(Dead?) Walmart Grocery Pick Up Codes Grocery Even When The Store Doesn’t

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Walmart Grocery Pick Up Codes Grocery

Walmart Grocery Pick Up Codes Grocery Even When The Store Doesn’t

In these trying times it is the small wins that count! I have the smallest of small wins for you but something that could come in handy when you are trying to perform social distancing.  Curbside pickup is more popular than ever for various reasons. And points earning is tougher than ever because we are not able to get out and about much these days.  So earning the most for every purchase you make is more important now. Did you know that American Express cards code as grocery when you are using Walmart Grocery pick up? It happens even when the store itself doesn’t code as grocery. A nice little perk of grabbing your groceries outside and away from others.

Update 10/11/21: I have had a few reports of this no longer coding properly for American Express. If you have a recent data point either way share it down below.

Walmart Grocery Pick Up Codes Grocery


If you have shopped in a Walmart store or even on Walmart’s website then you know a majority of their stores do not code as grocery stores.  There are some Walmart Neighborhood Markets that I believe code as grocery stores but most of their locations do not.

That is what is cool about Walmart Grocery.  You make your purchases through the app or online and since it is billed through a separate department it codes as grocery with American ExpressWanderlust Duo had let me know that they noticed this a while back. I kept that in the back of my mind and decided to give it a try for myself since I am pretty much exclusively using grocery pick up these days.  I tried it on the Surpass Hilton card and the Everyday Preferred card and both properly coded.  That means the Amex Gold card should code 4X as well. This is a nice little bump if you prefer curbside pick up in these trying times.

On my most recent trip it was a completely hands free experience.  Be sure to tell them you do not wish to sign their handheld and they will sign for you.  That should help mitigate the risk for both parties.

Everyday Preferred

Surpass Hilton

Maximize With A Shopping Portal

I believe Dosh and a few other shopping portals / cash back apps have Walmart Grocery on them currently.  Most are for 2% back so be sure to add those before ordering for additional savings.

Final Thoughts

I have always enjoyed the Walmart Grocery pick up experience (my review here) but I cherish it more than ever now.  And the fact that I can earn 3X, 4X or 6X when making my purchase makes it that much better. Remember to use one of the following American Express cards when ordering to get the grocery bonus on the order:

  • Amex Gold Card – 4X Membership Rewards at US Supermarkets. Capped at $25,000 per year.
  • Everyday Preferred – 3X Membership Rewards at US Supermarkets (Get 50% more points after 30 monthly purchases). Capped at $6,000 per year.
  • EveryDay – 2X Membership Rewards at US Supermarkets (Get 20% more points after 30 monthly purchases).
  • Hilton Surpass – 6X Hilton Honors points at US Supermarkets.
  • Blue Cash Preferred – 6% back at US Supermarkets.  Capped at $6,000 per year.
  • Blue Cash – 3% back at US Supermarkets. Capped at $6,000 per year.

It is possible that it codes the same for Visa and Mastercard as well.  Let us know in the comments if you have experienced that.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. My Amex Gold has been coding at 4X for Walmart grocery delivery for a long time. For readers that don’t know though, you should clarify that 6X Hilton is far different than 4X MR.


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