Cyberius wrote:Does anybody know how to get an Amex with the smart card chip in the USA? It would be nice to have when traveling overseas; they obviously give them out in foreign markets.
I wonder if it would be possible to call and request a card with the chip and PIN?
As far as I know, AMEX does not currently offer EMV for US customers. Even cardmembers paying $5,000 a year for Centurian don't have the EMV chip. AMEX from what I have read is not fond of EMV (even though they co-own EMVco with Visa, MasterCard and JCB). If you ask anybody at AMEX, on their Twitter or Facebook accounts they snap back stating that they have no plans on rolling out EMV in the US anytime soon and that you should not have any trouble using their cards abroad.
It really ticks me off that we don't have EMV here in the US. Sure, we are a superpower (lone superpower?) but I feel if the rest of the world has adopted a standard of payments then we should as well. It is starting to happen but at a snails pace and AMEX is the ONLY network that has not annouced plans for EMV migration. Even Discover has announced plans!
Stepping off my soapbox. But to answer your question, no. AMEX does not even offer one to their highest spenders here in the US. Never hurts to call them and let them know that you would like to have one. If enough people complain they will have to start getting serious about it. Ironic thing is that back in 1999 the Blue card had a "Smart Chip" standard. It didn't work the way EMV works, but they had it back then.