5% Bonus Categories for Summer 2017

5% Bonus Categories for Summer 2017

Everyone should always have one of the credit cards that earn 5% back on bonus categories that rotate quarterly. If you are a Chase Freedom, Discover It, Citi Dividend, or US Bank Cash+ review card holder you can now activate your quarterly rewards for July, August, and September bonus categories.

1. Chase Freedom – 5% Back at Restaurant and Movie Theaters
Restaurant might be the favorite bonus category for many people. Don’t forget to use this card when you eat out!

The Chase Freedom has a quarterly cap of $1500 in spend on 5x categories per account. If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards earned with the Freedom to the CSR and transfer to travel partners, or redeem at 1.5 cents/point towards travel effectively making this 7.5% back.

2. Discover IT – 5% Back at Restaurants or 10% Back for New Cardholders

Restaurants is my favorite 5% back category because I dine out a lot and you can use this for bars and nightclubs which can be expensive and add up fast. I do not mind that Chase Freedom has the same category during these months because I max out both cards with the $1,500 spend with “dining.” Remember that all new Discover IT cardholders will earn a double bonus on cash back earned in the first 12 months of card membership, including on cash back earned in bonus categories, making quarterly category spend worth 10% cash back in the first year.