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5% Cash Back Cards: Amazon, Whole Foods, PayPal, Restaurants – July thru September 2020

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5percentbackActivation open for 3rd Quarter 2020. The credit cards below offer up to 5% cash back on specific categories that rotate each quarter. It takes a little extra attention, but it can add up to hundreds of dollars in additional rewards per year without changing your spending habits. You can also buy gift cards with the 5% back now but spend the gift cards later. New cardmembers may also get an upfront sign-up bonus.

Chase Freedom VisaChase Freedom Card

From July 1st through September 30th, 2020 you can earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent in the following categories:

  • Amazon.com
  • Whole Foods Market

Enroll each quarter at ChaseBonus.com. As long as you activate by the end of the quarter the rewards are retroactive. All other purchases earn 1% back, with no tiers or expiration of rewards. Technically, you earn Ultimate Rewards points which can also be converted to airline miles or hotel points instead of cash if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card. Currently, the Chase Freedom card is offering new applicants $200 if you sign up and make $500 in purchases in your first three months. No annual fee.

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From July 1st through September 30th, 2020 you can earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent in the following categories:

  • PayPal
  • Restaurants

Enroll after logging into your online account (look on the right-hand side). 5% rewards won’t apply until after you activate your rewards, so it is best to activate now before you forget. No annual fee.

New cardmember bonus details. If you are a new applicant and sign up via my Discover Card referral link, you will get a $50 Cashback Bonus after your first purchase within 3 months of being approved. You will also get Cashback Match for an entire year – a dollar-for-dollar match of all the cash back you’ve earned at the end of your first year, automatically. During those 12 months, your $50 Cashback Bonus becomes $100, your 5% cash back rewards becomes 10% cash back, and your 1% cash back rewards become 2% cash back. You can verify this on the application by clicking on “See rates, rewards and other info” and searching for “cashback match” and “statement credit offer”:

Cashback Match: No purchase minimums. After the first 12 consecutive billing periods that your new account is open, we will match all of the cash back rewards you’ve earned and apply them to your account in the following one or two billing periods. If your account is closed or no longer in the cash back reward program at the time we calculate your potential award, your cash back will not be matched. You’ve earned cash back rewards when they have posted to your account by the end of the 12th consecutive billing period. This promotional offer may not be offered in the future. This exclusive offer is available only to new cardmembers.

TERMS OF STATEMENT CREDIT OFFER: Get a $50 Statement Credit after you make your first purchase within 3 months of being approved. Promotional award will be applied within 8 weeks. The promotional award is in addition to the Cashback Bonus earned on all purchases.

ABOC Platinum Rewards Card – $150 Statement Credit Offer

From April 1st through June 30th, 2020 you can earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent in the following categories:

  • Travel, including gas. Eligible MCC code categories include qualifying airline, cruise, car rental, hotel, travel agency purchases, gas, tolls, and ride share.

You must register each quarter at ABOCRewards.com or in your online account. Currently, the ABOC Platinum Rewards Mastercard is offering a $150 statement credit if you sign up and make $1,200 in purchases in your first 90 days. No foreign transaction fees. No annual fee.

U.S. Bank Cash+ Visa Signature Card. You get to choose the two 5% cash back categories every quarter, out of a preset selection of specific categories:

  • Fast Food
  • Cell Phone Providers
  • Home Utilities
  • Ground Transportation
  • Select Clothing Stores
  • Electronics Stores
  • Car Rentals
  • Gyms/Fitness Centers
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Furniture Stores
  • Movie Theaters
  • TV, Internet, and Streaming Services

Unfortunately, you can’t pick a broad category like gas stations, restaurants, or grocery stores. Make sure to choose your categories each quarter, even if you want them to stay the same. If you do not choose your categories, all purchases revert to only earning 1% cash back for that quarter. No annual fee.

American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card. This card earns 6% cash back at US supermarkets all year long (on up to $6,000 per year) and. 3% cash back at US gas stations. New: 3% cash back on transit and 6% cash back on Netflix/Spotify/Hulu. I use this card all year long for groceries, and then in December use up the $6k annual limit on gift cards bought in the supermarket aisle. New cardholders are also eligible for a $250 statement credit after $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. $95 annual fee. See details in link.

Amazon Prime Rewards Card. Earn 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods all year long. Prime membership required. New cardholder bonus varies by person. No annual fee.

Citi Dividend Card. This card is no longer available to new applicants, but if you still have the grandfathered card you can view and activate your quarterly 5% category here. Limit of $300 cash back for the calendar year.

Don’t settle for the “1% on everything else” that these cards offer. Get 2% cash back or higher. Check out the card-specific reviews for details.

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Amazon: $20 Promo Credit after $50+ Purchase Using American Express

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Here is a new Amazon/AmEx promotion that promises “$20 off at Amazon after you make a single purchase of $50 or more using your American Express card”. However, the promotion has a lot of fine print to note:

  • You must purchase products “sold by Amazon.com” or “sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC” by 7/22/20. Amazon e-gift cards do not qualify.
  • You must spend $50+ on a single purchase using “any eligible American Express Consumer Card”.
  • I don’t see any notice that you qualify for the promotion at Checkout. Update: I tried again and when I do the proper things, I see a tiny “Qualifying offers: Promotion applied” message under my Order Total at Checkout. After the order actually ships, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the promo credit.
  • The $20 promotional credit can only be used at the Amazon Moments store, which are “curated 4-Star & Above items”.
  • Promotional credit must be redeemed by August 22, 2020.
  • Offer limited to one per customer and account only.

This is one of those promotions where if I need to buy $50 of stuff, I’ll definitely try to qualify by using my consumer American Express card and checking out by the deadline, but I won’t go out of my way. (They should more clearly define what is an “eligible” American Express Consumer card.) I’m not quite sure of the point of this “curation” when it consists of a long list of 1,000+ items in every category. Who is going to shop Amazon this way?

My two “keeper” consumer American Express cards are the Blue Cash Preferred from AmEx (6% cash back on US supermarkets, up to $6,000 annually) and the Amex EveryDay Card (keeps my Membership Rewards points active with no annual fee, helps qualify for various Amazon promotions).

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Pay with Citi ThankYou Points, Get 20% Off at Amazon.com (Targeted)

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If you have a Citi credit card that earns ThankYou points, you can redeem them to buy eligible items at Amazon.com. The redemption rate is 1 ThankYou points = 0.8 cents to spend at Amazon, which may not be the best value available. You can also redeem ThankYou points for gift cards (varies, but you can usually get at least 1 cent per point) or redeem towards a check made out to your mortgage payment or student loan (1 point = 1 cent ratio). If you have certain cards (see below), you can transfer to selected airline miles.

Here is a targeted promotion where you can get 20% off Amazon.com purchases (max $30 discount) when you redeem at least 1 ThankYou point. As with many other similar promotions from other credit card points, it may not work for everyone, but it is worth checking if you have an eligible card like the no-annual-fee Citi Rewards+ or Citi Premier.

  • Click here to link your Citi ThankYou points balance to your Amazon account
  • Click here to activate the promotion on your Amazon account (eligibility will vary)
  • Add one or more of eligible products sold and shipped by Amazon.com to your shopping cart. Note the maximum discount available is $30.
  • Proceed to checkout & select your eligible Citi Card as your payment method
  • Select the amount of Citi ThankYou Points you would like to use for the purchase (must use at least 1 point or $.01). I’d personally just use one point given the unimpressive redemption rate.
  • Savings will be reflected on the final order checkout page if the items in your order are eligible for the promotion credit.

Note: If you have the Citi Double Cash card that earns 2% cash back, that card technically does not earn ThankYou points. However, you can convert your cash back into ThankYou points (1 cent = 1 ThankYou) if you have an eligible card, although it would be counterproductive to do that for a lower redemption rate at Amazon. However, this feature is handy if you want to turn your points into airline miles with the Citi Premier, Citi Prestige, or Citi Chairman cards.

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Amazon Prime: $8.98 Echo Dot (3rd Gen) + Music Unlimited Trial

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Update: Offer is back again, but sold out quickly last time!

Amazon has brought back a good deal for Prime members interested in a cheap Echo Dot (newest 3rd generation). Sign up for a 1-month Amazon Music Unlimited membership for $7.99, and you get can get an Echo Dot (3rd gen) for only $0.99 (total cost $8.98). Here’s how:

  1. Click here for the combined Echo Dot + 1-month trial. You must pay with a credit card (no gift card), which will be used to enroll in Amazon Music Unlimited at $7.99 per month. The shipping is free at checkout.
  2. The membership will auto-renew, but you can cancel your Amazon Music Unlimited trial at any time, anytime before the month is up.

This limited time offer of 1 month of Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Plan and an Echo Dot for $8.98 is available only to customers who subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Plan and who purchase an eligible Echo device. Current subscribers are not eligible. After the 1-month promotional term, your Amazon Music subscription will automatically continue at the monthly price of $7.99 plus applicable taxes until you cancel.

Amazon Music unlimited lets you listen to all 60 million songs ad-free and on-demand, you can call up songs with Alexa, and you can listen offline with unlimited skips.

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Pay with Discover Card Points, Get 20% Off at Amazon.com (Targeted)

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If you have a Discover with cash back rewards, you can redeem them to buy eligible items at Amazon.com. The redemption rate is $1 in Cash Back Bonus = $1 to spend at Amazon, which is the same rate as their statement credit redemptions. Here is a targeted promotion where you can get 20% off Amazon.com purchases (max $50 discount) when you redeem at least $0.01 in Discover cash back. The promotion may not work for everyone, but it worked for me and I’ve usually done every other promotion including a similar promotion last year. Via SD:

  • Click here to link your Discover Cashback points balance to your Amazon account
  • Click here to activate the promotion on your Amazon account (eligibility will vary)
  • Add one or more of eligible products sold and shipped by Amazon.com to your shopping cart. Note the maximum discount available is $50.
  • Proceed to checkout & select your Discover Card as your payment method
  • Select the amount of Discover Cashback Bonus Points you would like to use for the purchase (must use at least 1 point or $.01)
  • Savings will be reflected on the final order checkout page if the items in your order are eligible for the promotion credit.

This is a limited-time offer. 20% off with Discover Cashback Bonus, maximum discount of $50. The promotion will end on the earlier of (a) 11:59 PT on 4/20/2020, or (b) the time at which offers worth $2,000,000 have been redeemed. The promotion will expire concurrently. Amazon.com reserves the right to cancel or modify this offer at any time.

This is nice perk for existing Discover cardholders, which is why I never cancel a card with no annual fee. For example, you could save $47 on Airpod Pros and pay a net price of $188. Check out my Discover it credit card review, one of my keeper 5% cash back cards.

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Amazon & Target Buy 2 Get 1 Free Board & Video Games, Targeted $5 eBook Credit

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Amazon and Target have a few sales on video games and board games to help with that cabin fever.

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Amazon Prime Photos: Free $15 Amazon Credit for First-Time Users

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One of the perks of Amazon Prime membership is that you get unlimited cloud storage of your photos in full resolution.

Amazon Photos is currently offering targeted users a free $15 Amazon promo credit if you download the Amazon Photos app (iOS, Android, or desktop) and upload at least one photo for the first time. Offer expires at 11:59pm Pacific on December 31, 2019.

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Amazon Last-Minute 2019: Gift Cards, Apple iPad, MacBook, Samsung, Bose Deals + Stackable Discounts

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Updated with new deals. Most recently added:

Full post with all the deals:

Here are the highlights of all the Amazon Black Friday/Cyber Week deals in one post, updated daily. You can view all of the Amazon Cyber Monday Deals here. Here are the Amazon Device deals.

Pay With Points promotions. First, if you have credit cards with Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, AmEx Membership Rewards, Discover CashBack, or Capital One points, see if you are eligible for one of these stackable discounts. I was mostly ineligible after doing them in the past. You may also try removing any old linked cards from your profile and then adding them back if you are ineligible.

If you have a Discover card, Amazon is one of their 5% cashback categories this quarter.

Apple. If these are shipped and sold by Amazon, you can stack with above.

Electronics

Other Stuff

Amazon Services

Amazon Devices

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Buy $100 Netflix Gift Card, Get $10 Amazon Credit (Expired)

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Update: I would check the link in case it comes back in stock, but it shows as expired now. Sorry, thought it would last longer!

Amazon has a Netflix gift card promotion where if you buy a $100 in Netflix gift cards, you will receive $10 Amazon promo credit. Enter the promotional code NETFLIX at checkout. One offer per customer. While supplies last.

You can also stack this with the 5% back at Amazon from Discover card this quarter (or the Amazon Prime credit card).

Besides gifting, if you subscribe to Netflix anyway, you could apply these gift cards to your own account to almost get a free month of streaming for yourself. Treat yo’ self!

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Amazon Prime Discount For Veterans & Active Military $79 a Year (Limited-Time Offer)

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Amazon is offering discounted rate of $79 for a year of Amazon Prime ($119 normal price) for verified U.S. veteran, Active Duty or Reserve or National Guard members. This only applies for the first year and is a limited-time offer that ends November 11th (Veterans Day). Basically, a $40 savings if you were going to buy Prime anyway.

Both new and existing Prime members can apply. If you are an existing Prime member, it will extend your Prime membership by one year. You can attempt verification a maximum of three times. Discharge date is the day you left the military.

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Amazon Fresh Grocery Delivery Now Free for Prime Members

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Grocery delivery via Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods (Prime Now) is now free for Amazon Prime members (previously $14.99 per month). If you are an existing Amazon Fresh member, your price drop applies immediately. Newly interested members should register for an invite now to get on their waiting list.

It’s not just Whole Foods, they work with other local grocery stores as well. You can buy meat, seafood, produce, snacks and household essentials, often delivered within a 1-2 hour window. They are not available everywhere, but Amazon says they now cover 2,000+ cities. For most areas, the minimum order amount will be $35 ($50 in New York City).

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Big List of Deals and Discounts (Updated)

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Last call for deals + good stacking offer: Up to $60 Amazon credit for buying through the app. Amazon Prime Day 2019 is July 15th and 16th. I’ll try to keep this post updated with the most recent offers (and remove the expired ones). There are usually many opportunities to save some money without buying stuff you don’t need (and thus offset a chunk of that membership fee). In fact, if you have any things you’ve been looking for on your Wish List, you should just look them up and see if they are on sale today. (I bought an Eero mesh Wifi system to replace my 5-year-old router.)

As the name suggests, most deals require a Prime membership. New members can sign up for a 30-day free trial. If you’ve already done the trial, you can simply buy a month of Prime for $12.99.

Free Amazon Credit Offers

Site-wide

Specific Items

Amazon Device Deals

Targeted deals

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