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IMPORTANT NOTICE Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholder Meeting

to be Held on April 26, 2010




Meeting Information            



Meeting Type:   Annual


                AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY    For holders as of:   February 26, 2010


Date:  April 26, 2010



  Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time



Location:   Company’s headquarters


200 Vesey Street


New York, NY 10285




You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in the above-named company.




NEW YORK, NY 10285


This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.


You may view the proxy materials online at or easily request a paper copy (see reverse side). This is not a ballot. You cannot use this notice to vote these shares. Please see the reverse side of this notice for instructions to access proxy materials and how to vote.



This notice also constitutes Notice of the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.





Before You Vote  



How to Access the Proxy Materials



Proxy Materials Available to VIEW or RECEIVE:





How to View Online:


Have the 12-Digit Control Number available (located on the following page) and visit:


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How To Vote  



Please Choose One of the Following Voting Methods



Vote In Person: All shareholders of record at February 26, 2010 (or holders in street name who have obtained a valid proxy) may vote in person at the meeting. Directions to the meeting are found under “Location of the 2010 Annual Meeting” in the proxy statement.


Vote By Internet: To vote now by Internet, go to Have the 12 Digit Control Number available and follow the instructions.


Vote By Mail: You can vote by mail by requesting a paper copy of the materials, which will include a proxy card.



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Voting Items


The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR all the nominees listed below, FOR Items 2 and 3, and AGAINST Items 4, 5 and 6. If no voting instructions are given, the proxy will be voted as the Board of Directors recommends.                
1.    To elect Directors           4.    Shareholder proposal relating to cumulative voting for Directors.    



   1)   D.F. AKERSON      7)   R.C. LEVIN      5.   

Shareholder proposal relating to the calling of special shareholder meetings.

   2)   C. BARSHEFSKY          8)   R.A. MCGINN            
   3)   U.M. BURNS      9)   E.D. MILLER            
   4)   K.I. CHENAULT    10)   S.S REINEMUND      6.   

Shareholder proposal relating to share retention requirements for executives.

   5)   P. CHERNIN    11)   R.D. WALTER            
   6)   J. LESCHLY    12)   R.A. WILLIAMS            
2.    Ratification of appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2010.      Such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any postponement(s) or adjournment(s) thereof.    
3.    Advisory (non-binding) vote approving executive compensation.      Please Note: You cannot vote by returning this Notice. To vote the shares, you must vote online or request a paper copy of the proxy materials to receive a proxy card. You may also attend and vote at the meeting.