American Express Go launches new digital card for businesses

Sally McMullen 28 November 2018 NEWS

The virtual card offers faster and more flexible business payments.

American Express has launched its new American Express Go digital credit card for Australian businesses today. The innovation in corporate payments is designed to help mid to large sized companies better manage the business expenses of temporary workers, contractors and other employees.

Businesses can use American Express Go to issue a unique virtual card to a mobile wallet which can be used in-store, online, over the phone or through another app (such as food delivery or ride sharing services) wherever Amex is accepted. It integrates with Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay, so it can be easily used for contactless payments.

You can set up individual virtual card spend and time frame limits, top up or cancel balances and monitor spending in real time. You can also track and consolidate expenses using predetermined project codes or employee IDs. This means greater control over your business spending and less time spent processing reimbursements.

There is a one-time $3 fee per user and you can link unlimited virtual cards to the one account.

How can I create an American Express Go account?

You can make a user profile and set up a virtual card in the American Express Go portal, with the option to get a physical card as well. Virtual cards are sent to users via the Amex Go mobile app and can be used online immediately. You can then keep track of all transactions under one account via your online account.

American Express and many other Australian card issuers offer business credit cards that also offer additional cardholders for employees and consolidating accounting software, but American Express Go offers the unique benefit of an immediate virtual card which could come in handy.

American Express has launched American Express Go to give Aussie businesses more control in the current flexible work environment. For the first time, less than 50% of all employed Australians are working in permanent full-time gigs in 2018. This is reflective of the growing "gig economy" and the recent changes to how we work.

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