Monday, March 10, 2008

American Express? Sorry We Don't Accept That!

We've recently got an American Express card after being drawn by the 5% cash back offer they're running and also because I cancelled my Capital One card as they wouldn't offer me the same cash back deal they were offering new customers.

Unfortunately it seems there's a reason Amex are desperate for business.. no bugger accepts their cards anymore!

At least that's what it seems like when time and time again I present my Amex card old to be told "Sorry we don't accept that" while being stared at like I've got 2 heads.

A lot of online places don't accept it and that's the same for a lot of stores, luckily the places we spend most of our money do accept it, namely Sainsbury's, Tesco's and the petrol stations we use.

Even so I'd say that only 60% of the places I've tried to use the card actually accept it. So I've still got to carry around a "spare" Mastercard as well.

Do you remember the old Amex adverts? "American Express? - That'll do nicely" - Now I know why they don't use that tag line any more!


  1. Hmm....I live in India and I can tell you that AmEx just doesn't cut it here. While credit cards usage is exploding, its mostly Visa and Master. Even upmarket restaurants and many hotels will not accept an AmEx, and the number of stores that accept the card in my city is miniscule. If you're ever in my neck of the woods, leave home without the AmEx. :)

  2. Anonymous8:04 pm

    I've been finding the same thing too and don't think that I'll be keeping the card for too long..

  3. Anonymous8:07 pm

    I'm finding the same thing with AMEX. It's not the first time I've had one and I think that things have gotton worse rather than better, probably due to the lack of online places that take it.

  4. I had an Amex 15 years ago and it was the same then. The shops told me that Amex charge vendors the earth for the priveledge.

  5. For people like yourself Steve I've created a website listing places that accept American Express in the UK,

    If there's any we've missed out please feel free to let us know in the forum.

    Hope this is of some help to you and other Amex cardholders.