It’s the 15th of the 3rd month of the quarter so it’s time to activate bonus categories for card that have quarterly bonuses for next quarter. All of these cards offer bonus points or cash back on up to $1500 in purchases during the quarter.
US Bank Cash+
If you’re not already getting 5x Ultimate Rewards points by using a Chase Ink card (and even if you are!) you may want to switch the card you’re using for payment for TV/Internet/Streaming Services and Cell Phones. You must register your card before September 15th to get the bonus cash-back in the categories you select. As a reminder, you choose two 5% categories and one 2% category. To register, click on the link in the email you received from US Bank or visit this link. I’m choosing Home Utilities again as 5x categories but I hadn’t really paid attention that the TV/Internet category also includes Streaming Services. I use an annual plan for BritBox and it comes due in September so we’ll see if that counts. I won’t be losing out on Fast Food 5x as I’ll be able to get that with my Discover card. I’ll continue with Grocery Stores for 2x.
Discover has already given us the full calendar for 2022. For Q3 the categories are:
To activate the bonus, simply log into your Discover account and click on the Activate Now button. Restaurants is a good one for me.
Chase Freedom and Freedom Flex
Chase Freedom’s Q2 categories are Amazon and select streaming services. Only these streaming services qualify: Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV, HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock, and Showtime. If you have the Amex Platinum card and Peacock you’re still better off billing the service to the Platinum card as they will reimburse you for the charge.
To register you can go to this link to look at the calendar, then click on the Activate Now button.
In the end
Always register for the bonus categories even if you don’t think you’re going to use them. You’ll never know when they might come in handy!