When you people went shopping from Nov 24 through December 23rd, including restaurants wherever you went, was there a particular place that didn't take American express? was it a store? was it a local restaurant? was it a store in a Mall?
of all the places Ive been with my parents over the years I can't even name a place other than bagel boys (this is a place that most people pay cash) that doesn't take American express.
there are places that don't take Discover but not American express, as far as Ive seen. I used my card on gift cards I didn't come across any stores or restaurants that didn't take the card.