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bryso
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American Express Blue Reward Question

It seems that I am not getting my 6% on groceries for most of my purchases.

I shop at 3 stores for groceries.

Bet-R
Calandros
Albertsons

I have had my card for roughly 3 months now and my reward balance for these stores is only showing a fraction of what I have spent.

any ideas?


wegotdatwood
Member since Aug 2009
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
1 of 2 things.

1. It's a screw up on Amex

or

2. Those merchants have not listed their business as a grocery store.


bryso
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
I think it's a screw up by Amex.

Not sure tho


Croacka
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
I do 90% of mine at albertsons and it seems to work fine

If you expand the transaction on the Amex website it should give you some details on each one


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BACONisMEATcandy
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
Call... Amex will be able to explain it... Even if its a mistake. I bet Calandro's is not considered grocery for some dumb reason.


Dead Mike
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
There's a list of stores that the grocery category applies to, they'll tell you if you call. The ones I remember are Whole Foods and Albertsons.


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bryso
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
Most likely. I'd say that my grocery store bill is split basically even between those 3. Maybe slightly more toward betr


nolanola
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
AMEX customer service is usually very good. They should be able to clear it up for you quickly.


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BACONisMEATcandy
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
I willing to bet Bet-R may not count either.

What are the caps on earnings with Blue?

ETA: Nevermind I googled LINK
This post was edited on 2/15 at 8:24 am


saderade
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
Give AMEX a call. I wasn't getting my 3% back on gas from certain gas stations and customer service let me know that many individually owned gas stations don't fall under the AMEX umbrella.


RunningBlake
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
Does a Walmart Supercenter count as a standalone grocery store? TIA
Does Kroger count? TIA


Teddy Ruxpin
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
quote:

Previously you could purchase as much as you wanted at stand alone grocery stores and get the 6% cash back bonus. As you may guess, many people were not only purchasing groceries at the grocery store, but they were purchasing gift cards as well. This enabled people to get not only 6% cash back on groceries, but also on the gift cards sold at the grocery stores (gas, food, clothing retailers, and even MasterCard/Visa/Amex gift cards).


Ingenious. Matter of time before the CC company figured it out too.


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BACONisMEATcandy
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
Walmart - no

Kroger - yes


RunningBlake
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
quote:

BACONisMEATcandy


Thanks!


diamond333
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
However from experimenting with the card, I believe neighborhood Walmarts do count for 6% (for the preferred)





Edited to clarify
This post was edited on 3/14 at 7:44 am


aaronb023
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
quote:

The first $6,000 of eligible U.S. stand-alone supermarket purchases in a calendar year qualify for the 6% reward; 1% thereafter. Supermarkets exclude superstores and warehouse clubs


I just noticed this little tidbit on the AMEX website. I didnt know it had a $6k limit. I'm sure it was in the the terms and conditions booklet that I didn't read.


BACONisMEATcandy
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
It has not always been that way... I believe it just changed recently


yellowfin
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
So is 6% on groceries and gas but not all gas stations and not all grocery stores and only up to 6k?


BACONisMEATcandy
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
Correct. A good rule of thumb is stand alone gas stations and stand alone grocery stores are good to go

Costco, Sam's, Walmart, and Target not so much


yellowfin
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re: American Express Blue Reward Question
I'll stick with spark that's 2% across the board with no limits


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