American Express Credit Cards Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction

August 17, 2017, Written By Bill Hardekopf
American Express Credit Cards Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction

American Express has been ranked highest in customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power’s annual credit card satisfaction study. The company earned an overall satisfaction index score of 835, which beat the credit card industry’s average score by 33 points. Discover placed second with 827 points, and Capital One took third with 808.

“We’re honored to be in the top spot, especially since this recognition reflects our Card Members’ satisfaction with their American Express relationships,” said Kenneth Chenault, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re also proud to have achieved our highest overall score ever, which is consistent with the feedback we receive directly from our Card Members. It’s a clear sign that the entire American Express team is focused on delivering exceptional products, experiences and service to our customers.”

The J.D. Power Credit Card Satisfaction Study, which is in its 11th year, uses six factors to measure customer satisfaction, including interaction, credit card terms, billing and payment, rewards, benefits and services, and problem resolution. Key findings of the study include:

  • Credit cards that scored the highest in customer satisfaction are those that offer cash back rewards. Airline credit cards and store-branded Visa and Mastercard rewards cards have the lowest level of satisfaction among rewards cards.
  • Regional banks are starting to compete with larger Visa and Mastercard issuers. Regional bank credit card accounts have increased 24% since 2014, and overall customer satisfaction is within 10 points of national issuers.
  • Websites and mobile apps are becoming an important factor in customer satisfaction. When customers do not use these digital channels, their satisfaction is only 780. Satisfaction rises to 807 when customers use online features and to 827 when customers use mobile-only features. When customers use a combination of digital channels, satisfaction climbed to 834.
  • Satisfaction levels among customers over 40 are on the rise, while they are declining among customers under 40. Younger customers also tend to spread their spending across multiple cards, which means they are more likely to switch their primary card. When customers do switch their primary card, older users change for better rewards (44%) while younger cardholders switch for better benefits (38%).

This is the ninth time American Express has topped the list since the study launched in 2007. Amex earned the highest ranking in 2007 through 2013 and shared the highest ranking in 2014.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of August 17, 2017. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.

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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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