Chase Freedom Q2 2019 Bonus: Home Improvement and Grocery Stores

Card Announces Q2 Bonus Categories
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This spring, fix up your home and invite friends over to dinner. The Chase Freedom® will have two bonus categories for the second quarter of 2019: grocery stores, a perennial favorite, and home improvement stores, which haven’t been a bonus category since 2014.

From April 1 through June 30, 2019, cardmembers can earn 5% cash back in combined spending in these categories on up to $1,500 (activation required). All other purchases will earn 1% back.

You can activate the bonus categories online beginning March 15, 2019. Beginning in early April, cardmembers will be able to activate quarterly categories on the Chase mobile app.

Chase Freedom® bonus rewards categories for 2019
Q1 (Jan. 1 – March 31) Gas stations, tolls and drugstores
Q2 (April 1 – June 30) Home improvement stores and grocery stores
Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30) “Summer” — TBD
(In 2018: Gas stations, Lyft, Walgreens)
Q4 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31) “Holiday” — TBD
(In 2018: Department stores, wholesale clubs, Chase Pay)

With the average household spending around $4,363 per year on groceries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the return of grocery stores as a bonus category will impact most cardmembers. That translates to an average of $1,090.75 in spending on groceries per quarter, nearing the $1,500 spending cap.