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Don't Ever Open an Account With American Express. They Don't Wave 1 Late Fee.
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Rating: 1/51

Called American Express regarding my 1st and only late fee since I open the account in 2014, which was not done on purpose as I thought that I had paid them, until I realized that I forgot to set it up in my BOA bill pay. When I realized that I did not make the payment, that same day I went ahead and called American Express and paid the bill in full via their automated phone line the statement was only $87.00. Today when I call after receiving the late fee statement I called and explained the situation and they refused to credit the account. Well with that being said I closed the account and no longer EVER do business with this company again.

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70 Calls, Bad Booking, Incorrect Dates, No Response
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Rating: 1/51

Took 1 week to book due to website outages, 10 + hangups. Wrong dates on transfers, no call backs, changed upgrade, no upgrade. Holland American said call Amex. Amex says call Holland. No answer 15 calls 9 emails a day. Trip on Sunday and I am completely stressed out.

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Garbage
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Rating: 2/51

They send dozens of offers per week. Be wary. You sign up for one and they tell you that you did it wrong or their system was down at the time so you don't get the offer you actually signed up for. DO NOT BOTHER. They are the worst around. My suggested alternatives are Discover (incredible onshore service) and Citi. Amex just keeps burying themselves. No love lost here.

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Don't use American Express
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Rating: 1/51

DO NOT USE AMERICAN EXPRESS. They lie. American Express mailed me a credit card solicitation saying I would get 60,000 Hilton Honor points after applying for AMEX card and spending $1,000. I accepted the offer and in the past couple months spent about $2,000 but no Hilton Honor points were awarded. I called to inquire and they said I wasn't eligible because me or name had done in past. I don't remember and they couldn't provide any evidence.

Bottom line is they sent me the solicitation and accepted my application. This is DECEPTIVE advertising on part of American Express. They charge merchants more than other credit cards so many merchants won't accept it or they charge the customer extra for using. I found that out while trying to get the 60k points they stole from me.

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Refund Website Not Working. The Information They Sent Me Was in Error.
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Rating: 1/51

I have had a long and bad history with AE that ended when they canceled my business card without notice the day after I cleared a $700 charge with them. They closed over 125,000 business accounts that day because they wanted to end the "unlimited" balance card. They sent all the accounts to a collection agency that was very confused when they discovered that in 12 years I had not missed a payment, and did not owe anything at all at the time they closed the account. Now they have sent me the refund notice.

The website is either down or their information in the letter is wrong because after four days the website still does not recognize the name and account number that AE sent me. This has been reported to AE by way of a forum and AE has denied that the website does not work every day during that four day period. And of course the telephone number is also busy. People who know me know not to use American and Express in front of me in the same paragraph. They are worse than...the IRS!

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American Express' Poor Customer Service
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Rating: 1/51

DALLAS, TEXAS -- AMEX customer service is sloppy, inefficient, and has gone significantly down over the past few years. As a 30-year AMEX customer with an excellent credit rating, my AMEX was my go-to card and I "sang its praises to everyone" that would listen. Previously, my AMEX experience had been extremely customer-centric but now they are unforgivably ridiculous when it comes to customer service.

To recap my experience, at 4:34pm on Friday, February 1, 2013, I called AMEX to alert them that I could not find my credit card. I knew I just used it a Chamberlain's restaurant for a client lunch and had gone straight home. So I asked the AMEX representative what I needed to do. The AMEX representative told me, "No worries, an alert would go on the card effective immediately and she didn't see any additional purchases on the card."

I found my card in my pocket about two hours later and I called AMEX back on the same day (Friday, February 1) at 6:16pm to let AMEX know that "I found my card and it had never been out of my possession - and what do I need to do next." The AMEX representative told me that since my old card was expiring in February 2013, the new card would be sent to me and that nothing else needs to be done.

And I did repeat what the AMEX representative said to confirm that I understood the representative correctly, "That I could begin using the new card once it arrived." And the AMEX representative confirmed, "Yes, you will have to activate the card but you can begin using it immediately."

I received the new AMEX card on Monday, February 4 and I called on the same day to validate the new card at 1:09pm which I did by voice command. Since I'm in the middle of a major house repair and need use of my AMEX card, I also immediately called AMEX customer services on the same day (Monday, Feb 4) at 2pm to confirm that the new card was valid and that I was good to go and could begin using the new card immediately. I explained the lost card situation to the AMEX representative and he assured me the card was valid and there was no problem. And then he spends the next few minutes trying to up sell services to that new card.

I used the card several times throughout the week of February 4 to buy buy gas, food, etc. And I used it for a client lunch meeting on Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 and the charge went through with no problems. However, when I took the client and his family to purchase some gifts, the card was denied. And I ended up losing that $50K client - as accountability is one of the main qualities a client looks in me.

So thanks to AMEX, I looked foolish in front of this customer and lost this $50K customer. When I called AMEX on Sunday, Feb 10 at 1:32pm to determine why my card purchase was denied, I was told that, "The card is invalid because it was reported lost." Are you kidding me?

AMEX had four opportunities to tell me the card they were sending me would be invalid. Four times I called AMEX: 1. When I called to alert AMEX of a "lost card"; 2. To alert AMEX that I found my lost card and that it was never out of my possession; 3. When I called to validate the new card; and 4. When I called AMEX to confirm the card was valid but your representative did find time to try to up sell me more capabilities to.....a useless card. Not to mention that you have my phone an email address and could have effortlessly sent or called me about this invalid card. I'm just sick about this card and the extremely declining AMEX customer service.

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Left stranded in a foreign county
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Have two cards and been a member since 1989 (20 years). Was in Mexico and had my backpack was lost. My ID, cash, and cards were in my backpack. Ended up staying in Mexico 3 extra days because on an injury, and the doctor recommended I not fly immediately.

So I am laid up with a back injury and my backpack, with all of my cash, ID, and cards are gone. I call my Platinum card people and speak to ** for 90+ minutes (roaming fees for the cell phone will be more than $200 USD). ** gets my information and is very assuring. I give her the police report number I got from the Puerto Vallarta Police department (who responded within 10 minutes of being notified).

** is assuring that I will get a replacement card the next day, and that they will send me cash. She had to pass my case on to the next shift to follow-up first thing in the morning. I told them I only needed about $300 to complete the trip and get home. The next day I call saying they cannot get to anyone at the police department because the lines are always busy and the only number they could get did not know how to help them. So, I was told they would not help, since they could not verify the emergency.

Thank God that I was able to call friends to wire me some cash. American Express talks about how they will do anything to help you if you are in trouble while traveling. After 20 years with them, I found out the words they were saying are in fact, NOT TRUE. They left me with no cash or credit cards in a foreign country. I could not buy food or taxis, as I had no money. My back injury kept me lying in bed, but thankfully, I was able to get cash sent to me and a friend in Mexico got it picked up. American Express just left me there, stranded.

I called today, since I am back home. I cancelled the card. When I told them why (they did ask) I told them. The representative told me she would be happy to close my account, read the required legal notice, and closed my account. Obviously they do not care about me as a member either. But simple compassion tells us that if we are told we will get help in a time of crisis, have known the person for 20 years, and a crisis comes up - the promise we made should be kept at even a minimal level. What happened to that immediate replacement card promise? What about that traveler's assist?

Today I was told by the American Express Representative that she was happy to close the account at my direction. How cold. Be warned, I think that American Express has joined to companies with little to no integrity. They were glad to take my cash, but when the service they promised was required, they no only failed to provide it, they did not care that they left someone stranded in a foreign country without means to eat, move around, or return home.

Thank God for my friends. But everyone else, I think that there are many VISA companies that might be more helpful than American Express was, at a time of crisis. I am glad my injury was not life threatening, and happened when I still had cash. American Express would have left me on the street, like they did last week when I was traveling.

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Security Harassment
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I wanted an American express gold card because in my mind it was one of the best cards to have and their customer service was terrific. I have found through my own experience that this is not so. Let me tell you what they have done to me in the last 3 months. I booked a cruise for myself and my parents {different rooms} through AMEX travel on my gold rewards card and added 2 nights in 2 hotels in Florida and 2 travel insurance policies as well as 4 roundtrip airline tickets. The hotels and insurance and airfare and one of the cruise staterooms went through and one was declined.

I called them and they wanted to know why 2 rooms and that I had been putting large amounts on the card. I explained what I was doing and while I was on the phone I paid for all of the charges and had them rebook the other stateroom. When I flew to Florida and checked in to the hotel I was told that it had not been paid for so I again used my card and paid for the rooms. While I was on the cruise AMEX shut down my card for security reasons and I had to deal with all that mess through the cruise line proving to them who I was etc. So my card was released for use.

When I returned from the cruise and got home I find a letter telling me that I have to contact them immediately due to security concerns. It was dated 9/6 {I was on the cruise} so I contacted them by phone and went through all the security questions I was told that I should have contacted them earlier. I was told that I had to prove to them that I am me. They needed a copy of my driver's license, my social security card, a bill in my name at my address, {I guess their bill doesn't count} and that I needed to send in a check stub and have my signature notarized and fax it to them. I did all this.

When I confirmed that they had the fax I was told that it would take 3 days to clear this up. That was on 9/28. When I received my bill I disputed the dual charge from the hotel and AMEX verified that it had been previously paid and promptly credited it back to my account 3 times. I contacted them and told them that I only needed it credited back once. Then I paid my bill online and they tried to take it out of the wrong account, and charged me an nsf fee. I again contacted them and they agreed that they had messed up and refunded the nsf fee.

The payment then went through on the correct account. Then yesterday 10/5 I went to use the card and was once again embarrassed by it being declined. I called them and was told that the fax containing the notarized signature, driver's license, truck payment bill, high school diploma, draft card, and check stub was not good enough to prove who I am because pay checks did not have my employers address on the check stub. They said they needed a stub with the address on it, a phone number for the notary and a phone number for my employer {they already had this} so I hunted around and found an old stub with the address on it and faxed them the info they asked for.

Then this morning they call me on my cell phone and tell me that the stub is too old. They had confirmed that I gave them the correct phone number for my employer, but the bank is closed on Saturdays {no kidding} so they could not verify that the notary was real I guess. So now they want a 3 way conference call with my employer and I'm sure he's going to love that.

Since I have had this card I have spent about 14,000.00 on it and paid it in full and on time every month and now the former Gestapo agents that they have running their security department are trying very hard to make me miserable. They have cost me time from work, embarrassed me and generally treated me like scum. And I can not get contact info for a supervisor who might be able to resolve this due to "security concerns". The commercial that they run on TV is a lie, a joke, and false advertisement. They do not practice customer service. They practice customer harassment.

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American Express Overzealous Security Makes Card Useless
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Rating: 2/51

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Today I tried to charge a ticket on a major internet airline reservations site, using my AmEx card. The site refused my card on the 1st try, though I have used my AmEx card on the same site for at least 10 years, and neither my situation nor any of my information related to AmEx has changed recently on that site. I am also a 30 year customer of AmEx. My situation is unusual in that I live outside the U. S., but maintain a permanent residence and phone number in the U. S. This is where my AmEx card is registered.

After the site rejected my AmEx card, I received an email message to phone AmEx security, which I did. They informed me that a "security concern" had arisen, and that they'd have to verify I really was who I said I was by calling my permanent residence in the U. S. Of course, I will not be there, because I don't live there. However, this is my mother's residence, and she can take a message. This won't help me get the time-sensitive ticket I was trying to get today, but eventually I will receive AmEx's message and get back to them in some way specified in the message, and eventually this will free my card for the purchase ... which I don't need any longer.

I asked AmEx what the "security concern" was, and the representative replied that they could not tell me that until they verified who I was. A parallel example: it very much harks back to the McCarthy Era, when you asked the FBI "Why am I being accused of being a communist?" and the FBI replied, "We can't tell you that until you prove you are not a communist."

To verify who I was in my phone call to AmEx security today, they asked me my mother's maiden name, which I answered. So, this was enough for them to verify who I was in a direct call, and they asked for my account number over the line (how do I know THEY weren't at a bogus telephone number?), but it wasn't enough to verify who I was for a purchase, or to straighten out my "security concern".

I then asked why they had to call my permanent residence (where I am currently not), when they could simply ask the security questions they got answers to when I set up the AmEx account. The representative replied that "anyone could find out the answers to those questions". OK, anyone could maybe find out my mother's maiden name, or the last four digits of my SS number. But what about my first dog's name, my first girlfriend's name, or my favorite color? Why doesn't AmEx register meaningful security questions and answers to avoid all the BS about calling my residence?

The bottom line is that this is the third time I've had a similar problem in purchasing tickets over the internet with my AmEx card. Previous times, the problem was resolved with my calling AmEx, answering security questions, and verifying that it was in fact me trying to use the card. This appears to be no longer the way problems are resolved. AmEx is supposed to be a "travel company", and I have kept this card because I travel a lot and live abroad.

More and more, however, the AmEx card is becoming nothing but a problem. I can understand their concern about security, and I appreciate that they're trying to protect themselves and me from fraud. However, the tail (security department) seems to be wagging the dog (customer service) at AmEx, and they can't seem to find a means of ensuring security without making their card essentially useless. I mean, if you can't count on being able to use it, why have it?

Curiously, AmEx is putting on a good show about security, but some of their policies are full of holes. For example, when I set up my internet account with them, they specified that my password should contain the first 5 digits of my SS number. I don't know whether they still specify this, but how dumb is that? Nor have they ever insisted that I change my password on a regular basis, which is something my bank insists upon for online banking.

I am totally disgusted with AmEx, and probably will cancel my card after 30 years. It is ironic that they spend so much money advertising for new customers, and then manage to so royally piss off the ones they have. In dealing with them, I feel like a criminal rather than a customer. My advice to anyone thinking of getting an AmEx card: forget it. You can do much better elsewhere. Or at least, I hope you can.

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American Express's Crappy Customer Service Hides Behind an Obsolete Reputation
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Rating: 2/51

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- This is more a review for the customer service of American Express in general. I've been an American Express blue cash card customer for about 4 years now since college. Recently I decided to upgrade to the Gold premier card for a few reasons: $0 introductory annual fee. Increased spending habits (particularly in travel). Need to purchase airline tickets for flights planned later this year; including one I need to purchase immediately for a flight next week (3x points would have been nice for this).

I had some special circumstances when I applied - I needed to expedite the delivery process in order to purchase the ticket for the upcoming flight because the normal 7-10 business day deliver would have been too late. I KNEW this was possible since a friend of mine just applied and received his in 2 business days. However, after speaking to at least 4 different people in the “Apply by Phone” department, everyone denied it was possible and instead gave me a canned lie that “the system will not be updated even if we do a rush delivery.” One representative, upon a request to be transferred to a supervisor, chose to hang up on me instead!

After finally getting in touch with the supervisor there, she suggested I apply online as my friend has done. I ended up doing this and upon speaking to ** through the online process, he assured me immediately that it was possible to expedite the delivery of the card. Why one department within Amex CANNOT expedite delivery and another can completely baffles me and seems to paint a picture of Amex as a ridiculous bureaucracy.

The only reasoning really I can grasp behind this is that Amex cares more about acquiring a new customer (my friend), rather than retaining good loyal customers who have excellent credit. I thought the problem was solved, but when I called back the next day to confirm that the card should be expedited (as ** instructed) it turns out I was processed for the wrong card! (Amex Gold, not Gold premier).

I'm not sure how exactly this could have happened, whether there was some bug with the website (which is poorly implemented to begin with as words flicker in and out) or some kind of miscommunication with whoever I talked to afterward, but before I applied online I carefully reviewed the card application, confirmed that I was applying for the one with $0 introductory annual fee and then $175 thereafter, while my friend who also applied for the same card sat right next to me as an eyewitness and guided me through exactly what he did!

Frustratingly, I then had to sit through 3 more hours of waiting and re-explaining my issue to about 5 more representatives, including a conversation with **, an unhelpful and very bored supervisor from customer service, who for some reason chose to adamantly argue an irrelevant point that Amex has no authority to control what will happen to my credit score if I have to cancel a card, even if I did not order it.

** cut me off while I was asking him a question and transferred me over to ** on New Accounts, who was even more confused than I was about what is Gold premier vs. Gold preferred vs. Gold – he then put me on hold for another 20 minutes, while I assumed he went to check his facts, maybe look back at his training manual if Amex even gives him one…I have no idea.

It came to the point that after talking to ** in New accounts, The only solution they could come up with was to cancel the Gold Card (that I didn't order in the first place) which would lower my credit score and reapply for the Gold Premier. I'm definitely going to cancel the Gold card, along with my blue cash that I've been using, and instead get the Chase Sapphire Preferred, because after dealing with Chase for several years on my banking side I know they are one to still care about customer service.

I understand many of the reps were genuinely trying to be helpful (only a few of them were very rude), but it's clear that Amex has some serious issues with inconsistent and inaccurate information permeating across different departments, poor training (the reps don't even know their own products they are selling!!), and moreover structural problems with management.

Everyone told me something different (yes, I would be able to order my plane ticket the next day through the Amex travel department if I apply today. no I cannot get my credit card expedited.) I'm sure people still love Amex for the membership benefits for which I was initially attracted to, but one thing that they should NOT be commended for is customer service. I'm appalled - they might have had a great reputation historically, but if they continue to treat customers this way it's almost sure to erode. It takes some real effort to drive customers away even before they even receive the product.

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