This wiki was inspired by the many comments, tips and repeatedly-asked questions in Amex Shop Small Promotion deals and forum posts.
Much of that information has been migrated to this wiki so that anyone can edit and update it.
Note that you can sort tables by clicking on the column headings.
If you would like to ask questions or discuss anything about this page, please comment in this forum post.
How does it work?
Amex announces these promotions a couple of times a year. Sometimes for a weekend sometimes for a month (usually November). A few days beforehand registrations will open via the “Offers” section of the Amex online banking website or app, or at Amex Connect for non-Amex-issued cards. You need to register each card you want to use and registrations numbers are capped. Then during the Shop Small promotion period, use your card to spend $20 or more in a single transaction at a participating retailer (usually allowed only once per card per location and a limited number of times per card in total) and within a few days Amex will credit $10 to your account.
What to do when it does not work? Reporting to Amex
There were many instances that the shops listed on the map didn't accept American Express, or we didn't get the credit when we spent $20. Many have complained here in the comment section: https://www.facebook.com/americanexpressaustralia/videos/1190803690966323/
Which Amex cards are eligible?
Usually all Amex cards: Amex-issued and bank-issued. If you want to apply for an Amex card, be sure to use one of the referral links from the American Express Referral Wiki for extra benefits.
Can supplementary cards be used?
Yes. Supplementary cards must be registered separately and are treated as completely independent from the primary card. Supplementary cards must have a different card number than the primary card to be able to be registered. Unfortunately, Westpac and CBA bank issued supplementary cards are known to have the same card number.
What are the best things to buy?
This is somewhat subjective. To my mind though, the 'best things to buy' are any things that you WOULD HAVE BOUGHT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE PROMOTION WAS RUNNING OR NOT'; but from a 'verified SS vendor', instead of your usual source. Because that way, each transaction is like $10 cash in your pocket (think petrol, pet-food, public-transport-card-top-ups, standard-priced groceries, pharmacy goods, *etc*). If you find yourself buying things you would NOT NORMALLY BUY, *just because the SS promotion is running*, then maybe you are not actually benefiting financially from it. [My personal entry ends here, whatever appears after this sentence was either here already, or has been subsequently added by someone else.]
Suggestions: Travel card top-ups, prepaid mobile top-ups, groceries, pharmacy goods, food and drink at cafes and restaurants, alcohol from bottle shops.
These are particularly good because a) They are goods you'd probably buy anyway b) They are usually competatively priced so it won't cost significantly more to buy them at a participating shop and c) You can split the purchases into multiple lots of $20 or just over and get $10 credit each time (eg Add 3 $20 top-ups to your travel card using 3 cards or at 3 different shops and receive $30 credit, instead of a single $60 top-up like you might usually do).
There may also be charities listed in which case every $20 you donate costs you only $10. Some people have suggested that you can claim back tax on the full $20 donation to eligible organisations, but the legality and morality of doing that is questionable.
How do I know which shops are participating?
Use the Shop Small map or see the following lists extracted from the map by user thydzik ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA. Excel Workbook. All Shop Small Amex Listings Map
How do I use the map and why does it suck so badly?
Yes everyone hates the map. A group of Ozbargainers led by @GnarlyKnuckles has compiled a list of issues to pass on to Amex and try get it improved. Nevertheless, here are some tips to help you use the map:
- The list on the left of the map shows the details of only ten stores at a time. Those stores will be shown as large, numbered markers on the map, while other stores will be shown as dots. Click the arrow on the bottom right of the list to see details of the next ten stores.
- You can click on any large or small marker to show the details of that shop
- A maximum of 100 markers are shown in the map, so if you are viewing an large area with many stores it will not show all of them. You can see if it is over the limit by checking the count at the bottom of the list on the left. If it says “1-10 of 100 Results” then it means it is not showing everything. Zoom in until it shows less than 100 results.
- Check the checkbox “Redo search when map moved” at the top right of the map or click “Redo search in this area” if you've already moved the map.
- Use the filter to limit stores shown to “Dining”/“Shopping” etc, but be warned that applying a filter will reset the map to the initial map view, so set the filter first.
- Sometimes more than one shop is listed at the same address (eg a shopping centre) in which case the marker you are looking for on the map can be hidden behind another one. Zoom in closer and you should be able to tell them apart.
|Trading Name/Amex-registered name||Address||Suburb||Comment||Last confirmed|
|Nextra Day and Night News||1374 Gympie Road||Aspley||1||28/10/2015|
|Burstall Ave News & Casket||185 Belmont Rd||Belmont||Card machine wasn't linked to Amex yet but Amex paid on request||18/9/2016|
|NewsXpress Harbour Town||Shop M2 Harbour Town Shopping Centre Brisbane Road & Oxley Drive||Biggera Waters||1||11/11/2015|
| ||10 Eagle St||Brisbane|| ||07/11/2016|
| ||40 Creek St||Brisbane|| ||15/11/2016|
|George Street News||370 George Street||Brisbane||No fees 1, 2||23/11/2016|
| ||360 Queen Street||Brisbane||No-name, small newsagency next to Flight Centre 1, NOTE: Doesn't currently accept Amex (just installed new payment system and apparently haven't set it up yet):2||09/11/2016|
|Nextra News Agency||31-35 W Burleigh Rd||Burleigh Heads||1||11/11/2015|
|Nextra Chermside Newsagency||Shop 384-385, Westfield Shoppingtown, Cnr Gympie Rd & Hamilton Rd||Chermside||1, 2||10/11/2016|
|News Express||696 New Cleveland Road||Gumdale||On Amex map and Go-card topup list (called to confirm), but not tested/confirmed|
|South Bank Beach News||Stanley St Plaza||South Bank||1||26/11/2016|
|Ezymart King George Square||Tenancy C1 & C2/64 Adelaide Street (King George Square busway station)||Brisbane||No fees 1, 2||18/11/2016|
| ||280 Queen St||Brisbane City||1, Not in the shop small map anymore (15/11/2016), Confirmed not participating in shop small anymore: 2|
|Spar Express||5-218 Padstow Road||Eight Mile Plains||On Amex map and Go-card topup list, but not tested/confirmed|
|Spar Redfern||Level 2, 7-9 Gibbons St||Redfern||No fees||21/11/2016|
|Nextra Garden City Level 1||Westfield Garden City S/C||Upper Mt Gravatt||1||26/11/2016|
|Nextra Garden City Level 2||Logan Road||Upper Mt Gravatt||1||26/11/2016|
|Victoria Harbour Pharmacy||66 Merchant St,||Docklands||No Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Foodworks (Gertrude St Mini Mart)||169-171 Gertrude Street||Fitzroy||No Surcharge (sometimes charges $1 surcharge)||Nov 2016|
|Waverley Road Authorised News||336 Waverley Road||Malvern East||Note: Not to be confused with Darling South Post Office at the same address||Sept 2016|
|Zouki Royal Melb Hospital||300 Grattan Street||Parkville||No Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Southgate News & Lotto||3 Southgate Ave||Southbank||3%||Nov 2016|
|The Summit||163 City Rd||Southbank||$4 1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Carlisle Street Milk Bar||Carlisle Street||St Kilda||50c Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Wattle park pharmacy||1123 Riversdale Rd||Surrey Hills||No Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Cigarette Express Convenience (YE MAO PTY LTD)||109 Brunswick St||Fitzroy||50c Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Boronia Heights Pharmacy||1096 Mountain Hwy||Boronia||$1 Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Montmorency Pharmacy||45 Were St||Montmorency||No Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Kilsyth Newsagency||520 - 528 Mt Dandenong Road||Kilsyth||No Surchage||Nov 2016|
|Lucky Day Lotto||185 Brunswick St||Fitzroy||3% surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Malvern Authorised Newsagency||114 Glenferrie Road||Malvern||3% surcharge||Nov 2016|
|WU & T - Blandford Crescent Milk bar||48 Blandford Cres||Bayswater North||3% Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Newsline||1 Main St||Box Hill||$1 Surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Central Park Newsagency||393 Wattletree Rd||Malvern East||No longer on official list 1||Nov 2016|
|Amcal Chemist||Lygon Court||Carlton||Nov 2016|
|Newsagent 500||500 Bourke St||Melbourne||Sept 2016|
|Daily News||452 Little Collins St||Melbourne||Sept 2016|
|Ezymart||123 Queen St||Melbourne||Sept 2016|
|Swanston Street Lotto||3/227 Collins St||Melbourne||Sept 2016|
|My Office||500 Collins st||Melbourne||Sept 2016|
|Melbourne Convenience Store||327 Elizabeth St||Melbourne||Sept 2016|
|Vermont South Amcal Pharmacy||495 Burwood Highway||Vermont South||Refused to re-charge MyKi on Amex||Nov 2016|
|Nextra Chatswood||Westfield Chatswood, 229/1 Anderson St||Chatswood||50c-$1 surcharge||1,2, 3, 4, 5||Nov 2016|
|Oxford St Newsagency||1/18-32 Oxford St||Darlinghurst||50c surcharge (or free with purchase)||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10||Nov 2016|
|B&J newsagency||187 Thomas St||Haymarket||$1-$1.50||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||11/23 Rawson Place||Haymarket||$1.50 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11||Nov 2016|
|Wus pharmacy||629 George street||Haymarket||50 cent surcharge per card||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10||Nov 2016|
|Convenience At The Cove||114 Longueville Road||Lane Cove||3% surcharge||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|Village Convenience Store||150-158 Epping Road||Lane Cove||$2 surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|Neutral Bay Wycombe||167 Wycombe Rd||Neutral Bay||$1 surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Neutral Bay Newsagency||6 Young Street||Neutral Bay||$1 surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Nsw Convenience Store||119a Macquarie Street||Parramatta||$1 surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Ezymart||166 Belmore Rd,||Randwick||70c surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Connaught Newsagency||187 Liverpool St||Sydney||50c surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10||Nov 2016|
|Darling Park Newsagency||201 Sussex St||Sydney||40c-50c surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||300 George St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||770 George St||Sydney||$1-$3 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||58 Pitt St||Sydney||$2 surcharge||1, 2 3, 4, 5, 6||Nov 2016|
|Society||169 Phillip St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4||Nov 2016|
|The Lucky Charm||Pavilion Centre, 580 George Street||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|The Lucky Charm||Pitt Street, Westfield Centrepoint||Sydney||$2 surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||52 Martin Place||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9||Nov 2016|
|City Convenience||19-21 Hunter St||Sydney||$1-$2.50 surcharge-No more top ups||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Nov 2016|
|City Convenience||1 Castlereagh St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|City Convenience||614 George St||Sydney||$1-2 surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Millennium Convenience Store||289-295 Sussex St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Nov 2016|
|City Convenience||1/379-383 Pitt St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||18 Smith Street||Parramatta||$3 surcharge-Not accepting Amex||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Darling Harbour View Convenience||Suite 24, 5A Erskine St||Sydney||50c-$1 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||Nov 2016|
|Darling Convenience Store King||20 King Street||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|World Newsagency||Shop 402, Level 2, 1 Darling Drive||Sydney||50c-$1 surcharge / 1 case of no AMEX||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|World Square Newsagency and Bookshop||387 Pitt St||Sydney||Min. $50 Topup, 3% surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|King of the Pack (888 Wholly Tobacconist)||Shop 26/ 61 Oxford St||Darlinghurst||1% surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4||Nov 2016|
|Fastway Convenience||4/27 Park St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4||Nov 2016|
|Grocery Zone||1/44 Park St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge (may insist an item is purchased for card payments)||1, 2, 3, 4||Nov 2016|
|City Convenience (T&Sons)||1/419 Pitt St||Sydney||$1-$8 surcharge||1, 2, 3, 4, 5||Nov 2016|
|City Convenience||22 Market Street||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2,3, 4, 5, 6||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||134 Campbell Parade||Bondi Beach||80c surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||26 Bronte Rd||Bondi Junction||70c surcharge/Not accepting Amex||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|News King||Shop 1013, Westfield||Bondi Junction||81c surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||20 King St||Sydney||$1-$2 surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|King of The Pack||13 Faraday Rd||Padstow||2% surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Walsh's Village Pharmacy||3 Meagher Avenue||Maroubra||No surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Brighton Le Sands Newsagency||273 Bay Street||Brighton-Le-Sands||3% surcharge||Nov 2016|
|Double Bay Newsagency||390 New South Head Rd||Double Bay||40c surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||1/31A Fitzroy Street||Kirribilli||$2 surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|EzyMart||237 Oxford St||Bondi Beach||70c-$1 surcharge||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|News New Newsagency||Shop 3067 Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford Street||Bondi Junction||50c surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|St Martin's City Newsagency||31 Market Street||Sydney||90c surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|Convenience Store (Grocery Zone)||368 Sussex St||Sydney||$1 surcharge or purchase||1, 2||Nov 2016|
|Safeway Souvenirs & Convenience||25-27 South Steyne||Manly||No surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|Mirna Convenience Store||69 Liverpool St||Sydney||$1-$1.50 surcharge-No Amex||1, 2, 3||Nov 2016|
|Riverside Convenience Store||1-3 Julius Ave||North Ryde||60c surcharge||1||Nov 2016|
|Central Grocery (near tunnel)||10 Lee St||Chippendale||Sept 2016|
|River cat Convenience||shop 8-9 30-32 charlies st||Parramatta||Sept 2016|
|300 george street||300 george street||Sydney||Sept 2016|
|City Supermarket||1 Alfred St||Sydney||Sept 2016|
|Devonshire St Newsagency||70 Devonshire St||Surry Hills||Sept 2016|
|Menzies/Ezymart||14 Carrington St||Sydney||1||Sept 2016|
|CCS||209 Castlereagh St||Sydney||1||Nov 2016|
|The Lucky Charm||22/201 Elizabeth St||Sydney||Closed 1||Nov 2016|
|The Lucky Charm (near Town Hall)||QVB||Sydney||????|
|Nextra Chase||Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre, Shop B-011/345 Victoria Ave||Chatswood||No Longer take Amex. 1||Nov 2016|
|Berry St Minimart||North Sydney||Doesn't accept Amex. 1||Nov 2016|
|City Convenience||1/525 George Street||Sydney||No longer on official list 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] | Nov 2016 | | World Newsagency | Shop G11-13 Metcentre (Wynyard Station), 273 George Street | Sydney | 50c surcharge/Not Accepted |[[https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/4186434/redir|1||Nov 2016|
|Trading Name/Amex-registered name||Address||Suburb||Description||Comment||Last confirmed|
|It's Convenient||63 Waymouth St||Adelaide||Surcharge||1||17/9/16|
|News Agency||Central Plaza Rundle Mall||Adelaide||No surcharge||3/11/16|
Note: This list is based on a direct comparison of the Shop Small data, and the Smartrider Retail Outlets list to find matching names. Please update this list if you've been able to absolutely confirm any of these locations.
|Trading Name/Amex-registered name||Address||Suburb||Description||Comment||Last confirmed|
|Phoenix Newsagency||254 Rockingham Road||Phoenix|
|Subiaco Square Newsagency & Lottery Centre||29 Station St||Subiaco||Asked on 26/11/2016 and said no Amex for Smartrider recharge|
|Lucky Charm||39 Railway Rd||Kalamunda|
|The Kwinana Hub Lottery Ctr||Kwinana Hub Market Place||Kwinana|
| ||717 Hay St||Perth||As of 22/11/2016, no longer accepting AMEX for Smartrider recharge||3/11/2016|
|Trading Name/Amex-registered name||Address||Suburb||State||Charity Type||Comment||Last confirmed|