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.


  1. Rachel »

    12 September 2006 · 4:05 pm

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

  2. McGehee »

    12 September 2006 · 4:20 pm

    Visa will up the ante with the Iluminati card.

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