Earn 5X in Bonus Categories With Freedom, Discover It, & US Bank Cash+

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It’s the beginning of a new quarter, so you know what that means!  New 5% cash back categories with Chase Freedom, Discover It, and US Bank Cash+!

Earn 5X In Bonus Categories With Freedom Discover It US Bank Cash

Now You Can Register to Earn 5% Back in Bonus Categories With the Chase Freedom, Discover It, and US Bank Cash+ Cards

I’ll show you which categories earn 5% cash back through the end of 2016.  And how you can activate your bonus!

5% Back in Rotating Bonus Categories This Quarter!

1.   Chase Freedom

Link:   Chase Freedom

Link:   Activate Chase Freedom Bonus

Link:   2016 Chase Freedom 5X Points Categories

Through December 31, 2016, you can earn 5% cash back (5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on up to $1,500 in combined spending with the Chase Freedom card at:

Just remember to activate these bonus categories by December 14, 2016!  And keep in mind, wholesale club purchases of gas and specialty services such as travel, insurance, cell phone, and home improvement do NOT qualify for the bonus.

2.   Discover It

Link:   Discover It

Link:   Discover It 2016 Bonus Categories & Registration

Earn 5X In Bonus Categories With Freedom Discover It US Bank Cash

Discover It Has Amazon, Department Stores, and Sam’s Club as 5% Cash Back Categories. And New Cardmembers Will Earn 10% Cash Back With Discover’s Cash Back Match!

If you’re a Discover It cardholder, you can earn 5% cash back at Amazon, department stores, and Sam’s Club, on up to $1,500 in spending this quarter.  The cash back you earn will be matched after your 12th billing cycle, for a total of 10% cash back, if you’re a new cardmember!

So this is an easy way to get a discount on Christmas shopping, online purchases, and items sold in bulk for when the family comes for a visit.  Just be sure to activate your bonus before you start shopping.

3.   US Bank Cash+

Link:   US Bank Cash+

Link:   US Bank Cash+ Categories

With the US Bank Cash + card, you can get 5% cash back on up to $2,000 in 2 categories of your choice AND 2% cash back in 1 category of your choice.  But you must select your categories each quarter.

Here’s a look at the some of the categories you can choose from, but check the Merchant Examples for more choices:

  • Bookstores – Barnes & Noble, Amazon Kindle Books, and some university bookstores (Note: Some folks say they’ve received 5% back on many Amazon purchases besides books with this category.)
  • Car Rental – Avis, Budget, National Car Rental
  • Cell Phone – AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
  • Charity – American Cancer Society, Kiva, The Salvation Army
  • Department Stores – Bloomingdales, JCPenney, Nordstrom Rack
  • Electronics Stores – Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, TigerDirect
  • Fast Food – Chipotle, Panera Bread, Starbucks, and Cold Stone Creamery
  • Furniture Stores – American Furniture, Ethan Allen, IKEA
  • Gyms – 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness
  • Movie Theaters – AMC Theatres, Fandango.com, Regal Cinemas
  • Select Clothing Stores – Gap, Banana Republic, J.Crew
  • Sporting Good Stores – Big 5 Sporting Goods, REI, Sports Authority

Bottom Line

Get your 5% cash back if you have the Chase Freedom, Discover It, or US Bank Cash+ cards!  

These are great deals with the holidays coming up because you can save in popular categories like department stores, wholesale clubs, and Amazon.  Remember, you must activate your bonus or select your bonus categories, depending on which cards you have.  Happy shopping!

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2 responses to “Earn 5X in Bonus Categories With Freedom, Discover It, & US Bank Cash+

  1. If you want to buy Costco Gas, remember you can buy a cash card instore or online and then use it at Costco Gas. Then it does get the 5% bonus.

  2. And for the oldies…….Costco has has just come out with new state-of-the art hearing
    aids. They cost $2800 for a pair- a crazy good price. And using Freedom card garners a pile of points. I just purchased a pair and they are Fantastic!!!! And if you have an iPhone, they sync with bluetooth –> phone conversations are crystal clear.