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Charge Cards differ to Credit Cards as they give you the financial flexibility of no pre-set spending limit, and no interest charges since you must pay the balance in full at the end of each month. Your spending limit however, depends on your Card usage, and is based on factors including your current spending patterns, payment history, credit record, and financial resources.
It's also rewarding because the American Express Charge Card lets you maximise your Membership Rewards® points earning potential. Gold and Platinum Charge Cardmembers are automatically enrolled in our Membership Rewards programme, where you earn at one reward point for virtually every pound you spend. You can then use your points for rewards that really are unique. Perhaps whet your appetite with a culinary experience with a celebrity chef. Relax and take things easy at a luxury spa. Or transfer your points to one of a number airline or hotel partners, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Hilton. They're your rewards, your way.
Our Gold and Platinum Charge Cards offer a range of exclusive benefits. From concierge and travel services, and worldwide travel insurance, to access to airport VIP lounges.
Like every American Express Cardmember, you'll also enjoy Preferred Seating from American Express. From sold-out theatre performances and must-see concerts, Preferred Seating from American Express can really take you places.
American Express Charge Cards offer you:
The range of protection and benefits varies from Card to Card so compare them to see which suits you best. Simply browse the list of Cards in the menu to the left, or use the 'Compare these Cards' button near the top of this page to review all our Charge Cards at the same time.
Whenever you need us, wherever you are, our team of Customer Care Professionals are available 24/7 by phone, text, email or mail. No matter where you are in the world, our Global Assist® team will provide the help you need in your own language, around the clock.
If things should go wrong, we'll soon put them right. All American Express Cards feature Chip and PIN technology and all transactions are processed through our own secure system to minimise the risk of fraud, whether you use your Card at home or abroad. Our early detection systems monitor potentially fraudulent activity, and our Fraud Protection Guarantee means that in the unlikely event you are a victim of card fraud, and you have taken reasonable care with your Card, you won't be held responsible for any costs linked to the fraudulent activity.
For added protection, selected American Express Charge Cards also offer Refund Protection on eligible items bought in the UK. That means if a retailer refuses to give you your money back, we'll refund the purchase price on eligible items purchased on your Card. Then there's our valuable Purchase Protection which means if you bought an eligible item on your Card and it's stolen or damaged within 90 days, we'll replace or repair it, or give you a refund.
Wherever your travels take you, you can take your American Express Charge Card with you. Even better, the Preferred Rewards Gold Card allows you to earn double Membership Rewards points on all your overseas spend.
Your spend abroad is converted to pounds sterling as soon as we process the transaction, based on the American Express exchange rate which is set daily. If your transaction is in US dollars, the amount will be converted directly to pounds sterling. If it's in another currency, it's converted to US dollars and then to pounds sterling. Of course, your monthly bill is paid in pounds sterling.
We put you firmly in control when it comes to managing your Account. Register online and you can view and manage your account anytime of the day or night, virtually anywhere in the world – either online or on your mobile. View your current balance, have updates sent to your phone, pay your bills easily, and manage your rewards points.
To save time, use the following checklist to see if you meet our standard eligibility criteria:
Some Cards may have additional specific eligibility criteria and you will be asked to provide employment, income and bank account information in order to submit your application.
Once you have found the Charge Card that best suits you, make sure you read the important information, then hit the 'Apply now' button to begin the application process. At this stage, you can decide how you'd like your name to appear on your Card and choose optional additional benefits.
Your application takes less than 10 minutes and you can get a response in 60 seconds.
American Express Services Europe Limited ('AESEL') makes various benefits available to Cardmembers which derive from contracts which AESEL has made with third parties. AESEL is free to amend, extend or terminate these benefits at its sole discretion. These benefits do not form part of AESEL's contract with you but AESEL will provide reasonable notice, in any event no less than 30 days, in advance of any changes to the available benefits which may be to your detriment. One of the benefits currently available is the benefit of contracts of insurance held by AESEL with certain insurers. You will lose these benefits if you cease to be a Cardmember. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Full details of the insurance benefits currently available can be found in Your Insurance Documentation available on this website and which will be provided with your Card. Please read this document to understand the limits and exclusions that may apply.
AESEL registered Office: Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. Registered in England and Wales with Number 1833139, is authorised by the Financial Services Authority under the Payment Services Regulations 2009 (reference number 415532) for the provision of payment services. For insurance mediation activities only, AESEL is an Appointed Representative of American Express Insurance Services Europe Limited (reference number 311684) who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Details can be found on the FSA Register.