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Last year I wrote about Postmates, which is an awesome food delivery service that I use all the time. Postmates is an app that lets you order food from just about any restaurant, and then they have people who will deliver it to you. Some restaurants are integrated into the app which makes ordering really easy, while others require you to manually enter your order.
What’s awesome is that Postmates will deliver anywhere. This is useful even in hotels, and is a great alternative to overpriced and not very tasty room service.
For as long as I can remember Postmates has qualified as “dining” when it comes to credit card spend, meaning that I’ve been able to earn double or triple points on all my Postmates purchases, as I would with any restaurant directly.
For example, here’s a Postmates order from back in September that I paid for with my Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which meant I earned double points:
Unfortunately it looks like that has recently changed, per a comment left by a reader a couple of days ago:
I made postmates purchases and didn’t get 3 points/ $…even though when I had the chase sapphire preferred I always got the 2 points/ $ reward for dining. I emailed customer service and they gave me some canned answer about how their category was registered under miscellaneous personal services, so it wouldn’t count for dining.
Well, I just checked my account, and indeed it looks like Postmates changed their merchant code, and no longer qualifies as dining. You can see this reflected below:
I also tried to make a Postmates purchase with my Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (which offers double points at U.S. restaurants), and you’ll see the issue is the same, as the category shows as “Business Services:”
Unfortunately the same is true for Citi as well when using the Citi Prestige® Card, where it shows “Services — Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Managers” as the merchant code:
Grrrr! At least this is a good reminder that it always makes sense to check and make sure merchant codes don’t change for purchases you frequently make.
At this point I guess I’m best off using The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express, which offers 1.5x points on everyday purchases when making at least 30 transactions per billing cycle.
Is anyone else a frequent user of Postmates, and if so, had you noticed this change?
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