Centurion annual fee increase from 5K to 6.5K

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Centurion members should have now received a letter in the mail regarding increase of annual fee from AUD $5,000 to AUD $6,500.
Alongside the annual fee increase, the new artistic cards and the Prada x Centurion wearables will be available soon.

My RM advised they were under pressure from Global AMEX to increase the annual fee around 18 months ago but AMEX Australia kept pushing it back due to the lockdowns.
 

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Someone shared the below photo of the letter in an Amex Facebook group. New FHR properties coming apparently - good news for Plats. No mention of the replacement for the Global Dining Collection.. so that might be quite a while away.

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Even from someone who wouldn't consider Centurion, that seems a pretty weak justification for the $ increase. I like FHR but it's pretty easy to find properties (though some of the London ones are eye-wateringly expensive) and I expect it's just new high-end hotels opening. The experiences would have to be good.
 

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I’m disappointed but not surprised. Prices for everything are going up. At least it’s cheaper than my barber who increased their cost by 100% (there s a small difference in cost having said that).

I’ve go to say, the initiatives during the pandemic were useful and I’ve heard they cost Amex quite a bit so the funding for them has to come from somewhere.

The new ‘benefits’ are pretty much putting lipstick on a pig. It is what it is and they’re not especially of interest to me - particularly as we’re not using our cards but Apple Pay not sure of the value of an art card. I understand delivering bad news to customers is never easy. My 2 cents worth. YMMV.
 
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Someone shared the below photo of the letter in an Amex Facebook group. New FHR properties coming apparently - good news for Plats. No mention of the replacement for the Global Dining Collection.. so that might be quite a while away.

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That's a lot of "enhancements". Uh oh!

The contact wearables are actually quite a cool idea.
 

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I remember asking my RM about the art cards and wearable.

To be told about twice:
- please leave that with me.

I had a feeling it was coming. The art cards and wearable that Is. NOT the fee increase. Friend received his letter today and texted me.

Nothing in my letterbox yet....
 

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I would expect Centurions would be rarer than "in the wild" even in the top brass of US military. Platinum is "good enough" for most - having very much the same feature set as Centurion.
 
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