The best credit cards to use for food delivery services

Mar 18, 2020

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The spread of the novel coronavirus has U.S. residents adjusting how we live our day-to-day lives, including how we feed ourselves. Many cities and states have announced closures of bars and restaurants and many of those orders limit establishments that serve food to takeout and delivery services only.

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Many of the major food delivery services — including Seamless, DoorDash,  Delivery.com and Caviar — have come out with new policies that offer low-risk delivery options to protect both customers and workers. DoorDash, for example, sent users an email detailing new ways to request a delivery where customers can add a drop-off location and coordinate with their Dasher to eliminate person-to-person interactions.

Fortunately for those looking to save money or earn rewards for future travel, rewards credit cards are now offering more bonus earning opportunities than ever before and among the new bonus categories are food delivery services. These bonus categories also typically earn cardmembers points or miles for sit-down dining, making them great choices for foodies when restaurants reopen for sit-down dining.

If ordering in is a strong spending category of yours, here are seven excellent cards that should help you maximize your deliveries with discounts, bonus earning, or both.

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Closeup shot of a courier making a delivery to a customer (image by Getty Images / katleho Seisa)
(Image by Getty Images/katleho Seisa)

 

Best Cards for Food Delivery

  Food Delivery Benefit Annual fee Welcome Offer
Chase Sapphire Reserve $60 back in 2020, and $60 in 2021 on DoorDash

Free DashPass (waived delivery fees)

3x per $1 on dining

$550 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months
American Express® Gold Card  $10 per month back on Grubhub, Seamless, or Boxed

4x per $1 on dining

$250 (see rates & fees) 35,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months
Uber Credit Card 5% back on UberEATS

3% back at restaurants

$0 $100 Uber Cash after you spend $500 in the first 90 days
Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card 4% back on dining, including food delivery $0 the first year, then $95 $300 back after you spend $3,000 in the first three months
Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card Up to 5.25% back on dining, including delivery, on up to $2,500 per quarter $0 $200 back after you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days
Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card 3x points (3% back) on dining (eating out and ordering in), including delivery $0 $200 back after you spend $1,000 in the first three months
Citi Prestige® Card $5 off $25 Postmates orders

5% back on Boxed

$495 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months

The information for the Citi Prestige, Citi Premier, and Wells Fargo Propel and the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit 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.

Restaurant Restrictions

Before we get into the details on each card, it’s worth noting that some of these cards offer dining bonuses that are supposed to exclude food delivery services. In practice, however, these services often still code as dining or food merchants and, in fact, earn bonus points.

(Photo by Alexander Spatari/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alexander Spatari/Getty Images)

For instance, Chase defines its dining category this way: “Restaurant category merchants’ primary business is sit-down or eat-in dining, including fast food restaurants and fine dining establishments….Bakeries, caterers, gift card and delivery service merchants will not be included in this category unless the merchant has set up such purchases to be classified in the restaurant category.”

That is why the Chase Sapphire Reserve earns a 3x dining bonus on orders from Postmates, Grubhub, UberEATS and DoorDash. Your results may vary by card and delivery service, so check the terms and conditions to be be sure.

Related reading: The best credit cards for dining out — and ordering in

The Cards

Chase Sapphire Reserve

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(Photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy)

When it raised the annual fee on its popular  premium card recently, Chase also enhanced its benefits with new DoorDash perks.

Food delivery benefits: Cardholders who register their Chase Sapphire Reserve with DoorDash and use it to pay for orders are eligible to receive up to $120 in statement credits on deliveries – $60 in 2020, and $60 in 2021. Cardholders can also register for free DashPass membership for up to two years, which normally costs $9.99 per month and includes lower service fees, plus free delivery, on orders of $12 or more. The card also earns 3x points per dollar on dining, which includes not just restaurants but also food delivery orders from services including DoorDash, GrubHub and Seamless.

Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of account opening.

Annual fee: $550

Other perks: The Chase Sapphire Reserve’s benefits include $300 in annual statement credits toward travel purchases, Priority Pass lounge access and a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application-fee refund every four years. In addition to dining, it also earns 3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on a broad range of travel purchases. For more information, read our Chase Sapphire Reserve Review.

American Express® Gold Card

(Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)

After expanding its dining category bonus last year, this card became one of the best all-around choices for foodies.

Food delivery benefits: Cardholders are now eligible for up to $10 in statement credits each month when they pay with the Amex Gold Card at participating dining partners, including Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, some Shake Shack locations and Boxed. That’s up to $120 in value per year. It also earns 4x points per dollar at restaurants worldwide, which includes some food delivery service orders.

Welcome offer: Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on your new card in your first three months of card membership.

Annual fee: $250 (see rates and fees)

Other perks: This card now earns 4x Membership Rewards points per dollar at restaurants worldwide, as well as on up to $25,000 in purchases per calendar year at U.S. supermarkets. Members earn 3x points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com. The card comes with up to $100 in statement credits toward airline incidental fees such as baggage charges and seat assignments on a qualifying airline that cardholders designate each year. For more information, read our Amex Gold Card Review.

Uber Credit Card

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(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

If you’re a frequent user of Uber’s services, this card’s rate of return on UberEATS spending is hard to beat.

Food delivery benefits: Cardmembers receive 5% back in Uber Cash on UberEATS, as well on Uber and JUMP.

Sign-up bonus: Earn $100 in Uber Cash after you spend $500 on purchases in the first 90 days.

Annual fee: $0

Other perks: This card is one of the best all-around cash-back earners, especially considering it doesn’t charge an annual fee. It racks up 3% back in Uber Cash on restaurants, bars, hotels and airfare, so it’s a solid option for travel purchases. You just have to be willing to redeem your cash for Uber purchases. Among its other standout benefits is mobile phone protection against damage or theft up to $600 per claim, with a $25 deductible and a limit of two claims per 12-month period. For more information, read our Uber Credit Card Review.

Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card

Don’t forget about this cash-back card from Capital One, which offers bonuses on both dining and entertainment.

Food delivery benefits: This card earns a solid 4% cash back on dining, which includes most food delivery services.

Sign-up bonus: Earn a one-time $300 cash bonus once you spend $3,000 on purchases within three months from account opening.

Annual fee: $0 the first year, $95 after.

Other perks: Cardholders earn 4% back on entertainment, including tickets to movies, sporting events, concerts, theater and amusement parks, among other venues (through May 2020, you also get 8% back on tickets booked through Vivid Seats). The card earns 2% cash back at grocery stores and 1% on everything else. For more information, read our Capital One Savor Rewards Credit Card Review.

You might also be interested in the Capital One® SavorOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card, which earns unlimited 3% back on entertainment and dining but does not have an annual fee.

Bank of America® Cash Rewards credit card

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(Photo by John Gribben for The Points Guy)

You can maximize this card’s earning if you’re a Preferred Rewards banking customer.

Food delivery benefits: This card earns 3% cash back on your category of choice each billing statement. One of the eligible categories is dining, which includes many food delivery services. However, if you’re a Preferred Rewards member with Bank of America, you can juice your earning by as much as 75% more, which means you could get up to 5.25% cash back on these purchases.

Sign-up bonus: Get a $200 cash rewards bonus after making at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of your account opening. New cardholders are also eligible for 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 15 billing cycles. After that, your APR will be 15.49% to 25.49% variable, based on your creditworthiness when you open your account.

Annual fee: $0

Other perks: This card’s other potential 3% categories include gas, online shopping, travel, drugstores and home improvement or furnishings. It earns 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs, and 1% everywhere else. Just note that you can only earn the 3% and 2% bonuses on the first $2,500 in your combined spending each quarter. Depending on your overall account balances with Bank of America, if you are a Preferred Rewards member, you get 25%-75% more cash back on every purchase. That means up to 5.25% back on the 3% category you choose and up to 3.5% on the 2% category. For more information, read our Bank of America Cash Rewards Credit Card Review.

Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card

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(Photo by Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)

You don’t have to pay an annual fee to enjoy bonus earning on dining with this card.

Food delivery benefits: Earn 3x points per dollar on eating out and ordering in, including most delivery services.

Sign-up bonus: Earn 20,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first three months – worth $200 in cash-back redemptions.

Annual fee: $0

Other perks: This card makes the cut because, in addition to its food-focused benefits, it also earns 3% back at gas stations, on ride-hailing services and transit, at hotels, homestays, car rentals and popular streaming services, then 1% back on everything else. That low intro APR might also be worth it to some folks who need to carry a balance for a bit. For more information, read our Wells Fargo Propel Amex Review.

Citi Prestige

With this card’s World Elite Mastercard benefits, you’ll want to stick to Postmates.

Food delivery benefits: Last year, World Mastercard and World Elite Mastercard introduced a few new card benefits including $5 off Postmates orders of $25 or more, which should normally wipe out any delivery fee. It also accrues 5% cash rewards for future orders on wholesale pantry items, snacks and more through Boxed, an online wholesale retailer.

Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou Rewards points after you spend $4,000 within the first three months of account opening.

Annual fee: $495

Other perks: Although it cut many of its travel and purchase protections, Citi’s top-shelf travel card is still packed with perks. It earns 5x points per dollar on air travel and restaurants (food delivery orders are supposed to be excluded, but they usually still trigger the 5x bonus, according to comments on several forums). It earns 3x at hotels and cruise lines, and 1x everywhere else. The card offers a fourth night free on up to two hotel bookings per year and will refund you for a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application once every five years. It also offers Priority Pass Select lounge access and up to $250 in travel credits annually. As part of its new World Elite Mastercard benefits, it confers a $10 Lyft credit for every five rides taken in a calendar month and cellphone protection, among other perks.

The reason this card made our list was because of its Mastercard Postmates benefit. You might have any number of other World Mastercards or World Elite Mastercards that also bestow such a benefit, such as the Citi Premier℠ Card, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, or the JetBlue Plus Card. For more information, read our Citi Prestige Card Review.

Bottom line

(Photo by Yuriy Golub/Shutterstock.)
(Photo by Yuriy Golub/Shutterstock.)

These are some of the best credit cards with bonuses and discounts specifically for food delivery services. However, many credit cards that offer bonuses on dining also include food deliveries within that earning category. Be sure to check if your card does so, and if so, use it for ordering in to maximize your points haul.

For rates and fees of the Amex Gold card, please click here.

Featured image courtesy of Uber.

Additional reporting by Madison Blancaflor.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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