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Initial post: Jul 5, 2011 9:56:59 AM PDT
I have over 2000 reward points to use and would like to purchase a book for my Kindle. Is this possible? I do not have the "Add to Cart" button when I attempt to buy. Is this not an option of Kindle books?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2011 10:01:31 AM PDT
I'm not sure how to use rewards points. You can only purchase Kindle books with the 1-Click method, no cart.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 10:08:37 AM PDT
Can you use rewards points to buy gift cards? If so, do that. Then the 1-click will use the balance on the GC until it's gone, then you can either get another GC or use a credit/debit card.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2011 10:22:17 AM PDT
Bridget Ruth says:
I would try what M. Francis said. Do you have the Amazon rewards card? And you got the new system where you don't have to wait for 2500 points? Cause I have that, and I haven't tried to one click anything yet . . . I had a feeling it might not work because of the one click versus the add to cart. I'll try buying a gift card now and see what happens . . .

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 10:35:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2011 10:39:45 AM PDT
OP didn't say where her rewards points are coming from (which card). The card I use --I've started buying everthing on this card, even stuff I used to pay cash or write checks for-- allows you to redeem 2500 points for a $25 Amazon gift card or for other merchandise.

Quilting: Personally, I go to my online bank site, click on redeem points, choose an Amazon gift card as my 'reward'. Then the bank snail-mails me a coupon code. {Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper for them to set up on email transfer of this code? But no, they snailmail.} When I get the mail with the coupon code, then I go to Amazon's "My Account" page, click on "apply gift card to your account" and type in the code number.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 10:39:06 AM PDT
Bridget Ruth says:
Okay, so I have the Amazon Rewards Visa Card through Chase. They recently added the ability to instantly use rewards points at point of sale on Amazon. Sadly, you can't use points for Kindle purchases, and it wouldn't let me use them to buy a gift card either. I had way more than I thought, so I easily used half to buy a toaster (which I've been needing) and the other half to order a gift certificate from the Chase site which comes through snail mail. I don't know why they won't let you use the points instantly for a gift card, but whatever.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 10:50:50 AM PDT
i have the chase card as well and i really am confused how do u know how many points you have and just exactly how do you redeem them ? i know with my citi bank card it still costs me money to use them for a product so in no way is it a free item, thank you debbie

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2011 10:54:32 AM PDT
Bridget Ruth says:
Okay, so with the Chase card you can see how many points you have at the chase website. Also, when I went to buy the toaster, it had a banner ad to click on that told you more about the program. What it can't be used for, etc. I think, when I was checking out, I had to click the button under the "payment method" that said "change payment option". I could then use points to pay for all of it, part of it, or none of it. The Chase card doesn't have any fees so I just got a toaster for free (well, kind of, my cc balance has sky rocketed lately, stupid expensive plane tickets and student tuition fees).

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 11:03:19 AM PDT
Deborah: Chase website > My Accounts > this page shows all your Chase accounts (checking, credit cards, mortgage, or what-have-you). Locate the particular cedit card account. At the bottom right of its list (beneath next payment due date, etc) is a grey notation "shows rewards points". Click there to see number of points and instructions for redeeming them. OK?

Btw, no additional charge for redeeming points; just have to wait for a slow mail-out (usually takes over a week until I get mine.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 1:03:40 PM PDT
Artist says:
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Posted on Jul 5, 2011 1:54:52 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
I love this new feature. I've had an Amazon Visa for years, and always had to go to Chase's site and order gift certificates, which they treat like physical products -- they "ship" (mail) them to you, and it often takes a couple of weeks to receive the paper certificate. Ridiculously primitive.

It's too bad you can't now add the points directly to your GC balance so you can order digital content with them, but this is still better than it was before.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 10:39:45 PM PDT
Nat H. says:
I just checked into in the Help section and found this:

"Rewards program points cannot be used for all purchases on Amazon.com, and items that currently may not be purchased using Shop with Points include:

Amazon Kindle downloads
Amazon MP3s
Amazon Instant Video titles
AmazonFresh items
Subscribe and Save items

Physical gift cards can be purchased using Shopping with Points. However, gift cards printed at home or sent via e-mail cannot be purchased using Shop with Points."

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200526490

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 8:29:16 PM PST
Book Monster says:
Argh! I feel like I've been cheated. I used my Chase points to buy the Kindle - and really I only bought it because I thought I could use my points to buy Kindle books - and now I find out I can't use my points to buy Kindle downloads. WHY? I just don't get it. I'll probably return the Kindle now.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 11:34:56 AM PDT
I am really disappointed to find I can't purchase Kindle books with the Visa Amazon Chase card reward points. Will now go back to using another credit card for my general purchases. I think Amazon and Chase should rethink this. I'm sure there are many Kindle owners who feel the same as I. I agree with Book Monster and do feel cheated.
JCM

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:15:32 PM PDT
Judy Murray says:
I am going to cancel my Amazon Chase card since i cannot use it for Kindle book purchases

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:36:03 PM PDT
Artist says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:41:13 PM PDT
Erich says:
Or take the rewards in cash, deposit the money to your bank account, then pay for the books as usual.

Honestly, how hard is this?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:42:01 PM PDT
Artist says:
Obviously too hard for drama queens/kings.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 3:42:58 PM PDT
Erich says:
I think it's Beer-o-clock.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 3:50:33 PM PDT
ThePawArmy says:
I just applied my points against my balance once I found out I could not use it on Kindle books.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 2:45:54 AM PST
lanmandan says:
Applying the points against the balance is great idea. I'm doing it now, according to chase:

"If you have chosen to have a statement credit applied to your Chase credit card account, the credit will usually be made within 2-3 business days."

So, it doesn't happen right away, but it basically achieves the same effect. This is a great workaround, though it is convoluted to find the screen to do this.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 9:14:45 AM PST
I think it's terrible that you can't use your Chase reward points to make a kindle purchase. Totally sucks. I buy and read a lot of digital books. These digital books get expensive. I thought digital technology was supposed to be less expensive than printed books.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 9:25:37 AM PST
Cinisajoy says:
I think I may have $30 tied up in kindle books and $14 of that is one book. Amazon offers free books everyday. So digital books do not have to be expensive. And no I am not talking the classics.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 9:09:31 AM PST
Cranberry says:
You can use your Chase reward points for Kindle purchases. Merely go to your Chase account online, choose "statement credit" and Chase applies your reward points against your credit card balance. Then just 1-click your Kindle purchase, the end effect is the same.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 6:33:14 PM PST
Alwin says:
FYI "You need a minimum of 2,000 points to redeem." [rewards points as cash back in the form of statement credit]
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