We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yes, they do exist. It's the level above Platinum. A friend told me they saw somebody buy a necklace at Tiffany's with one before Valentine's Day. American Express calls it the Centurion Card. It seems to have no limit.
You can't apply for one. They offer it to you, and deliver it to you with a security guard. Sheesh.
my father had Mastercard's equivalent, he never did understand why he got invited to the program as he wasn't a very big spender but he was a regular user (intensive business travel will see to that) whose bills were always paid in full in time, may have helped.
Was delivered like every other, just mailed or couriered. Indeed no limit, and indeed sometimes not recognised in your local supermarket or gas station (but the Hilton tends to know what they're looking at).
I have a friend who runs a lot of business stuff through his Amex card (apx $350,000 a year) and still doesn't get invited to have a Black Card. He looked it up on the internet and found that the yearly fee is about $2500 plus a one time fee of $5000. And for that you get about the same deals as the Platinum cards get. But you may get better discounts at premium jewelers or casinos and such if they think you're a big spender. He does have the top Visa or Mastercard which gets him automatic upgrades at hotels and airlines. They don't publish the criteria for that but he found out he made the list because he had charges on three continents in one year. They were then going to drop him down to Platinum status the next year when his travel was more concentrated but he got a friendly hotel to get him a one year reprieve. This year he will have business in Europe and vacation in Asia again.
Meanwhile, my idea of special treatment is using the McDonalds' secret menu to get scrambled eggs and a bagel for breakfast. Livin' large.
No security guards. High annual fee with concierge services for those who travel, entertain and make extraordinary purchases plus require that certain je-ne-c'est snobbery to impress. Just pay cash with 100's.
I ran into one the other day. A guy won an auction at our local, decidedly low-brow volunteer fire department fundraiser and wanted to use his black AmEx card to pay the purchase price. Unfortunately, although we recently became able to take MasterCard and VISA, we still don't accept AmEx.
He looked like an ordinary down-at-the-heels farmer. He was enjoying flashing the card, and we appreciated his support at the auction, so we stroked him a bit.