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Reclusive46
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Postby Reclusive46 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:31 pm

Has anyone seen the new TV advert bashing Amex about acceptance? its on here in the UK, don't know about USA.

Edit: Found a slight variant (US voice instead of British Voice) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiJH9J7q7HE

At the rate Diners Club / Discover acceptance is growing internationally, I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes more accepted in that Amex. In some countries, it's simply too expensive.
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Postby MemberSince99 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:36 pm

I'm tending to avoid places that don't take Amex. Most of my cards are now Amex, with two being the "real thing" and two being bank issued, that I use on a daily basis. I carry a Visa in my wallet, but if they don't take Amex my first inclination is to go elsewhere. And they aren't saving any money - the Visa is a signature and they'll pay even more in swipe fees for that but they'll happily do that as ignorance is bliss....

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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:43 pm

Always say it and following thru....

If you don't accept Amex, I walk.

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Postby websteth » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:15 pm

Reclusive46 wrote:Has anyone seen the new TV advert bashing Amex about acceptance? its on here in the UK, don't know about USA.

Edit: Found a slight variant (US voice instead of British Voice) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiJH9J7q7HE

At the rate Diners Club / Discover acceptance is growing internationally, I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes more accepted in that Amex. In some countries, it's simply too expensive.


I've seen this advert before on the UK TV shows I watch. Personally, I only have like 1 or two MasterCards. The products which are MasterCard don't really offer much and personally, I think Visa is a better product. It will be interesting to compare when I travel back to London later this summer. I never really had issues traveling before with my American Express.

AS others have said, I think we will start seeing more acceptance as more places go for a flat fee processing like Square or Intuit .
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Postby Reclusive46 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:15 pm

Well I think the advert is a cheek in the UK, considering some merchants will now refuse to accept MasterCard because of all the hidden fees from reward cards. Was recently staying at a hotel and the person in front checking in was told they either take Visa or Amex (Diners/Discover for final payment but not for pre-auth), No MasterCard.

MasterCard products in the UK are alright though, the capital one World MasterCard offers 1.25% cashback and no fees abroad, so not all that bad. Especially considering the Amex cashback card only offers 1.25% (Although 5% for first 3 months and monthly foursquare discounts in Supermarkets and major restaurants) and has fees abroad.

Visa in the UK doesn't really have any reward cards at all other than the Barclaycard cash back, which is the most complicated card in the history of mankind. 2% on top 5 purchases, if 15 transactions are made in the statement period, 0.5% on the rest, but anniversary months varying cashback rates. Then lower rates for certain kind of transactions + It has an annual fee that makes it worthless.

A Visa card is occasionally offered on the side though for UK reward cards, I.e. Bank of America UK (MBNA UK) offers a reward American Express and Visa on one account. You get 2 points (About 1.15% cash back) on the Amex per £ and 1 on the Visa. Most issuers don't bother doing this anymore though as Amex is now accepted enough in its own right (In most parts of the country anyway).
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