Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 27, 2008

                            AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

          New York                      1-7657                 13-4922250
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(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)     (IRS Employer
     of incorporation)                                     Identification No.)

       200 Vesey Street, World Financial Center
                  New York, New York                       10285
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       (Address of principal executive offices)          (Zip Code)

      Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (212) 640-2000

         (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure

On March 27, 2008, American Express Company (the "Company") issued a press
release announcing that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Corporate
Payment Services, General Electric's commercial card and corporate purchasing
business unit. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to
this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

The transaction purchase price and the amount needed to replace the debt
supporting the receivables of the Corporate Payment Services Business, will be
paid from American Express's cash on hand, which at February 29, 2008 was in
excess of $17 billion. This cash includes amounts received from the recent
sale of American Express Bank Ltd. Subsequent to February month end, the
Company priced a debt offering of $3 billion on March 12 and closed the
offering on March 19.


99.1  Press Release dated March 27, 2008.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                               AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY

                                                     /s/ Stephen P. Norman
                                               By -----------------------------
                                               Name:     Stephen P. Norman
                                               Title:    Secretary

Date:   March 27, 2008

                                 EXHIBIT INDEX

Item No.       Description

99.1           Press Release dated March 27, 2008