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Who Does/Does Not Accept Amex?

edited 28 September 2016 at 3:06PM in Credit Cards
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GalstonianGalstonian Forumite
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edited 28 September 2016 at 3:06PM in Credit Cards
Official Insert:

Hi, we have a more recent list of which organisations accept Amex on our main site: Amex Acceptance.

Back to Galstonian's original thread..


The new and hopefully improved version of this thread. !Apologies to the red/green colour blind among us but these made most sense to differentiate between do/don't. !Any comments, corrections etc.. please let me know.

If someone posts that a retailer accepts and someone else that they do not I'm putting them in both lists until told otherwise (e.g. Gap)

American Express have a policy of not signing up online gambling sites so it is very likely that NO ONLINE CASINOS ACCEPT AMEX. !I've listed "gambling online" in not accepted rather than keep adding individual sites and casinos.

If you want to request a retailer is added you can ask Amex to contact them using this form

G.



Retailers that DO accept Amex:


Accessorize
Agnes b stores (clothing shops located in London & Oxford) !
Air SouthWest (Air travel for Plymouth and surrounds) https://www.airsouthwest.com
Allders
All Thread
Amazon Amazon.co.uk
AOL
Argos
Asda
Ask Pizza
Ath Leisure/Active Venture Menswear
B&Q
BHS
Blacks (outdoor shops)
Books Etc
Boots Opticians
Booths
BP !
Brewers Fayre
British Airways
Buckleigh of London (men's bespoke tailoring) https://www.buckleighoflondon.com
Burtons
cameras2u https://www.cameras2u.com
Camper
Capital Pub Company (London based pubs with real ale) https://www.capitalpubcompany.com
Caravan Club
CD Wow
Centre Parcs (Longleat)
Childrens World
Co-op (might)
Cotswold Outdoor (Outdoor clothing) https://www.cotswold-outdoor.com
CPC Components
Crowne Plaza
Dabs (for your computer needs) https://www.shop.bt.com
Debenhams
Diesel
Dorothy Perkins
Dragon-i (Thai/Chinese restaurant in Glasgow) https://www.dragon-i.co.uk
Early Learning Centre
Easyjet
Ebookers (plus a 1.5% surcharge)
Esso
Exodus
Expedia
Firebox (gadgets & gifts) https://www.firebox.com
Fopp
Gabriel Court Hotel (in south Devon) https://www.gabrielcourthotel.co.uk
Gap
Gecko Travel (appears to adventure travel type holidays) https://www.geckotravel.com
GNER
H&M Hennes
H.Samuel
HPC Gears
Halfords (might)
Harlem (based in Westbourne Grove) https://www.harlemsoulfood.com
Harrods
HMV
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Homebase
Iceland
Ikea (Sweden but not the UK??!)
Intercontinental
Intercontinental Hotels (i.e. Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, Intercontinental)
J.D. Sports
Jessops Cameras (might)
Jet
LA Fitness (Gym and sports club) https://www.lafitness.co.uk
Laura Ashley
Leisure & Entertainment
Liberty
Londen Underground (soon)
Maison Bleu (international cuisine in Edinburgh) https://www.partnersite.co.uk
Maplins
Majestic Wine Warehouse
Marks & Spencer
Milestone
Mothercare
Mongolian Barbeque
Morrisons
Murco
Museum of Rugby & Twickenham Stadium Tours https://www.rfu.com/microsites/museum/
Neils Restaurant (fish & shellfish in Sidmouth, Devon) https://www.neilsrestaurant.com
Next
Novotel
Orange
Outfits
Paypal (Ebay) (but surcharges and billing in USD may naegate any cashback earned)
Pizza Express
Pizza Hut
Q8
Qjump
Restaurants - Amex are introducing a website for restaurant bookings - for more details visit livebookings.co.uk/amex
Roxton Bailey Robinson Worldwide (holidays & travel) https://www.rbrww.com
RS Components
Safeway !
Sainsburys
Saltbar (Whisky and c0cktail bar plus diner in London) https://www.saltbar.com
Selfridges
Shell
Simple Web Hosting
Somerfield
Sports Soccer
Starbucks
Tesco
Texaco
Total
Thameslink
The Inn On The Green (in Cookham Dean) https://www.theinnonthegreen.com
The Rugby Store Twickenham (for everything rugby) https://www.rfu.com
TK Maxx
ToyRus
UCI Cinemas
Virgin Megastore
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Rail
W.H. Smith
WAGN
Waitrose
WH Smith
Wills Burgundy (fine wines) https://www.wills-burgundy.com !
World Expeditions (as in the title I presume) https://www.worldexpeditions.com



Amex also have a web page listing "new" retailers accepting their cards though I have no idea how often this is updated.
Details here: http://home3.americanexpress.com/uk/newtoamex/new/categories.asp


Retailers that DO NOT accept Amex:


Allen Ford UK Ltd
Benny Dee (adult toys) https://www.bennydee.co.uk !
(I guess that won't do nicely sir ;) <G>)
Boots
British Holidays
British Telecom (for bill payments)
Budgens
CitizenCard (ID card scheme)
Condoms Direct https://www.condomsdirect.com
Confetti (online wedding supply shop)
Co-op (might)
Cutty Sark (ship shop)
Deichmann Shoes UK
Dunelm Mill Soft Furnishings
Evans Cycles
Explore Worldwide
Freak Emporium (record collectors shop and online store)
Gambling online (AmEx policy is not to encourage gambling)
Game
Halfords (might)
Harrow Borough Council
Holland and Barrett
Ikea (but they do in Sweden, though that seems a long way to go for cheap furniture)
Jessops Cameras (might)
JJB Sports (soon)
John Lewis (though Waitrose do)
Kwik Save
La Redoute
London transport
Nandos Spicy Chicken Restaurant
Novotech
play.com playusa.com
Powergen
Snappy snaps
Ster Century Cinema
Superdrug
Tesco.net (but Tesco's do)
Timpsons
Totenham Hotspur online store
Tradex
UK Passport Office
Wickes
Wilkinsons
Woolworths



Martin recently contacted Amex and got this reply:

Dear Martin,

The Card is widely accepted on the high street and in restaurants as well as all major petrol stations, major national supermarkets, train operators and
lots more.

However, there were a couple of names on the list of NON accepting merchants,that actually do accept :

Jessops
Halfords

In addition, we sign up merchants every day, so a couple that will begin accepting Amex very soon include:

JJB Sports and London Underground

There is one merchant listed that we are unfortunately prohibited from signing. That's Blue Square, it's a gambling site, and we have a global policy of not
signing up these sites.

Hope this helps,
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  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    Just to add to the above the following is a list of 50 High Street big names which accept amex (as supplied by amex press office)

    Kingfisher (B&Q & Screwfix Direct)
    Argos
    Homebase
    Dixons Stores Group (Dixons, Currys, PCWorld, The Link)
    WH Smith
    HMV Group (HMV & Waterstones)
    Carphone Warehouse
    Habitat
    Comet
    MFI (incl Ethan Allen)
    Halfords
    Virgin Entertainment Group
    Lloyds Chemist
    Arcadia Group (Top Shop, Top Man, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Wallis)
    NEXT
    BAA, World Duty Free
    GAP
    Office World
    Rubicon (Principles & Warehouse, Racing Green)

    Moss Bros Group
    Clarks
    M W Group (Mappin & Webb / Watches of Switzerland)
    Berry Bros & Rudd
    Goldsmiths
    Joseph
    JD Sports
    Sports World (ex Sports Soccer … incl Lillywhites)
    Asda
    Tesco
    Sainsbury's
    WM Morrisons / Safeway
    Waitrose
    First Quench / Thresher Group (Victoria Wine, Threshers, Bottoms Up etc)
    Oddbins
    Direct Wines / Laithwaites (= Sunday Times Wine Club, Bordeaux Direct etc)
    Majestic Wine Warehouses
    Somerfield
    Iceland
    Co-op Wholesale Society
    BP
    Esso
    Shell
    Texaco
    TotalFinaElf
    Jet
    Murco
    Q8
    Gulf
    Marks & Spencer
    Harrods
    Selfridges
    Harvey Nichols
    Debenhams
    House of Fraser
    Toys R Us
    Bhs
    Heals
    Hamleys
    River Island
    Allders
    Fenwicks/Bentalls
    Karen Millen
    Monsoon
    Ralph Lauren
    Russell & Bromley Ltd
    T K MAXX
    Jessops
    Thomas Pink Ltd
    Zara
    French Connection
    Jigsaw
    Austin Reed
    Mothercare
    Laura Ashley
    Body Shop
    Whittards
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  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    and more - major online retailers according to Amex itself

    AOL
    Dell.co.uk
    Lastminute.com
    Admiral Insurance
    Elephant.co.uk
    Diamond Insurance
    Direct Line Insurance
    Green Flag
    RAC
    Applestore.com/uk
    DABS.com
    Expedia.co.uk
    CDWOW.com
    sonystyle.co.uk
    CTshirts.co.uk
    Figleaves.com
    Virgin Wines
    empiredirect.co.uk
    Amazon.co.uk
    Phones 4U
    Orange
    Discovery Stores
    3
    O2
    Virgin Mobile
    Vodafone
    T-Mobile
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  • ffacoffipawbffacoffipawb Forumite
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    Just to add to the above the following is a list of 50 High Street big names which accept amex (as supplied by amex press office)

    Blah Blah Blah

    Asda

    Blah Blah Blah

    My Amex Blue has been rejected by Asda 4 times in the last fortnight. However, it works everywhere else okay - Tesco, Somerfield, Shell, ..........

    I had to use More THh>n instead.

    Cashiers unsure if Amex still accepted by Asda.
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  • Amex is NOT accepted at Iceland on line - I have tried several times.



    Trev

    >:(
    I am NOT a mortgage & insurance adviser - or anything to do with finance, that was put on by the new system I dont know why?!
  • pksarafpksaraf Forumite
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    lastminute.com only accepts AMEX if the deal offerer actually accepts AMEX, otherwise not.
  • scattycat_3scattycat_3 Forumite
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    Brian, could be cos Asda have gone chip'n'pin.

    Ok at the ones I use, (Sheel country :o) even in the card operated petrol pumps.

    Scat ;)
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  • isasmurfisasmurf Forumite
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    That could be the reason why. I stopped using Amex at Asda because I get sick of explaining to them I didn't have a PIN for my Amex, but I'll be going there sometime over the weekend - probably - so I might see if I can use it.
  • isasmurfisasmurf Forumite
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    Cashiers unsure if Amex still accepted by Asda.
    OK, just got back from Asda's. I successfully paid by Amex, so it's still accepted. In fact, I didn't have to tell the cashier that it wasn't chip'n pin. He swiped it automatically. :)
  • pinpin Forumite
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    Would like to add internet hi fi's direct (https://www.internethifisdirect.co.uk) don't accept Amex
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  • ffacoffipawbffacoffipawb Forumite
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    Brian, could be cos Asda have gone chip'n'pin.

    Ok at the ones I use, (Sheel country :o) even in the card operated petrol pumps.

    Scat ;)

    It gets rejected by the Chip 'n' Pin machine at Asda, and by their traditional machine (which accepts my More Than card).

    My Amex card is fine as I still use it where I can, eg Shell, Currys etc. Definitely something amiss at Asda.

    It Asda be. :)
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