AMERICAN EXPRESS PLANS LIVE AUDIO WEBCASTS OF THE INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL FOLLOWING FOURTH QUARTER & YEAR-END 2008 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND SEMI-ANNUAL FINANCIAL COMMUNITY MEETING

AMERICAN EXPRESS PLANS LIVE AUDIO WEBCASTS OF THE INVESTOR CONFERENCE CALL FOLLOWING FOURTH QUARTER & YEAR-END 2008 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND SEMI-ANNUAL FINANCIAL COMMUNITY MEETING

American Express Company said today that it plans to host a live audio webcast of its investor conference call on Monday, January 26, 2009, at 5:00 pm (ET) to discuss fourth quarter and year-end 2008 financial results. The company’s financial results are scheduled to be released shortly after the market closes on January 26, 2009.

The Company also plans to host its semi-annual financial community meeting on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. (ET). At the meeting, Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Dan Henry, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will provide an overview of the Company’s results and business strategies. The meeting will take place at the Company’s headquarters located in lower Manhattan.

The live audio webcast and presentation slides for the investor conference call and the semi-annual financial community meeting will be accessible to the general public on the American Express Web site at http://ir.americanexpress.com.

Investor Conference Call – Fourth Quarter & Year-End 2008 Results

* Monday, January 26, 2009 - A copy of the fourth quarter and year-end 2008 earnings release and earnings supplement will be available prior to the call at the same Web site address. A replay of the call will be available the evening of January 26th at the same Web site address.

Semi-Annual Financial Community Meeting

* Wednesday, February 4, 2009 – Presentations from the semi-annual financial community meeting will be available at the same Web site address. A replay of the meeting will be available the evening of February 4th at the same Web site address.

American Express Company is a leading global payments and travel company founded in 1850. For more information, visit www.americanexpress.com.

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