- Certificates of deposit
- Customer experience
- Overdraft fees
Overall institution rating
The FDIC-insured American Express National Bank is an online bank that offers competitive accounts. Its savings account has a solid annual percentage yield, and its certificates of deposit are worth considering. The bank also offers a rewards checking account with a strong interest rate, but you have to be an American Express card holder to open one, and you won’t be able to make cash deposits.
Best for: Those who want to earn competitive yields across checking, savings and CD accounts; are comfortable with an online-only banking experience; and won't need to make cash deposits.
- A $0 monthly fee.
- Competitive rate on savings accounts.
- Large, nationwide ATM network.
- No minimum opening deposits.
- 24/7 customer service by phone.
- No overdraft protection program.
- No cash deposit.
- No branch access.
At a 4.30% APY (annual percentage yield) as of 09/27/2023, American Express offers an interest rate on savings that is competitive with other online accounts. You won’t have to worry about monthly fees, making a minimum opening deposit or maintaining a high balance in your account to earn the rate.
To fund your savings account, you'll have to link your current bank account, set up direct deposit, mail a check to the bank’s Salt Lake City office or deposit a check via the mobile site. American Express doesn't accept cash deposits.
» Looking for banks that offer the highest rates? See our list of the best high-yield online savings accounts
Certificates of deposit
3.0/5 NerdWallet rating
You’ll find solid CD rates for some of the CD terms offered by American Express, including a 3.00% APY for a 60-month term. (To see high rates at other banks, check out our list of this month’s best CD rates.)
Banks typically require some deposit amount, whether hundreds or even thousands of dollars, to open a certificate of deposit, but that’s not the case at American Express. The bank doesn’t have a minimum balance requirement to open a CD.
» Curious about federally insured accounts? Read more about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and FDIC insurance
5.0/5 NerdWallet rating
The American Express Rewards Checking Account, also known as Amex Rewards Checking, is available only to consumers who have had an American Express credit card for at least three months.
The new American Express checking account earns a 1.00% APY on all balances, which is competitive with what you’ll find with strong rewards checking accounts. It doesn’t require a minimum deposit to open, and there are no minimum balance requirements or monthly fees. Checking account holders get access to ATMs in the MoneyPass network, but won’t be able to make cash deposits. In addition, the account does not offer online bill payment.
In addition to interest on balances, you’ll earn a rewards point for every two dollars spent on eligible purchases using your debit card. You can redeem those points for a deposit into your checking account. If your existing American Express credit card is linked to the American Express Membership Rewards program, you can redeem debit card points for all the options offered for your credit card. Choices for points redemption include travel bookings, hotel and restaurant gift cards, and purchases from various retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Rite Aid and Saks Fifth Avenue.
» Want to compare options? See our list of the best online checking accounts
Rates and fees are clearly displayed on the bank's website, and a robust FAQ section answers many questions that you’ll likely have about the accounts.
As an online bank, American Express National Bank doesn't have any branches. If you need to talk to someone, support is available around the clock by phone, and customers can also log in to the site to chat with support or reach out for help on X (Twitter).
American Express Rewards Checking doesn’t offer overdraft protection. However, like many other banks now, it also doesn’t charge overdraft fees. If a transaction will overdraw your account, the bank will likely decline it. If your balance becomes negative (from a subscription auto payment, for example), you’ll need to bring your balance back to positive when the bank notifies you. The bank could close your account if you fail to do so.
How does American Express National Bank compare?
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