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New year, new 5% cash back bonus categories!

If you have a Chase Freedom, Discover it® Cash Back, Citi Dividend, or US Bank Cash+ card, don’t forget to activate these bonuses to earn more points and cash back on your everyday spending!

Starts Today Earn 5X In New Bonus Categories With These Cards
You Can Earn 5% Back in Many Bonus Categories Through March 31, 2017!

Here are this quarter’s categories.  And how to register!

Don’t Miss 5X This Quarter!

1.   Chase Freedom

Link:   Chase Freedom

Link:   My Review of the Chase Freedom

Link:   Activate the Chase Freedom Bonus

Through March 31, 2017, you’ll earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) on up to $1,500 in combined spending at gas stations and on commuter transportation with the Chase Freedom card when you activate the bonus by March 14, 2017.

The commuter transportation category also includes taxis, Uber, and Lyft rides!

Starts Today Earn 5X In New Bonus Categories With These Cards
Get 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points (5% Cash Back) at Gas Stations, on Commuter Transportation Like Trains and Subways, and Even Uber and Lyft Rides Through March 31, 2017

Chase Freedom is my favorite no annual fee card.  Because you can earn a lot of Chase Ultimate Rewards points on things you buy anyway.

When you have the Chase Sapphire ReserveSapphire Preferred, Ink Business Preferred, Ink Bold (no longer available), or the Ink Plus (no longer available), you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners like United Airlines and Hyatt for Big Travel!

Here’s my full review of the Chase Freedom card.

2.   Discover it

Link:   Discover it

Link:   Activate the Discover it Bonus

Through March 31, 2017, you’ll earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in purchases at gas stations, ground transportation, and wholesale clubs with the Discover it card.

Just remember, you must activate the bonus before you shop.

Starts Today Earn 5X In New Bonus Categories With These Cards
You’ll Earn 5% Back on Gas and Commuter Transportation With Discover It, Too. Or Use It for Wholesale Clubs to Stock up for Spring!

And if you’re a new cardmember, Discover will automatically match all the cash back you’ve earned after the first 12 billing cycles.

So you can effectively earn 10% cash back on the rotating bonus categories, which is a great deal!

For folks who already have the card, you’re eligible to get a 2nd card if you’ve had the 1st card at least 1 year.

3.   Citi Dividend

Link:   Citi Dividend 2016 Calendar

Link:   Activate the Citi Dividend Bonus

The Citi Dividend card is no longer open to new applicants.  But if you already have this card, you can earn 5% cash back at Home Depot and home furnishing stores through March 31, 2017.

You can earn a total of $300 cash back each year with the Citi Dividend card.  So you can earn it all in 1 quarter or throughout the year.

4.   US Bank Cash+

Link:   US Bank Cash+

Link:   US Bank Cash+ Categories

Each quarter with the US Bank Cash+ card, you can choose new bonus spending categories.

You can pick two 5% cash back categories and one 2% cash back category (gas stations, groceries, or restaurants).

Starts Today Earn 5X In New Bonus Categories With These Cards
Have Your Pick of 5% Categories With the US Bank Cash+ Card! You Could Choose a Gym as Your New Year’s Resolution, and Another One That Fits Your Upcoming Purchases

There are lots of 5% cash back categories!  Here are a few ideas, but check the merchant examples for others:

  • 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,, Regal Cinemas
  • Select Clothing Stores – Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Old Navy
  • Sporting Good Stores – Big 5 Sporting Goods, REI, Sports Authority

Don’t forget to pick your categories!  Because if you don’t, you’ll only earn 1% cash back on all spending until next quarter!

Earn Bonus Points All the Time

Some cards have terrific cash back bonuses all the time at stores where you can pick up a variety of items!

For example:

Or consider cards which offer bonus miles, points, or cash back on all spending, like:

  • Discover it Miles – 1.5 miles per $1 you spend (worth 1.5% back), matched at the end of the first year, for an effective 3% back on everything

Bottom Line

You can earn extra points & cash back in categories like gas stations and commuter transportation with Chase Freedom and Discover it Or Home Depot and home furnishing stores with Citi Dividend.  The bonus categories are through March 31, 2017.

Just remember you must activate the new bonus categories to earn the extra points or cash back!

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Sorry, is the Freedom a Cash Back card, or a oints card? The Chase site states cash back and this article states its the same thing; confusing me.

“you’ll earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back)”

Do rental cars count as ground transportation?

@Vishal Good catch! I was thinking of in-store purchases since Costco only takes Visa. I forgot that they take additional credit cards online.

The Chase web site says “Merchants in the Gas Stations category sell automotive gasoline that can be paid for either at the pump or inside the station, and may or may not sell other goods or services at their location. Please note that some merchants that do not specialize in selling automotive gasoline are not included in this category; for example, truck stops, boat marinas, oil and propane distributors, and home heating companies.” Non-traditional gasoline sales outlets (like at Sam’s, the grocery store, or Wal-mart) most likely will not earn the 5%.

Discover 5% is applicable for Costco online purchases – confirmed with Chat agent:

“Thank you for all of your patience, I am happy to confirm that Costco will qualify for the 5% cash back for this quarter when making your purchases online.”

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