Here’s the Top 5 Credit Card Rewards for Q2 2020
While plenty of retailers have their own credit cards to earn a percentage back on a purchase or 0% interest for 6 to 12 months (along with astronomical interest rates if you don’t pay it off each month), many third party cards offer expanded options for rewards at your everyday retailers and other companies.
Here’s a collection of the top 5 cards you should be looking at as we move into Spring 2020.
1. Chase Freedom
Between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the Chase Freedom card offers 5% back (up to $75 back on $1,500 in purchases) at grocery stores, fitness clubs and gym memberships, select streaming services. While this isn’t as impressive as the 6% back on grocery purchases from the AMEX Blue Cash Preferred (mentioned below), it doesn’t have an annual fee (which the AMEX card requires).
All the major grocery store chains are covered, over 80 stores in total. However, this does not include warehouse stores like Walmart & Target that happen to have a grocery section. It also doesn’t include drugstore chains that sell grocery items. As for fitness chains, there are over 40 included including major ones like 24-Hour Fitness, SoulCycle and LA Fitness.
Streaming services included this quarter are Apple Music, Disney+, ESPN+, Fubo TV, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, SiriusXM, Sling, Spotify, Vudu, and YouTubeTV.
2. Discover it Cashback
Between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the Discover it Cashback card offers 5% back (up to $75 back on $1,500 in purchases) at gas stations, ride-sharing services like Uber & Lyft as well as wholesale clubs.
Be aware that the gas station category does not include grocery stores or superstores that happen to have a gas station attached. There are no limitations on the ride-sharing charges. Regarding wholesale clubs, check with your local club to see if they accept Discover. Some clubs do no accept the Discover card.
3. Citi Dividend Card
Between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the Citi Dividend Card offers 5% back (up to $300 back on $6,000 in purchases) at drugstores and Amazon. Be aware that the $300 on $6,000 in purchases is specific to the calendar year. If you already earned $200 in rewards using the card during the first 9 months of the year, you would only be able to earn $100 back in the last 3 months. Sadly, Citi has closed out the card for new signups, but existing users can still take advantage.
4. AMEX Blue Cash Preferred Card (Annual Fee Required)
Between April 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card offers 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $360 back on $6,000 in purchases) as well as 6% on streaming subscriptions & 3% on transit.
This card can be particularly useful for anyone with large families that spends quite a bit at the supermarket each month. It’s also good for the entire year (not specific to Q4), thus you can continue to save at the grocery store for 12 months.
The only downside is the $95 annual fee, but that’s easily mitigated with the $250 back on $1000 of purchases for new customers. If you don’t want the annual fee, you can step down to the Blue Cash Everyday card (which offers 3% back at grocery stores, same cap on total purchases).
5. US Bank Cash Plus
The US Bank Cash Plus card is unique due to the fact that you can select the cashback categories that you want each quarter. After you sign up, you can select two different 5% cashback categories as well as one 2% cashback category. The new 5% category for Q2 2020 is TV, Internet % Streaming Services.
For instance, if you know you want to buy a new couch soon, you can select the furniture store category to get 5% back on your purchase. Other 5% categories this quarter include electronics stores, utilities, gyms, department stores and fast food. The 2% categories include grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants.
Bonus: The Best Retailer Cards
As mentioned earlier, the best store cards are offered by Amazon and Target. Both retailers offer cards that offer 5% cashback without any cap on total purchases for the year. Other benefits include:
- Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card: 5% back on Whole Foods purchases, 2% back at restaurants / gas / drugstores, 1% back on everything else.
- Target RedCard: Free shipping on all Target.com purchases and additional 30 days for returning items.
Other popular Store Cards include:
- Lowe’s Advantage Card: Offers 5% cashback on all purchases. 6 months special financing on $299 or more purchases
- Old Navy Visa Credit Card: Offers a $5 reward for every $100 you spend in an Old Navy / GAP / Banana Republic Store.
- Costco Anywhere Visa Card: Offers 2% back on all Costco purchases, 4% back on gas, 3% back at restaurants