Maximize Points on Thanksgiving Groceries

by on November 21, 2012 · 2 comments

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Did you put off your Thanksgiving grocery shopping to the last minute? There might not be too many turkeys left in the frozen section, but at least you can rack up multiple points per dollar you spend while picking up all the fixings. Here are a few great points-earning credit cards that will give you category spending bonuses on grocery shopping.

The Hilton cards blow it out of the water when it comes to spending money at grocery stores, so if you’ve got any of these, putting your groceries on them will get you that much closer to your next Waldorf Astoria (or Hampton Inn – no judgments!) stay:

Hilton Surpass: 6 HHonors points for every dollar spent at supermarkets.

Hilton Amex: 6 HHonors points for every dollar spent at  supermarkets.

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa: 3 HHonors points for each dollar spent at supermarkets and grocery stores.

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve: 3 HHonors points for every dollar spent on all purchases (including grocery stores).

Amex Blue Cash Preferred: Get 6% cash back at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets, up to $6,000 per year.

Amex Blue Cash Everyday: Get 3% cash back at U.S. stand-alone supermarkets, up to $6,000 per year.

Then these cards also offer some great category spending bonuses on grocery stores and supermarkets:

American Express Premier Rewards Gold: You get 2x points on groceries and gas.

US Bank FlexPerks Visa: You earn 2x points on groceries (as well as airline travel and cell phone purchases) – and then keep this card in mind for your holiday charity giving since you earn 3 points per dollar on these expenditures, one of the card’s most unique features.

Capital One Venture: 2 points per dollar on everyday purchases (including grocery stores).

Capital One LSU Tigers Mastercard: Earn 2 points per dollar on purchases at major grocery stores.

Disney’s Premier Visa: Earn 2% in reward dollars on card purchases at grocery stores and restaurants.

Citi ThankYou Premier: Earn 1.2 ThankYou Points per dollar spent when you use your card at supermarkets

Or hey, if you’re just feeling lazy or overwhelmed this year and decide to eat out instead or purchase ready-made items from one of your local favorite restaurants, you can always earn 2x points with the Chase Sapphire Preferred, or earn 5 ThankYou Points for every dollar spent at restaurants (including fast food) on the Citi Forward card, or check out your dining rewards network program of choice to find out which local restaurants will earn you 3-5 points/miles per dollar if you decide to enjoy the big meal out, or rack up those OpenTable rewards and start earning cash back on your dining.

So gobble gobble, and no matter where you celebrate, happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Karl Mitchell

    Not sure I agree that “the Hilton cards blow it out of the water when it comes to spending money at grocery stores”. They do give a pretty good return, but there’s better. Most seem to value Hilton points at 0.5-0.7 c/point, and airmiles at something like 1.3-2.0 c/point. So 6 Hilton points are worth 3.0-4.2 c/$, which seems less valuable than several of the alternatives, most notably the 6% cashback on Amex BCP.

    Assuming you haven’t reached your $30k/yr spending limit on Amex, which effectively gives you an extra 0.5 point/$. Amex PRG spend gives you 2.5 MR, and typically I get 0-50% transfer bonus to airmiles, giving 3.25-7.5 c/point.

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