Want to know if your local water company accepts Visa? How about whether your gas company will take MasterCard as a payment? Charging your necessities (like utilities) on a credit card is probably one of the easiest ways to accumulate reward points and miles, but finding out which merchants actually accept plastic can be a chore.
Fortunately, both Visa and MasterCard have compiled directories to help with this very task.
- See Visa’s excellent Biller Directory where you can actually search by either category or biller name, or just see which billers are common in your zip code.
- See MasterCard’s Directory of Service Providers where you can search merchants by either category or state.
Of course just because a merchant accepts credit doesn’t mean you should use it. You’ll still want to check that there is no additional ‘convenience fee’ being charged for using your credit card.
Visa has just added complimentary access to Zagat Survey restaurant ratings and reviews for its Visa Signature cardholders. This will go along with the other fine wine and food services that Visa Signature provides, including:
- A Visa Signature Concierge available 24/7 to handle restaurant reservation requests
- Discounts on Zagat Survey guides and maps, ZAGAT TO GO software, packs and bundles, and ZAGAT.com membership
- Exclusive tastings, cooking classes and private gourmet events
For more information, see http://www.visa.com/signaturefood.
Alaska Airlines and Bank of America are now offering 20,000 Mileage Plan Bonus Miles upon online approval for the Alaska Airlines Visa, an increase from the 5,000 miles that were previously being offered. Their current splash page still shows 5,000 bonus miles but if you click through to the terms and conditions, you’ll see the new offer.
20,000 miles is valid for a Round Trip Coach Saver Award ticket between the United States and Canda on either Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air. Note that the card has an annual fee of $75 for Visa Signature and Platinum Plus accounts, and $45 for Preferred accounts.
You can see the offer, along with a summary of the card’s benefits, here.
Every time you use your Visa card until July 31, 2007, you’ll be automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a Disney Parks Dream Vacation for four to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. You can also earn extra entries by entering online or by answering a fun Disney quiz.
For more details, see www.visa.com/magicwand.
This promotion comes to us from the proud folks at the Morgan Spurlock Marketing Department:
Upon qualified registration, use your registered Visa check card or credit card at any participating BURGER KING® Restaurant for 10 purchases between June 1 – August 31, 2007, and receive a credit for the amount of every 10th purchase (up to $7.00 max value) on your future Visa check card or credit card statement. No minimum amount required for any purchase.
To participate, you need to register your Visa card first at this link. You may also want to consider visiting this page in preparation as well.
Visa is giving away a million dollars as ten $100,000 grand prizes in its holiday sweepstakes this year. When you use your Visa card between November 1 and December 31, 2006, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win.
For more information, visit: http://www.visa.com/100K.