Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian is a huge fan of antiques and regularly flies around in search of the best ancient Chinese art artifacts.
And he usually travels for free.
That’s after Bloomberg reporters inspired him to start using his air miles, earned from the millions of dollars he’s paid on his American Express Centurion card for the ceramics and antiquities he collects, Bloomberg’s Frederik Balfour reports.
The American Express Centurion Card, known informally as the Black Card, is an invitation-only charge card issued by American Express. In addition to a variety of exclusive benefits, the card itself is made of anodized titanium with the information and numbers stamped into the metal.
The Chinese billionaire purchased a ceramic antique known as the “Chicken Cup” in July 2014 and paid a cool $36 million US dollars using his American Express Centurion Card. Imagine the amount of points racked up in this purchase.
Thus, he is sure to use those points to fly to Hong Kong to pay for this very exquisite 15th century silk Buddhist tapestry he won in a November auction. This time round, he will spend $45 million on his American Express Centurion Card. Bloomberg estimates that will earn him a further 18,750,000 points.