Surprise Ray-Bans from Visa

After seeing Shoemoney’s post a while ago, I decided to get a Visa Black Card for the hell of it. Came home from a movie last night and saw this on my doorstep :

Pretty neat. Centurion card members can maybe post what holiday type gift they received from Amex (if any).

As far as the card goes itself, yeah it’s the poor man’s Centurion. Membership fees are $500/year (same as Amex Platinum), and the worst part is…the card is plastic. Point/cash-back wise, it’s no different than any other card really. Benefit wise, so far it doesn’t seem to really compare to the Amex.

A lot of times when I’m out at stores and use it, the cashier asks “Is this a real black card?” Unfortunately I always respond “Nope, this is the Visa version.”

All in all Visa thanks for the gift and all, but I will probably be canceling the card before the next membership charge.


  1. December 8, 2009

    Wow that is a ridiculous annual fee. It’s funny what they try to charge for so called exclusive cards. I guess some people are just willing to pay it for an apparent status symbol.

  2. December 8, 2009

    The Ray Bans are nice & definitely sweetens the deal a bit, however the $500 annual card charge is quite steep, and one has to wonder if it is actually worth it. Now what if you cancel the card after a couple of months? Are you liable for the entire annual fee, or a pro-rata amount? And then the million dollar question is – Do you get to keep the sunglasses?

  3. December 8, 2009

    I love Ray Bans!… it’s almost worth the card just for the exclusive set of shades…

  4. Daniel Kepka
    December 9, 2009

    Wow, that is a pretty sweet deal. I’ll have to check it out for myself.

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  5. December 9, 2009

    wooow! congrats it looks awesome (must be expensive) :pp

  6. December 10, 2009

    Totally Surprising gift of Ray-Bans from visa no doubt such stylish spect obvious expensive, looks as well cool. we can understand you obvious going to cancel this cards.

  7. December 10, 2009

    I have both the centurion and visa black-card — and I gott’a say … the visa sends me way more gifts. I got that same package (raybans with letter) a month ago, a really nice personalized cross pen, and a few other little gifts (free night at wynn/encore standard room in vegas) from the visa-blackcard.

    The centurion card I have is the business one. The only thing they have ever sent me in the past two years is 3 free nights at Encore Vegas in a penthouse. I heard that those with the “personal” centurion get more gifts though. It’s good for showing off and stuff. But, visa has sent me plenty to make up for the annual fee and centurion has not.

  8. December 14, 2009

    where can i get 1 of these little bad boys?

  9. December 14, 2009

    The membership fee seems like a waste, doesn’t sound like you get anything for it

  10. December 19, 2009

    I love Ray Bans

  11. December 26, 2009

    WOW! Congrats Dude, They look really awsome :D

  12. December 30, 2009

    I’m not clear about the membership fee….

  13. December 30, 2009

    Well of course they can give out Ray Bans, because they charge such high annual fees..enjoy the glasses and cancel the card….

  14. January 13, 2010

    Ray Bans..As its name it a good post…

  15. January 17, 2010

    Wow, that’s an expensive pair of sunnies. Although I must admit, Ray Bans are awesome.

  16. February 3, 2010

    Celebrations. From visa I taken a handy in 2006 :) But I prefer Ray-ben :))

  17. February 4, 2010

    I don’t think I would ever apply for a credit card with such high fees. Sure it is impressive to flash around, but its benefits pretty much end there. That is why they need to bribe their members with gifts like this.

  18. February 25, 2010

    I wouldn’t mind paying a lot for a REAL black card, it would match with my black BMW.

  19. Jack Poser
    June 14, 2010

    By some people you mean UberAffiliate right?

  20. December 1, 2010

    Hey ya, definitely an interesting writeup. I have subscribed to the comments in case I receive a reply from any person. :p

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