Try Apple Pay in Canada at These American Express Retailers [LIST]

Need to find a retailer that accepts American Express? Here’s a list provided by the credit card company’s website. These locations are ripe for you to try out Apple Pay, which launched last night, in line with what we reported earlier. While not all locations may accept tap-to-pay, this is a start!

Dining

  • ALICE FAZOOLI’S, JACK ASTOR’S, CANYON CREEK CHOPHOUSE, SECOND CITY, LOOSE CHANGE CHARLIES
  • BROWNS SOCIALHOUSE
  • BYMARK, FABBRICA, NORTH 44°, ONE RESTAURANT
  • EARLS KITCHEN & BAR
  • HARVEY’S, KELSEY’S, MILESTONE’S, MONTANA’S, SWISS CHALET, THE SECOND CUP
  • MCDONALD’S
  • MOXIE’S CLASSIC GRILL, CHOP RESTAURANTS, DENNYS, REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT, SANDMAN HOTELS & INNS, SHARK CLUBS OF CANADA, THE SHARK CLUB OF LARGELY
  • OLIVER & BONACINI RESTAURANTS
  • PICKLE BARREL
  • THE KEG, HY’S STEAKHOUSES

Health and Essentials

  • 407 ETR
  • 7-ELEVEN
  • BELL, VIRIGIN MOBILE, THE SOURCE
  • CHEVRON
  • ESSO
  • GROCERY GATEWAY
  • LONDON DRUGS
  • LONGOS
  • MARKETPLACE IGA (BC ONLY)
  • MCEWAN
  • METRO
  • PETRO-CANADA, PIONEER
  • PUSATERI’S
  • REXALL
  • ROGERS, FIDO
  • SAVE-ON-FOODS, PRICESMART FOODS, URBAN FARE, OVERWAITEA FOODS
  • SHAW
  • SHELL CANADA
  • SOBEYS, PRICE CHOPPER, FOODLAND, IGA, COMMISSO’S
  • SAQ
  • TELUS, KOODO MOBILE
  • ULTRAMAR
  • WHOLE FOODS MARKET

Home and Entertainment

  • APPLE
  • BEST BUY, FUTURE SHOP
  • CINEPLEX ENTERTAINMENT, FAMOUS PLAYERS, ALLIANCE ATLANTIS CINEMAS, GALAXY ENTERTAINMENT
  • CLUBLINK
  • CRATE & BARREL
  • HOME DEPOT
  • HOME HARDWARE
  • LEON’S
  • LOWE’S
  • MIRVISH
  • POTTERY BARN
  • RESTORATION HARDWARE
  • SLEEP COUNTRY CANADA
  • STAPLES
  • THE BRICK
  • TICKETMASTER
  • URBAN BARN
  • VISIONS ELECTRONICS
  • WEST ELM
  • WILLIAM ASHLEY
  • WILLIAM SONOMA
Retail
  • ALDO
  • AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS
  • ATMOSPHERE, COAST MOUNTAIN SPORTS, NATIONAL SPORTS, NEVADA BOB’S GOLF, SPORT CHEK, SPORT MART, SPORTS EXPERTS, ATHLETES WORLD , FITNESS SOURCE, GEN-X SPORTS INC, PODIUM, RNR OUTDOORS
  • BEN MOSS
  • BIRKS
  • BROWNS
  • H&M
  • HOMESAV
  • HOMESENSE
  • INDIGO, CHAPTERS, COLES, CALENDAR CLUB OF CANADA, KOBO
  • INDOCHINO
  • LULULEMON
  • MARSHALL’S
  • REITMANS, RW & CO, SMART SET, THYME MATERNITY, ADDITION-ELLE, PENNINGTONS
  • ROOTS
  • SEARS
  • SPORTING LIFE
  • STYLESENSE
  • THE BAY, HOME OUTFITTERS
  • TOY’S R US, BABIES R US
  • VICTORIA’S SECRET, BATH AND BODY WORKS, PINK, LA SENZA
  • WAL-MART
  • WINNERS
Travel
  • AIR CANADA
  • AIR TRANSAT, NOLITOURS
  • AVIS
  • BEST WESTERN
  • BUDGET
  • CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
  • CELEBRITY CRUISES
  • ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR
  • FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
  • FLIGHT CENTRE
  • HERTZ
  • HILTON HOTELS & RESORTS, HILTON HOMEWOOD SUITES, HILTON GARDEN INN, HAMPTON INN HOTELS, EMBASSY SUITES HOTELS, DOUBLETREE HOTELS
  • HOLIDAY INN HOTELS, INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS, CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, CANDLEWOOD SUITES, STAYBRIDGE SUITES
  • PORTER AIRLINES
  • PRINCESS CRUISES
  • ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES
  • SUNNING TOURS
  • THRIFTY
  • WESTCORP HOTELS
  • WESTJET
Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 9 or newer. Apple Watch can use Apple Pay independently, as long as it has been paired with an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6s, 6 Plus or 6s Plus.
This list is not complete by any means, so share your Apple Pay ‘conquests’ in the comments below!

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  • Ed Cicci

    What a list. This should help all those Amex skeptics who kept whining that no one accepts Amex.

  • Sly

    Hi Gary, thanks for the list but, correct if I’m wrong but only a few of these would work with Amex & Apple pay since we need tap to pay that works with an Amex card. If this is the case then we would need to create a ‘100% Amex apple pay approved list’. thanks.

  • Yes that is correct, we did state not all of these places will have tap to pay, but users will have to try and find out.

  • Jay

    Hi Gary, thanks for the list! Just tried to see if it would work at the GO station here in Toronto and it worked successfully with my American Express Platinum Air Miles card!

  • Youval

    McDonalds doesn’t work. I tried at the Avenue Rd. location and the terminal rejected it.

  • Sweet!

  • Liam

    Metro accepts Amex but not for tap … as I discovered this morning. Add Tim Hortons to that list, though. Successfully used Apple Pay there this morning.

  • Salinger

    There are lots more places that accept Amex that aren’t on the list. For example, a pretty big one, Canadian Tire accepts Amex and isn’t on the list.

  • Sam

    Starbucks is not on the list but I noticed the app does offer Apple Pay as a payment option to reload your Starbucks card. Reload was rejected unfortunately – “invalid card number”. But maybe the fact it’s there means it’s coming soon….

  • Ed Cicci

    I was hoping to use it at my local Metro. They have tap for Visa. I wonder if their terminal provider needs to do something. From reading their website, Moneris is very pro Apply Pay but the terminal in Metro are from igenico and their website says nothing much about Apple Pay.

  • Liam

    The terminal I tried to use this morning has a big Visa PayWave sticker on it. Perhaps tap at Metro only works for Visa and Visa-empowered debit cards?

  • Ed Cicci

    Thanks. I’ll give my local Metro a try later on today. I know some of the management there so I’ll see if I can get any info.

  • Alan Flores

    Thanks for this post Gary 🙂

  • Parksy

    Ingenico is a terminal manufacturer not a provider. Moneris uses their terminals quite regularly. Some are labeled as such others have the Moneris name on them.

  • Parksy

    It’s all about what the retailer has enabled. We support tap for Visa and MC but not Amex. We rarely get tap customers though as our average transaction size is outside the normal tap limits. Same reason why Costco will never accept it.

  • Sly

    That’s a good idea. Amex also needs to start contacting various retailers to ensure tap to pay is enabled for amex.

  • Shawn

    Does American Express Gift card works in Apple Pay ?

  • Ed Cicci

    For sure. That and a massive ad campaign before Christmas especially since there appears to be no limit to the Apple Pay option as that iMore article mentioned.

  • Anthony ?

    Was able to use it at the McDonalds at Yonge & Adelaide without issue. Strange.

  • Anthony ?

    Works great at McDonalds, used it for my morning coffee & muffin combo. Remember to have your finger on the home button when you tap, since it uses your fingerprint to approve the transaction.

  • Anthony ?

    Costco will never accept it because they switched to only accepting MasterCard during their last contract renegotiation. I read elsewhere that with Apple Pay the tap to pay transaction limit has been lifted since the solution is considered very secure, so in theory you should be able to tap to pay for any amount that fits within your card credit limit.

  • Salinger

    Odd. I’ve used Apple Pay with my US based TD Bank card at various McDonald’s long before Apple Pay was even rumoured to be coming to Canada. It may be just a problem with that particular restaurant’s equipment.

  • Salinger

    I think what we all need to keep in mind as we find problems and issues, is that this is a “soft launch”, more or less a beta. I’m sure a lot of the bugs and wrinkles will be ironed out over time. It’s been live for less than 24 hours, let’s not be too concerned that everything isn’t working perfectly everywhere just yet.

  • Sly

    Thanks for confirming as another poster said it didn’t work. Maybe he didn’t have his apple pay setup correctly.

  • Rio

    I would have thought AMEX or Apple would have made a bigger deal of this.

  • ……

    the list is from the website under the double rewards list.
    If you have a rewards card you can pick any five places to receive double the points.
    So therefore it is not a list of every merchant that accepts amex

  • Salinger

    I’m sure we will. This is a soft launch, essentially a beta right now. Once they’ve rolled out retailer marketing materials (like little Apple Pay Accepted logos etc for tills) and ironed out a few bugs, I’m sure we’ll see a much bigger splash made of it.

  • Parksy

    I wasn’t necessarily referring to Costco accepting AMEX via Apple Pay. I was saying that they won’t accept tap payments period.

  • Rio

    I think they always had it as part of their app but it only showed the option when it saw that you have added a card to apple pay.

  • All Around Nice Gay

    I used it today at Petro Canada. I used my watch to pay for some drinks. It was easy and less awkward than I thought holding my wrist up against something would be. The guy was amazed and I had to explain to him how it works. I don’t understand why the employees aren’t educated better. I have been to McDonald’s in the US months after roll out and employee still looking stunned when I have wanted to pay using Apple Pay (with my US credit card).

  • All Around Nice Gay

    Has anyone had any success with a Scotiabank issued Amex? Asking for a friend. Seriously.

  • MGSayah

    Doesn’t work

  • It won’t work unfortunately. Only Amex-issued cards will work with Apple Pay.

  • Max

    Can’t believe people are that naïve because a lot of people are bashing AMEX because no retail take not it that’s ridiculous I use it on Walmart Best Buy Subway using normal card Now who’s laughing now to long list

  • Anthony ?

    Yeah, that makes sense given the $100 limit on taps in general. Apple Pay removes that restriction, however Costco accepting only MasterCard makes it a moot point. God forbid Costco just let people pay as they wish instead of dictating to their customers.

  • Andre

    It’s not Apple Pay, but I have been using my Apple Watch at different Tim Hortons to pay for stuff for months. I just show my watch with the card’s bar code, and they don’t even flinch.They know what it is and know what to do.

  • Ted de Beaudrap

    I was unable to register my AMEX card as the security code is three digits long and the registration process will not proceed unless it is four digits. Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait on RBC again to get in the game. ????

  • mxmgodin

    I saw someone with the same problem in another thread/forum. They said they finally used a 4-digit code that was on the front of the card, and not the 3-digit one on the back, and it worked.
    I don’t have an Amex card myself, so not sure what code this is.

    Exact quote, from the MacRumours forums: “having a corporate card I seldom used, I assumed the security code was the 3-digit one on the back like every other card. I have found the 4-digit number on the front and am good to go!”

  • Isn’t there a four digit code on the front of your card?

  • Jesse

    It worked at the McDonald’s that I just used it at! (In Edmonton)

  • Anthony ?

    It’s the 4 digit code on the front of the card.

  • Anthony ?

    Won’t work since the card is issued by ScotiaBank and not AMEX. Your friend can always cancel that card and get one directly from AMEX Canada if he really wants to use it.

  • Parksy

    They get a small discount from MasterCard because of that exclusivity agreement. That small discount is worth millions of dollars each year. MasterCard is a pretty popular card and it’s likely that most people have one (although I don’t).

  • Ted de Beaudrap

    Yes that worked, thanks

  • Thierry Marques

    Absolutely – on AmEx the code is on the front of the card. 😉

  • Thierry Marques

    It does work!

  • Crosseyedmofo

    did not work at 7 eleven, metro or lcbo

    did work at indigo and shoppers

  • Crosseyedmofo

    will try at yonge and eg tonite

  • joeyconnick

    It doesn’t work with Second Cup in Vancouver… it read it (i.e. it got the card info) but it was rejected because I guess the Lower Mainland locations (all 4 of them) don’t accept AMEX. At least that’s what I was told: that they don’t take AMEX.

  • John

    I don’t even get the option for reloading with Apple Pay, nor do I see it in the list on the App Store. I called Starbucks but they have no
    Clue and supposedly passed it on to the next level support.

  • Salvador

    So far, after one week in field tries in Great Montreal area, here is my compiled list:

    Places with Apple Pay did work:
    – Tim Hortons
    – Jean Coteau (pharmacy)
    – Stokes

    Places with Apple Pay DID NOT work:
    – Bestbuy (don’t accept tap to pay in Quebec)
    – Walmart (don’t accept tap to pay in Quebec)
    – Metro (don’t accept Amex tap to pay)
    – IGA (don’t accept Amex cards at all in Quebec)
    – Subway (accepts Amex cards but not tap to pay Amex in Quebec)

  • timothyclark1970

    I have a US BANK Visa Card through RBC Bank in Georgia. It cost 3.95 a month and I put money on it and use apple pay in Canada and have been for about a year. I find it is widely able to be used at all those mentioned in the list I have not tried where visa tap to pay is listed as accepted but will try the next chance I get.