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cash + and Amazon

How do we know for sure that the cash + doesn't count Amazon as a bookstore?  It's up to Visa to determine that, right?  If I was US Bank, I know I wouldn't openly advertise that fact.  Thoughts?

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Yes, we need someone who has bought a Kindle book on a card that allows you to see the MCC.   I would be very surprised if they were coded specially, but: I would have thought the same about gas pumps being coded differently than the gas station, and they are....

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I see there was a partial answer on FT:

 

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/credit-card-programs/1354679-new-option-5-hotels-air-etc-u-s-bank-cas...

 

Kindle appears on Forward as Record Store.    So maybe Cash Plus won't give 5% on all Amazon, but will on all record stores!  (Which is much less useful for most).

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For Visa and MC only,

 

* If it is Amazon Digital (Kindle, MP3, eBook, PC video game download, etc), it is labeled as record store.

* If it is Amazon or Amazon Marketplace, it is labeled as book store.

* If it is Amazon Payments, it is labeled as professional service.

* If it is Amazon Prime subscription fee, it is labeled as direct marketing.

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trumpet-205 wrote:

For Visa and MC only,

 

* If it is Amazon Digital (Kindle, MP3, eBook, PC video game download, etc), it is labeled as record store.

* If it is Amazon or Amazon Marketplace, it is labeled as book store.

* If it is Amazon Payments, it is labeled as professional service.

* If it is Amazon Prime subscription fee, it is labeled as direct marketing.


Thanks trumpet.  long time no see in the other forum I have seen you in.  Btw, where did you get that info?

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confirmed it works for the "Record store" and "book store" MCC purchases

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OK, that is big news! 

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FutureBillionaire wrote:

How do we know for sure that the cash + doesn't count Amazon as a bookstore?  It's up to Visa to determine that, right?  If I was US Bank, I know I wouldn't openly advertise that fact.  Thoughts?


An issuer can still choose not to count a certain merchant as that category for giving rewards.

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navigatethis12 wrote:

FutureBillionaire wrote:

How do we know for sure that the cash + doesn't count Amazon as a bookstore?  It's up to Visa to determine that, right?  If I was US Bank, I know I wouldn't openly advertise that fact.  Thoughts?


An issuer can still choose not to count a certain merchant as that category for giving rewards.


E.g. Amex and certain Walmart locations which are categorized as "supermarkets" or "grocery stores."

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sengpatt wrote:

navigatethis12 wrote:

FutureBillionaire wrote:

How do we know for sure that the cash + doesn't count Amazon as a bookstore?  It's up to Visa to determine that, right?  If I was US Bank, I know I wouldn't openly advertise that fact.  Thoughts?


An issuer can still choose not to count a certain merchant as that category for giving rewards.


E.g. Amex and certain Walmart locations which are categorized as "supermarkets" or "grocery stores."


I won't dare try it with Amex.  But, what about Visa?  Are there known instances of them doing that?

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Plane tickets: CSP
Groceries: AMEX BCP, Penfed Platinum Rewards,Citi TYP
Clothes: Express, Amex BCP, Discover IT
Amazon: Citi Forward, Cash +
Restaurants: Citi Forward, Chase Freedom, Discover IT, CSP
Hotels and other travel: Discover Escape, CSP
Movies: BofA travel rewards visa signature(fandango), Discover IT, Citi Forward, Freedom
Bars, clubs, tomfoolery: CSP, Citi Forward, Discover IT, Freedom
Balance transfers: Kroger 123 rewards
Bill Pay: Chase Ink Plus, Citi Forward,
Everyday spending: Bofa Accelerated cash rewards amex, Discover Escape
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