Those who have been proud owners of a Curve card since the start will remember the good old days (around 18 months ago) when Curve supported American Express. This meant that you could pay with American Express anywhere, even at stores that didn’t directly accept American Express, by linking your Curve and American Express cards together. You could also push this is little further to avoid credit card fees and foreign exchange fees when spending abroad all by using your Curve card linked to your American Express. The cherry on the cake was that you also earned American Express Membership Reward points on all of your spending.
For whatever reason (most possibly the abuse of some of the above functions) Curve suspended American Express support. At the time Curve insisted that the support was only “suspended” and would return again in the future – that time is now almost here as they have promised in early 2019 to again support American Express cards.
Join Curve by downloading the app. Register using promo code K7ADL for £5 credit to be added to your account. Remember to enter the promo code after downloading the app to receive the free credit.
Curve American Express Support Beta
- Curve plan to introduce an American Express wallet (e-wallet) that needs to be pre-loaded with funds from your chosen American Express card. Funds from the e-wallet can then be used just like any other card you have linked to Curve – cycle and select before a payment. Multiple wallets may be introduced after the beta trial for each American Express card.
- The minimum top-up amount is £10 and the maximum top-up amount is £10,000. Curve appear to allow you to top-up over your spending limits, so you should keep this in mind when topping up.
- Curve Black customers can top up their American Express wallet for free up to £1000 per month, thereafter you will be charged 0.65% of the top-up amount. Curve Blue customers will be charged 0.65% of the top-up amount for all top-ups.
- Curve will support around 30 American Express cards for the beta trial.
All of the above points are available from Curve for customers who are part of the beta trial, and could change for the launch of the official American Express support.
The beta trial is currently running with around 1000 customers before it will be released to the entire Curve community. It appears that the aim is to concentrate on removing any bugs and then after launch target on the other countries Curve operate in. There is currently no date on when the beta will close, and when all Curve customers will be able to use the new American Express wallets.
For those who currently do not have a Curve card, now may be the time to apply. There most likely will be an increased number of sign-ups after the American Express support.
If you’re new to the Curve Card and Curve Rewards you may want to start by reading the original article, to learn more about the basics of the Curve Card, how to avoid foreign exchange fees when travelling abroad, or how much a Curve Rewards point is worth.