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From November 1, 2020 through April 30th, 2021, Chase Sapphire cards will add grocery store purchases of up to $1,000 a month at the same rate they earn for travel and dining.
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Chase Sapphire Adds Grocery Bonus Category
What this means is that the Chase Sapphire Preferred (which still has its insane 80,000 point signup bonus going until November 8th) will earn 2X Ultimate Rewards points up to $1,000 a month on groceries while the Chase Sapphire Reserve will earn 3X.
This adds to the current ability to use your $300 annual Chase Sapphire Reserve dining credit on groceries through the end of 2020.
This is great if you have a Sapphire Preferred or Reserve that you use primarily, but there are better options for grocery spend, especially through next April.
Right now, you can apply for a new Chase Freedom Flex or Chase Freedom Unlimited card and get 5X Ultimate Rewards points for one full year as part of the introductory bonus offer. Since you can freely transfer those to your Sapphire card anyway, this is the better deal, provided you are under Chase’s 5/24.
But let’s not overlook cards outside the Chase ecosystem for grocery spend:
The Amex Gold card has a 60,000 point bonus offer (some are even seeing 75,000 points) and earns 4X American Express Membership Rewards points on the first $25,000 a year at US Supermarkets.
The American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card offers a $300 credit after spending $3,000 in 6 months and earns 6% back on US Supermarkets, though it’s capped at $6,000 a year.
Or the Amex Everyday Preferred card, if you prefer points to cash, has a welcome bonus of 15,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $1,000 in 3 months and will earn 4.5X Membership Rewards points at US supermarkets – provided you make at least 30 transactions per month with your card.
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