How to Check Merchant Category Code (MCC) for Conditional Cards

This article is outdated. Do take a look at this instead.

There are conditional cards that give you rewards on specific types of transactions. For instance, the Maybank Family and Friends awards a generous 8% cashback rate on dining (for now) while OCBC Titanium Rewards gives 4 mpd on electronics.

Banks look at the Merchant Category Code (MCC) to determine such bonuses. Dining, for instance, is 5812. How do we know if a particular retailer or eatery fulfils the MCC?

1. Test with a DBS card

DBS cards have a very unique ability to suss out a transaction’s MCC. Once the card is charged, you can log in to your online banking (on desktop or iPad) and check.

You would have to charge something to your card first before confirming the MCC. I would usually try out a small purchase first before having the peace of mind to proceed with a larger purchase, but this may not be practicable for many cases. Still, if you can’t find the info from the interwebs, this may be your only option.

Seth
Seth

Get 3.7% p.a. guaranteed returns with Syfe Cash+ Guaranteed! Plus S$20 sign-up promo if you are a new to Syfe customer.

Subscribe to the Telegram for more great deals and updates. Prefer email or WhatsApp? Tap here.

Inexplicably, this annoyingly doesn’t work with the chatbot on their phone app.

  • Log in to your DBS/POSB iBanking account, and authenticate yourself.
  • Open the chatbot (speech bubble in the lower right corner) and type “credit card transaction inquiry”
  • Select the card you made the transaction on, then click View Transaction History
  • Select Pending Settlement if you have just made payment. From my experience, this is usually instantaneous
  • You can also select Current Statement to see your statement’s transactions, or Unbilled Transactions for recent purchases that are not up for payment yet
  • Once you have identified the transaction, you can match the Merchant Category with either Visa or MasterCard’s list of merchant codes.
  • This is Financial Institution – Merchandise & Services which matches Visa’s MCC of 6012.

Keep up to date on the best cashback/mile cards, financial products, attractive deals, and more tips to maximise your financial wellbeing by subscribing to my Telegram channel.

Subscribe to the channel, then join the group chat. You would often benefit from the tips shared exclusively in the group chat!

Disclaimer: I may receive an affiliate/referral fee when you sign up for services/products on this site, and such fees keep the site running. I would only recommend services/products I would personally use or recommend to my own friends and family, but I do not provide any warranty or guarantee for the quality of these services/products. Thank you for supporting my site!

Please exercise due diligence when signing up for any service/product as I will not be liable for any personal loss, financial or otherwise. Content published here are my sole views and personal opnion, and none of the information here constitutes personal financial advice nor represents the views of my employer(s).

2. Ask your bank’s customer service officer

Again, this has to be done after you have charged your card, but it should be really useful for transactions that you can split into a smaller one first, or payments you do often.

CSOs, unfortunately, have a penchant for being rather ill-advised on their own products, however, so sometimes you must take their information with a pinch of salt. Nonetheless, there are occasions they are all I have.

Recently, I wanted to know whether a particular transaction was classified as online, and this isn’t really linked to MCC. DBS’s CSO was able to confirm with me through their chatbot.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: