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Monday Morning Miles Talk

How to Set Up an American Express Account Manager

If you are in our Miles to Memories Facebook group then you saw my wife giving me crap about the hoops she has to jump through to fill up with gas.  I don’t think this is anything new for people in “the hobby”.  It made me think of all those things we make our significant others do in the name of miles and points. It also made me think of the sinking feeling I get in my stomach when I need her to call a bank for something.

Well for American Express there is a work around for this that I am not sure most people know about.  No I am not talking about using chat…sometimes you need to talk to someone about an issue and chat won’t do.

American Express Account Manager

American Express allows you to set up an account manager online in your account.  You can give this person varying levels of access.

American Express Account Manager

This is great for relationships like ours where one person does all the work and the other one reaps the rewards where one person isn’t into the hobby and hates making the necessary phone calls.  No more sitting in on the phone call when they mouth you questions!  No more having them call and then ask if you can talk on their behalf! Because you know dialing a number and asking a question is the end of the world to some…

How to Designate an American Express Account Manager

Here come the red arrows!  Not really…but kinda 🙂

Go to account services after logging into your American Express account.  It is at the very top of the page right under the card art.

Once you click through your Card Management page will be open. Halfway down the list is Add or Remove Account Managers.

American Express Account Manager

Once you click that a list of all of your cards will be listed here.  You have the option to add the account manager from existing users.  If the desired account manager is not a current authorized user on one of your cards then I assume you will need to call in to add them.

American Express Account Manager

Once you click add account manager they will ask for your personal security key.  If you have this set up it should give you a hint as to what it is.  If it isn’t set up nothing will be shown.  Don’t just take a stab in the dark – after 3 tries the account will be locked (I know from experience 🙂 ).  You will need to call in to get it set up.

Once you enter the security key it will ask who you want to designate and which level of access you want to grant them (see graphic above).  Once you do it for one card the other cards on your account will pop up and you can add a manager to all your accounts, if desired.

It will then say it is processing and can take up to a week to be added into the system.  If you add someone over the phone it is added immediately.

Conclusion

This is useful for all types of people.  Most relationships have one person who pays the bills so this makes it easier to gain access if an issue occurs.  Or, if the cardholder is traveling overseas and has an issue with their card they can have their account manager call. Assuming they are unable to easily call in without spending a ton of money etc.

It is a very useful setup that I wish more banks would offer.  It should score you some “spouse points” for sure in the long run!

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. This kind of tip is exactly why I spend all that time plowing through endless emails and postings about airline trivia and gift card arbitrage. Thanks! As for all the snarky remarks in the comment thread about freeloading spouses: I don’t blame my husband at all for resisting making phone calls to banks about credit cards he doesn’t care about. He does the yard work and most of the cooking and I handle the financials, and we’re both fine with that. I’ll bet you guys would not want to take on all the tasks your “lazy” spouse handles for your household on a daily basis, so kwitcherbitchin (as Ann Landers used to say).

  2. “This is great for relationships like ours where one person does all the work and the other one reaps the rewards …” 😀

    My day is made — thank you 😀

  3. Good to know, thanks! Could you imagine how difficult this hobby would be without secure messaging and we had to call in for everything?

  4. I don’t share my spouse’s love of golf, and he doesn’t share my love of all things miles/points. So, on behalf of my marriage, I thank you.

  5. Yup, already an authorized user. I was sent an email for each card with a special code and directions for finalizing my status as an account manager. While completing the final steps on my end I was prompted to create a new ID and password. Did not appear to be any way to utilize my existing login. I stopped there for now.

    • I would log into her account and see if you are already added. That may be just so you can pay the bills etc. and not needed.

      • Thanks, Mark. I think what happened was I didn’t properly select myself as an authorized user on the initial step of adding an account manager. This led me to walk through the process as if I were a 3rd party. Ultimately, I checked my wife’s account and I was officially added as an account manager even though I skipped the final step of creating a new login. Thanks!

          • I am experiencing the same issue and after using the AmEx chat functionality they are telling me that I cannot merge account manager cards with my personal amex account. I really don’t want two logins, how were you able to add it? I am looking to manage my wifes cards, enroll and manage the benefits mostly, from my existing account.

          • You can’t add someone else’s card under your own account. My wife had her own online set up but she added me so I could call in and chat on her behalf.

  6. Thanks for the heads up. I’m going through the process and its forcing me to create a new Amex login and password for each card that I am becoming an account manager. Is that your experience?

    • No that wasn’t my experience at all – that is strange. Were you already an Authorized User?

      Although mine are still pending except for the one my wife did over the phone when we called in to unlock her card (after guessing at password)

  7. To qualify as an account manager, do you have to be an authorized user on each other’s account? We have purposefully not placed each other as authorized users as we want to stay as low 5/24 as possible.

    • To do it online I believe you do but I think you can call in and have them add it without being an Authorized User but I am not 100% on that.

  8. Love the post. Very amusing. My wife hates that I’m opening new credit cards, buying gift cards, or having her change her auto pay bills to a different card/payment processor. “Another new credit card? Isn’t that going to hurt your credit?”, “No more gift cards!”, or “I am trying to simplify my life and you’re complicating it” are my favorite comments. You’re welcome for getting 5% back on the groceries or finding coupons/portals that help pay for your online shopping habits.

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