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Coming swiftly on top of the news that the Chase Sapphire Credit Cards will soon be offering bonus points for grocery spending, comes the news that a variety of other Chase credit cards will soon be offering targeted cardholders bonus points for spending in select shopping categories.
The Bonuses On Offer
The offers that are being launched are all for spending made between 1 November and 31 December 2020 but not all cardholders will find that their cards have been targeted. I, for example, have a total of five personal credit cards that are issued by Chase but only three of these appear to have been targeted for the current round of spending offers.
Specifically, this is what I have been targeted for:
My IHG Rewards Club Credit Card will earn me 5 points/dollar for spending at Amazon.com and 3 points/dollar for spending at grocery stores on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each month.
My Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card (which is no longer open to new applicants) will earn me 10 points/dollar on up to $3,500 of spending at Marriott properties worldwide, as well 5 points/dollar for spending at Amazon.com and at grocery stores on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each month.
My entry-level British Airways credit card (the no annual fee card) will earn me 2 Avios for every 2 dollars I spend at grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each month.
Frequent Miler has seen a few other bonuses and it would appear as if all personal Chase Marriott credit cards are offering the same bonus as the one I’ve been targeted for on my Ritz-Carlton card and all IHG cards are offering the same bonuses like the one that I’m seeing on my IHG Rewards Club card.
Other cards that are being targeted for bonuses include:
- Chase Marriott Business Card – 10 points/dollar at Marriott properties worldwide on up to $3,500 of spending.
- Chase United Airlines Cards – 5 points/dollar for spending at Amazon.com and at grocery stores on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each month.
- Chase Hyatt Credit Cards – 5 points/dollar for spending at Amazon.com and at grocery stores on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each month.
- Chase Southwest Personal Cards – 5 points/dollar for spending at Amazon.com and at grocery stores on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each month.
- Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia Credit Cards – 5 points/dollar for spending at Amazon.com and at grocery stores on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each month.
As things stand, it would appear as if there isn’t too much variety in the bonuses that are being offered, but check your offers carefully (assuming that you have been targeted) as there are a few different offers out there.
Chase is in the process of emailing out some of these offers to cardholders (you have to activate these offers before they can be used) but if you haven’t received an email and you’d like to see what (if anything) you have been targeted for, head over to this Chase website, enter the appropriate details for each of your cards and you’ll be enrolled in whatever offers you have been targeted for.
Of all the offers I’ve seen for spending at Amazon and at grocery stores, the World of Hyatt Credit Card is the card that offers the best return. I value Hyatt points at 1.4 cents each and that’s more than the value I attribute to any of the other currencies being promoted in this round of offers. Effectively, Chase’s Hyatt credit cards are offering an impressive 7% back at Amazon and on spending at grocery stores and I can’t think of any other card that can beat that return right now.
Thoughts On My Offers
Unfortunately, even though I now hold the World of Hyatt Credit Card, my card hasn’t been targeted so my next best option is to earn Marriott Bonvoy Points which I value at 0.6 cents each (I value IGH Rewards Club Points at just 0.4 cents each).
5 Bonvoy Points/dollar represents a return of 3% (based on my valuation), so my Chase Sapphire Reserve Card remains my best option for grocery spending (4.5% return) and as my Blue Business Plus Card from American Express already offers me an effective return of 3% for spending at Amazon.com, my Ritz-Carlton Card is unlikely to be used for spending in either of those categories.
Importantly, the terms and conditions of the Marriott spending offer specifically mention that the purchase of Marriott gift cards will earn 10 points/dollar so, as we draw closer to the end of the year and it becomes clear that I’m unlikely to be making any Marriott stays, I may pick up a few gift cards to lock in the current good earnings rate.
A significant number of Chase’s co-branded credit cards are currently offering targeted cardholders the opportunity to earn bonus points across a variety of spending categories. Only a few of the spending bonuses that I’ve seen so far are definitely worth considering, but it’s still well worth checking your Chase credit cards to see what (if anything) you have been targeted for.