by Lyle Daly | May 7, 2020
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Have a Chase credit card? You could earn a lot more points on groceries until the end of June.
Since hardly anyone is traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, many consumers have been wondering what to do with their travel rewards credit cards. If you have a Chase travel card, the card issuer has just added a new reason to keep your card open.
Through a new bonus offer, Chase travel cards with annual fees now earn either 3 points per $1 or 5 points per $1 on grocery purchases. That includes purchases made in-store and through grocery delivery services, up to a maximum of $1,500 in spending per month. This new rate applies through June 30, 2020, and you don't need to do anything to activate it. Chase has sent out offer details to cardholders with eligible cards by email.
Here's everything you need to know if you're a Chase cardholder.
The bonus offer applies to every Chase travel card that charges an annual fee. That includes cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards® points and cobranded cards offered by Chase and one of its partners.
Whether a card earns 3 points per $1 or 5 points per $1 depends on how high its annual fee is, as the higher rate is only available on Chase's most expensive cards. We've included cards that are no longer open to new cardholders on the lists below.
Here are the Chase cards that earn 5 points/miles per $1 on groceries through June 30, 2020:
Here are the Chase cards that earn 3 points/miles per $1 on groceries through June 30, 2020:
If you have multiple Chase credit cards that qualify for this offer, the $1,500 monthly spending cap applies to each of them separately. You could, for example, spend $1,500 on groceries with one of your cards, and then start using another eligible Chase card to continue earning bonus rewards.
Chase's Marriott cards weren't on either list, but that's because they have their own bonus offer. Both the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ credit card and the Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM credit card earn 6 points per $1 on up to $5,000 in grocery purchases through July 31, 2020.
All grocery store purchases qualify for Chase's bonus offer. That includes in-store purchases, online orders for pickup or delivery directly from grocery stores, and orders through eligible grocery delivery services, such as Instacart.
One question on cardholders' minds has been whether purchases at department stores and warehouses, such as Walmart, Target, and Costco, will earn bonus points. When we reached out to Chase to ask about this, a representative stated that only stores with merchant codes classifying them as grocery stores qualify for the bonus.
Department and warehouse stores are typically classified under different merchant codes. When that's the case, purchases at those stores won't qualify.
Everyone needs to buy groceries, which makes this bonus offer an easy way to earn extra points with your credit cards. Even if you can't use those travel points at the moment, this is a great time to add to your balance. Once it's safe to travel again, you'll be able to save a lot of money on those trips you've been wanting to take.
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