We’ll toast to that…
Some news deserves a stand up toast, and for anyone who clicked this – it’s time to grab a cold one. Curve Card has wowed travelers for years now, lowering pesky fees to use cards abroad and allowing people to earn points on virtually everything they spend. The card hit one major plot turn this year, when they severed ties with American Express. With so many people eager to use their Amex card in places that don’t “technically” take Amex – it was hard times indeed. Today, Curve has confirmed that Amex will soon be back, and by soon – we mean really soon.
Yes, your favorite store that doesn’t take Amex soon will, via your Curve card. Curve took to Twitter today to tease out the news release, highlighting a comical series of user tweets begging for Amex acceptance to come back. The tease follows on to say: it’s coming! If you’re now wondering what all of this news is about, here’s a short synopsis.
— Curve (@imaginecurve) October 9, 2018
Curve is a very cool digital debit card available in the UK, which allows you to use credit cards in places that may only take debit. It also allows you to avoid paying forex fees abroad, by charging you in GBP. It’s an amazing trick all by itself. But Curve’s greatest magic trick was when you could link your American Express card, allowing you to earn Amex Points in places that didn’t actually take Amex! The merchant just saw your card as a Mastercard debit card, which was brilliant, and then Curve converted the transaction internally. There was literally no excuse not to earn points. To say it was popular is to say the Beatles were just a band.
Curve has now officially confirmed the return of Amex acceptance. Within days, or at worst – weeks, you’ll soon be able to add your American Express cards to the Curve app, and pay for transactions using your Amex, via your Curve Mastercard. The brilliance is back. A few details remain to be seen, such as whether or not this will be available with the “free” Curve card, or only on the £50 premium card. For many reasons, there’s no question the new premium Curve card is worth the fee if you travel. And if you do get either, code C5CFD will get you £5 after your first purchase using the card. Download the app here.