Chase Sapphire cardholders can now earn up to 5 points per dollar spent on Instacart and gas station purchases, making it easier to rack up travel rewards while not being able to travel.
The COVID-19 outbreak has drastically altered consumers’ spending habits, halting almost all travel spending.
To adjust to the new situation, some credit card issuers have debuted limited-time offers that adjust their rewards programs to consumer needs. For instance, on May 1, American Express announced it would be offering additional rewards on food delivery and supermarket purchases.
Chase previously launched a grocery bonus for most Chase travel credit cards that have an annual fee allowing cardholders to earn more points or miles on grocery store purchases. With that offer expiring on June 30, 2020, the issuer has announced another set of limited-time benefits for Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve card, including bonus rewards on delivery with Instacart, gas stations and select streaming services.
How the new bonus works
From July 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020, all Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve card users will earn 3 or 5 total points per dollar respectively spent on all Instacart delivery and pickup orders – up to $3,000 in spend across the 3 months. Cardmembers will also receive up to $50 in statement credits towards an Instacart Express membership (annual or monthly).
Sapphire cardmembers will also earn 5 points per dollar for Reserve and 3 points per dollar for Preferred at gas stations– on up to $1,500 in spend across the 3 months.
On top of that, Reserve cardmembers will get an opportunity to earn 10 points per dollar on select streaming services, such as Spotify and Netflix. For Preferred cardmembers, the earning rate in this category will be 5 points per dollar. For both cards, the cap on this category is $1,500 in spend across the 3-month promotional period.
There’s no activation required from cardholders, as they will earn the rewards automatically with the new rates.
“Across our card products and portfolios, we are consciously adding value to meet our cardmembers where they are right now,” Chase said in a statement.
Additionally, Chase is working with Marriott to provide all Marriott cardholders 6 total points per dollar spent on grocery purchases – up to $5,000 for the duration of the offer. The offer is valid May 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020, and is automatically activated.
|Card||Bonus||Offer expiration date|
|Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card||6 points per dollar on grocery purchases||July 31, 2020|
|Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card||6 points per dollar on grocery purchases||July 31, 2020|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||Sept. 30, 2020|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||Sept. 30, 2020|
What the new Chase offer can mean for you
As most travel has been on hold due to the pandemic, you may be worried about the value of your travel cards – as well as opportunities to earn rewards on them.
If you’re a Chase Sapphire cardholder, the launch of the new bonus rewards may be the answer to your concerns. Even though you might not be able to travel at the moment, you can earn rewards for your future travel on grocery shopping through Instacart, streaming and gas station purchases – which may be some of your most common expenses.