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American Express

Accept American Express Payments

Merchants who are already accepting American Express can provide their Amex Merchant ID upon signup. Your American Express Merchant ID will remain the same, and Helcim will simply take over the role of authorizing your American Express payments.

American Express OptBlue® Acceptance Program

Merchants processing less than $1,000,000 per year in American Express transactions may be eligible for the American Express OptBlue program. Standard Amex OptBlue wholesale discount rates apply, with 0.48% Helcim Cost+ markup for retail merchants and 0.66% for virtual terminal merchants.

Please note that some industries do not qualify for the Amex OptBlue registration and need to signup with Amex directly using the form below:
https://www209.americanexpress.com/merchant/services/en_US/registration/userprofile

American Express OptBlue
Wholesale Discount Rates

Industry Transaction Size Rate
AMEX RETAIL < $75 1.60 % + 10¢
AMEX RETAIL < $1,000 1.95 % + 10¢
AMEX RETAIL > $1,000 2.40 % + 10¢
AMEX SERVICES < $400 1.60 % + 10¢
AMEX SERVICES < $3,000 1.95 % + 10¢
AMEX SERVICES > $3,000 2.40 % + 10¢
AMEX RESTAURANT < $25 1.85 % + 10¢
AMEX RESTAURANT < $150 2.45 % + 10¢
AMEX RESTAURANT > $150 2.75 % + 10¢
AMEX CATERERS < $25 1.85 % + 10¢
AMEX CATERERS < $150 2.45 % + 10¢
AMEX CATERERS > $150 2.75 % + 10¢
AMEX MAIL ORDER & INTERN < $150 1.70 % + 10¢
AMEX MAIL ORDER & INTERN < $3,000 2.05 % + 10¢
AMEX MAIL ORDER & INTERN > $3,000 2.50 % + 10¢
AMEX HEALTHCARE < $150 1.55 % + 10¢
AMEX HEALTHCARE < $2,000 1.85 % + 10¢
AMEX HEALTHCARE > $2,000 2.30 % + 10¢
AMEX B2B/WHOLESALE < $400 1.55 % + 10¢
AMEX B2B/WHOLESALE < $7,500 1.80 % + 10¢
AMEX B2B/WHOLESALE > $7,500 2.25 % + 10¢
AMEX LODGING < $100 2.25 % + 10¢
AMEX LODGING < $1,000 2.60 % + 10¢
AMEX LODGING > $1,000 3.00 % + 10¢
AMEX T&E < $100 2.25 % + 10¢
AMEX T&E < $1,000 2.60 % + 10¢
AMEX T&E > $1,000 3.00 % + 10¢
AMEX PREPAID < $75 1.35 % + 10¢
AMEX PREPAID < $1,000 1.70 % + 10¢
AMEX PREPAID > $1,000 2.15 % + 10¢
AMEX OTHER < $100 1.50 % + 10¢
AMEX OTHER < $3,000 1.85 % + 10¢
AMEX OTHER > $3,000 2.30 % + 10¢
 
Assessments and Association Fees
AMEX NETWORK FEES Applies to all transactions. 0.15%
AMEX INTL CROSS BORDER FEE Applies to all international transactions. 0.40%
AMEX KEYED FEE Applies to all manually keyed transactions. 0.30%
AMEX ACCESS FEE Only applies to existing Elavon merchants who were actively processing with American Express prior to converting to OptBlue. 0.30%
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