When people talk about a black credit card, they usually mean one very expensive, high prestige, hyper-exclusive card with black coloring: the American Express Centurion Card. You need an invite to get THE black card, unfortunately. And while Amex doesn’t disclose the requirements, online reports say you have to spend at least $250,000 a year on an Amex card to merit consideration. The Centurion Card also is rumored to have a $7,500 initiation fee and a $2,500 annual fee. And its main perks, aside from the prestige, appear to be hotel benefits, Delta Platinum status and a do-anything, round-the-clock personal concierge. … read full answer
But if you’re looking for a black card that you can actually apply for, there are some alternatives. They won’t carry the same weight socially, but their fees aren’t as astronomical, either.
Here are some notable black credit cards:
Mastercard Black Card: The annual fee is $495. You get 1 point per $1 on all purchases. You can redeem points for airfare at a value of 2 cents point, and for cash back at 1.5 cents per point. You’ll also get a $100 annual travel credit, a Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership worth $359 per year, and a $100 credit to cover the cost of applying for Global Entry. You need good credit or better.
RBC Bank Visa Signature Black Credit Card: There’s no annual fee. You get 1 point for every $1 spent. You need good credit to get approved.
Marriot Rewards Premier Credit Card: This black-in-color credit card has an $85 annual fee, waived for the first year. It gives you 75,000 points for spending $3,000 in the first three months, plus a free night every year on your account anniversary. You also get 5 points per $1 spent at Marriott hotels. And that’s in addition to 2 points per $1 spent on airline tickets booked directly with airlines, car rentals, and dining at restaurants (1 point per $1 on everything else. You need at least good credit.
American Express Centurion Card: This invite-only card is apparently reserved for Amex cardholders who spend at least $250,000 a year.
A black credit will always have a certain amount of mystique because of the secrecy and exclusivity of the Amex Centurion Card. But you can’t just apply for the real thing, and most of us don’t spend enough to qualify, anyway. Plus, it doesn’t really matter what color your credit card is, as long as it offers good terms. So you’re probably better off with a regular rewards card like Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Double Cash or Capital One Venture. Some credit card companies, including Discover, also let you customize your card’s appearance. So you can turn lots of credit cards into black cards if you want.
The highest credit card limit is over $100,000 according to anecdotes from credit card holders. But like most credit cards in general, even the highest-limit credit cards will only list minimum spending limits in their terms – and the highest minimum you’ll find is around $10,000.
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Some of the highest credit card limits right now are:
Chase Sapphire Reserve: $10,000+. You’re guaranteed a credit limit of at least $10,000 with this card, but it comes with a $550 annual fee and requires excellent credit. If you’re a high spender, though, the points you’ll rack up can be well worth it.
Chase Sapphire Preferred: $5,000+. You’ll get at least a $5,000 credit limit with this card, and some people report a high limit of $100,000. The annual fee is $95.
Capital One Venture: $5,000+. This card has a $5,000 minimum limit. It requires good credit and charges a $95 annual fee. And it gives excellent value on travel rewards.
Discover it for Students: $500+. Students can look forward to a limit of at least $500. That’s pretty good for a first card when you have little to no credit history.
Wells Fargo Secured: up to $10,000. This card accepts a refundable security deposit of as much as $10,000. The amount you put down will serve as your credit line.
Amex Platinum: No Pre-Set Spending Limit. The Amex Platinum Card has no pre-set spending limit, which means your limit will depend on your monthly spending habits and could change from month to month. But some Amex Platinum cardholders say they start out with a limit of about $2,500 that then adjusts with their spending habits. The annual fee is $550, and you need good credit or better to get approved.
Amex Gold: No Pre-Set Spending Limit. This is another NPSL card, meaning your credit limit on this card will adapt to how you use it. Many cardholders report spending limits of $5,000-$10,000. Some cardholders report starting limits as low as $2,000, which rise and fall with your monthly spending. Amex Gold requires at least good credit and charges an annual fee of $250.
Again, keep in mind that most credit cards only disclose minimum credit limits, if that. So your limit could be a lot higher based on your creditworthiness.
In order to have a better chance of getting the highest credit card limit possible in your situation, you should make sure to always pay bills on time, use 30% or less of your available credit, pay down your debts, save money for the future, and otherwise make good financial decisions.
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