Awesome Credit Card Concierge Services You May Not Be Taking Advantage Of
In the right kind of hotel or resort, a staff concierge will help you make reservations, get a car, buy gifts or arrange a visit to the spa or salon. With the right kind of credit card, you can get the exact same treatment.
Most credit cards do not come with a team of personal assistants — but some do. You’ll pay for the service, but not always as much as you might think. If your current credit card isn’t helping you save time and get things done, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.
Wait. My Credit Card Comes With Helpers? What Can They Do?
Premium concierge credit cards offer benefits that are unlike those you’ll find in any standard rewards programs. In most cases, you can call on them 24 hours a day, seven days a week to farm out tedious tasks that you don’t want to do yourself. That includes:
- Booking airline tickets or hotel rooms
- Making dinner or theater reservations
- Reserving rental cars
- Wardrobe shopping, personal shopping and gift shopping
- Securing personal services like salon visits or pet sitters
- Booking VIP events or other exclusive outings, like in-demand sporting events or hard-to-get dinner reservations — if you’re willing to pay the price, that is.
They can’t do anything unethical or illegal, and they can’t do things that can’t be done. If you call your concierge demanding two Super Bowl tickets on the 50-yard line for $30 each, for example, you’ll get the same response that you would have gotten at the ticket box office — a resounding “no.”
This All Sounds Expensive, Right? Often, but Not Always
Generally, cards that offer concierge services are marketed to well-heeled travelers and other wealthier cardholders who can afford the annual fees, which tend to be steep. The most exclusive concierge card in the world, the invitation-only American Express Centurion Black Card, comes with a $10,000 initiation fee and an annual fee of $5,000.
That — thankfully for mere mortals who might be interested — is an outlier.
The vast majority of concierge cards let you move the decimal point back one place with annual fees between $500-$600. There are a few gems, however, that offer premium concierge services — although not as premium as the extraordinary perks that Centurion Black delivers — for a much more reasonable price. Chase Sapphire Preferred, for example, has an annual fee of just $95, which you could easily pay for a decent rewards card with no concierge services at all.
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Those fees cover the cost of the concierge services — you don’t have to pay anything extra when you request assistance. Keep in mind, however, that whatever you buy will be charged to the card associated with the service, and big asks can cost big bucks.
Is $5,000 or $500 or $95 worth the expense? That, of course, depends on what those numbers mean to you and your budget — but in all cases, concierge cards are only worth the expense if you actually use the service.
Which Credit Cards Can Give Me a Personal Assistant?
According to Forbes, the following credit cards offer concierge services to cardholders who qualify:
- Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card
- Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
- The Platinum Card from American Express
- Centurion Card from American Express
- Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Mastercard
- Capital One Venture Rewards Visa Signature
- Capital One VentureOne Rewards Visa Signature
- Capital One Walmart Rewards Card
- Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Mastercard
- Savor Rewards from Capital One Visa Signature
- Chase Sapphire Reserve Visa Infinite
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature
- Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa Signature
- Disney Premier Visa Visa Signature
- Disney Visa Signature
- IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
- IHG Rewards Club Traveler credit card
- Starbucks Rewards Visa Signature
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Visa Signature
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa Signature
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Visa Signature version
- United Club Infinite Card Visa Infinite
- United Explorer Card
- British Airways Visa Signature Card
- Aer Lingus Visa Signature card Iberia Visa Signature Card
- Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card
- AARP Credit Card from Chase Visa Signature
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card
- Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card
- The World of Hyatt Credit Card
- American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card World
- Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
- Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
- Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi World
- Citi Double Cash Card World
- Citi Premier Card World
- Citi Diamond Preferred Card World
- Citi Rewards+ Card World
- Citi Prestige Card
- Mastercard Gold Card
- Mastercard Titanium Card
- Mastercard Black Card
- U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card
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