American Express does not offer balance transfers from other issuers’ accounts to any of its credit cards. In general, balance transfers allow you to shift high-interest debt from your current account to another issuer’s credit card and pay off the balance, presumably at a reduced interest rate.
The objective of a balance transfer is to save money on interest, so you will want a card with a low introductory APR on balance transfers. Just be sure to pay off the transferred balance in full before the introductory rate expires. Otherwise, the remaining balance will accumulate interest daily at the card’s regular APR.
You can find out how much a balance transfer card with a low intro APR will save you in interest charges by using WalletHub’s balance transfer calculator. This tool will also recommend credit cards that may help you save money and get out of debt faster.
You can’t transfer a balance from one Amex card to another, but you can transfer Amex credit card balances to cards from other issuers. So if you’re paying interest to Amex at a high rate, stop it. Shop around for a 0% APR transfer card with no fee and get out from under.
Transferring a balance to an American Express credit card should take 2-3 days, after Amex approves your transfer request. Current Amex cardholders can expect a decision within 48 hours, while it can take up to 10 days if you’re applying for a new account.
So the full process, from the time you request a balance transfer to when Amex pays your other card’s issuer and the balance shows up on your American Express card account, can take anywhere from 4 to 12 days.… read full answer
It’s different if you’re transferring a balance from an American Express credit card to a card from another issuer. The timeframes vary by credit card company. But you can check out the major issuers’ policies in WalletHub’s Balance Transfer Report.
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