I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, Capital One and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by my advertising partners. I do not write about all credit cards that are available -- instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same).
I’ve been skeptical of the recent trend towards metal credit cards. When the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card first came out without raised numbers and the card numbers printed on the back made out of a heavier card stock than we were used to seeing it was downright sexy.
‘Real metal’ cards like the JP Morgan Palladium were cool 4 and 5 years ago for sure.
But now that everyone is doing metal (I think the best looking broadly available metal card is the Platinum Card by American Express) it’s no longer quite as exclusive.
As a result I’ve questioned the value in the additional expense. I’d rather see the few extra bucks per card go into benefits rather than bling. (In fairness Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Platinum Card by American Express are no slouches there either.)
However the chilling story of an assassination attempt on a Canadian CEO may have just made me a convert to metal credit cards.
Police have released chilling new photos from the scene of a targeted attack against a prominent Calgary estate developer who was ambushed and shot outside his Mount Royal home last December.
Riaz Mamdani, chief executive and founder of the Strategic Group, was on his way to a board meeting on the morning of Dec. 19, 2016, when he was confronted by a gunman who fired six rounds into his Rolls-Royce.
The man’s windshield was “pierced by bullets” and guess what they hit? His Amex Black Card.
Credit: Calgary Police Service
Riaz Mamdani recovered from his wounds. CanuckFlyHigh asks, “Did a Centurion metal card save this Canadian CEO’s life? … One must wonder if it slowed the bullet down just enough to save him?”
American Express doesn’t say much about the details of the American Express Centurion (“Black”) Card). That’s probably a good thing, or else they’d have to be asking themselves whether to update the benefits page in light of this incident.