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Best CC for iTunes purchases?

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:26 pm

Does anyone know of any credit cards that have iTunes music and movie purchases as a year-round bonus category? My purchases there are pretty infrequent and I want a convenient solution, so I'm not interested in anything that involves buying a physical gift card at a grocery store or anything like that. Buying an electronic gift card I can redeem instantly online would be acceptable.

I know Amex has made special offers before along the lines of "spend $15, get $5 back as a statement credit" but I don't have an offer like that available.

Any ideas? I'll probably stick with the Freedom if I can't find anything significantly better.
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Postby PlyrStar93 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:41 pm

The MCC is record store.

Old Citi Forward gives 5 TYpts per dollar spent there. Apparently, it is impossible to get one now.

Next would be Citi ThankYou Premier ($125 AF) which gives 3 TYpts/$ there, and ThankYou Preferred (no AF) for 2 TYpts/$.

Other than these, I have not seen anyone giving bonus rewards (yet), except for those 2x/1.5x across-the-board ones.
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Postby Patcell87 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:17 am

My suggestion would be Chase Freedom... The iTunes Store has a bonus if you shop through the Ultimate Rewards mall for a total of 4 points per dollar spent on iTunes purchases. I always use that link when buying from iTunes.

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Postby websteth » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:32 am

My old Apple Financing card from Barclays is an iTunes Reward Visa. For every $2500 you spend you get a $25 iTunes card. Purchases at Apple and iTunes count double. I don't know if they still offer this product. The current Apple financing card I think is the same but with Apple Store gift cards.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:49 am

Patcell87 wrote:My suggestion would be Chase Freedom... The iTunes Store has a bonus if you shop through the Ultimate Rewards mall for a total of 4 points per dollar spent on iTunes purchases. I always use that link when buying from iTunes.


The Freedom through the Chase UR Mall portal looks like my best option - especially if I later get a CSP.

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Postby Patcell87 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:59 pm

That's exactly what I do! Rack up the points on the Freedom and transfer to CSP for transfer partners. Great combo...

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Postby RewardHop » Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:44 pm

Why not buy some iTunes gift cards when they go on sale online for 20% off? iTunes credit never expires, I always keep a small balance for app purchases. I recall several times in the last 2 months where Best Buy, Paypal, eBay, Office Max/Depot had them on sale for 20% off. It beats any CC cash back.
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Amex BCE: 3% grocery, 2% gas
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:56 pm

RewardHop wrote:Why not buy some iTunes gift cards when they go on sale online for 20% off? iTunes credit never expires, I always keep a small balance for app purchases. I recall several times in the last 2 months where Best Buy, Paypal, eBay, Office Max/Depot had them on sale for 20% off. It beats any CC cash back.


I'll look around. eBay's auctioned discounted gift cards aren't too greatly discounted, and they aren't instant and there is a risk for fraud. Best Buy is charging face value right now, and Office Max doesn't have them online right now.

I don't use PayPal and didn't know they were a merchant. What would be the website for that? Paypal.com just seems to bring up information about using their payment network.

I'll check the Best Buy or and Office Depot websites another day, but I think I'll stick with the simplicity of the Chase UR portal. I'm working towards the CSP bonus right now, anyway.

Edit: I have found a 20% off iTunes gift card for sale (not an auction) on eBay, but the seller has zero history. That's the sort of possible scam I want to avoid when I'm only trying to save a few dollars.
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Postby RewardHop » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:53 pm

I don't buy on eBay except from the GiftCardMall seller or the eBay/Paypal seller.
On eBay, they can be found from time to time on this page:
http://www.ebay.com/rpp/gift-cards
Like right now, Paypal is selling on eBay $50 Applebees GC for $40

https://www.paypal-gifts.com/
This is the site from Paypal that has had discounted iTunes gift cards.

Yes, there haven't been any recently but if you follow any sort of deal web sites (ie SD, FW, etc) you will see them popup from time to time. You can set an alert on those sites so they email you if a deal matches a keyword (ie "iTunes gift card"). A few days ago Staples was selling iTunes GC for 15% off (deal is dead now).
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Amex BCE: 3% grocery, 2% gas

Bank of America Better Balance Rewards MC: $25/quarter bonus

Barclaycard Rewards Visa Signature: 2% gas, groceries, utilities

Capital One Quicksilver Visa Signature: 1.5% everything

Chase Freedom Visa Signature: 5% rotating

Citi Forward Visa: 5% restaurants/fastfood, movie theaters, amazon.com

Discover It: 5% rotating

SallieMae MC: 5% Groceries, Gas, Amazon

US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature: 5% electronic stores, restaurants

Sock Drawered: Chase Sapphire, Chase Amazon[/size]



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