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do you take american express?

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do you take american express?

Just wondering if american express credit cards are accepted anywhere.


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1. Re: do you take american express?

very rarely, mostly Visa is preferred and Mastercard

or cash, leave the AmEx at home

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2. Re: do you take american express?

Several places I went did not accept American Express.

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I have not seen any place that takes American Express in Costa Rica. This is not to say that there aren't a few larger chains that MIGHT take it, but none I have seen, from small sodas to larger hotels.

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Had no problem using AMEX at Peace Lodge, Lost Iguana, Hotel Fonda Vela and SJ Marriott But be aware of currency conversion charges. Amex used a lower conversion rate and then charged 2% on top of that. We paid about $ 80 in extra conversion fees on approximately $ 2500 in charges.

One card (I can't remember which one) adds no foreign dollar conversion fees.

Oh yes, VISA was accepted everywhere.

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We used our Amex card only a few times- at Tricolor Car Rental and one or two other places. And although many places post that they accept Amex, they often said that they would prefer Visa or Cash. In fact, we ran into quite a few places whose machines "didn't work" so we had to pay cash- we burned through a lot of cash and had to withdraw some from our Visa card because we couldn't access our cash in our American bank.

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A good use for the AMEX card might be for auto rental. I read their web site carefully and their CDW coverage applies to a rental anywhere in the world. I then checked Visa and Mastercard, but their CDW benefit only applies to the 48 contiguous states!

I'll be renting my car from one of the many rental companies that accept AMEX.

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