“Sorry, we don’t take Amex”

Does it really matter?


I heard that a few times on our recent trip to Windsor – actually 3 out of the 4 times I tried to pay for something.

I hear it from people wary of getting American Express cards. “Well nobody takes Amex so it’s bascially useless.”

Yes, for sure there are places that don’t take Amex because of higher swipe fees, etc. – but does that matter to the average consumer?

Obviously it does.

If you just google “why don’t merchants take Amex” or something along those lines you can read for days everyone’s opinion on this. Go ahead.

Why make it that complicated?

If you have good credit, can pay bills and want more, try the Amex Gold Reward Card.

Just for signing up you can have either enough points for a flight anywhere in Canada or the US (no Hawaii/Alaska), or a $250 travel credit. All you need to do is spend $1500 on it.

I hear lunchtime conversations all the time “I have enough points for free burgers and it only took me 6 months to get” or “I have a $20 credit at Canadian Tire from using their card all this year”

Really. Try their one card – Amex Gold Rewards. Spend $1500. Get a $250 credit.

Does it really get any better than that return wise?

Do I really care if a few small places don’t take Amex?


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