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Where are American Express Cards accepted in Canada and Quebec?

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Where are American Express Cards accepted in Canada and Quebec?

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Businesses accepting American Express

Here is a list of many businesses accepting American Express credit cards in Canada and Quebec.

Grocery stores accepting American Express Cards

The major grocery and convenience stores accepting American Express Cards in Canada and/or Quebec are:

  • Subway
  • Metro Plus
  • Super C
  • Marché Richelieu
  • Giant Tiger
  • Couche-Tard
  • Circle K
  • 7-Eleven
  • Safeway
  • Sobeys
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Food Basics
  • FreshCo
  • Save-On-Foods

As of 2021, most IGA grocery stores accept American Express.

At these grocery and convenience stores, for example, you could use the American Express Cobalt® Card to earn 5 points per dollar.

Drugstores accepting American Express Cards

The main drugstores accepting American Express Cards in Canada and/or Quebec are:

  • Jean Coutu
  • Uniprix
  • Uniprix Health
  • Uniprix Clinic
  • Familiprix
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • London Drugs
  • Rexall

In these drugstores, you could, for example, use the American Express® Gold Rewards Card to earn 2 points per dollar.

Gas stations accepting American Express Cards

The main gas stations accepting American Express Cards in Canada and/or Quebec are:

  • Petro-Canada
  • Shell
  • Esso
  • Ultramar
  • Irving Oil
  • Fast Gas Plus
  • Bluewave Energy

At these gas stations, you could, for example, use the Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card to earn 3 points per dollar.

Electronic and office supply stores accepting American Express Cards

The major electronics and office supply stores accepting American Express Cards in Canada and/or Quebec are:

  • Staples
  • Apple
  • Dell
  • Canada Computers
  • Best Buy
  • The Source
  • Indigo Chapters
  • Newegg.ca

For example, at these electronics and office supply stores, you could use the American Express Business Edge™ Card to earn 3 points per dollar.

Hotels accepting American Express Cards

The main hotels accepting American Express Cards in Canada and/or Quebec are:

At Marriott hotels, for example, you could use the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card to earn 5 points per dollar.

Restaurants and food delivery services accepting American Express Cards

The major restaurants, cafés or food delivery services accepting American Express Cards in Canada and/or Quebec are:

At these restaurants, cafes and food delivery services you could use the American Express Cobalt® Card to earn 5 points per dollar.

Major retailers accepting American Express Cards

The main retailers accepting American Express Cards in Canada and/or Quebec are:

  • Hudson’s Bay
  • Ikea
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshall
  • Home Depot
  • Rona
  • Reno-Depot
  • Homesense
  • Marshall’s
  • Aldo
  • Ardenne
  • H&M
  • Sunglass Hut
  • SAQ
  • LCBO
  • And much more!

At these retailers, for example, you could use the SimplyCash™ Preferred from American Express to earn 2% cash back.

American Express and Paypal

When you shop online, American Express is rarely not accepted. However, it can happen.

Find out if the business accepts Paypal! If this is the case, you can use your American Express card through Paypal.

American Express and gift cards

Buy gift cards at rakuten.ca, well known to milesopedia readers, for stores like Maxi, Provigo, IGA that don’t yet accept American Express!

You can use your American Express card indirectly in these shops with gift cards. However, please note that your purchase on rakuten.ca will count at your card’s base rate (and not at the accelerated rate as for a grocery purchase, for example).

This tip comes in handy when you need to unlock a welcome bonus (like the American Express Cobalt® Card points after $500 in Card purchases).

Paypal Maxi gift card

Another tip: buy gift cards with your American Express card at stores offering a higher multiplier.

For example, if you buy an SAQ gift card at your local Metro store with your American Express Cobalt® Card you will earn 5 points for every dollar. If you paid directly to the SAQ with your American Express Card, you would only get 1 point per dollar!

Conclusion

As you can see, American Express credit cards are accepted in more places than you think!

Certainly there are still retailers who do not yet accept American Express credit cards. And that it will also depend on your location (countryside or in a large city) and your consumption habits.

However, American Express Credit cards are the most rewarding: changing a few habits could save you a lot of money and even bring you closer to the travel of your dreams!

Frequently asked questions about American Express cards in Canada

Who accepts American Express in Canada?

American Express cards are accepted at many retailers in Canada: grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and restaurants. Find the list above on this page.

Which grocery stores accept American Express cards in Canada?

American Express cards are accepted at many grocery stores in Canada:

  • Subway
  • Metro Plus
  • Super C
  • Marché Richelieu
  • Giant Tiger
  • Couche-Tard
  • Circle K
  • 7-Eleven
  • Safeway
  • Sobeys
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Food Basics
  • FreshCo
  • Save-On-Foods
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