Earn up to 10x Points With New Chase Sapphire Bonus Categories

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Right on the heels of Chase's new ‘Pay Yourself Back' feature, Chase is back with even more changes designed to align card benefits with current spending trends.

Starting July 1st, Chase will offer several new bonus categories for Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders. Cardholders will earn bonus points on gas stations, online streaming services, and Instacart grocery delivery service. Additionally, Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve cardholders will receive up to a $50 statement credit to offset the purchase of an Instacart Express membership.

Key Terms for New Bonus Categories

  • Promotional bonus categories apply on purchases between July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 
  • Gas Stations — 3X total points with Sapphire Preferred and 5X total points with Sapphire Reserve on up to $1,500 in spend across the three months.
  • Select Streaming Services — 5X total points with Sapphire Preferred and 10X total points with Sapphire Reserve on up to $1,500 in spend across the three months.
  • Instacart — 3X total points with Sapphire Preferred and 5X total points with Sapphire Reserve on up to $3,000 in spend across the three months.

Select streaming services include Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV.

These added bonus categories are all automatic and don't require cardholders to enroll. Also, these benefits are in addition to the previously-announced benefits offered to Sapphire cardholders. A Chase spokesperson confirmed to AwardWallet that these added bonus categories and statement credits apply to both new and existing cardmembers.

Instacart Express Statement Credit

In addition to the promotional category bonus, Sapphire cardholders (both Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve) will be eligible for up to a $50 statement credit to offset the purchase of an Instacart Express membership through September 30, 2020.

Instacart Express is the grocery delivery company's subscription membership offering free deliveries on orders over $35—which typically costs at least $3.99 per order—as well as the ability to avoid higher delivery fees during peak hours. Instacart offers two payment options for this service, $9.99 billed monthly or $99 billed yearly. The statement credit is good for three months of the service fee if billed monthly or roughly half off a yearly subscription.

This Instacart subscription has a couple of important terms worth noting:

  1. Instacart Express memberships automatically renew unless canceled before the renewal date. So make sure you set a reminder to cancel if you don't intend to keep the service.
  2. Instacart allows customers to cancel Instacart Express subscriptions for a full refund as long the refund request is made within 15 days purchase, and no orders were placed within that time. Otherwise, Instacart offers no refunds.

You can read more information about the Chase / Instacart Express partnership here, and view the program's full terms and conditions here.

Our Take

Chase continues to impress us with the variety of new benefits it's offering to cardholders. It might be hard to justify paying the annual fee on travel cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Sapphire Preferred without benefits like a $100 statement credit, temporary bonus categories, complimentary DashPass membership, and expanded travel credit categories and points cash-out options.

If you need help keeping track of all the benefits you're currently entitled to as a Sapphire cardholder, check out our post detailing the previous round of Chase Sapphire benefit updates, my analysis of the overall value proposition of the Sapphire Reserve, and our comprehensive guide to all credit card updates in response to COVID-19.

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  • ppoonline@gmail.com says:

    Does anyone know if apple gift cards from the app store qualify as streaming code? Want to buy my daughter a laptop but would like somehow to get the 10x bonus.

  • For a data point, my authorized cardholders bought gas at gas station in Canada and I got the 5X points for the purchase. So international purchases in the categories may also qualify for increased points.

  • Love seeing the gas station and grocery bonuses being added to the CSR over the last few months. I just opened a Freedom Unlimited to leverage the 1.5% across all categories since the CSR typically doesn’t cover gas and grocery on top of the travel and dining. Although if they added those as ongoing bonus categories, CSR would be more than worth it.

  • With these promotions the sapphire preferred is now my go to card.

  • I would like to see the streaming benefit become permanent. Seems like everyone is running streaming benefits but they are usually a 3 month bonus then I move onto the next best offer. I hate to have to keep changing my cards for these services. (I know that AMEX blue cash preferred is great for streaming, but can’t justify the annual fee after the grocery category on the AMEX gold went to 4x).

  • Awesome! I am not driving a lot right now but can max out the gas benefit by buying third-party gift cards at a gas station.

  • Chase and Amex are on fire these days.
    I am hoping Citi will follow.

  • I was going to downgrade the card in February but we’ll see what they keep doing. Quarterly bonuses like this may keep me around.

  • These are definitely helpful. Helps me hold onto my Preferred card. Question. If my wife and I both have Preferred cards, is there any way we can get the sign-up bonus on the Reserved card without cancelling?

    • JT Genter says:

      If you want to maintain the account, you can see if Chase has an offer for upgrading. I haven’t heard of them offering bonus points for upgrading, but it’s possible. Otherwise, you’ll need to downgrade your CSP to a non-Sapphire card and apply for the CSR. Just make sure that you’d be eligible for the CSR bonus before downgrading the CSP!

      CSR policy: “The product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 48 months. If you are an existing Sapphire customer and would like this product, please call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for a product change. You will not receive the new cardmember bonus if you change products”

  • It seems like Chase knows how to keep their customers happy.

  • Card was already a winner and new with these added bonuses during COVID epidemic goes to show that sometimes you get what you pay for.

  • These are great coming on the heels of already adding some other COVID related changes. Streaming services is a nice touch!

  • Michaelj1 says:

    These extras are great. And your post is just in time too! Thank you.

  • I mean, it’s a positive result. No way around that. Good on Chase.

  • It’s nice to see 5X on gasoline, it would’ve been nice to have 5X on groceries too!

  • My grocery bills have been through the roof, and prices have been going up big time. I hope these credit card categories lean towards mores savings on groceries.

  • I hope Costco powered by Instacart counts.

  • Chase is working hard to keep business of credit card customers.

  • So will Chase be doing new promotions every quarter? It seems like my CSP is just turning into a higher dollar version of the Freedom card if so.

    • JT Genter says:

      Interesting perspective. I guess in a way it is. But how else can Chase really make up for the CSP being a travel-focused card when there’s not much travel?

  • I wonder if the gas stations 5X bonus includes gas stations in other countries? I realize that this is not a huge issue since most people aren’t traveling right now, but I have some of my authorized users overseas. I’ll probably have to ask them to make a small gas purchase to check it out.

  • Excellent offer, everybody should take advantage of it

  • I’ll probably get the instacart express!

  • Good to know! Will be checking my automatic payments to make sure the right card is being charged. Maximize those points!

  • Very happy to hear about these added benefits. Definitely planning to take advantage of the gas increase. Have the AMEX Plat so I’m covered on streaming. Thanks for posting!

  • The T&C states these streaming services will be eligible for the 10X: Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV

  • I wish the 5x on grocery extended past June. Today is the last day of it that means. It is possible they will extend as I have seen them move deadlines around or they will come up with the promotion again in July.

    • You’re certainly not alone in your wish. But, I’m sure Chase faced significant points payouts on the grocery bonus with everyone being home and grocery bills skyrocketing. We’ll see. Fingers crossed.

  • What is 10X? I didn’t see it. I read it twice too. Must be too early for me. My reading comprehension is not awake.

  • So there doesn’t seem to be any chance the 5x on grocery will extend past the end of June?

  • Glad Chase keeps adding these perks to make the card worth it especially with the fee hike that was postponed until next year. Combined with the freedom and freedom unlimited you can have the tri-fecta!

    • This is a welcome change for sure, but I really hope they delay the fee increase until April so everyone gets one full extra year and not just the April through December crowd. February cardholders need some love too. 🙁