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Choosing the Best American Express Card

6 January 2009 by CreditCardsCo™

American Express commenced operations in 1850. Since then, they have grown to become one of the largest credit card companies with an active presence in over 130 countries. Due to the success credit cards have seen in the U.S market, consumers residing within the continental states have access to an unprecedented number of cards to choose from.

This article will help you select which American Express cards is good for you. Either for business or personal purposes, you can apply these tips according to your situation for the best result.

Know What You Want

Before choosing an American Express card, you need to know your credit score - that is if you don't already know what it is.

- Business or Personal Use

Small and medium scale business owners should go for a business card, and other persons should go for a personal/consumer card.

- Choose the card reward that suits you

If you're the traveling type, you might want a credit card that'll help you discount future travel. Some American Cards will reward consumers who frequent designated airlines, hotels and restaurants worldwide.

- Choose a preferred credit limit

Your credit card should cover at least a month of purchasing. A budget or record of past purchases could help you choose how much you require to cover your expenses over a period.

Other things to watch for

- Availability of Additional Cards

- Pre-set Spending limits

Apply for a card within your range

Credit card experts always advise consumers to apply for credit card offers created for persons within their range. Having good credit and applying for a credit card designed for those with excellent credit may come with more card rewards but isn't always the best decision in the long run. This is due to the fact that even when the card application is accepted, APR to be incurred on purchases and other applicable transactions will be higher than that issued to those having excellent credit and potentially those having good credit but who applied for a similar card created for that range.

Compare Cards

Taking time to compare cards could be difficult without a little patience. To help persons like you who'd follow tips in this article, the American Express site lets you compare a little more than 5 credit cards at once. Comparing cards simultaneously increases your changes of choosing the best American Express card as you're more likely to take note of details otherwise unforeseen when reviewing the details on a card-by-card basis.

Read the Fine Print

Yes, the part of the card selection process is overlooked by majority of card applicants. Before applying for a credit card (whether it's an AMEX card or not) it's very important to go over the details. Reading the fine print will let you in on specific card details that are left undisclosed on the home page.

Interest rates applicable after a default payment and what interest is charged after making a late payment could be seen in the card agreement. Credit card members are often required to make a payment at the end of each billing cycle. If payments will service only the lowest rate balances until paid in full before any money is paid towards higher rate balances, you might want to check how much interest is charged as the higher interest balance revolves.

Card companies will charge a fee whenever you exceed the credit limit whether intentionally or not. Applicable interest may also rise in such situations. Exchange rate loading fees are often applied and may not appear on your account statement.

Some card issuers will charge fees otherwise known as hidden fees on certain transactions. Though legal, these fees will be deducted whether or not the card member is aware of having incurred such fees.

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