The wait is almost over, kind of…
Just in time for cyber week and holiday shopping, Curve is jumping back into the Amex game. The beloved digital payment card allows travelers to add all their cards onto one card, switching between options using the simple app, all while swerving foreign transaction fees. After teasing, waiting and playfully driving Curve cardholders crazy, the company has now confirmed Curve’s return of Amex card acceptance, starting next week.
We are bringing Amex back! From next week, selected Beta testers will be able to add their Amex cards to Curve.
— Curve (@imaginecurve) November 16, 2018
Curve is making its triumphant return to American Express acceptance more painful than many travelers would prefer. The company says it has selected beta testers from its user base to run initial Amex trials next week, before Amex returns to all Curve users in the weeks thereafter. Why not just privately test beta users, and then make an official announcement that everyone can take advantage of? Nonetheless, Amex is returning before the months end.
Curve promises a blog post next week with full details, which will be found here. From Curve’s coy responses on Twitter, it seems there could be a few changes. Curve refused comment on whether any fees would be added for Amex acceptance, and this “all will be revealed” approach suggests that a small fee is likely, at least for those who hope to run a high transaction volume with American Express. Reading a Twitter thread is always one of the most interesting ways to learn, and this thread made two things clear: everyone wants Amex now, and everyone wants Apple Pay acceptance too. If a third wish is possible, everyone would really like cool looking metal Curve cards too. Lets just start with a swift all user Amex rollout. If you didn’t receive a beta tester email already, you’re apparently not on the team.