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Posted By: gailtor

Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 05:43 AM

OK I tried searching for the anwer but could not find anything (even though I am sure it has been asked before).

Are American Express Credit cards accepted in San Pedro?

For some reason I am thinking that very few (if any) accept them.

Thanks
Gail cool
Posted By: Pedro1

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 06:47 AM

I take amex
Posted By: Leah-Ann

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 07:00 AM

Gail, for years American Express was the only credit card I had. I used it all over San Pedro and encountered only a very few places that didn't take it.
Posted By: gailtor

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 01:30 PM

Great thanks for the info. My friend who is coming with me this trip uses AM so I wanted to make sure she wouldn't encounter any issues.
Let the countdown begin!
Gail cool
Posted By: Moose In Belize

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 03:00 PM

I have had no problems with AMEX in SP. I'm sure there are still some that don't take it, but I haven't found any. I have only used my AMEX at restaurants. Ask first and go elsewhere if necessary.
Posted By: suecate

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 03:29 PM

amex or cash always works
Posted By: Phil

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 04:31 PM

Amex doesn't always work. They charge Merchants more than Visa and MasterCard (double for my Merchant account) so some people don't accept it. Amex Travellers Cheques are a different story.
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/14/09 05:00 PM

I could be mistaken but it seemed that when I used my AMEX, during one Belize trip, the fees were more than when I used VISA. I hate fees of any kind so I "leave home without it".
Posted By: shuffles

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/15/09 12:12 AM

You're right TQ. The fees are about twice as high for businesses to run it too. We don't take it.
Posted By: reaper

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/15/09 12:49 AM

Tsunami Skydivers Inc. only accepts cash or Mastercard/Visa. The AMEX fees are ridiculous to the merchants.
Posted By: Pedro1

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/15/09 01:07 AM

pedros takes amex and only charges 12.5usd for rooms
Posted By: Peter Jones

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/15/09 03:55 AM

Protech accepted Amex for a couple of months when we opened, but after our experiences then never again accepted it. Our fees were very high and the money took 6 weeks to get to us. Very unattractive (for us) compared with Visa and Master.
Posted By: kerry

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/15/09 04:56 AM

i seem to recall a few years back at the airport in belize city, there was a guy who wanted to pay with an american express card...don't remember if it was maya or tropic, but they told him they didn't accept it...
Posted By: SimonB

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/15/09 02:11 PM

That was years ago, our Amex charges are in our account the next day if we close off before 1pm. The rate is only .25 precent higher than VISA/MC.
Posted By: pugwash

Re: Credit cards - American Express - 01/18/09 06:20 PM

Am Ex has always charged higher fees because their accounts tend to be paid in full each month by their users, while MC/Visa users have a greater propensity to maintain a balance, thus giving another income source to the card issuer.

It's rarely rocket science, it's usually just math, but then again if you can't do math, it may seem like rocket science smile
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