Balance Transfer From American Express

Balance Transfer From American Express

A balance transfer from American Express credit cards can often be more difficult, than for many other types of UK balance transfers.

An AMEX balance transfer in the UK, can often fail. This is often due to the 15 digit card number, found on an American Express card.

Over recent months, we have seen a large increase in the number of questions, about making a balance transfer from American Express.

In this article, we explain how you can successfully make an American Express balance transfer, in the UK, in 2019.

Balance Transfer From American Express

You can make a balance transfer from American Express to another UK credit card. However your choice of credit cards, is more limited.

It is usually simple to make a balance transfer from a Mastercard, or Visa branded credit card. However a balance transfer from American Express, to another UK 0% credit card, can often be more difficult.

What is the issue with doing a balance transfer from American Express, that makes it more difficult?

American Express credit cards are issued with a 15 digit card number on the front of the card. However, all of the Visa and MasterCard credit cards issued in the UK, have a 16 digit card number.

This means that the UK credit card companies have their computer systems set up to expect at least a 16 digit card number for the balance transfer request.

As a result, the 15 digit card number for an American Express card can often lead to the computer system rejecting the AMEX card number as invalid. As a result, the AMEX balance transfer request can then often fail.

AMEX Balance Transfer

How can a customer make an AMEX balance transfer in the UK in 2019?

In our experience, the following credit card company’s systems are more compatible with accepting the 15 digit AMEX card number.

The featured cards below are best suited to accept an AMEX balance transfer online:-

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 28 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
2.85%
Purchases:
0% for 6 Months
Representative APR:
19.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

M&S Transfer Plus*
  • 0% for 28 months on balance transfers made within 90 days of account opening
  • 2.85% balance transfer fee, minimum £5
  • 0% on purchases for 6 months from account opening
  • Collect M&S points every time you shop anywhere in the world with your card
  • Preferential rates when you use your card to order M&S Travel Money
  • Manage account online
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

M&S Transfer Plus*
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have a UK bank or building society account
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have not held a credit card with M&S Bank within previous 12 months
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Representative Example: 19.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 19.9% p.a. (variable)

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 18 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
1.5%
Purchases:
0% for 3 Months
Representative APR:
19.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

Nationwide Member Credit Card*
  • 0% on balance transfers for 18 months if made within 90 days of account opening
  • 1.5% balance transfer fee within first 90 days, after that 2.4% fee applies, minimum £5
  • 0% on purchases for 3 months from date you open your account
  • Unlimited commission-free purchases abroad
  • Manage account online
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

Nationwide Member Credit Card*
  • Must be a Member of Nationwide. This means you already have a current account, mortgage or savings account with Nationwide
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have a minimum income of £5000 per year
  • You have a good credit history
  • You are aged 18 or over
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Must be a Member of Nationwide. This means you already have a current account, mortgage or savings account with Nationwide
Representative Example: 19.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 19.9% p.a. (variable)

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 25 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
1.5%
Purchases:
0% for 3 Months
Representative APR:
21.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

HSBC Balance Transfer*
  • 0% interest on balance transfers for 25 months made within first 60 days of account opening
  • 1.5% balance transfer fee (minimum £5)
  • 0% interest on purchases for 3 months from account opening
  • At end of promotional period, balance transfers and purchases will revert to standard variable rate
  • home&Away rewards programme giving you instant discounts from well-known brands
  • Online account management
  • Annual Fee: None
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Application Criteria

HSBC Balance Transfer*
  • You have an annual income or pension before tax of £8,500 or more
  • You are a UK resident
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You do not hold an HSBC Basic bank account
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Representative Example: 21.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 21.9% p.a. (variable)
Credit is subject to status, affordability and applicable terms and conditions

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 20 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
2.9%
Purchases:
0% for 20 Months
Representative APR:
19.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

M&S Shopping Plus*
  • 0% for 20 months on balance transfers made within 90 days of account opening
  • 2.9% balance transfer fee, minimum £5
  • 0% on purchases for 20 months from account opening
  • Collect M&S points every time you shop anywhere in the world with your card
  • Preferential rates when you use your card to order M&S Travel Money
  • Manage account online
  • Annual Fee: None
More Information

Application Criteria

M&S Shopping Plus*
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have a UK bank or building society account
  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You have not held a credit card with M&S Bank within previous 12 months
More Information
Representative Example: 19.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 19.9% p.a. (variable)

Card Offers

Balance Transfers:
0% for 15 Months
Balance Transfer Fee:
1.5%
Purchases:
0% for 15 Months
Representative APR:
19.9% APR (variable)
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Card Details

Nationwide Member Credit Card - All Rounder*
  • 0% on balance transfers for 15 months if made within 90 days of account opening
  • 1.5% balance transfer fee within first 90 days, after that 2.4% fee applies, minimum £5
  • 0% on purchases for 15 months from date you open your account
  • Unlimited commission-free purchases abroad
  • Manage account online
  • Annual Fee: None
More Information

Application Criteria

Nationwide Member Credit Card - All Rounder*
  • Must be a Member of Nationwide. This means you already have a current account, mortgage or savings account with Nationwide
  • You are a UK resident
  • You have a minimum income of £5000 per year
  • You have a good credit history
  • You are aged 18 or over
More Information
Must be a Member of Nationwide. This means you already have a current account, mortgage or savings account with Nationwide
Representative Example: 19.9% APR representative (variable). Based on an assumed credit limit of £1,200 and a purchase rate of 19.9% p.a. (variable)

If you encounter a problem making your balance transfer online, here is one tip that we know has worked previously. When entering the credit card number, place a 0 as the first digit of your existing American Express card number. This will then give you the required 16 digit credit card number.

A small number of UK credit cards provide both an American Express card and a Visa or MasterCard card on the same account. This is most common with rewards credit cards, usually airline or travel credit cards. In this case, we would always recommend using the 16 digit Visa or MasterCard card number to make the balance transfer.

Some AMEX balance transfer customers have reported success in making a balance transfer from American Express over the telephone with their credit card customer services. However, a transfer from American Express by telephone is still not guaranteed.

If requesting an American Express balance transfer over the telephone, it is often best to ask for a supervisor. These more experienced people are more likely to understand how to make a transfer from American Express cards.

American Express Balance Transfer

American Express currently, do not provide any 0% transfer credit card offers in the UK. For many years now, American Express UK have not issued any AMEX balance transfer cards with a 0% transfer offer.

You can ask to make a balance transfer from another credit card to an American Express card. However, you will not benefit from the 0% rates available on balance transfers, from many other popular UK credit cards.

So, in summary, can I transfer my American Express balance to another card? The HSBC balance transfer credit card for example?

Yes as described above, you can. In our experience, the card companies listed above, are more used to dealing with an American Express balance transfer. Many of the other credit card companies do not deal quite so well with the AMEX balance transfer card number issue.


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