UNITED STATES
                      SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                            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): July 29, 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


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

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ITEM 7.01 REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE On July 29, 2009, American Express Company (the "Company") repurchased in full from the United States Department of the Treasury (the "Treasury Department") the warrant to purchase approximately 24.3 million common shares of the Company (the "Warrant"), which was issued to the Treasury Department pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program. The purchase price paid by the Company to the Treasury Department for the Warrant was $340 million. A copy of the Company's press release, dated July 29, 2009, announcing the Company's repurchase of the Warrant is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference. ITEM 8.01 OTHER EVENTS The first paragraph set forth in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

SIGNATURE 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 (REGISTRANT) By: /s/ Carol V. Schwartz -------------------------------- Name: Carol V. Schwartz Title: Secretary Date: July 29, 2009

EXHIBIT INDEX ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION 99.1 Press release, dated July 29, 2009, of American Express Company announcing repurchase of the warrant to purchase approximately 24.3 million common shares of the Company, which was issued to the United States Department of the Treasury pursuant to the TARP Capital Purchase Program.

                                                                   EXHIBIT 99.1


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CONTACTS:             Media: Joanna Lambert              Michael O'Neill
                             212-640-9668                212-640-5951
                             joanna.g.lambert@aexp.com   mike.o'neill@aexp.com

         Investors/Analysts: Alex Hopwood                Ron Stovall
                             212-640-5495                212-640-5574
                             alex.w.hopwood@aexp.com     ronald.stovall@aexp.com


    AMERICAN EXPRESS REPURCHASES WARRANTS FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY

NEW YORK, July 29, 2009 -- American Express announced today that it has
repurchased the warrants issued to the United States Department of Treasury as
part of the Capital Purchase Program (CPP) for $340 million.

In June, American Express repurchased $3.39 billion of preferred shares issued
under the CPP. The company paid a total of $74.4 million in dividends to the
U.S. Treasury. Taking into account the dividends and the repayment of warrants
-- which total $414.4 million -- U.S. Treasury earned an annualized 26 percent
return on its investment.

The repurchase price of the warrants reflects, in part, the appreciation of
American Express' share price since the preferred shares were issued in
January of this year.

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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