American Express Started issuing Cards to 10+ New Cities

American Express is renowned for its great service worldwide to their customers. One of the biggest hurdles in getting an AMEX card has been– application allowed in limited cities (Metros & some south Indian cities).

AMEX was banned from issuing new cards to Indian customers since May 2021. Post receiving RBI green signal on 24th August 2022 (almost 16 months), AMEX initiated taking applications from customers albeit with a small difference this time- “some new cities added to eligible service area”.

Logical because Amex lost lakhs of customers in these 16 months due to RBI ban, as competitors were issuing cards left n right. Great move!.

New Cities

Following new cities* were added recently (Post lifting of RBI ban),

  1. Bhopal
  2. Bhubaneshwar
  3. Ernakulam
  4. Vijaywada
  5. Lucknow
  6. Ludhiana
  7. Nagpur
  8. Nasik
  9. Trivandrum
  10. Mysuru
  11. Cuttack
  12. Vizag

*Above is as per my chat conversation with Amex executive (could vary a bit).

Some sub-cities (location near to a serviceable city) were also added as confirmed by Amex executive over call. e.g. Mohali, Panchkula & Zirakpur sub-cities added to Chandigarh. Maybe more of this type as it was in existence even before but Amex executive could only confirm these.

Note: Even if a city is serviceable, few pin codes might be blacklisted. If you reside in such an area, getting a credit card is possible via approval basis. This is common with mostly all banks.

My Application Experience

Loved to have an Amex card in my wallet since years but couldn’t, due to this very known reason.

Nonetheless once Amex started accepting card applications from September 2022, I waited for referral schemes to kick in. Amex undoubtedly runs best card referral schemes in India.

As referral scheme kicked in with First Year FREE offer, applied for Amex RCCC card via Cardexpert MRCC Refferal link on 25th November 2022 (apart from FYF, renewal fee also got reduced to one-third in subsequent years).

Income docs like Form 16/ Latest 2 months payslip along with 2 months bank statement were asked post VKYC. Approval email knocked the mailbox on 14th December and card was in my hand on 16th December.

That’s too much time compared to regular Amex standards which is usually 1 week or under for approval. While the reason for delay is not clear, it seems it could be because of newly added city, among others.

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