Chase Adds Bonus Rewards for Groceries on Dozens of Cards (Limited Time)

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For a limited time, more than two dozen travel credit cards issued by Chase will earn bonus rewards at grocery stores. The cards include Chase's own travel cards as well as branded cards for partner airlines and hotels.

The promotion is a response to shifts in household expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on which card you have, you could earn 3, 5 or 6 points or miles per dollar spent at grocery stores, up to a certain amount of spending. The promotion starts May 1, 2020, and runs through either June or July, also depending on the card.

The bonus rewards are available both on cards currently accepting applications and on older versions. Rewards are automatic; cardholders don't have to opt in.

Which cards are eligible?

6 points per dollar

The following Marriott Bonvoy credit cards will earn 6 points per dollar spent on up to $5,000 in purchases during the promotion. For these cards, the promotion runs through July 31, 2020:

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Credit Card (not accepting applications).

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier Plus Business Credit Card (not accepting applications).

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Credit Card (not accepting applications).

  • Marriott Bonvoy™ Business Credit Card (not accepting applications).

  • The Ritz-Carlton™ Credit Card from JPMorgan (not accepting applications).

5 points or miles per dollar

The following cards will earn 5 points or miles per dollar spent on up to $1,500 in purchases per month. For these cards, the promotion runs through June 30, 2020:

3 points or miles per dollar

The following cards will earn 3 points or miles per dollar spent on up to $1,500 in purchases per month. For these cards, the promotion runs through June 30, 2020:

What purchases are eligible?

Grocery stores that qualify for rewards include supermarkets, merchants that offer a full-service grocery line (including deli and bakery) and smaller grocery stores, according to Chase’s website. Warehouse clubs, discount stores, drugstores and other merchants aren’t eligible to earn rewards under the “grocery store” category. Pickup and delivery from eligible grocery stores and grocery delivery services can also earn these rewards, the issuer says.

How it changes the math

If you were thinking about ditching your travel credit card during the COVID-19 pandemic, this deal could give you a reason to hold onto it longer — especially if your card lets you redeem for cash back or other non-travel options.

Consider the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, for example. Assuming points are redeemed for cash back at 1 cent apiece, a cardholder could potentially earn $75 in a month from grocery shopping. And if redeemed for travel later, the points would be worth more.

For hotel and airline cards linked to loyalty programs, the value of the promotion largely depends on whether you plan to continue traveling with the same companies post-pandemic — and for many, that might be a big unknown. But if you're confident you'll return to traveling with the same airlines and hotels soon, such a promotion makes racking up points and miles much easier.

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