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 2021
Q1 (Jan. 1 - March 31)
• Wholesale clubs. • Select streaming services. • Internet, cable and phone services.
Q2 (April 1 - June 30)
• Gas stations. • Home improvement stores.
Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30)
• Grocery stores. • Select streaming services.
Q4 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31)
TBD (In 2020: Walmart; PayPal.)
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.