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Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool to Check Store Categories

Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool to Check Store Categories

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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.

Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool To Check Store Categories
Order From the American Tea Room Online or in Beverly Hills and Your Purchase Is Classified as “Office Supplies”

You might also find unexpected places categorized as “restaurants” by Visa where you’ll get 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card.

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.

Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool To Check Store Categories
Enter a Zip Code and Select an “Industry Segment”

Scrolling down the list reveals some fun places.

Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool To Check Store Categories
Staples of Course, but Also Souvenir Shops!

So the next time you’re buying gifts at tourist shops, you can check the Visa Supplier Locator to see if you’ll get 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Chase Ink Plus or Ink Bold!

And I found a similar surprise here in Austin too!

Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool To Check Store Categories
Austin Gift Company’s Motto Is, “If You Don’t Need It, We Probably Have It!”

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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.)

Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool To Check Store Categories
Your Night Out Watching a Live Comedy Show Could Earn You 2X Points With Chase Sapphire Preferred

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!

Get More Bonus Points Using This Free Tool To Check Store Categories
Get Double Chase Ultimate Rewards Points at Certain Car Washes

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!

Bottom Line

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?

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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Under the general category of Office Supplies, there are three sub-categories:

5111 – Stationery/Office Supplies

5943 – Stationery Store

5947 – Gift, Card, Novelty Stores

Do all three sub-categories code as the general office supplies? There are numerous Disney stores in the Orlando area that are code 5947.

The Disney Store and Medieval Times near me are both listed as office supplies…who knew!

A head shop (the kind that sells “smoking” supplies) and museum near me are labeled as office supply stores according to the Visa Supplier Locator. I would be surprised if those actually cleared with 5x.

I’m not sure the Visa category tool always reflects bonus categories correctly. About 2 years ago, I made a purchase at a greeting card store (maybe Papyrus, don’t remember) and the tool had it as “office supplies”. I used my Ink Bold card. When the statement closed, I didn’t get 5x. It wasn’t a huge purchase so I didn’t escalate it with Chase, but I did learn my lesson.