Great News: Chase Expands Bonus Points At Grocery Stores To A Further 21 Credit Cards


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UPDATE: Some or All of the offer(s) mentioned in this post have now expired

A little earlier I wrote about how the majority of Marriott Bonvoy credit cards issued by Chase and American Express will earn 6 points/dollar on grocery spending for a limited time, and now we’re hearing that Chase is also offering bonus points for grocery spending on 21 of its other travel-related cards…including the very popular Sapphire Cards.

TPG has very close connections to Chase and it has reported that Chase is offering holders of selected credit cards up to 5 points/dollar for spending at grocery stores through 30 June 2020. Only $1,500 of grocery spending per month will earn the bonus points on offer but if you have more than one qualifying Chase card this probably won’t be an issue.

Chase Cards Earning Bonus Points At Grocery Stores

UPDATE: Some or All of the offer(s) mentioned below have now expired

No registration or activation necessary – these cards will automatically credit their cardholders with the appropriate bonus points.

Thoughts

This is excellent news. A number of Chase cards offer very popular rewards currencies (Ultimate Rewards, Hyatt points etc..) so the chance to be able to earn more of these currencies in a category where these currencies previously earned comparatively few points is a very nice bonus.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card is the pick of the crop here as I value the 5 points/dollar this card now offers at grocery stores at 7.5 cents (a 7.5% rebate) and I can’t think of another card that offers a return as good as this one for grocery spending.

Fans of United Airlines (are there any left?) will probably enjoy being able to earn up to 5 miles/dollar when they do their weekly shopping, but I’d encourage people to consider one of the following instead:

  • Collecting a transferrable currency (like Ultimate Rewards points via one of the Sapphire cards) which is a lot less likely to devalue, or…
  • Collecting a currency linked to a loyalty program that doesn’t screw over its members every 6 months (Hyatt points are looking tempting right now

It’s worth bearing in mind that the Chase Freedom Card is currently offering 5% cash back (or 5 points/dollar) at up to $1,500 of spending grocery stores as part of its quarterly promotion so that’s a deal that should be exhausted before most of the deals offered above are considered.

My Strategy

I now find myself in the strange position of suddenly having numerous cards offering me worthwhile bonus points for grocery spending when yesterday I had just two, so I’m going to have to plan which cards to use and when.

This is how I think things will play out for me:

  • Max-out the Chase Freedom quarterly bonus
  • Max-out the bonus earnings on my Chase Sapphire Reserve card (in May and June)
  • Use my Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit card for any grocery store spending in excess of $1,500 in May & June.
  • Use my Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit card and/or my Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card for all grocery store spending in July.

I’m not going to be using my IHG card for this promotion (the return isn’t good enough and I may not max-out the bonus points available to me on my Bonvoy cards, but I’m definitely going to be pulling in as many Chase Ultimate Rewards points as I can.

As someone who’s choosing to do a lot of home cooking right now and with no real options for travel, my Chase Sapphire Reserve card hasn’t seen much action in the past 8 weeks…but it’s back at the front of my wallet now that it will earn me 5 points/dollar when I do the weekly shopping.

Bottom Line

Back when American Express announced a few positive moves to help out cardholders I said that what we were seeing then was just the start of the credit card industry realizing that a lot of its travel-focused credit cards are looking a little redundant right now. This is Chase responding to that redundancy issue.

With the World of Hyatt credit card currently offering an improved chance at elite status and with the Southwest cards looking more enticing now that the Companion Pass target is more reachable, this is another good move by Chase to keep its travel card portfolio relevant…I just hope that promotions like this continue later in the year as it becomes increasingly more obvious that we’re not going to be traveling anytime soon.

10 COMMENTS

    • 1) TPG and Chase are so incredibly close so that makes it highly unlikely that this is anything but fact.

      2) This is also now being reported by other (larger) publications who have direct lines of communication with Chase (I do not) so, again, that makes it very unlikely that this isn’t true.

    • There’s no language in the terms and conditions that would obviously exclude overseas grocery stores so I expect them to qualify for the bonus points.

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