American Express rebates merchant discount for Haiti donations

AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY CONTRIBUTES $250,000 TO HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF AND WAIVES DISCOUNT RATE FOR CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

NEW YORK, January 14, 2010 — In response to the devastation caused by Tuesday’s massive earthquake in Haiti, American Express Company today announced that it will donate $250,000 to assist the following organizations with their relief efforts: the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee and the United Nations’ Friends of the World Food program. American Express will also match employee donations for relief efforts.

In addition, American Express will rebate the merchant discount rate for charitable contributions made on the American Express Card directly to any of the non-profit organizations listed on the USAID website in support of Haiti relief. The rebate is effective retroactively from January 12 through February 28, 2010.

American Express Company (www.americanexpress.com) is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.