Maximize Points on Thanksgiving Groceries

Nov 21, 2012

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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 Honors Surpass Card from American Express: 6 Honors points for every dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets. Terms apply.

Hilton Honors Card from American Express: 5 Honors points for every dollar spent at  U.S. supermarkets. Terms apply.

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card: 3 Honors points for each dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets and U.S. grocery stores.

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

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express: 6% cash back; then 1% at US supermarkets, up to $6,000 per year. Terms apply.

Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express: 3% cash back; then 1% at US supermarkets, up to $6,000 per year. Terms apply.

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

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express: You get 2x points on US supermarkets and US gas stations. Terms apply.

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 Rewards Credit Card: 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 Premier® Card: Earn 1 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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