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Marriott announced yesterday that both their Chase and their American Express consumer co-brand credit cards would bonus grocery spend May 1 through July 30.
The Marriott Bonvoy BoundlessTM Credit Card earns 6 points per dollar on up to $5000 in grocery store spend between May 1 and June 30.
Chase has now announced that this bonus category actually will apply to most of their travel rewards cards with an annual fee. In some cases the bonus is exceptionally generous. This encourages spend on travel rewards cards by focusing on where customers are making purchases now, to keep cards top of wallet.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® and most Chase co-brandeds will either earn 5X or 3X per dollar spent on grocery purchases, up to $1500 per month – whether you’re buying in-store, picking up, or having delivery from eligible grocery stores and grocery delivery services.
This $1500 per month spend cap applies to each card except for the Marriott ones whose cap is over the full May through June period. Earning extra points are automatic, no registration required.
Chase Sapphire Reserve and Preferred
The two Chase-branded cards that are rewarding grocery spend are the annual fee Sapphire cards.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card earns 3 points per dollar on eligible grocery spend.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve® earns 5 points per dollar on eligible grocery spend, making this in my view the single most lucrative card for groceries right now.
The new New! United ClubSM Infinite Card awards 5 MileagePlus miles per dollar spent on eligible groceries, up to $1500 per month May through June. The standard United Club product and legacy Presidential Plus do as well.
In addition the United Explorer and legacy United MileagePlus, MileagePlus Awardsm and MileagePlus Select cards will earn 3 MileagePlus miles per dollar on grocery spend.
Meanwhile the British Airways Visa Signature® Card – along with Avios cousins Aer Lingus and Iberia cards from Chase – will earn 3 Avios per dollar spent on groceries.
Finally the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card all earn 3 Rapid Rewards points per dollar spent.
This last is interesting because Southwest is making its Companion Pass easier to earn this year and credit card spend counts.
Also notable is that the Southwest Rapid Rewards Employee card earns this grocery bonus, too. I only mention that because I wasn’t aware that Southwest employees had a separate product.
The World Of Hyatt Credit Card earns 3 points per dollar on eligible grocery during the period, and the legacy Hyatt Credit Card does as well.
And That’s Not All
Chase’s Disney Premier co-brand will earn 3% back in Disney Rewards Dollars for grocery spend, too.
Your Best Bet
Since Chase points are worth more than any one airline’s miles – they transfer to a variety of different programs – the most valuable offer here is to use the Chase Sapphire Reserve® for grocery spend. It’s also a strong card for restaurants when you’re ordering takeout.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offers stronger return for grocery spend than any of the other cards except for the premium United cards that earn 5 MileagePlus miles per dollar – though I’d still take 4 Membership Rewards points per dollar (up to the first $25,000 per year in purchases) from the American Express® Gold Card over all except for 5 Chase points per dollar with Sapphire Reserve.