The Secret Service just made buying groceries more convenient for agents at airport security and also improved their credit card rewards.
The Swiss payment company PC Card made a deal with the Secret Service to sell more frequent flier miles to agents with its Q Card. Beginning in June, agents will be able to earn PC Card miles for each $25 purchase at more than 260 grocery stores, including Wegmans, Market Basket, Ralphs, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s Market, ABC, Ralphs, Trader Joe’s Market and Food 4 Less. Agents will also earn 500 points for each $100 spent in the busiest airport terminals at Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Washington, D.C., Tampa, Minneapolis, and San Diego. Points can be redeemed for domestic hotel stays and vacations.
This deal does not impact other PC Card rewards cards.
PC Card, which is the world’s biggest private sector payment processor, has its own loyalty program and does not appear to be currently promoting additional fare partnerships. Last year, the firm posted earnings of $2.5 billion and has operations in Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, India, Romania, and Russia. The firm raised $150 million through its IPO in late 2016.
The Q Card competes with the Capital One OffersPlus card, which gives points for dining and gas purchases and transfers points to existing Capital One credit cards. The Ultimate Rewards Plus card from PC Card gives points for travel but only has no annual fee or foreign transaction fees.
The PC Card app also offers loyalty programs for other major retailers and airlines, including Citi points, Starwood Preferred Guest points, Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus points.