Mohammed Badi, President, Global Network Services , American Express and Roosevelt Ogbonna, Group managing Director Access Bank plc at the launch of American Express Card in the United Kingdom recently.
Access Bank launches first American Express Cards in Nigeria: The Access Bank American Express Gold Card and Platinum Card offer enhanced benefits and rewards to retail and private bank customers, including access to the Membership Rewards loyalty program and various travel and lifestyle benefits.
The collaboration between Access Bank and American Express began in 2019 with an agreement to enable businesses in Nigeria to accept payments from international American Express Cards. Now, Access Bank becomes the first issuer of American Express credit cards in West Africa.
The American Express Cards feature dual-currency functionality, international acceptance, and additional perks such as airport lounge access, car rental benefits, and hotel upgrades. The launch marks a milestone in Nigeria’s growing payments industry, providing customers with value and convenience in electronic payments.
Access Bank has launched two new consumer credit cards: the Access Bank American Express® Gold Card and the metal Platinum® Card.
These are the first American Express Cards to be issued in Nigeria. By launching these Cards, Access Bank improves its overall offering to its retail and private bank customers, who can now enjoy the Membership Rewards® loyalty programme and a wide range of travel and lifestyle benefits. In 2019, Access Bank signed an agreement with American Express to start acquiring merchants, enabling businesses across the country to accept payments from international American Express Cards. The bank is now ready to issue the first American Express credit cards in West Africa.
The Gold and Platinum Cards showcase the international American Express card design, featuring the distinctive ‘Centurion’ icon. Similar products are also issued outside of Nigeria by American Express or third parties licensed by American Express and provide Cardmembers with extensive rewards and benefits. Through Access Bank, this credit card experience is now available in Nigeria.
Roosevelt Ogbonna, Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank said:
“The launch of American Express Cards in Nigeria is another milestone in the continued development of a vibrant and fast-growing payments industry. Customers want more than transactions – they want real value. With American Express, we can provide valuable card benefits, strong loyalty rewards, and a real reason to use electronic payments instead of cash. By diversifying our services to facilitate payments, we can connect more consumers to the SMEs and retail businesses across the country who we know are the engine of economic growth.”
Mohammed Badi, President, of Global Network Services at American Express, said: “By granting Access Bank a license to launch the first-ever American Express Cards in Nigeria, American Express’ presence in Africa is becoming even more vibrant. The Access Bank American Express® Gold Card and the metal Platinum® Card enhance the credit card experience in Nigeria with special benefits, access, and service – for Cardmembers both in Nigeria and when traveling overseas.”
Alongside dual-currency functionality (NGN/USD) and international acceptance, the American Express Cards include airport lounge access, car rental perks, Membership Rewards®, loyalty points, as well as insurance and protections. On top of these features, the Platinum® Card also offers:
Expanded airport lounge benefits, with complimentary access to more than 1,400 lounges through the American Express Global Lounge Collection®.
Hotel perks and upgrades through The Hotel Collection and Fine Hotels + Resorts.
Special status access in the Hilton Honours, Radisson Rewards, and Marriott BonvoyTM rewards programmes.
Complimentary access to hotel membership programmes, with Tablet Plus membership and Mr & Mrs. Smith Gold status.
24/7 travel and lifestyle concierge services.
For more information on the Cards, please visit the Access Bank website or contact your Access Bank account officer or relationship manager.