AmEx Centurion and BoA Accolades card: exclusive, expensive

American Express’s Centurion card is a coveted item by celebrities and regular Joes and Janes alike. But that exclusive access comes with a pricetag: a $2,500 annual fee.

Now Bank of America is getting in on the act with its Accolades Card. To get one, just have $200,000 at Bank of America.

Easy enough, right?

The key to making money on these cards in the transaction fees, says Forbes.com’s Liz Foyer:

Cards are an obvious way into the market, and though lenders aren’t going to make much in the way of late fees and interest charges (assuming rich people pay their bills on time and in full, which isn’t always the case) they make up for it in the fees they charge to merchants to process transactions. American Express network transactions mean fees of about 4% each purchase, so a $60,000 car charged to a Black Amex could potentially rake in $2,400 in processing revenue.

Unlike the Barclay’s Black Card, these cards really are offered to exclusive individuals – either the super rich or the super well-known.

For every day people like you and me, try a card that’s more down to Earth.

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1 Response to “AmEx Centurion and BoA Accolades card: exclusive, expensive”


  1. 1 christina thomas October 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Nice post. Despite Visa’s claims about the exclusivity of the black card, there have been some serious questions as to why a lot of average Joe’s are getting applications! The Centurion doesn’t even come if you’ve got loads of cash; you have to be invited. Visa, in a very smart marketing move, took the unofficial name of the Centurion and pretty much patented it…


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