Posted by William Charles on June 2, 2014
Credit Cards

Published on June 2nd, 2014 | by William Charles

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Best Credit Cards For Bookstore Purchases April, 2019

If you’re a student, chances are you spend a lot of money on textbooks each year. If you’re a book lover then you’ll be in a similar situation. We decided to create a list of the best credit cards for bookstore purchases. If you’re making your purchases online we’d recommend having a look at the cash back portals to see if they are offering any discounts and as always do price comparisons.

Personal Credit Cards

These cards are in no particular order as they all offer 5% cash back. The only differences are the limits and which bookstores they count for. In addition to these cards you could use a card that earns 5%+ and use it to purchase gift cards for specific bookstores/retailers.

Barnes & Noble 5% Cash Back

Our incomplete review of the Barnes & Noble card
Apply for the Barnes & Noble card

This card earns a straight 5% cash back, but it only earns it on Barnes & Noble purchases and not on other bookstore purchases (or Amazon.com purchases). There is no cap on the amount you can earn 5% on and no annual fee, it also comes with a sign up bonus of a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card after first purchase.

 

Business Credit Cards

Previously American Express business cards could get 5% through the American Express OPEN savings program at Barnes & Noble, but this has now been discontinued and replaced with Do More Business program and that doesn’t offer any bonus at bookstores.



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marshdom
marshdom

Does the US Bank card pay 5% back on Amazon purchases? (if so, all or just books?)

FYI – the AF for Amex Gold should be $175 (not $17) in the body text (header correct).

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[…] If you’re anything like me, you probably spend an unhealthy amount of money buying stuff from Amazon. I thought it was time to have a dedicated post on what the best credit card to use is for Amazon purchases. One thing that is worth considering is that most of the time Amazon.com is coded as a bookstore, so it’s possible to get a category bonus there. […]

tom
tom

Does the American Express Business Plum Card earn 5% on bookstores? Or just 5% on Barnes and noble through the Open savings program?

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[…] on Amazon including the Amazon Prime store card and Chase Amazon.com Rewards card. Earning at a high rate on regular bookstores is now almost non-existent with the Sallie Mae card no longer being offered either. Thankfully home […]

Rob
Rob

Starting in Q2, us Bank will be removing bookstore as an option for the cash+ and replacing it with utilities.

The Sallie Mae Rewards card no longer exists: I had one and they forcibly changed it (as well as that of other cardholders) to the Commence MasterCard, which pretty much sucks in terms of rewards potential.

So…yeah, no real option on general bookstores anymore I guess :/. It’d be nice if Amazon would have its own merchant code so that bookstore didn’t count for it, as I’d like to actually use bookstore at bookstores, but they’re killing it presumably because people take advantage of the category on Amazon.com. and now there are a few solid options to get cash back at amazon: the Amazon prime visa, the vantage west connect rewards, and the ink cash (or any card that gets 5x at office supply stores, since you can buy Amazon gift cards there) are all viable options.

Jason
Jason

Isn’t the Sallie Mae card long gone?

Calvin

Well, Sallie Mae is discontinued like last year, and still here at the March 2018 revision.

Brandon
Brandon

If I may say, considering US Bank has removed this category as of April 2018 and Open Savings is dead as of June 2018, this category is useless. Unless one spends heavily on Barnes and Noble. Seems like this page should be removed from the best category list since 2% is the only real option.

Brandon
Brandon

US Bank has removed this category as of April 2018. And Open Savings is only good through June 2018. Unless one spends a lot at Barnes and Noble (which Amazon beats in book prices) this category has really only the everyday spend cards. I suggest removing it from the best category list because of the everyday option.

Steve
Steve

This info is out of date. Cash+ got rid of the bookstore category starting 1/1/2018.

Ling
Ling

Marvel Mastercard’s “Select Entertainment” includes bookstores, only 3% but it counts everywhere including Amazon.

Brandon
Brandon

Open Savings is dead. Therefore, the only card is Barnes and Noble. Though Marvel MasterCard gets 3% on bookstores (part of the entertainment category).

Brandon
Brandon

Marvel Mastercard counts bookstores as an entertainment purchase and earns 3%.

Brandon
Brandon

The Marvel Mastercard gives 3% on bookstores as part of the entertainment category. I get you weren’t a fan, but it does have some use, like for us gamers getting 3% can be huge with the cost of all the games we buy.

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