RANT: American Express

We’ve been using American Express instead of a local bank for years. I tried to get some travelers checks for our trip to Vegas. Before, I was able to get them charged to my AMEX card, no fees. They don’t do that anymore–cash, or personal check. So I go home to get a check.

Then, it’s a 2% fee. Ugh. Of couse, the teller informs me, I can get a discount to 1% if I pay cash. Hey, AMEX…I don’t have a local bank! I bank with you! Why no discount for us that can’t get cash except through an ATM? That’s the privilege of American Express.

So, stronger case made for getting a local bank. Crap.