Did you buy an American Express Gift Card anytime between January 1st, 2002 and September 21st, 2011? (any gift card with an AMEX logo counts)
If so, you may be a Class Member of a recent settlement and could have some cash on the way, up to $40 per Class Member. The lawsuit claimed that AMEX didn’t fully disclose all the contract terms and they were subject to fees (monthly, check issuance, etc). American Express denies they did anything wrong, the Court didn’t decide who was right, and now we have a settlement.
The full details are available on the settlement website but here’s what the options are:
- You can get $5 to $20 per gift card up to $40 per Class Member depending on claimants and the total fund of $6.75 million.
- If you bought the card but gave it to someone else, you aren’t included.
- If you have an AMEX gift card or gift card number without the card and the balance is $25 or less, you can get a refund at no cost. (don’t need to be part of the class)
- Every Class Member can purchase a $100 gift card without purchase/shipping/handling fees.
Next, you’ll need to make a claim that:
- You tried to make a purchase with the AMEX card plus another form of payment, but were refused.
- You believe a monthly fee was charged.
- You believe a “check issuance” fee was charged.
From there, you enter in your method of payment, and whether you want to learn how to refund a <$25 gift card or buy a $100 AMEX without a fee. The $5 to $20 award depends on how much information you have. If you don't have a record of the card and AMEX can't look you up, the max is $5 total. If you have your gift card number, that's when you could get $5 to $20 per card. You have until November 16th, 2015 to make a claim (or opt out) on the settlement website, or call 1-866-680-3343.
How to Find Old AMEX Gift Cards
Your best bet is to hope you had them tucked away in a drawer somewhere. I eagerly throw away gift cards after they’re done. 🙂
Email: I purchased a few AMEX gift cards back in 2007 and was able to find an email confirmation with the subject line American Express Gift Card Order # XXXXXXX approved sent from [email protected] If you purchased any cards from American Express, you probably have a confirmation email too.
Unfortunately, it didn’t have the cards’ number but at least it’s an order number to work with.
I would try to call AMEX with the order number to find out what the card numbers were but the thought of being on the phone for 15 minutes to maybe get some numbers that would get me a few more dollars on the settlement… that wasn’t very appealing. So I made the claim without the number.
Online: I went to http://www.americanexpress.com/gifts to see if I could look up any orders but mine were far too old to find.