Chase Bank is offering cardholders the chance to earn points on grocery store purchases for a limited time. The new offer applies to Sapphire Cards, plus co-branded travel cards. The new bonus point categories went into effect on May 1st, with the program set to run through June 30, 2020.
What Chase Cards Earn Bonus Points on Groceries?
The following Chase credit cards earn 5X points on groceries:
The following Chase cards earn 3X points on groceries:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Aer Lingus Visa Signature
- British Airways Visa Signature
- Disney Premier Visa
- World of Hyatt Card
- Iberia Visa Signature
- IHG Rewards Club Premier
- IHG Rewards Club Traveler
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier
- United Explorer Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority
Eligible Grocery Purchases
While the additional points on groceries are undoubtedly welcome, cardholders should remain vigilant when making purchases. Some transactions may not apply for bonus points. Chase defines grocery store purchases as transactions made at:
- Small grocers
- Merchants with full-service grocery lines, such as delis or bakeries
Discount stores, box stores (like Target or Walmart), or wholesale clubs do not qualify for the grocery category.
Additional Value Due to COVID-19
The addition of rewards on groceries is an excellent bonus for cardholders who find themselves unable to make the most of their bonus travel categories. Because of the economic uncertainty from COVID-19, many Americans are struggling to justify the costs of travel credit cards. The main reasons for this change of heart are record-levels of unemployment, greater spending on essentials due to quarantine orders, and lack of value due to travel restrictions.
The move by Chase echoes those made by other card issuers, including Citi and American Express. Amex is extending new perks to travel cardholders, including statement credits for mobile phone and streaming services. Citi, for its part, is extending the introductory spending periods for signup bonuses, as well as offering Prestige cardholders the option of using their $250 travel credit on dining or groceries.
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