Earn up to 5x on groceries across select Chase-issued travel cards

May 1, 2020

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Editor’s note: This article has updated with corrections and clarifications from Chase on what counts as grocery stores (specifically, what types of Walmart and Target stores will count as groceries during this promotion). 

Everyone considering downgrading or canceling their Chase travel credit cards may want to hold off for the time being. Chase just announced that it’s adding groceries as a temporary bonus category across the majority of its consumer travel credit cards.

Now through June 30, 2020, eligible Chase travel credit cardholders will receive either 5x or 3x per $1 spent on grocery purchases — up to $1,500 per month. The new temporary category includes grocery stores and grocery delivery services.

Superstores like Target and Walmart are generally ineligible for grocery store category bonuses, but Chase is considering certain superstores such as Target and Walmart as eligible purchases so long as they have full grocery sections. We did clarify with Chase after some readers reported Target and Walmarts with grocery sections were not awarding them bonus points — the stores have to have a “full-service grocery line of merchandise including a deli and bakery.” This new clarification from Chase does mean which Targets and Walmarts fall into this category are more limited than our original assumption based on the information originally given. You can check out the full terms on which stores count as groceries here.

But keep in mind that since grocery delivery services are included, you can also utilize a service like Instacart to still earn the grocery bonus from other stores that may not typically fall into the category.

There is no activation required, so you will start receiving your points or miles automatically on eligible purchases.

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Which cards are eligible?

(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)
(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

Pretty much every Chase travel credit card that charges an annual fee is currently included in this promotion, including many legacy cards that are no longer open to new applicants.

Here are the eligible cards and the bonus they will earn:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve (5x Ultimate Rewards points)
  • United Club Card* (5x United miles)
  • United Club Infinite Card (5x United miles)
  • United Presidential Plus Card** (5x United miles)
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (3x Ultimate Rewards points)
  • United Explorer Card (3x United miles)
  • United MileagePlus Card** (3x United miles)
  • United MileagePlus Awards Card** (3x United miles)
  • United MileagePlus Select Card** (3x United miles)
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card (3x Rapid Rewards points)
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card (3x Rapid Rewards points)
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card (3x Rapid Rewards points)
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Employee Card* (3x Rapid Rewards points)
  • IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card (3x IHG points)
  • IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card** (3x IHG points)
  • World of Hyatt Credit Card (3x Hyatt points)
  • Hyatt Credit Card** (3x Hyatt points)
  • Iberia Visa Signature Card (3x Avios)
  • Aer Lingus Visa Signature Card (3x Avios)
  • British Airways Visa Signature® Card (3x Avios)
  • Disney Premier Visa* (3% Disney Rewards Dollars)

*The information for the card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
**Card no longer available for new applicants

Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders have the potential to come out with the best return. You can earn up to 15,000 Ultimate Rewards points over the course of May and June — worth $300 according to TPG valuations. Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders will also get a solid 3x, which means up to 9,000 Ultimate Rewards points — worth $180 according to TPG valuations.

I was able to confirm with Chase that the $1,500 spending cap is per card. So if you have multiple cards on this list, you can earn bonus points or miles on each card. Have the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the United Club Infinite Card? You’ll be able to earn up to 4,500 Ultimate Rewards points per month with this promotion on the CSP, then switch over an earn an additional 7,500 United miles per month with the United Club Infinite.

For cardholders who have a Chase Freedom, remember that it also earns 5% cash back (5x points) on up to $1,500 spent on groceries this quarter (activation required).

The information for the Chase Freedom has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

It’s worth noting that points earned with Southwest cards count towards the Companion Pass. So those who are hoping to earn the Companion Pass this year for 2021 travel can earn an extra 9,000 bonus points towards the requirement with this promotion.

Marriott announced yesterday that all cobranded credit cards would also now earn 6x on grocery spending. Its Chase-issued cards will earn 6x on up to $5,000 spent now through July 31, 2020, while Amex-issued cards will earn 6x on up to $7,500.

Bottom line

I imagine Chase won’t be the only issuer to make changes like this in the coming days and weeks. Major credit card companies are all working to quickly adapt to changing consumer spending habits in a world where nonessential travel is at a standstill for most Americans. The benefits and bonus categories that were incredibly valuable just months ago are now borderline useless for many.

The addition of grocery stores as a bonus category across many Chase cards is a welcome change. Chase also recently added a 5x promotion for takeout and delivery through DoorDash and Tock through the end of May. All of these changes make Chase cards much more appealing for anyone whose spending has switched to groceries and takeout during quarantine.

Want to stay up to date on what other issuers are doing in light of COVID-19? Bookmark our dedicated coronavirus news hub.

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