AMEX Blue Cash Preferred - Supermarket Question - Charlotte, NC area

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AMEX Blue Cash Preferred - Supermarket Question - Charlotte, NC area

Postby MVMERK » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:46 pm

Hi,
Getting ready to apply to the AMEX Blue Cash Preferred Card and wanted to make sure that my local supermarkets/grocery stores qualify as "SuperMarkets" with AMEX. When I had a chat session with them, they gave me a link, but did not help much, although I did learn that Walmart and BJ's groceries purchases won't count toward the 6% cash back.

I live in the Charlotte, NC area, can anyone please verify if "Harris Teeter" and "Food Lion" qualify with AMEX in the Super Market status?

thank you!


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Postby Robrus1 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:54 am

As long as it is a regular grocery store and not like Sam's, Costco, Wal-Mart or another warehouse/discount club, it will qualify. To be 100% sure, you can probably ask a manager of these stores how they code their sales on credit cards.
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Postby MVMERK » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:53 pm

Thanks Robrus1

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Postby Gamma » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:41 pm

Robrus1 wrote:As long as it is a regular grocery store and not like Sam's, Costco, Wal-Mart or another warehouse/discount club, it will qualify. To be 100% sure, you can probably ask a manager of these stores how they code their sales on credit cards.


I'm guessing the manager you ask will give you the deer in the headlight look. I doubt they would even know the answer to the question and just make the assumption and say groceries. If you wanna be 100% sure, you gotta check your transaction after it post online and see how the purchase is categorized. If it comes out as groceries, then you will get the 6% cashback.

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Postby Robrus1 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:46 pm

Gamma wrote:I'm guessing the manager you ask will give you the deer in the headlight look. I doubt they would even know the answer to the question and just make the assumption and say groceries. If you wanna be 100% sure, you gotta check your transaction after it post online and see how the purchase is categorized. If it comes out as groceries, then you will get the 6% cashback.


That's a better, more reliable suggestion. Duh. I need a nap.
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Postby luvbullmarkets » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:10 pm

Gamma wrote:I'm guessing the manager you ask will give you the deer in the headlight look. I doubt they would even know the answer to the question and just make the assumption and say groceries. If you wanna be 100% sure, you gotta check your transaction after it post online and see how the purchase is categorized. If it comes out as groceries, then you will get the 6% cashback.


Please keep in mind different card issuers may code the same retailer under different categories. Based on my own personal transactions Discover considers Target a "Super Market." Obviously AMEX considers Target a discount warehouse store.

Just as Gamma;63865 stated you will have to test a small transaction first to see if it's categorized as a grocery store.
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Postby flroots » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:39 am

Does anyone know if a gift card purchased at an eligible grocery store will also earn the 6% back? Technically it's a cash equivalent which is not allowed, but I suspect they don't detect nor enforce it.

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Postby Xorand » Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:14 pm

flroots wrote:Does anyone know if a gift card purchased at an eligible grocery store will also earn the 6% back? Technically it's a cash equivalent which is not allowed, but I suspect they don't detect nor enforce it.


Gift cards that are not for the same store or Visa/Mastercard/AmEx-branded cards are not eligible. Otherwise, I believe the rest are fair game. We usually buy everyone gift cards for Christmas at Kroger and, so far, the total purchase has netted the full 6% cash back next statement.
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