COVID-19 / Coronavirus Additional Cardholder Benefits for Travel Rewards Credit Cards
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COVID-19 / Coronavirus Additional Cardholder Benefits for Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Chase, Amex and Citibank have announced the supplemental benefits for holders of their travel rewards cards.   They are as follows:

Chase

Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card will earn 5 points per dollar and the Chase Sapphire Preferred card will earn 3 points per dollar on grocery store spend in May and June to a maximum spend of $1,500 each month.  This promotion includes groceries delivered through services like Instacart, but does not include grocery purchases from Costco and other big box retailers.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

Chase’s Marriott card will earn 6x Marriott point per dollar on grocery store spend in May and June to a maximum spend of $5,000 each month.  This promotion includes groceries delivered through services like Instacart, but does not include grocery purchases from Costco and other big box retailers.

United Club Infinite Card and United Explorer Card

Chase’s new United Infinite card will earn 5x United MileagePlus miles per dollar on grocery store spend in May and June to a maximum spend of $1,500 each month.  This United Explorer card will earn 3x United Mileage Plus miles.  This promotion includes groceries delivered through services like Instacart, but does not include grocery purchases from Costco and other big box retailers.

British Airways Visa Signature Card

Chase’s British Airways card will earn 3x Avios miles per dollar on grocery store spend in May and June to a maximum spend of $1,500 each month. 

World of Hyatt Card

Chase’s World of Hyatt card and all legacy Hyatt cards will earn 3x Hyatt miles per dollar on grocery store spend in May and June to a maximum spend of $1,500 each month. 

American Express

The Platinum Card

Amex Platinum Card holders now receive up to $20 back in statement credits each month when they use their Card for select U.S. streaming subscriptions through 12/31/20, and up to $20 back in statement credits each month when they use their Card for wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. carriers through 12/31/20.

American Express will be giving personal Platinum card members a statement credit up to $200 for spend with American Express Travel, valid August 2020 through December 2021 for card members whose cards are up for renewal after March 31, 2020.   This benefit is designed to offset the loss of use of the $200 incidental travel benefit that the card ordinarily carries.   Some cardholders who call Amex have reported being offered the following benefits for payment of their $550 annual as an alternative to this $200 Amex Travel credit: a $300 credit after spending $2,000 or 30,000 membership rewards.

American Express Business Platinum Card

American Express is extended to Business Platinum cardholders the same credits for U.S. streaming subscriptions and U.S. wireless telephone services as are offered for personal Platinum cardholders above.   To those card holders whose accounts are up for renewal after March 31, 2000, it is offering $200 in additional Dell statement credits: $100 in additional statement credits from May 1 – June 30, 2020 and $100 in additional statement credits from July 1 – December 31, 2020.  Does Dell still make anything anyone would otherwise want to buy?

American Express Centurion (Black Card)

American Express will be giving Centurion cardmembers a statement credit up to $2,000 for spend with American Express Travel, valid August 2020 through December 2021 for cardmembers whose cards are up for renewal after March 31, 2020.  

American Express Green Card

Amex Green Card holders now receive up to $10 back in statement credits each month when they use their Card for wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. carriers through 12/31/20.

American Express Delta Cards

All American Express Delta cards are giving 4x miles per dollar spent at all U.S. supermarkets until July 31, 2020.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

The $300 Marriott statement credit can now be used for purchases at US restaurants (including takeout and delivery) between June 1 and August 31, 2020.   This card is also offering 6x Marriott points on U.S. supermarket spend (up to $7,500) until December 31, 2020.

Hilton Aspire Card

The $250 Hilton resort credit can be used for purchases at US restaurants (including takeout and delivery) between June 1 and August 31, 2020.   The card is also offering 12x Hilton points per dollar at U.S. supermarkets at U.S. supermarkets until July 31, 2020.

Citibank

Citi ThankYou® Premier CardCiti Prestige® CardCiti American Airlines® Advantage Platinum Select World Mastercard®, CitiBusiness® AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Credit Card

New cardholders who applied for a Citibank credit card between Dec. 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020, will get an additional three months to meet the sign-on bonus spending requirement. You'll get a total of six months to meet the bonus if you applied (or will apply) between those dates.

Citi American Airlines® Advantage Executive Card

Cardholders whose cards are up for renewal after March 31, 2020 are being offered a $225 one-time statement credit.   The statement credit accounts for half of the annual fee, and is designed to offset the loss of access to American Airlines Admirals Club lounges.

Find and compare travel and rewards credit cards here.

 

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to financial literacy and bank transparency. Since co-founding this website in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.

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