Your Account Configuration

Account Hierarchy

Corporate Card hierarchy is the name given to the structure or operational framework of the Corporate Card Account. The hierarchy always includes two elements:

  • Corporate IDs (CID) or Control Accounts

  • Card Account numbers and Business Travel Account numbers

Account Hierarchy Structure

Your Account hierarchy is set up relative to your Company's internal structure and Management Information (MI) reporting needs.

The hierarchy may represent a simple or a complex account structure. There are three hierarchy categories in the Corporate Expense Management programme allowing up to six levels of hierarchy:

  • Master Control Account Number (MCA) - this is your Company's own unique identifier

  • Basic Control Account Number (BCA) - each individual Corporate Card sits within the basic control number

  • Intermediate Control Account Number (ICA) - this added level would be included for divisional MI reporting needs

Basic Hierarchy – Two Levels


Complex Hierarchy – Three or More Levels


Implementation Process

If you have recently joined the American Express Cathay Pacific Corporate Card programme, the information below provides you with details on the implementation process of some accounts.

Basic Implementation Process

If you are simply adding Cards to an existing Account, then the process begins with American Express processing the individual Card Member applications.

Approval With a Limit

Based on the assessment of your Company, you may be approved for a Corporate Card Account with a limit placed on your Account.