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Targeted: Chase co-branded cards earn 5x to 7x rewards on grocery spending

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Targeted: Chase co-branded cards earn 5x to 7x rewards on grocery spending

Meghan HunterTargeted: Chase co-branded cards earn 5x to 7x rewards on grocery spendingMillion Mile Secrets Team

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In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, credit card issuers are pivoting away from less useful travel benefits to perks that can help customers while travel is on pause. A few months ago, Amex announced a slew of new benefits to assist cardholders during this difficult time — including credits for streaming and wireless services.

And not long after, Chase joined the pack when it announced increased points/miles earning on many of the best Chase credit cards for key spending categories during a quarantine. For example, between May 1 and June 30, you could earn 3x-5x points or miles on grocery purchases when spending with select Chase credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, up to $1,500 per month. That amounted to about a 10% return on your Sapphire Reserve grocery spending, based on our valuation of Chase points.

While that promotion is over, Chase just released targeted offers for United, Southwest, and IHG cardholders. So be sure to check your email or check Chase’s bonus landing page to see if you are targeted.

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From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, targeted Southwest, United and IHG cardholders can earn 5x to 7x points per dollar, depending on the card, on grocery and gas. On up to $1,500 in combined purchases per month. You must activate the offer.

I got an offer for 5x IHG points on my IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. And there is a data point of another cardholder receiving an offer to earn 7x United miles with their United Club℠ Infinite Card.

Ongoing additional bonuses like these and Chase extending the time period to meet a welcome bonus make keeping your current Chase card or adding a new one to your wallet even more enticing. Many of these Chase cards will now make the list of best credit cards for groceries.

Note, that the Chase Freedom can currently earn 5% back or 5x points on groceries during this quarter, on up $1,500 in purchases (activation required). And with the Chase Freedom Unlimited, new cardholders can earn the welcome offer and in addition, earn 5% back at grocery stores (on up to $12,000 in spending for the first account year). That’s an incredible deal.

Again, you can check to see if you’re targeted here.

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Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 5% cash back on grocery store purchases (not including Target® or Walmart® purchases) on up to $12,000 spent in the first year.
  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases, then a variable APR of 14.99 - 23.74%.
  • No annual fee
  • No minimum to redeem for cash back
  • Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open

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I talked with a Chase agent yesterday who mentioned that Walmart and Target will sometimes code all purchases as groceries. I have yet to verify that myself. He also said that Sam’s Club and Costco do not code purchases as groceries.

I received the offer on a Chase Disney Premier.

@Meghan

I think the article is misleading, incomplete, or behind the times. Either way, it is not 100% accurate.

The Chase Freedom card, for the 3rd Q, offers 5% bonus on groceries only from Whole Foods/Amazon. It was during the 2nd Q that the 5% bonus applied to most grocery stores, but that expired at the end of June.

The Chase Freedom card, for the 3rd Q, does appear to give a 5% bonus on purchases from most grocery stores but only to new cardholders. This bonus is not available to current cardholders or cardholders who received a bonus from this card within the last 24 months.

Is it for groceries in US only?

Can someone link to the actual Chase announcement?

I think they were desperate for an article. Definitely one of the most misleading and inaccurate articles I’ve read in a long time.

No, this article is genuine. After reading this article, I clicked on the Chase link and sure enough, the offer for 5x miles for groceries (between Aug 1 – Sep 30th) upto $1,500 per month was activated by Chase.