Michael Battle, WalletHub Credit Card Analyst
You can get an Amex contactless card either by applying for an American Express credit card, or by requesting a replacement card. However, these are not the only options.
It is worth noting that Amex began issuing contactless cards to new and existing cardholders a while back.
How to get one of Amex’s contactless cards:
- By applying for any American Express credit card
- By requesting an updated, contactless-enabled card either online, or by calling the number on the back of your card.
- Alternatively, you can wait until Amex replaces your current credit card with a contactless card.
What you should know about contactless credit cards:
Contactless credit cards let you skip the card swipe or chip “dip” at the cash register in favor of a “tap”. Simply tap your card on the payment terminal and you’re all set. You can use your Amex contactless card at any terminal that accepts contactless payments. Plus, it has the same security level as EMV chip cards, so it’s still more secure than swiping a card.
You can easily check to see if your card has contactless payments enabled by looking for the contactless symbol on the front or back (a triangle-shaped set of four curved lines increasing in height, moving left to right). The same symbol on the payment terminal indicates that it accepts contactless payments.
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