How to Download American Express Accounts in Quicken

By Amy Marie

Since the mid-1990s, American Express has collaborated with Intuit, maker of Quicken personal financial management software for Windows and Mac, to offer consumers the convenience of online statements and transaction downloads. Downloading your American Express account transactions into Quicken is a fast way to keep accurate financial records. When you keep track of your expenses you can budget and save for the future more effectively and easily reconcile your account. Reconciling your account each month also helps keep you from inadvertently going over the spending limit on your credit card.

Step 1

Go to the American Express website and log on to your account.

Step 2

Choose either “View Recent Activity” or “View Online Statement” from the Manage Your Account menu.

Step 3

Click the “Download” button near the upper right hand corner of the screen. The Download Transaction Activity dialog opens.

Step 4

Click on the radio button (circle) labeled “Select this option to download transactions into Quicken …” and then click the “Continue” button. The “Download Card Activity” page opens.

Step 5

Select the date range for the transactions you want to download.

Step 6

Click the “Download Now” button. The download begins automatically.

Step 7

Double-click on the downloaded file. The file is in your downloads folder; it has a .qfx file extension. Quicken opens automatically and imports the transaction data.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before selecting a date range for the transactions you want to download, check the date of your previous download to avoid having duplicate transactions in the Quicken register for your American Express account.
  • If you have trouble downloading your American Express account transactions, call American Express customer service for assistance. A representative will walk you through the process.
  • Always remember to log out of your American Express account when you are finished.