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A list of merchants who accept AMEX in Canada

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When asked by a cashier, i just say Credit Card and try. Seems to work fine pretty much everywhere.
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Another tested and used technique for when some mom & pop merchants say they don't accept AMEX or credit cards and you suspect that their payment terminal is actually able to process credit cards:

Pre-requirement: customer holds debit card and credit card in one hand, with the face of the debit card visible and the AMEX/credit card hidden underneath
  1. Cashier: "Your total will be $13.40"
  2. Customer: "OK..."
  3. Customer waives hand that holds the credit card and debit card in a way that lets the cashier notice the front of debit card.
  4. Cashier hands payment terminal to customer
  5. Customer holds the payment terminal and tilts as if holding a phone in such a way that Cashier cannot see the face of card that will be inserted or tapped
  6. With an easy slight of hand, Customer inserts the AMEX card or credit card that was hidden underneath the debit card
  7. Customer follows the instructions displayed by the payment terminal and completes payment while making sure the terminal is tilted in such a way that the face of card is not visible to cashier
  8. Once payment is approved, Customer removes card and hands back the terminal to Cashier
  9. Cashier verifies that transaction is approved on the credit card receipt and, hopefully, doesn't notice that the card used was an AMEX or credit card.
  10. Cashier: "Thank you, have a nice day!"
  11. Customer leaves the premise without delay , and without looking back
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AMEX: The more you use it and request to pay by it, the more merchants will accept it.

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nick227 wrote:
Oct 12th, 2017 11:05 am
Does anyone know where I can purchase Apple Store gift cards using Amex (grocery stores)? Looking to pickup an iPad and figure I can try to maximize the 4x points!
You could try 7-11
I have seen Apple logo gift cards at sev but I never stopped to see exactly what they were.
Could be iTunes or Apple Music?
And 7-11 is grocery on the Amex network.
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Flitox wrote:
Oct 12th, 2017 6:11 pm
Another tested and used technique for when some mom & pop merchants say they don't accept AMEX or credit cards and you suspect that their payment terminal is actually able to process credit cards:

Pre-requirement: customer holds debit card and credit card in one hand, with the face of the debit card visible and the AMEX/credit card hidden underneath
  1. Cashier: "Your total will be $13.40"
  2. Customer: "OK..."
  3. Customer waives hand that holds the credit card and debit card in a way that lets the cashier notice the front of debit card.
  4. Cashier hands payment terminal to customer
  5. Customer holds the payment terminal and tilts as if holding a phone in such a way that Cashier cannot see the face of card that will be inserted or tapped
  6. With an easy slight of hand, Customer inserts the AMEX card or credit card that was hidden underneath the debit card
  7. Customer follows the instructions displayed by the payment terminal and completes payment while making sure the terminal is tilted in such a way that the face of card is not visible to cashier
  8. Once payment is approved, Customer removes card and hands back the terminal to Cashier
  9. Cashier verifies that transaction is approved on the credit card receipt and, hopefully, doesn't notice that the card used was an AMEX or credit card.
  10. Cashier: "Thank you, have a nice day!"
  11. Customer leaves the premise without delay , and without looking back
My method has a lot fewer steps:

  1. Cashier: "Your total will be $13.40"
  2. Customer: "OK..."
  3. Pay with a Mastercard, debit card or a $20 bill.
  4. Customer leaves the premises and gets on with his life without worrying about how many damn points he's earned on $13.40.

I like Amex, I use my card when I can, but acceptance problems are not my problem, it's for Amex to solve.
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jimprdx wrote:
Oct 12th, 2017 6:55 pm
My method has a lot fewer steps:

  1. Cashier: "Your total will be $13.40"
  2. Customer: "OK..."
  3. Pay with a Mastercard, debit card or a $20 bill.
  4. Customer leaves the premises and gets on with his life without worrying about how many damn points he's earned on $13.40.

I like Amex, I use my card when I can, but acceptance problems are not my problem, it's for Amex to solve.
But I want to reach the minimum spend to unlock the welcome bonuses on my AMEX cards !
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AMEX: The more you use it and request to pay by it, the more merchants will accept it.

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Vendors would be more inclined to add Amex acceptance if their customers demonstrate their preference to pay that way. It's a two-way street.

If you just wait for a vendor to accept it, it may never happen.
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Does Amex classify Shoppers Drug Mart as a grocery store?
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incidents wrote:
Oct 31st, 2017 11:28 pm
Does Amex classify Shoppers Drug Mart as a grocery store?
No, its classed as a drug store (which earns x2 points on the gold card).
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Flitox wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 9:00 am
But I want to reach the minimum spend to unlock the welcome bonuses on my AMEX cards !

Exactly !! And we only have 3 Months to do it.... I just got the AE business, need to spend $5000 ....
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These two Second Cup locations in Montreal don't accept Amex: Outremont (Bernard) and Côte-des-Neiges (Chemin de la CDN / Van Horne). I think it is not national wide thing.
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Flitox wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 9:00 am
But I want to reach the minimum spend to unlock the welcome bonuses on my AMEX cards !
Go to safeway. Buy gift cards for your gas etc. That way you earn 4% and unlock your bonus.
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bestjsg wrote:
Nov 19th, 2017 2:16 pm
Exactly !! And we only have 3 Months to do it.... I just got the AE business, need to spend $5000 ....
Same. Go to safeway and buy gift cards. If you need a great amount, I recommend you to buy AC GC. It can load 1k per GC and you can enjoy your vacation later.
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ryan10075 wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2018 5:18 pm
These two Second Cup locations in Montreal don't accept Amex: Outremont (Bernard) and Côte-des-Neiges (Chemin de la CDN / Van Horne). I think it is not national wide thing.
It might be worth emailing their corporate, as at least a couple of years ago Second Cup franchises were required to accept Amex.
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ryan10075 wrote:
Jan 3rd, 2018 5:18 pm
These two Second Cup locations in Montreal don't accept Amex: Outremont (Bernard) and Côte-des-Neiges (Chemin de la CDN / Van Horne). I think it is not national wide thing.
When it happened that the Second Cup didn't accept AMEX, I just said "oh ok, I will go to the Starbucks next door then" and walked out
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Is Loblaws still the only major grocery chain (at least in the GTA) that refuses to accept Amex?

Strange that Shoppers Drug Mart accepts it and Loblaws doesn't considering they are under the same ownership.

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