American Express Contactless Credit Cards Sweep the UK

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

The first American Express branded contactless credit card is to be launched in the UK by MBNA so millions of customers can take advantage of the new quick and easy way to make purchases.

MBNA is the first to issue EMV-enabled contactless credit cards in the UK for American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

By the end of 2012 millions of MBNA UK customers will have their own contactless credit card to make quick and easy purchases without the need to enter a PIN.

“We are delighted to offer a world first in providing EMV-enabled contactless credit cards across the three major payment networks,” said Ian O’Doherty, Bank of America Europe Card executive.

“We think this will be a win for MBNA’s customers who will be able to enjoy the ease and convenience of contactless payments together with the customised benefits and services on their American Express-branded cards,” Debra Davies, American Express Global Network Services.

MBNA customers do not need to apply for the new card, as the contactless cards will be delivered to them as their new or replacement cards.

To activate the contactless technology, customers need to touch the card to a payment terminal that displays the contactless symbol and American Express logo.

The contactless cards cannot be used until a PIN is entered on first use to protect the card from being used by fraudsters. Only payments that do not exceed £15 per transaction can be made using the contactless technology, and customers will randomly be asked to enter their PIN to ensure the card has not got into the wrong hands.

Those who are victims of fraud or theft will be fully protected on their credit cards.

It is hoped this new contactless credit card technology will make it easier for customers to make small purchases, and also cut down on the amount they spend to enable them to be under the £15 limit.

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