The Federal Reserve’s continued rate hikes have made it more expensive to borrow money, but high interest rates also mean you’ll earn more on your savings. And while you might not associate American Express with traditional banking products -- the company is best known for its top-tier credit card rewards programs -- Amex offers several ways to grow your cash, from high-yield savings accounts to certificates of deposit.
Depending on the term length you’re looking for, this bank’s CD rates compete with most of CNET’s top picks for the best CD rates available right now.
American Express CDs: At a glance
American Express offers a standard CD with six terms, all compounding daily. The 12- and 24-month terms offer highly competitive rates. If you’re thinking about opening a CD at American Express, however, you should be confident that you won’t need the cash before the term is up. This bank’s early withdrawal penalties can be hefty if you pull your funds before the maturity date. You’ll forfeit 90 days of interest if your CD term is anywhere between 12 months and less than 48 months. And if you opt for the bank’s longest term -- 60 months -- the penalty is 540 days of interest.
|Terms||12 months to 60 months|
|Early withdrawal penalty||Three months to 18 months of interest (90 days to 540 days)|
|Grace period||10 days|
American Express’ CD rates
American Express offers six CD terms with annual percentage yields, or APYs, that vary from as low as 1% to as high as 4.50%. Its 12-month CD rate, for example, is slightly higher than some other banks and credit unions.
|CD term||APY||Minimum deposit|
Note: APYs shown are as of Dec. 01, 2022. CNET’s editorial team updates this information regularly, typically biweekly. APYs may have changed since they were last updated and may vary by region for some products.
How much can you earn with American Express CDs?
The following table illustrates approximately how much you can earn under each CD term with a lump sum of $5,000, compounded daily.
|CD term||APY||Interest earned|
How do American Express’ CD rates compare?
American Express CDs earn as much as three times more than the average CD rates nationally. Its highest rate, 4.50% APY for a 12-month CD, is just over three times the national average rate of 1.49% APY. If you can leave your cash untouched for the length of those terms, you can lock in on some of the highest APYs available.
The 18-, 36- and 48-month CDs, however, offer underwhelming rates. The 60-month CD, while better than the national average, falls short of much of the competition. If you’re looking for CDs with these terms, consider another bank or credit union with more competitive rates.
How American Express CDs compare with top-yielding banks
|Banks||12-month APY||36-month APY||60-month APY|
|American Express Bank ($0 minimum deposit)||4.50%||1.15%||3.25%|
|Bread Savings ($1,500 minimum deposit)||5.05%||4.50%||4.25%|
|CFG Bank ($500 minimum deposit)||5.15%||4.60%||4.50%|
|PenFed* ($1,000 minimum deposit)||4.60%||4.10%||3.90%|
|Synchrony Bank ($0__minimum deposit)||4.50%||4.30%||4.30%|
Additional savings options at American Express
American Express offers more than CD accounts. If you’re searching for a new place to move your money, the bank’s savings and checking products are both worth a look.
High-yield savings account
American Express has just one savings account that earns a respectable 3.75% APY. It doesn’t charge any monthly maintenance fees and has no minimum deposit requirement.
High-yield checking account
American Express also offers a unique rewards checking account. The application is exclusively available to existing members who have had a basic Amex consumer credit card open for at least three months. The account pays a generous 1.00% APY -- around 15x higher than the national average for checking accounts -- and there are no monthly minimum balance requirements or fees. Additionally, account holders can earn rewards points for debit card spending, somewhat of a rarity in today’s banking industry.