Chase Freedom Q2 2019 Bonus: Home Improvement and Grocery Stores

The 5% bonus categories provide value to home chefs and DIYers tackling improvement projects.

Sara RathnerJuly 28, 2020
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This spring, fix up your home and invite friends over to dinner. The Chase Freedom® will have two bonus categories for the second quarter of 2019: grocery stores, a perennial favorite, and home improvement stores, which haven't been a bonus category since 2014.

From April 1 through June 30, 2019, cardmembers can earn 5% cash back in combined spending in these categories on up to $1,500 (activation required). All other purchases will earn 1% back.

You can activate the bonus categories online beginning March 15, 2019. Beginning in early April, cardmembers will be able to activate quarterly categories on the Chase mobile app.

Chase Freedom® and Chase Freedom Flex℠* bonus rewards categories for 2020

Q1 (Jan. 1 - March 31)

• Gas stations. • Select streaming services. • Internet, cable and phone services.

Q2 (April 1 - June 30)

• Grocery stores. • Gym memberships and fitness clubs. • Select streaming services.

Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30)

• Amazon.com. • Whole Foods Market.

Q4 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31)

• Walmart. • PayPal.

*The Chase Freedom Flex℠ was introduced in mid-September 2020, so the first bonus categories that apply to the card for a full quarter are those for Q4.

With the average household spending around $4,363 per year on groceries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the return of grocery stores as a bonus category will impact most cardmembers. That translates to an average of $1,090.75 in spending on groceries per quarter, nearing the $1,500 spending cap.

Anyone tackling spring cleaning and gardening projects will also benefit from the extra cash back at home improvement stores.

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