Does Amazon Take American Express? (Amex Gift Cards + More)  

Shopping on Amazon is made more convenient than other online shops, due to perks such as Amazon Prime shipping, regular price changes, and their wide selection of products.

However, one drawback is Amazon’s limited payment options. Customers who regularly use American Express may wonder, then, if Amazon accepts such payment. If you’d to find out, keep reading!

Does Amazon Take American Express In 2023?

Amazon currently accepts American Express cards as valid payment, both through and Amazon Pay. Additionally, customers can also use American Express (Amex) gift cards on However, Amex cards cannot be used with Amazon Pay, as Amazon Pay does not currently recognize gift cards as a valid form of payment.

If you’d like to learn more about which payment methods customers can use on Amazon if American Express works through Amazon Pay and more, keep reading for more useful facts and tips!

Does Amazon Accept Amex Gift Cards?

In addition to American Express cards, Amazon also accepts Amex (or American Express) gift cards as a valid form of payment.

In order to use an Amex card on Amazon, customers must do the following:

  1. Customers must register their Amex gift card with the bank that issues such cards. In order to do so, customers must google “American Express gift card registration.” 
  2. After locating the card registration, customers first have to verify the card information and register the card with their name and address. 
  3. After registering the card, customers can add it to their account by selecting the “Accounts & Lists” dropdown menu on the homepage and selecting Your Account > Your Payments and entering the card information.

Customers are able to use Amex gift cards, as they’re set up to be used like a credit card, similar to pre-paid Mastercard and Visa gift cards. 

Which Payment Methods Does Amazon Accept?

While Amazon is somewhat limited to the  payment methods they accept, they currently accept the following:

  • Visa credit/ debit cards and prepaid gift cards
  • American Express
  • Amazon Store cards
  • Amazon Secured Cards
  • MasterCard/ EuroCard debit/credit cards and prepaid gift cards
  • Discover Network
  • Diner’s Club (U.S addresses only)
  • JCB
  • NYCE
  • STAR
  • China Union Pay credit cards
  • Amazon gift cards
  • SNAP EBT (participating states only)

As stated above, some valid payment methods on Amazon are only allowed in certain countries and U.S states. 

Therefore, if customers are curious if their location accepts certain limited payment methods, they can check by visiting the website of the card/payment method issuers.

Which Payment Methods Does Amazon Not Accept?

Which Payment Methods Does Amazon Not Accept?

Currently, Amazon does not accept external gift cards that do not qualify as prepaid credit cards. As well, Amazon does not currently accept PayPal, Venmo, Google Pay or other similar e-payment options. 

Finally, Amazon does not accept physical checks or money orders. If customers are curious if a payment method they use is valid on Amazon, they can further clarify by checking under Help & Customer Service > Accepted Payment Methods. 

Does Amazon Pay Accept American Express?

Amazon Pay accepts American Express cards! Additionally, registered Amex cards may also be used through Amazon Pay like a credit card. 

Which Payment Methods Does Amazon Pay Reject?

Amazon Pay is slightly more limited with its payment methods than Currently, the only payment methods Amazon Pay accepts are the following:

  • Visa credit/ debit cards and prepaid gift cards
  • MasterCard credit/ debit cards and prepaid gift cards
  • Discover credit/ debit cards
  • American Express debit/ credit cards and prepaid gift cards
  • Diners Club
  • JCB

Currently, Amazon Pay does not recognize Amazon gift cards as a valid form of payment. Other Amazon cards such as Amazon Store and Amazon Secure may also not be accepted. 

If customers are unsure about whether or not a payment method they use is accepted on Amazon Pay, they can further clarify by going to Customer Help > Paying for goods and services on

To learn more about Amazon’s payment methods, you can also read our posts on whether or not Amazon accepts Afterpay, if Amazon takes WIC, and if Amazon has payment plans.

Conclusion and Amazon Pay currently accept American Express cards. As well, Amex (American Express) prepaid gift cards can also be used. In order to use an Amex card, customers must first register the gift card with the card issuer under their name.

Currently, Amazon accepts most debit and credit cards as a valid form of payment. However, customers cannot use PayPal, Venmo or other similar e-payment services at this time. 

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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