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You might be surprised at which stores you can earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points!
Cards such as the Chase Ink Plus (now with a 70,000 point bonus!) give you 5X points in certain categories such as Office Supply Stores. And there is a free online tool to find all the big name and lesser-known stores categorized as “office supplies” by Visa in your area.
Note: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point bonus offer ends on October 19, 2014.
Find a Store’s Category With Visa Supplier Locator
Link: Visa Supplier Locator
Link: Chase Ink Plus limited-time offer for 70,000 Ultimate Rewards points
Link: Chase Ink Bold
Link: Chase Sapphire Preferred
Searching for Office Supply Stores
Let’s look for all the office supply stores near zip code 10001 in Manhattan using the Visa Supplier Locator.
Scrolling down the list reveals some fun places.
And I found a similar surprise here in Austin too!
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I plugged in the address of a local comedy club and Visa classifies it as a restaurant.
So everything you purchase from them…show tickets, drinks, and food will earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points with the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
(That’s because the Sapphire Preferred gives you 2X points at restaurants and 3X points on the 1st Friday of the month.)
You’ll Find Surprises in Your Bonus Categories
You can check a particular 7-Eleven location (that doesn’t sell gas) to see if it qualifies as a gas station anyway, earning you 2X points with Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold.
A quick search for gas stations in Cleveland, Ohio, reveals a car wash classified as a gas station. So that’s 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points there too!
And in San Francisco a place called Balloon Magic is coded as an Office Supply Store. That’s 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points when decorating your office party using the Chase Ink Plus or Ink Bold business cards.
Remember that MasterCard, American Express, and Discover do NOT necessarily classify each establishment in the same way as Visa. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an online tool for those cards yet!
You can use the Visa Supplier Locator to find the merchant category code (MCC) of businesses.
You might find new and unexpected places to earn bonus rewards points with Visa cards such as the Chase Ink Plus (with a limited-time 70,000 point sign-up bonus), Ink Bold, Ink Cash, and Sapphire Preferred!
Did you uncover any cool places to earn extra points near you or a place you’ll be visiting?