American Express has teamed up with Venmo, a new secure online payments service which – with shades of Paypal – allows you to pay for transactions online without having to input your card details.
If you didn’t get the email from Amex, this is how it works:
You need to download one of the following apps from the App Store: YPlan, Hotel Tonight, livingsocial, Drivr, Bizzby
(If you already have one of these downloaded, skip this step)
Open the app, log in (create an account if you don’t have one) and go to Settings
On the page where you store your credit card details, there will be a box marked ‘Send to Venmo’ which should be ticked if it is not automatically ticked
Add details of your Amex Platinum, Amex Gold or Amex Green and save
That’s it! You can then delete the app from your iPhone or iPad.
I tried it with YPlan and it worked fine – simply click the ‘equals sign’ logo in the bottom left to go to Settings and then go into the credit card pages.
What is not clear is if you can register supplementary cards as well. I have, just in case I get a double bonus.
The full details can be found here.
You have until 14th November to register your card, so there is still time to do this if you were planning to apply for an Amex Gold (review) or Amex Plat (review) but have yet to do so. Think of it as an extra 1,000 points sign-up bonus!
Note that points can take 8 weeks to hit your Membership Rewards account.
This offer is not available for Android devices …. don’t ask my why!
(To see our complete list of all current credit card bonuses, click here to visit our ‘Credit Cards Update’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)