Yes, fast food does count as a restaurant for credit cards that have dining as a bonus rewards category. All major credit card companies include fast food locations within their definition of a restaurant for rewards purposes, including American Express, Bank of America, Capital One and Chase. For cardholders to earn bonus rewards, the fast food restaurant simply needs a merchant category code that properly reflects that it’s a restaurant.
Credit Card Companies That Count Fast Food as a Restaurant for Rewards
- American Express
- Bank of America
- Capital One
- US Bank
- Wells Fargo
In some cases, it is possible that a particular fast food location won’t code as a restaurant, even if your card gets bonus rewards at fast food restaurants. If this occurs, it’s generally because the fast food restaurant is located within a larger establishment that codes as something else, such as a shopping mall or a stadium.
You should also note that merchant category codes are separate for traditional and fast food restaurants, so some cards could offer bonus rewards just at traditional restaurants. Most of the time, though, traditional and fast food restaurants are grouped together. You can always confirm this by calling your card issuer.
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