The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 September 2006

They've run out of metals

Once there were gold cards, then platinum, even occasionally titanium, and finally Visa and MasterCard opted for nonmetallic descriptions for their high-end cards, Visa issuing "Signature" cards and MasterCard offering a "World" card.

But, as James Bond might have said, the World is not enough. MasterCard now has a World Elite card, issued by HSBC on behalf of Saks Fifth Avenue. Benefits:

The new card offers up to 6% back on Saks Fifth Avenue purchases and 1% back on all other purchases. Customers' points will be converted automatically into Saks gift cards. The card also offers access to the Virtuoso travel network; complimentary companion tickets with the purchase of full fare "Business Class" tickets for international travel; tailored shore excursions and private cocktail receptions on four cruise lines; preferred rates at more than 650 hotels plus value-added amenities such as complimentary daily breakfast for two, room upgrades, late check-in, late check-out, hotel dining credits and customized offerings that are unique to the destination and VIP status; complimentary subscriptions to travel publications; special event access and tickets to performing arts and theater events; and airport lounge access for a nominal fee.

I don't expect to see many of these at the drive-thru at Church's Chicken.

Posted at 1:37 PM to Common Cents

I had a titanium card once. But I'm holding out for a credit card company that doesn't send you bills.

Posted by: Rachel at 4:05 PM on 12 September 2006

Visa will up the ante with the Iluminati card.

Posted by: McGehee at 4:20 PM on 12 September 2006