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The American Express advantage.

American Express is known for exclusivity — not everyone takes Amex cards, not everyone spends with one, and not everyone gets to enjoy their world-class perks. So even though Amex credit cards are not accepted in as many places as MasterCard or Visa cards are, that’s more than made up for by the fact that the cards offer Canadians some of the best rewards in the industry. Plus, Amex credit cards boast enviable non-reward perks too, like free travel credits, preferred hotel memberships, and much more.

Here’s what else you’re getting when you choose an American Express credit card.

Membership Rewards®

Amex’s classic charge cards, like the American Express® Gold Rewards Card or the American Express® Business Gold Rewards Card, allow you to automatically collect Membership Rewards — points that never expire and that can be redeemed for brand-name merchandise, gift cards, or top-of-the-line entertainment rewards. You can also use your Membership Rewards to pay for flights and hotel bookings, or you can convert them into Aeroplan points or Air Miles.

Travel partnerships

As an added convenience for credit card holders, Amex has partnerships with Canada’s two major travel loyalty programs: Air Miles and Aeroplan. If you’re a frequent flyer who constantly craves new horizons, or you travel all the time for business, here’s why you should take advantage of Amex’s Air Miles or Aeroplan rewards cards.

Air Miles

More than 100 companies integrate with Air Miles — Canada’s largest coalition loyalty program — which means you can earn Rewards Miles quickly just for using your Amex credit card. Try the American Express® AIR MILES® Credit Card or the American Express® AIR MILES® Platinum Credit Card and redeem your Air Miles for flight and hotel discounts or for retail merchandise.

Aeroplan

Use an Amex Aeroplan rewards card — like the American Express® AeroplanPlus® Card or the American Express® AeroplanPlus® Platinum Card — to increase your miles without changing your spending habits. Originally an incentive program just for Air Canada’s frequent flyers, Aeroplan is now a major loyalty network, partnering with retail partners like Costco, Esso, Home Hardware, Delta Hotels and more than 200 other partners. Use your Aeroplan Miles® for plane tickets, car rentals, hotels, gift cards, merchandise, or experiences.

Apple Pay

“Don't leave home without it” has been the call of American Express credit cards for more than three decades and now this rule is even easier to follow: Amex credit cards are available on Apple Pay. You can digitally store your card and use your Apple device to pay for purchases.

About American Express

American Express is one of the most venerable credit card companies in the world, but it actually began as an express mail service in Buffalo, NY. Two of its founders, Henry Wells and William Fargo, later formed the bank, Wells Fargo and Co, then Amex launched a money order business in the late 1880s, taking its first step toward modern-day finance. Amex issued the first Amex travellers' cheques in 1891, and it has been an active player in the finance world ever since, introducing its first credit card in 1958, its first Amex Gold card in 1966, and its first Platinum card in 1984. Explore our Amex card offers above.

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