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): August 5, 2009

                           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.)
or organization)

   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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On August 5, 2009, American Express Company (the "Company") held its
semi-annual Financial Community Meeting at which Daniel T. Henry, Executive
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company, provided the
following information regarding the Company's expectations with respect to its
U.S. Card Services ("USCS") lending net-write off rate:

      O The managed(1) net write-off rate of 10%(2) for the second quarter
        of 2009 was 50 to 100 basis points better than the Company's previous

      O This second quarter performance was largely a function of better
        than expected bankruptcy trends in the quarter, which impacted the
        Company's early write-offs.

      O Going forward, assuming that delinquencies continue at current
        levels, and bankruptcies increase somewhat, the Company believes that
        the managed net write-off rates for the third and fourth quarters of
        2009 will likely fall below 10%.(3)

      O The Company expects the actual net write-off rate for July 2009 to
        be approximately 9.2% on a managed basis and approximately 9.9% on an
        owned basis. The difference between the managed and the owned net
        write-off rates for July reflects the mix of loans in the respective
        portfolios, including the larger proportion of small business loans
        in the owned portfolio, as well as the mechanics of the calculation
        for the owned net write-off rate, which is impacted by the issuances
        and maturities relating to the securitization trust within a
        particular period. The Company believes that its managed basis
        presentation provides the Company's investors with a more
        comprehensive portrayal of the key dynamics of the Company's U.S.
        cardmember lending business over time.

      O Whether the managed net write-off rates for the 2009 third and
        fourth quarters as a whole are higher or lower than 9.2%, and to what
        degree, will be dependent upon factors such as the economy,and the
        combination of 30-day past due roll rates and bankruptcy filing

      O The Company expects that a significant portion of any provision
        benefits that may result from lower than expected write-offs versus
        the Company's prior estimates will likely be used to selectively
        increase spending on marketing and promotion or other business


(1) The "managed basis" presentation includes on-balance sheet cardmember
    loans and off-balance sheet securitized cardmember loans. The difference
    between the "owned basis" (GAAP) information and the "managed basis"
    information is attributable to the effects of securitized activities.

(2) The USCS net write-off rate on an owned basis was 10.3% for the quarter
    ended June 30, 2009. For more information regarding owned and managed net
    write-off rates please refer to the U.S. Card Services Selected Financial
    Information in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter
    ended June 30, 2009, which is on file with the SEC.

(3) The Company is not presenting estimates of owned net write-of rates
    comparable to the managed data above because the owned write-off rates are
    not determinable at this time. See "Forward-Looking Statements" for certain
    risk factors relating to the estimated net write-off rates above.


This report includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to risks
and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements contain words such as "believe,"
"expect," "anticipate," "optimistic," "intend," "plan," "aim," "will," "may,"
"should," "could," "would," "likely" and similar expressions. Readers are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes
no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Factors that
could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking
statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the Company's
ability to manage credit risk related to consumer and small business loans and
other credit trends, which will depend in part on the economic environment,
including, among other things, the housing market, the rates of bankruptcies
and unemployment, which can affect spending on card products and debt payments
by individuals and small business customers, and on the effectiveness of the
Company's credit models; the impact of the Company's efforts to deal with
delinquent cardmembers in the current challenging economic environment, which
may affect payment patterns of cardmembers, the actual level of cardmember
delinquencies in the future and the perception of the Company's services,
products and brands; the Company's near-term write-off rates, including those
for the third and fourth quarters of 2009, which will depend in part on
changes in the level of the Company's loan balances, delinquency rates of
cardmembers and bankruptcy filings and unemployment rates; and the actual
amount to be spent by the Company on marketing, promotion, rewards and
cardmember services based on management's assessment of competitive
opportunities and other factors affecting its judgment, and during the
remainder of 2009, the extent of provision benefit, if any, from lower than
expected write offs. A further description of these and other risks and
uncertainties can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
year ended December 31, 2008, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the
quarters ended March 31, 2009 and June 30, 2009, and its other reports filed
with the SEC.



         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

                                            By:    /s/ Carol V. Schwartz
                                            Name:  Carol V. Schwartz
                                            Title: Secretary

Date:  August 5, 2009