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Does Aldi in the UK now take American Express cards?

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It looks like Aldi is starting to target American Express cardholders.  There have been rumours about the discount supermarket starting to accept Amex but as we couldn’t find anything online, I got on the tube.

As a picture sent to me by a reader showed, Aldi is promoting contactless payment with Amex but the Amex icon has been covered with black ink for now.

The cashier told me that Amex should be accepted from February, but she couldn’t confirm a date.  (I had to use my Mastercard to pay for the German bratwurst).  Others have been told that 1st February is the launch.

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  • AK says:


    I’m currently planning booking a trip in Summer where I plan to make use of the $75 hotel credit that’s part of the amex gold. If I was to make a booking using the amex gold, assuming it qualifies for the $75 hotel credit, but then subsequently cancel my amex gold card a couple of months later because I plan to upgrade it to the plat card and make use of the upgrade bonus, will I still have the $75 hotel credit?

    • Alan says:

      Depends a bit in hotel – some insist on payment with Gold/Plat Amex, some any Amex, some don’t care at all!

    • Anna says:

      I was thinking of making a booking to take advantage of this but found the “selected” hotel prices to be very high, so you may want to comparison shop before committing.

  • Alan says:

    OT bits

    Got worried when I received an email from MBNA entitled “Important message from MBNA”, thinking it was going to be end of existing cobrand cards – thankfully just them saying that they’re changing the email address that messages are going to be sent from!!

  • gary says:

    I can confirm Aldi now takes Amex as of 1 Feb 2018. I’ve just made a purchase……don’t see any huge points earning opportunities but every little helps.
    circa 15 avios richer!

    • Tracy says:

      Good news, I shop quite a bit in Aldi, it all helps towards to my BAPP 241 🙂

  • Tracy says:

    O/T I have an IHG accelerate target I was hoping to complete in one go. I had a stay, spend $39 on food, book a points package and pay with credit card. I should have met 4 targets in one stay. However, only the stay target has been ticked off. Should I contact IHG or is there a chance they will still complete?

    • Peter K says:

      They can be slow to update. Wait a bit then context them.

    • Lady London says:

      be very very careful when meeting any in-hotel food and beverage target for Accelerate.

      – VAT component of spend does not contribute to the total so that’s 1/6th less value you spent towards the target.
      – they also use the in-hotel exchange rate if your target is in a different currency. The only way I found to protect against that is to vastly underestimate the exchange rate (like, at least 20% worse than bank/MC rate). Ideally allow a bit more.

      The net effect on one of my targets to spend $39 was that I spent $40-42 or so and only just exceeded the required minimum spend.

      • Lady London says:

        Actually correction to the above my hotel spend was in GBP so I spent £40-42 or so and recall that I did not exceed the $39 target by much.

        • Tracy says:

          Yes, just found this out. I spent £42.60 at dinner but some of that was on bottles of pepsi from the fridge as I don’t like draft coke. Looks like the pepsi has been classed as vending purchases and not included in the food and beverage charges. I have a receipt from dinner that adds the drinks on to the receipt so might have to argue this one…..

  • Cate says:

    Same here when promotions are on but try to move between different hotels in the same chain if they’re close together. We only take carry on anyway and typically rooms in one hotel are all the same and with guaranteed late checkout you’re covered for the time between check out and check in at the next hotel. Anecdotally IMHO if you look like you’re staying for just the one night you’ve got more chance of getting an upgrade.

  • Alan says:

    Was queried in Curve beta group recently but they didn’t say it had. Was it in a location where you’d used it before? (some of them seem to have slightly unclear wording for the retailer name which can occasionally cause issues in rewards tracking).

    • Rob says:

      No-one told me it had ended …. although that does explain why I never got any notification of points on recent M&S trips.

  • Nick Burch says:

    OT The Amex Hilton offer that ended yesterday, for spend £250 get £50 back, does anyone know if it was supposed to be cumulative or just a single payment? (I hit the spend but over 3 stays, and hasn’t credited yet, wondering if it’s worth asking Amex about it or not)

    • John says:

      Supposed to be single but previously worked cumulatively

      • Harj says:

        Definitely worked cumulatively for me on Plat and Gold (£200 off £600 on Plat).
        Have you had the confirmation email through that you’ve triggered it? If so, mine took about 10 days after that to show on statements.

        • Lumma says:

          Was the £200 off £600 not for amex travel rather than Hilton?

        • Cat says:

          I got the £50 back for Hilton cumulative spend, despite being on a ridiculously cheap winter sale pre-paid rate, which they said wouldn’t count. I also got the £200 back for AMEX travel cumulative spend.

          I was delighted!

  • Tom Cook says:

    OT – bought two one for all post office gift cards when the AMEX £5 back offer was on. Long story short I have had a mare getting them accepted in two M&S stores in Leeds so needed up getting them (thankfully the full £20) refunded direct to my bank account, after having to go back and forth to the customer service email. What a shame!

    • mark2 says:

      I am surprised to hear that. As well as the Post Office offer, I buy One4All all the time as I can buy them at 6% discount. I am sure that I have used them at M&S and definitely at John Lewis (including café), Debenhams and TK Maxx among others.
      Did you swipe the card or try to scan the number. The only slight glitch is that they ask for a signature but there is none on the card to compare but this has never stopped use.

      • Tom Cook says:

        Tried to swipe the cards but to no avail. On a number of visits not one employee recognised the card or knew what to do with it.

        Oneforall said that the issue was that the merchant number differed to what they had on their approved system, and then when I tried (and failed) again, that it again differed…so basically they blamed M&S and M&S said they didn’t recognise the card.

        • Brasov says:

          It only works in main M&S stores, not train station / airport / service stations

          You could also have used them in Boots

        • Tom Cook says:

          The two M&S stores were main stores – hey ho. I don’t shop in Boots unfortunately.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Credit to Amazon just need to use the all4one website. Very easy

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