ‘luxury gifts’.
The Golden Dragon
If you don’t live in Dubai but love diamonds, perhaps the KTC Royal Orchid Plus World Mastercard is for you. Comprised of 0.06 carats of diamonds and 6 carats of gold, the card guarantees your wealth won’t go unnoticed. Having one of these invitation-only cards means you’ll always fly first class on Thai airways and have access to the ever-important personal concierge.
Check out the launch video of the KTC Mastercard courtesy of Positioning Magazine: it's mostly pretty boring and difficult to understand but gives an idea of the hype surrounding the launch of a new credit card.
KTC Royal Orchid Plus World Mastercard Limited Edition from Positioning Magazine on Vimeo.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
If you're a regular jet-setter, you can look forward to travelling in style with the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black card. Cardholders can enjoy earning Qantas Points per dollar spent on eligible purchases using their Visa Card. If you're a big spender, you can enjoy earning 0.5 point per $1 spent up to 7,500 per statement period, then 1 points per $1 above that for the rest of the statement period.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black cardholders can also enjoy a VIP airport experience with two complimentary Qantas Club Lounge invitations each year and Véloce Lounges membership. The card also provides complimentary purchase and overseas travel insurances and 24/7 access to a concierge service. Cardholders can get all of this for an annual fee of $425.
ANZ Rewards Black Credit Card
Arguably the most rewarding black card ANZ has to offer, the ANZ Rewards Black Credit Card provides cardholders with premium travel benefits and a high rewards earn rate. It offers 1 ANZ Reward Points per $1 on eligible purchases up to $5,000 per statement period and 2 point per $1 spent thereafter.
Geared towards the frequent traveller, the ANZ Rewards Black card allows cardholders to convert ANZ Rewards points to frequent flyer rewards with Virgin Australia’s Velocity, Air New Zealand Airpoints, Singapore Airlines Krisflyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. Points can also be redeemed for cash back, gift cards and a variety of merchandise via the ANZ Rewards store. For an annual fee of $375, cardholders can also benefit from premium extras including airport lounge access through the Véloce program, a personal concierge service and complimentary purchase and travel insurance options.Back to top