websteth wrote:Going to the UK in a few months. How bad is American Express acceptance these days?
American Express acceptance in the UK is good usually, depends on where you are travelling. In the east it is pretty much accepted everywhere. All major UK supermarkets (Excluding Budgens, which barely exists anymore) and Petrol stations take Amex.
The only places I ever find that don't take it are small little shops and sometimes pubs and my vets. Some places don't know they take it though as a recent agreement with Barclaycard and Amex means that all shops that use BarclayCard Merchant services automatically take Amex (Or will do shortly). If its a small business Its usually best to swipe the card or insert it first, instead of asking.
If your using your Platinum, with chip and signature card, if the place doesn't take American Express the machine will normally just loop around saying "Processing card", rather than saying 'not accepted'.