July 21, 2024

Access Bank Launches First American Express Cards To Be Issued in Nigeria


ACCESS Bank has launched two new consumer credit cards – the Access Bank American Express Gold Card and the metal Platinum® Card. These are the first American Express Cards to be issued in Nigeria.

By launching these cards, Access Bank improves its overall offering to its retail and private bank customers who can now enjoy the Membership Rewards loyalty programme and a wide range of travel and lifestyle benefits.

In 2019, Access Bank signed an agreement with American Express to start acquiring merchants, enabling businesses across the country to accept payments from international American Express Cards. The bank is now ready to issue the first American Express credit cards in West Africa.

The gold and platinum cards showcase the international American Express Card design, featuring the distinctive ‘Centurion’ icon.

Similar products are also issued outside of Nigeria by American Express or third parties licensed by American Express providing card members with extensive rewards and benefits. Through Access Bank, this credit card experience is now available in Nigeria.

Roosevelt Ogbonna, Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank, said, “The launch of American Express cards in Nigeria is another milestone in the continued development of a vibrant and fast-growing payments industry.

“Customers want more than transactions; they want real value. With American Express, we can provide valuable card benefits, strong loyalty rewards and a real reason to use electronic payments instead of cash. By diversifying our services to facilitate payments, we can connect more consumers to the SMEs and retail businesses across the country who we know are the engine of economic growth.”

Mohammed Badi, President, Global Network Services at American Express, said, “By granting Access Bank a license to launch the first-ever American Express Cards in Nigeria, American Express’ presence in Africa is becoming even more vibrant. The Access Bank American Express Gold Card and the metal Platinum Card enhance the credit card experience in Nigeria with special benefits, access and service for card members both in Nigeria and when travelling overseas.”

Alongside dual-currency functionality (naira/dollar) and international acceptance, the American Express Cards include airport lounge access, car rental perks, membership rewards, loyalty points, as well as insurance and protections.

According to the bank, on top of these features, the platinum card also offers expanded airport lounge benefits, with complimentary access to more than 1,400 lounges through the American Express Global Lounge Collection; hotel perks and upgrades through The Hotel Collection and Fine Hotels + Resorts; Special status access in the Hilton Honours, Radisson Rewards, and Marriott BonvoyTM rewards programmes; complimentary access to hotel membership programmes, with Tablet Plus membership and Mr & Mrs Smith Gold status and 24/7 travel and lifestyle concierge services.

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