Where is American Express accepted?

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Where is American Express accepted?

Postby pippenmeister » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:36 pm

(Updated 2013) What is American Express acceptance really like? Where is American Express accepted and where is it not accepted? Is American Express accepted everywhere in the United States? How about in Europe and worldwide?

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Postby DoingHomework » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:27 pm

I've found it is not accepted only a few places. My wife's dentist does not take it. But for the most part it is very widely accepted. In teh US, many schools and government agencies do not take Visa. So overall I would say that acceptance of AMEX and Visa are fairly similar.

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Postby Generallisimo » Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:28 am

Surprisingly, one jeweler I went to accepted all cards except Amex (you would think it'd be the other way, right? At least, that's what I thought). Besides charging higher fees, they also hold onto the money owed for much longer than the other companies, and in the jewelry business, that's a lot of dough to have to wait on.

I wouldn't say Amex and Visa have equivalent acceptance rates, it's pretty clear that Visa is accepted at more places, but most of the places that take Visa and not Amex are fairly small transactions for places I don't go to daily anyway (i.e., nice non-chain restaurants, places that don't even accept cash, etc.). Quick search on Wikipedia indicates that Amex handles 25% of all credit card transactions versus 40% for Visa (in America). But even still, Amex is widely accept, so there's plenty of opportunity to use it.

I'm not sure about abroad, but I know that in China, Discover actually pulled a coup and is the most accepted card there (over Visa and Amex that is) because they signed a deal to actually be on the network of one of the Chinese banks over there, but there are not too many other places in the world where Discover is accepted.

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Postby Smerri » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:51 am

The only places I've seen not take it are my dentist (good thing insurance covered 100%) and it seems small sub shops, such as "Town House of Pizza" are Visa/MC only. Other than that I haven't been anywhere whee I've been told they don't accept American Express.

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Postby JL70 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:14 pm

Murphy gas stations won't take it. I guess b/c it's "discount gas". My gym only takes VISA/MC too. But those are the only two places I've encountered.
Internationally, AMEX is well recognized and widely accepted.

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Postby Cucumber » Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:59 am

Where is American Express accepted? Um like basically everywhere!

The Asian dry cleaners I go to doesn't take it tho

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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:22 pm

I remember there were a few months that Trader Joes stopped accepting American Express. I asked TJ's why and supposedly because there were a lot of charge backs happening and Amex was usually siding with the cardholder as expected.

That was way back in '06 or '07 and TJ's resumed American Express acceptance shortly thereafter so that issue must have been worked out between them.

If a business is smart they would accepted all cards - Amex, Discover, Visa and Mastercard. It's not worth losing 100% of a sale for an extra 1% in fees.
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Postby infomaniac » Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:24 pm

There have been occasions where I have made the conscious decision to avoid a business because a particular credit card was not accepted. I avoided a Chinese restaurant recently since I would not benefit from Discover's 5% restaurant rebate, being that that particular restaurant did not accept Discover.

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Postby Pete838 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:20 am

Sam's Club doesn't take AMEX or Visa...They only accept Discover, MC, and Visa DEBIT

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Postby Money card » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:57 pm

Kentucky fried chicken (for a fast food restaurant I would always pay cash but everybody is different so I thought I would mention), at my gym in the little lounge called Mix n stirs. like Pete said Sams club doesn't, probably my dry cleaners doesn't. Where American express is accepted, there is too many places to name.

At my outlet mall, where you can get cash transactions or exchanges in the booth, no American express card accepted.

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