Top 10 Most Exclusive Black Cards You Didn’t Know About

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Beyond the slew of regular credit cards that are within reach of the masses, gold cards, platinum cards or even rare titanium cards exist for those who qualify. But there’s also another, even more exclusive, class of credit cards: Black cards. These ultra-high-status cards — which are generally by invitation only — often have no credit limit, as well as a host of other features that cater to the dining, travel and entertainment proclivities of the rich and famous.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 10 most exclusive black cards out there.

How To Get a Black Card

Members of the 1% — or perhaps the 0.1% — may get an invitation for a black card, as some of these high-status cards are only available to consumers that the issuing bank deems worthy. Another possibility for receiving a coveted invitation is by having an account at a bank that is well aware of your income level, assets and outstanding credit.

Requirements for these cards are often kept under wraps, so it can be hard to determine the income, asset or spending levels that are needed to qualify. It’s likely, however, that a corollary to the saying, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it,” is in play here. But by building your wealth and using your existing credit responsibly, a black card could be in your future.

Top 10 Most Exclusive Black Cards

Hailed as symbols of status and wealth, these are the most difficult black cards to get. But if you qualify, there’s no harm in aiming for the best of the best. Here are the top 10 most exclusive black cards:

Dubai First Royale Mastercard

The Dubai First Royale MasterCard — a diamond-embedded card available by invitation only — has no spending limit. Plus, each cardholder has a dedicated relationship manager. The annual fee for the Royale Card is AED 7,000 or about $1,905 USD, and the monthly interest rate is 2.59%-3.59%, or an annual percentage rate of 31.08%-43.08% APR.

Dubai First Amazing World Card

The Dubai First Amazing World Card is designed for those who frequent Dubai parks and resorts and charge liberally. For each dollar charged, cardholders earn three Amazing Points when shopping inside the parks, two Amazing Points anywhere overseas and one Amazing Point within UAE. The annual fee for the Amazing World Card is AED 1,500 or about $408 USD, and the monthly interest rate is 2.59%-3.59% or 31.08%-43.08% APR.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

The HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard — featuring an APR of 17.24% or 21.24% — offers 3x points on travel, 2x on dining and one point per dollar on everything else. You’ll also receive 50,000 bonus points if you spend $4,000 in the first three months you have the card. To qualify, you must have a U.S. HSBC Premier checking account — and be willing to part with the $395 annual fee. Benefits such as ID theft protection, identity fraud expense reimbursement, and tap-and-go contactless payment are included. You can also use the card to protect your cellular wireless phone — HSBC will reimburse up to $800 per claim resulting from theft or damage.

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American Express Centurion Card

The American Express Centurion Card features an initiation fee of $7,500, an annual fee of $2,500 and no preset spending limit. American Express may, however, decline a transaction based on its assessment of your creditworthiness or in the instance of what it believes to be a fraudulent transaction. The American Express black card APR equals the prime rate plus 21.99%. No application exists for the Amex black card available online, and the company is tight-lipped about the requirements for an invitation.

Luxury Card: Mastercard Black Card

The Black Mastercard from Luxury Card is within reach if you are willing to pay the $495 annual fee. In exchange,  you get 1.5% cash back and access to a Luxury Card concierge who will make travel reservations and assist with personal requests. Travelers receive a $100 airline credit and VIP lounge access. Cardholders of this elite travel credit card also receive access to Mastercard Priceless, which offers exclusive experiences at events, such as the PGA tour.

World Elite Mastercard

World Elite Mastercard also grants access to Mastercard Priceless, which offers experiences ranging from prime seats at a Chicago Cubs game to a helicopter ride to Italy to visit the kitchen of a Michelin-starred chef. Concierge services are available 24/7 to help clients access exclusive items or coveted dinner reservations, among other tasks. You must call the company for an application or be invited to apply.

Citi Ultima Mastercard

The Citi Ultima Mastercard offers automatic travel insurance, Priority Pass membership and concierge service. Cardholders get a credit line between RUB 350,000 and RUB 1,500,000 or about $5,600 to $23,800 USD. The annual fee is RUB 15,000 or about $238 USD, and the interest rate is 21.00%-29.00% APR. To apply, you must have an invitation or go to a Citibank branch with your passport and a 2-NDFL form — a personal income tax form showing income of at least RUB 200,000 — or $3,178 USD — per month for the past three months.

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Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard

Frequent fliers of American Airlines can get the ultimate in credit card perks with this prestigious card. Features include a complimentary membership to the Admirals Club, priority check-in and boarding, a free checked bag for up to nine people in your party and more. The annual fee for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard is $450, and the interest rate is 17.99%-25.99% APR.

Citi Prestige Card

Designed for travelers, the Citi Prestige card, featuring a 17.99%-25.99% APR, offers five times the points on air travel and restaurants, triple points on hotels and cruise lines, and one point per dollar on everything else. You can transfer your points to airline rewards programs or use them to pay for travel charges on your card, which may make the $495 annual fee worth it.

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card

Few brands conjure up visions of grandeur and opulence like Ritz-Carlton, so carrying a black card that bears the name of this luxury hotel chain is impressive. Cardholders receive six times the points at Marriott Bonvoy hotels — including Ritz-Carlton properties — triple points on dining, car rental and airline purchases and double points on everything else. Points are redeemable for hotel stays or you can transfer them to airline partners. No online application exists, however, and people looking for a card are redirected to the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card page.

Here’s how the top 10 elite black cards stack up against each other:

Top 10 Most Exclusive Black Cards You Didn’t Know About
Card NameAnnual Fee in USDInterest RateRewards and PerksHow To Apply
Dubai First Royale Mastercard$1,905 (AED 7,000)31.08%-43.08% APRRelationship managerBy invitation only
Dubai First Amazing World Card$408 (AED 1,500)31.08%-43.08% APRAmazing PointsWebsite
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard$39517.24%-21.24% APRID theft and fraud protection, cellphone loss or damage reimbursementWebsite
American Express Centurion Card$2,500 (plus $7,500 Initiation Fee the first year)Prime + 21.99% APRAccess to Amex Centurion Lounges, concierge servicesBy invitation only
Luxury Card: Mastercard Black Card$495Undisclosed1.5% cash back, access to exclusive experiencesWebsite
World Elite MastercardUndisclosedUndisclosedPrivate jet and car services, lifestyle managersBy phone or invitation
Citi Ultima Mastercard$238 (RUB 15,000)21.oo%-29.00% APRPriority Pass membership, travel insurance, concierge serviceBy invitation or in person
Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard$45017.99%-25.99% APRAdmirals Club membership, free checked bag, priority check-in and boardingWebsite
Citi Prestige Card$49517.99%-25.99% APR5x points on air travel and restaurants; 3x on hotels and cruisesWebsite
Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit CardUndisclosedUndisclosed6x points at Marriott properties; 3x on dining, car rentals and airlines; 2x on everything elseBy invitation only

Other Black Cards

If none of the above cards suit your fancy, there are a few more you might consider. Although some of them are not the most elite, they’re still pretty impressive.

Coutts Silk Card

Coutts is a private bank in the U.K. that issues its own annual-fee free charge card to its clients only. Your credit line and interest rate may vary depending on your creditworthiness, and you may be required to pay your balance in full each month. Coutts offers cash rewards of 5%-10% at participating retailers, which change every few months.

Visa Signature Card

The Visa Signature Card offers travel benefits like complimentary concierge service, chauffeured car service and travel and emergency assistance services. Specific benefits, fees, interest rates and requirements vary depending on the issuing bank.

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Citi Chairman American Express Card

The Citi Chairman American Express Card offers exclusive experiences, a travel rewards program and a concierge team to help you plan it all. No online application exists, so information regarding interest rates or annual fee is not readily available.

Eurasian Diamond Card Visa Infinite

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Featuring a diamond-and-gold ornament, the Eurasian Diamond Card Visa Infinite was a sign of wealth and elegance through and through. This Visa black card could not be bought, according to the Eurasian Diamond Club site. Although no longer available, you had to have a personal recommendation from either the Eurasian Bank’s Management Board or from two existing Eurasian Diamond cardholders to get this Visa black card. Elite cardholders enjoyed spending as much as they wanted with this no-limit black Visa card.

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Karen Doyle is a personal finance writer and former financial advisor. She does not have a black card — yet.

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