[OUT OF DATE] AmEx Shop Small: Shops That Accept AmEx for Opal and Myki Recharges [2015]

Updated: Amex Shop Small Guide wiki page

AmEx Shop Small November 2016 - Spend $20, Get $10 Statement Credits (up to $100 Total) and the wiki which has the latest Opal & Myki Locations

This is an old list from 2015. Use the updated lists above.

In preparation for AMEX Shop Small Promotion in November , i thought it would be handy to have a database for Approved Shops participating in this promotion that accept AMEX for Opal or Myki recharges.

I will update the thread as comment come in.

If you know of any shops that accepted AMEX last year, feel free to post in the comments.

Updated 29/11/15 12:15PM

  • Based on $20 recharge
  • ? denotes unconfirmed
  • Example denotes AMEX not accepted
  • Alphabetized by suburb, then store name, then street name (by #)

Sydney (Opal)

Map for Sydney Stores Thanks to phil1311
Colour Coded Map Thanks to chivalry

Retailer name Street address Suburb Surcharge Comments
IGA Annandale 47 Booth St Annandale $0.00 1, 2
Artarmon Spar Express 120 Hampden Road Artarmon $1.00 1, 2
Ashfield service station 22 Charlotte St Ashfield $0.80 1
Balmain Convenience 384 Darling St Balmain $0.00 1
EZYMART 134 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach $0.80 1
EZYMART 237 Oxford St Bondi Junction $0.70 1, 2
EZYMART 20 Bronte Road Bondi Junction $0.70 1, 2
Nextra Newsagency Westfield Shop 229 Chatswood $1.00 1
Quay Newsagency Alfred Street Circular Quay $1.00 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Horizon Convenience Store 135 william st Darlinghurst $0.20 1
Oxford St Newsagency 1/18-32 Oxford St Darlinghurst $0.50 1
Double Bay Newsagency 392 New South Head Rd Double Bay $0.40 1
Rebel Petrol 200 Homer St Earlwood $0.00 1
City Convenience 32 Oxford Street Epping $0.44 1, 2
Epping Convenience Centre 17 oxford Street Epping $0.44 1
Haberfield Newsagency Ramsay St Haberfield $2.00 1
City Convenience 22 Campbell St Haymarket Random 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EzyMart 11-23 Rawson Pl Haymarket $1.00 1, 2, 3
Wu's Pharmacy 629 George St Haymarket $0.50 1, 2
Convenience at the Cove 116 Longueville Rd Lane Cove $0.50 1, 2
Metro Petroleum 533 Mowbray Rd Lane Cove $0.40 1
Neutral Bay Newsagency 6 Young St Neutral Bay $1.00 1
Newsfront Newsagency, Macquarie Centre Cnr Herring and Waterloo Roads North Ryde ($2 for $40) 1, 2
City Convenience Miller St, near Pacific Hwy North Sydney $1.50 1
NSW Convenience Store 119a Macquarie St Parramatta $1.00 1, 2, 3, 4
City Convenience Shop 2, 138 -140 Church Street Parramatta $4.00 1
City convenience 60 Macleay St Potts Point $1.00 1
IGA Putney 221 Morrison Rd Putney $0.00 1, 2, 3
Putney Newsagency Putney $0.60 1
Convenience Store Village 38 Harris Street Pyrmont $1.00 (or $0 with >$5 on non-Opal) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
John St Square Supermarket SHOP 8 45-55 HARRIS ST Pyrmont $2.00 1
Redfern Convenience Store 3/152 Redfern St Redfern $1.00 1
Regents Park Newsagency 14 Amy Street Regents Park $0.50 1
Ezymart Shop 1 43 Shoreline Drive Rhodes $0.00 1
City Convenience 136 Castlereagh St Sydney $1.00 1
City Convenience 525 George St Sydney $1.00 1
City Convenience 580 George St Sydney $2.00 1, 2
City Convenience 614 George St Sydney $2.00 1, 2
City Convenience 19-21 Hunter St Sydney $2.00 1, 2
City Convenience 22 Market St Sydney $1.00 1
City Convenience 379-383 Pitt St Sydney $1.00 1
City Convenience 419 Pitt St Sydney $1-$2 1, 2, 3
City Convenience 155 Sussex street Sydney $1.00 1
City Convenience 257 Sussex street Sydney $3.00 1
City Convenience 368 Sussex street Sydney $1.00 1, 2
Connaught Sydney Newsagency 187-189 Liverpool St Sydney $0.50 1, 2
Darling Harbour View 24-26a Erskine Street Sydney $1.00 1, 2
Darling Park Newsagency 201 Sussex St Sydney $0.80 1, 2
EzyMart 300 George St Sydney $1.50 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
EzyMart Shop 11, 35-75 Harrington St Sydney $1.00 1
Ezymart 52 Martin place Sydney $0.50-$2.00/X 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
EzyMart 58 Pitt St Sydney $1.00 1, 2, 3
Fastway Convenience Store 27 Park St Sydney $1.00 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Grocery Zone Park Shop 1, 44 Park St Sydney $1-$2 1, 2
Kings Cross Newsagency Sydney $1.00 1
Lucky Charm Pavilion Town Hall Station Sydney $2.00 1
Lucky Charm Newsagency 201 Elizabeth St Sydney $2.00 1
Lucky Charm Galleries 500 George St Sydney $2.00 1
Pavilion News Shop 6, 126 Phillip St Sydney $0.60 1, 2, 3, 4
Society Convenience Store 169 Phillip St Sydney $1.00 1, 2
World Square Newsagency 387 Pitt St Sydney $1.00 1, 2
EZYMART Bay St Waverton $1.00 1
City Convenience 25 Market street Sydney 1, 2, 3
Old Town Plaza Newsagency Bankstown
City Convenience 265 Castlereagh St Sydney 1, 2
City Convenience 327 George St Sydney 1
City Convenience World Square Sydney 1
Ezy Mart World Square Sydney 1
Northpoint Newsagency North Sydney 1
JW Newsagency 275 Kent Sydney 1, 2
Eastwood Newsagency 173 Rowe st Eastwood 1
Cincotta Chemist Five Dock 1
Marrickville Metro Newsagency Marrickville 1, 2
OK Supermarket Floor 232, Church St Parramatta 1
Parramatta City Convenience Church Street Parramatta 1, 2, 3
IGA Darlinghurst Darlinghurst 1, 2
Budget Petrol 303 Wardell Road Dulwich Hill 1, 2, 3
St James Pharmacy Sydney 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Mo's mobiles 272 Abercrombie Street Darlington 1, 2
Banana Joes Fruit Market 256-258 Illawarra Road Marrickville 1

Melbourne (Myki)

Map for Melbourne Stores Thanks to hamwhisperer

Retailer name Street address Suburb Surcharge Comments
Wattle Park Newsagency 164A Elgar Rd Box Hill South $1.00 1
Middle Brighton newsagency 75-77 Church St Brighton $.60 1, 2
Demarte's Amcal Chemist Shop 5, 380 Lygon St. Carlton $0.00 1, 2, 3
Zouki Convenience Store 300 Grattan St Carlton $0.00 1, 2
Halfpenny Pharmacy 381 Sydney Rd Coburg $0.66-$2.00 1, 2
Victoria Harbour Pharmacy & News Docklands $0.00 1, 2, 3, 4
East Bentleigh Tatts 761 Centre Rd East Bentleigh $0.60 1, 2
Central Park newsagency East Malvern $0.50 1
Essendon Pharmacy 1049 Mt Alexander Rd Essendon $0.00 1, 2, 3
Station St IGA 140 Station St Fairfield $0.00 1, 2, 3
Foodworks 169-171 Gertrude St Fitzroy $0.00 1,2, 3, 4, 5
Central Park Newsagency 393 Wattletree Rd Malvern East $0.50 1
Malvern Authorised Newsagency Malvern $0.60 1, 2, 3
Daily News On Little Collins 452 Little Collins St Melbourne $0.00 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Elizabeth Pharmacy 125 Elizabeth St Melbourne $1.00 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Melbourne Collins Place News and Lotto 45 Collins St Melbourne $0.60-$1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
MCS 327 Elizabeth Street Melbourne Random? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Swanston Street Lotto Shop 3, 227 Collins Street Melbourne $1.00 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Piedemonte's IGA 37-49A Best Street North Fitzroy $0.00 1
Southgate Newagency near the IBM and Herald Sun towers Southbank $0.20 1, 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7
The Summit Convenience Store 163 City Rd Southbank $0.00 1, 2, 3
South Yarra News & Lotto 102 - 108 Toorak Road South Yarra $1.00 1, 2, 3
Kirschners Pharmacy 333 Napier St Strathmore $0.25 1
Carlisle Street Milk Bar 96 Carlisle Street St Kilda $0.50 1
Pinewood newsagency Mount Waverley 1,2
Rathdowne Newsagency Carlton North 1,2
Glass Street Milk Bar 37 Glass st Essendon 1
Caulfield convenience store Caulfield 1
Amcal Chemist Ormond 1
City Convenience Store Flinders Street Melbourne 1, 2
Brandon Park Newsagency Brandon Park 1
Murrumbeena newsagency Murrumbeena 1, 2
Canterbury Newsagency Canterbury 1
Waverley Road Authorised Newsagency 336 Waverley Road Malvern East 1, 2

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  • and whether they charge a surcharge

    most of the convenient stores (ezy mart, 7 eleven) in Sydney cbd accept amex, but have a 50c to $2 dollar surcharge

    one of the old topics had a pretty good list

    here it is


    • Also as I recall, 7-Eleven weren't part of Shop Small last year. City Convenience stores mostly were - they were where I did most of my Opal top-ups.

      Not sure if that will change this year.

      • 7-Eleven was! I topped up my Opal from there with two AmEX in the city.

        Based on that, I went to fill up$20 petrol from 7 Eleven last night and got nuffin!

    • On the small business FAQ, I didn't think they were allowed to charge a surcharge, here is what on the AMEX site for qualified small business:

      b) Do not differentially surcharge American Express Card Members or discourage American Express Card Members from using American Express Cards; and

  • Should we add - independent petrol stations that take Amex to this list?

  • Melbourne from 2014:

    $20 452 Little Collins St (Daily news) $20 Top up, $10 cash back - they may have stopped this

    $20.60 at Swanston St Lotto, 227 Collins st (Shop 3) - $20 Myki money, $10 cash back

    $20 at Essendon Pharmacy 1049 Mt Alexander Rd - $20 Myki money, $10 cash back

  • Petrol Melbourne - liberty servo, 263 Ballarat Rd towards sunshine

    Liberty 151 Victoria parade fitzroy

    Liberty 155 Epsom Rd Ascot Vale

    The list goes on. Fill up $20, get ten back

    • Are you sure on these petrol station, I tried to look for petrol station on there map and I couldn't find any.

      • Found them on the map - search for Liberty. Confirmed on google maps. I haven't filled up there yet though.

        • I filled up at the Victoria Pde Fitzroy servo, paid w Amex (tap n go), no confirmation email. Also, it wasn't listed on the Shop Small map, neither under Fitzroy nor under 'Liberty'. Not sure why you've referenced Google maps as I don't think this has anything to do with it.

        • @JJlikes2eat: I can 100% confirm that my card worked here - insert and PIN

        • @psionix: thanks. Not sure if tap n go or insert/pin makes a difference. I should see this on my statement eventually

    • Also, is it each individual or if you use it in 1 shop you can't use it in another?

  • Metro Lane Cove - 533 Mowbray Rd, Lane Cove North

  • What about go card recharges in QLD?

    • Agree. Here's some:

      • George Street News, 370 George Street, Brisbane
      • Post Office Square News, 280 Queen Street, Brisbane
      • I also found:

        • NewsXpress Harbour Town (Gold Coast)

        I can confirm $10 back from each of these.
        George St news no surcharge. PO Square 55c
        (ladies at George St would be worth a surcharge, but none charged)

        • Different experience here. Nothing mentioned or charged at George St, sign at PO Square said 2.75% but I didn't say "Amex" and he didn't charge me anything.

          And definitely got the $10 at both.

  • Victoria Harbour Pharmacy & News
    66 Merchant St, Docklands VIC 3008

  • "love a bargain" posted up a spreadsheet on their OneDrive last time, but link doesn't work any more.

    Maybe somebody should resurrect it again, or using Google Docs…

    There's still this list in the OP:

  • Do i need to top up opal cards at $10 intervals at these retailers? Or can I top up say $23.50 or $24

  • Any place near Caulfield, VIC to top up a myki?

  • Bankstown: Old Town Plaza Newsagency (Opposite to 7 Eleven - near the train station)

    ^I know where I am going now for lunch on Sunday, Pho Ann Bankstown :D

    • Went there this morning - was charged a 50c surcharge but after she processed it saw it was AMEX she asked/demanded another $2 from me saying if she knew it was AMEX she wouldn't have done it (despite me handing her my card which she insert herself into the machine…..) as they charge her 6% transaction fee - I had no cash on me so she had to let it go.

      Did get the e-mail afterwards though so all good there.

  • $20.20 (0.20 surcharge for CC) for Myki top up at Southgate Newagency - inside Southgate precinct near the IBM and Herald Sun towers.

    • Please confirm if you get the email.

    • I just did a topup at the Southgate newsagency, and the total surcharge was $0.35, and paid using tap and go. I got the email straightaway.

      • Think I know the reason because when I see the receipt it was coming through as a Master card payment, for some reason hence I didn't get the American Express offer, even though I am pretty sure I purchased with an Amex card. They might have applied the wrong surcharge for the card or something. Bummer.

      • I came back from Southgate newsagency, there is a written note on the wall that card will have surcharge. Same as Shortee, I was charged $ 0.2. Still got to wait and see.

    • Success - used across 4 cards $0.35 surcharge

      • Doesn't appear to be part of 14-15 May weekend Shop Small and is now charging 60 cents for an Amex transaction.

  • Here are a list of stores that are participating in the Shop Small promotion and are also Opal retailers:

    • just a question, is it all EzyMart stores or just the opens that appear on the SHOP SMALL webpage, as there are lots of EzyMart stores around Sydney but only a few shown on the website??

      • Not all EzyMart stores. However, the Shop Small map is neither definitive nor comprehensive, i.e. some stores on the map no longer accept AMEX and some stores that aren't on the map are part of the Shop Small promo.

        • So how can you tell before spending $20 + surcharge or do we need ozbargainer to try each one out and confirm/report?

    • I did a search but couldn't find any participating IGA store around Bankstown area. You sure this information is correct?

      • As mentioned above, the Shop Small map is not comprehensive. All IGAs should be part of the promo, but not all IGAs will do Opal.

    • Sorted roughly from Haymarket to Circular Quay:

      Retailer name Street address Suburb Surcharge
      EzyMart 11-23 Rawson Pl Haymarket $0.00
      Wu's Pharmacy 629 George St Haymarket $0.50
      City Convenience 22 Campbell St Haymarket $1.00
      City Convenience 419 Pitt St Sydney $1.00
      World Square Newsagency 387 Pitt St Sydney $1.00
      City Convenience 379-383 Pitt St Sydney $1.00
      City Convenience 265 Castlereagh St Sydney $0.80
      Connaught Sydney Newsagency 187-189 Liverpool St Sydney $0.50
      EzyMart 300 George St Sydney $0.60
      City Convenience 19-21 Hunter St Sydney $1.50
      EzyMart 58 Pitt St Sydney $1.00
      • Hi, thanks for the list - perfect! So did you try different ezymart or city convenience and get separate Cashback for each individual store or are they all treated as 1 Cashback per store chain?

        • Yes, the former. Each EzyMart and City Convenience is an independent store.

        • Perfect - thanks again!

        • Successful top-up at EzyMart 58 Pitt St with a $1 surcharge. Email and cashback received within 48 hours.

        • @fusela:
          Not sure what's happened…
          Ezy Mart 58 Pitt St is no longer on the Shop Small map.
          Went there yesterday, bought $20 OPAL with $1 surcharge, no email.
          Checked the map and it's no longer on there.
          Suggest crossing this off the list.

      • As below, add St James Pharmacy, St James Arcade to the list, no surcharge.

        • Can also confirm this. No surcharge for Opal topup (although I'm still waiting for the email).

      • Ezymart 11-23 rawson pl surcharge $1. serve by young lebanese guy. pls update

      • Thanks but just went to 265 Castlereagh St and he said they don't accept Amex at all.

      • +1 vote

        Please add to the list -

        City Convenience, 155 Sussex street Sydney, Surcharge $1.00 for 2 cards.

        Recharged for $40, paid $41.. $21 on first card and $20 on the other.

      • Convience store
        38 Harris st Prymont is now $1 surcharge. served by a lebanese man.
        pls update


          are shops upping their surcharges because of the promo/demand? amex have a complaint channel for this.

        • I visited there on the 5th and he was very happy to do it for $1. However his machine rejected my Amex card, even with manual swipe and multiple attempts.

      • 22 campbell st not taking amex

      • 419 Pitt St charged $1.50.

      • Thanks - used Wu's Pharmacy (50c) and World Square Newsagency ($1) on Tuesday 24 Nov.

        Just a note, Wu's Pharmacy top up hasn't appeared on my Opal though, so I'm chasing it up with Opal and I have the Opal receipt from the transaction.

    • appreciate your list. But e.g. is it means any IGA store? Sydney only have Annadale or Putney on Shopsmall but have you or any tried and confirm this on other IGA store? so many IGA elsewhere we can top up. right?

      Example. Harvey Norman Cannington weirdly on list but doubt will class as shopsmall

      • I have not tried any other IGA besides Annandale (and that was last year). As mentioned above, the Shop Small map is not comprehensive.

      • I bought opal at North Sydney IGA about 30min ago but no email still. So it looks like it may not apply to all IGAs?

        • Not getting an email doesn't mean you won't get the $10 credit. 2 out of 3 places I got an email. Received cashback the next day. 3rd place, no email but definitely on the list.

        • I'll suggest go for save bet. only do shop or top-up at the listed store in Shopsmall map even claim the map is not comprehensive.

          At least when disputing to amex you are safer to prove the credit if not there

          but pls let us update if you received a surprise credit :)

        • Also look for the ShopSmall sign out front or at the counter. If it's there, they'll have a hard time denying you the credit.

        • @ufohunter Any update on this? Did you get your credit for IGA North Sydney?

        • @roughana: No, didn't get any credit from there.

        • I'm thinking some of the IGAs would definitely turn over more than $1.3m / year in Amex transactions, disqualifying them from Shop Small. I'm definitely not game to try Crows Nest IGA for that reason. No idea how big North Sydney IGA is but given its location I'd say it's highly likely it won't be "small".

        • @zzyss: In case you didn't know, emails may not always be sent https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/215492?page=2#comment-3188451.

        • @samlor:

          True, but Crows Nest IGA is not listed in the Shop Small map, and they're almost certain to have processed an Amex transaction within the qualifying period (Jul-Oct), since I've used mine there in that time… which leads me to deduce that they don't qualify for Shop Small.


      Metro Petroleum, Castle Cove don't have Opal top ups.

  • If I recharge opal at two different City Convenience stores will I get 10 dollars off for both or just one? Are different stores of the same chain treated as one store? Thanks.

    • If you know the at least the address of each city convenience store, then look for that on the shop small map. If they turn up individually then $10 off each. If not, likely $10 only at one.

      • Yes they do turn up individually. If anyone tried already please do let know. I will advise after I try it out myself. City Convenience stores seem to be the best option for Opal recharge in Sydney.

        • Just tried City Convinience at 327 George St, first they offered to take amex with a $1 surcharge and when they tried it in their machine it didn't work. One to cross off the list.

        • @fusela:
          Thank you for this useful information. I am planning to go to corner Liverpool St/Pitt st where there are one EzyMart and City Con across each other.

  • I called AMEX membership rewards and they told me that we can only get one cashback from one store within the chain such as City Convenience stores and Ezy Marts regardless of their location.

  • Connaught Newsagency on Liverpool St (between Elizabeth St and Wentworth Ave, opp Hyde Park) - 50c surcharge for Opal topup by CC

    I should also mention, St James Pharmacy in the St james arcade (behind David Jones, enter from castlereagh and walk behind the escalators) does opal topups and the owner dude was nice last year. I will report back if there's any surcharge this year, there was none last year.

    • Have you tried the first one today? City Convenience is out, tried at world square, not accepting, Ezy Mart at world square also not accepting.