American Express Essential Card

Flytrippers opinion: A card for those who don't pay their balances every month.
Flytrippers Valuation
of Welcome bonus (net value)

via Amex secure application link

Rewards: $0

Card fee: $25

Card eligibility
no minimum income

Welcome bonus eligibility
must not have had
this specific card
ever before
No rewards (low interest rate)
Bonus: None
Earn on min. spend: $0 (total: $0)
How to unlock bonus
no welcome bonus

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Summary of Flytrippers' review


  • Low interest rate of 12.99% on purchases
  • Access to discounts and credits with Amex Offers


  • Those who want a low interest rate

Card details

Net value

  • $0 Bonus
  • –$25 Card fee (deducted from Valuation)

–$25 Total net value

‣ Details about our Flytrippers Valuation of welcome bonuses

Effective return rate

–25% Return on the minimum spending requirement of $0*
*$1 for calculations

‣ Details about effective return rates (coming soon)

Rewards acquisition summary

$0 Rewards you get for $25 in fees paid

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Value of redemption options

No rewards

Earn rates

No rewards

Discounts and credits with Amex Offers
Access to discounts, credits, and special offers throughout the year.

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Access to American Express Experiences
Access to exclusive virtual and in-person experiences and pre-sale tickets to lots of events.

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Insurance included

Travel accident insurance

‣Learn more about the insurance coverage included with the American Express Essential Card (coming soon)

Insurance not included

Medical travel insurance
Trip cancelation insurance
Trip interruption insurance
Flight delay insurance
Rental car insurance
Delayed and lost baggage insurance
Hotel burglary insurance
Purchase protection coverage
Extended warranty coverage
Mobile device insurance

‣Learn more about the different types of insurance coverage (coming soon)

Card eligibility
Minimum income: $0
Age: Majority in your province
Estimated credit score: Good or Excellent
Credit bureau: TransUnion Canada

Learn more about credit card eligibility requirements (coming soon)

Welcome bonus eligibility
No welcome bonus

Learn more about credit card welcome bonus eligibility rules (coming soon)

Offer end date
No welcome bonus

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Card details
Issuer: American Express Canada
Network: American Express
Card type: Credit card
Product type: Personal card

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Card fee: $25/year
Fee for additional card: $0
Foreign transaction fee: 2.5%
Balance transfer fee: N/A

‣Learn more about why Flytrippers recommends never looking at the fee alone (coming soon)

Annual interest rates

Purchases: 12.99%
Cash advances: 12.99%
Balance transfers: N/A
Purchases (penalty): 25.99% – 28.99% Variable

Learn more about why Flytrippers recommends ignoring rates (coming soon)

*Subject to approval. The preferred rate for purchases and funds advances is 12.99%.

If you have 2 separate Missed Payments, the applicable rates for your account will be the penalty rate. See the information box included with the application for the definition of Missed Payment and which rates apply to charges on your account and other details.

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