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B&Q will now accept American Express cards

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Just in time for a Bank Holiday weekend full of DIY, American Express has announced that B&Q will now accept its cards.

A reader tipped us off about this last week after seeing a sign in his local store, but forgot to take a photograph. Rhys and I both headed down to our respective local B&Q stores looking for evidence but couldn’t find any. The rumours were true, however.

For years, B&Q was the company we always mentioned as the exception when discussing ‘who accepts American Express?’. If you were ultra-dedicated, you would go to Tesco or another retailer to buy B&Q gift cards with your American Express card, but this wasn’t exactly ideal or practical for most people.

I’m not sure who the biggest hold-out is now. Aldi and Lidl both take American Express. Costa Coffee seems to have pulled back from its decision to stop taking American Express this month, as the ‘no more Amex’ signs quietly disappeared.

For clarity, I am not sure of the exact day that this kicks in. It will definitely be in place before the Bank Holiday weekend but it might not be working today.

Based on what we’ve seen when Amex has brought other major partners on board, we may see a cashback offer popping up to encourage cardholders to visit and to show B&Q it is getting a return on its investment.

If you will now spend more time in B&Q, remember to join B&Q Club. You receive reward vouchers based on your spending and all new members receive a £5 discount voucher, valid on a £30 purchase.


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Comments (129)

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  • NFH says:

    I last used my Amex BA card at B&Q in March 2009. The next purchase in June 2009 had to be with a MasterCard.

  • BrianW says:

    Costa Edinburgh Airport departures accepted my contactless BAPP payment yesterday no problem as they normally do.

  • Tarmohamed says:

    I use screwfix who accept PayPal…. screwfix is owned by the same company which owns B&Q

    • Stu says:

      Me too. I hate my local B&Q. I remember asking once why they don’t take Amex and the assistant first laughed (sneeringly), looked down her nose at me and said “Because we’re not stupid, Amex is far too expensive. We’ll never accept Amex” … I wonder if she still works there …

  • Kevin D says:

    My local Lidl in Belfast still doesn’t take Amex!

    • Youllnever says:

      Very interesting. I thought all Lidl stores accept Amex since it was widely announced.

    • Cuchlainn says:

      Kevin D, probably because it is linked to Lidl(ie) and not Lidl (UK), as so many our over here on our side of the puddle.
      Does do a fantastic small tub of garlic butter though, which is not available on the mainland according to my daughter !!

      • Kevin D says:

        Ahh I see. I must try the garlic butter. Whats the brand called?

  • Clarence93 says:

    I think Lidl in Northern Ireland comes under Lidl in the Republic of Ireland

  • TeesTraveller says:

    Brilliant news. Just needs Greggs now….

  • Ian says:

    Main Costa stores have stopped taking Amex based on our local one where it failed

    Staff are often clueless about Amex and have no idea really what the card is! But that is true of many locations.

    Do you take Amex is met with a blank look!

    Costa at say Moto service areas is fine however and I guess same is true of airports and train stations as they are different.

  • Chris R says:

    Great news. Always did PayPal with Click and Collect but this means I can use my BAPP in store.
    In similar developments, my local Asda now accepts Amex contactless

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