(EXPIRED) (Update: Additional Offers Added) New Year, New Chase Spending Offers In Q1 (5x At Grocery Stores, Gas Stations, Drugstores & Other Offers)

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Update 1/4/21: Southwest cards are also included in the 5x offer. As with the other offers, that might be targeted.

Update 1/3/21: Kent has advised in the comments below that the Iberia card is receiving the 5x offer rather than the 15,000 bonus Avios offer.

When enrolling my IHG Select card, I received an offer for 5,000 bonus points when spending $3,000, so I’ve added that to the list below too. I don’t have a direct link for either of those offers, so you’ll need to use the generic link listed below. It seems that it’s possible to register the IHG Select card for both the 5x and 5,000 bonus point offers though.

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Chase finished 2020 by offering spending bonuses on its co-branded cards and they’re kicking off 2021 with a brand new round of spending offers.

Chase spending offer

The Deals

Key Terms

(Terms are for the Marriott offer; check registration page for full details of the offer(s) you want to enroll in.)

  • To be eligible for this bonus offer, you must activate by 03/31/21 11:59 p.m. E.T.
  • You will earn 5 points total for each $1 spent in the grocery store, gas station, and drugstore categories on up to $1,500 in total combined purchases from 01/01/2021 to 3/31/2021. That’s 3 points on top of the 2 points you already earn on those purchases with your card.
  • Merchants who accept Visa/Mastercard credit cards are assigned a merchant code, which is determined by the merchant or its processor in accordance with Visa/Mastercard procedures based on the kinds of products and services they primarily sell.
  • We group similar merchant codes into categories for purposes of making rewards offers to you. Please note: We make every effort to include all relevant merchant codes in our rewards categories. However, even though a merchant or some of the items that it sells may appear to fit within a rewards category, the merchant may not have a merchant code in that category. When this occurs, purchases with that merchant won’t qualify for rewards offers on purchases in that category.
  • Purchases submitted by you, an authorized user, or the merchant through third-party payment accounts, mobile or wireless card readers, online or mobile digital wallets, or similar technology will not qualify in a rewards category if the technology is not set up to process the purchase in that rewards category.
  • For more information about Chase rewards categories, see chase.com/RewardsCategoryFAQs.
  • Purchases posted to your account with a transaction date during the offer period are eligible for this offer. Delays by the merchant, such as shipping, could extend the transaction date beyond the offer period.
  • Please allow up to 8 weeks after qualifying purchases post to your account for points to post to your account. (“Purchases” do not include balance transfers, cash advances, travelers checks, foreign currency, money orders, wire transfers or similar cash-like transactions, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips, race track wagers or similar betting transactions, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, and fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable.)
  • To qualify for this bonus offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment.
  • This bonus offer is non-transferable.
  • Eligible credit cards: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card or The Ritz Carlton Credit Card.

Quick Thoughts

Josh in the Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group gave us a heads up about the Marriott spending offer and I was able to enroll my Marriott card in that one.

I then had a play around with URLs and came across the Hyatt, IHG, United and Avios offers, although didn’t come across a link for Southwest. That’s not to say there won’t be a Southwest offer though. I don’t think there was a dedicated link for the most recent Southwest spending offer, but it was possible to register for the offer at chase.com/mybonus, so something similar might happen this time. Update: As per Ashman’s comment below, you can enroll Southwest cards using the generic link.

You might have to wait a few days before seeing if that’s the case though. When using the generic link, it’s looking up the current offers which are due to end on December 31, 2020, so hopefully come January 1 it’ll identify the new spending offers without requiring a dedicated registration link.

Be sure to note the terms of each offer as they’re set up differently to the current round of offers. For example, the 5x offer for grocery stores, gas stations and drugstores is valid on up to $1,500 of combined spend from January 1 to March 31, rather than that being the limit per month like it is for the November/December 2020 spending offers. 5x is also the total amount you’ll earn, rather than being 5x on top of what you already earn on your IHG, United or Marriott cards.

It’s also not available on all cards, with the registration page listing eligible cards. For example, the Marriott offer includes the Bonvoy Boundless and Ritz-Carlton cards, but the Bonvoy Bold card isn’t listed as being eligible. If you have a Bonvoy Bold card, it’s worth trying to register anyway just in case it works – let us know in the comments below if you’re successful.

While the 5x offers are a total of 5x, some of the other offers are full bonus points. For example, the 15,000 bonus Avios you earn when spending $5,000 are on top of the Avios you’ll earn for your regular spend, meaning you’ll be earning at least 4x per dollar on $5,000 of spend.

While the World of Hyatt offer for 5,000 bonus points on $3,000 of spend isn’t overly generous, it’s still a nice bonus if you’re trying to hit $15,000 of spend early in the year before your card anniversary seeing as 2021 sees the opportunity to earn a free night certificate for $15,000 of spend both before your renewal date and after.

Although I was able to register my Marriott card for the 5x offer, I wasn’t successful registering my Hyatt or IHG cards. I’m therefore hoping that using the generic link in the New Year will work.

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Mark

Interesting data point…registered SW card and recently got a statement. Gas earned 5X points, but groceries only earned 2X (all spend was in January). Guess the offer varies as well as the targeting?

DSK

Wondering if I won the Frequent Miler award for worst promotional offer (not really sure if that award exists, but not a bad idea . . . )–spend $5500 on United Explorer card during the first quarter of 2021 and get 1000 bonus United miles.

Greg The Frequent Miler

LOL, that’s pretty bad. Not sure if you beat the person who got “Spend $100K, get 100K points, up to 3 times” on their Marriott biz card though.
https://frequentmiler.com/bonvoy-business-amex-offer-spend-20k-get-25k-bonus/

Ashman

Southwest is not on the list above but is included in the first quarter bonus similar to United and Marriott. I was able to register using the generic link.

L M

Thanks. The IHG worked for me. Did not work for my husband and neither did the BA but will try again in a few days. Better than nothing. 🙂

Vince

I was able to register my Southwest Card for the 5x Grocery/Gas/Drugstore for Jan-Mar $1500 total using the generic link.
Also my IHG select did enroll in both offers (separately — did the 5x one the other day and then just ran the number again and the 5000 points for $3K enrolled also). I would think they overlap and both would work? If so that looks like 12,500 IHG points for $3K spend (with hitting the 5x as noted). With variable pricing for redemptions now, that could translate into a free night of sorts I suppose. Minor win given the spend.

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Dee

Neither Hyatt nor United work. I’ve tried for days, but no dice. I am going for $15K spend and would love to get extra points. Maybe maxing out the Amazon bonus in Nov & Dec then scheduling a couple thousand in charges for Jan 1 makes the algorithm kick me out. I obviously don’t need more incentive.

Gary

was able to register Marriott; got UA plus Ritz using the generic link. No luck on Hyatt

Aaron

What do you have to do to get targeted for these kinds of offers? I have both Hyatt and United cards but never been targeted before.

Mark W

Tried to enroll today. Marriott and IHG worked. For Hyatt and United (using both the program-specific and generic links) I got: “Thank You – The offer you are attempting to access is not available for the card account you entered. If you have another account, please try signing in using that card’s information.”
I was able to successfully enroll for all of the similar November-December 2020 spending offers for Marriott, IHG, United, and Hyatt. Maybe these offers are more targeted?

Also possibly relevant – I maxed out the November and December 2020 spending offers for Hyatt and United but not for Marriott or IHG. Maybe that’s why Chase won’t let me enroll Hyatt or United for the new ones?

Joe

Have tried the United offer several times today (1/1/21), and it’s a no go so far. Anyone have any suggestions?

Kent

Iberia Avios card offer is 5x on $1500 spend over the entire quarter at grocery stores, gas stations and drugstores. Others are seeing the same.

joel

Is it just me or are these bonus offers not particularly enticing if you have CSR/CSP/CFU, AMEX Gold, etc? I already have 5X UR points at grocery stores on my CFU, my gas station spend is minimal, and I don’t do MS so event the drug store option doesn’t offer me much. I’d rather get any GCs I need from the grocery store and also grab the associated fuel points (although also of limited value at the moment). I see no reason to divert earning URs in favor of cobranded points.

SpcNemo

I was able to activate on my United card.

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Dan

I successfully registered my Marriott card. Probably won’t use it though as those points aren’t as valuable as URs/MRs.

Jeff

IHG: First attempt said I was NOT eligible. Literally, 30 seconds later, I tried again…I did NOT even refresh the page, I used the same page – and it said “your offer is now activated.
Reminder:
You’ll earn 5 total bonus points for every $1 you spend on up to $1,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, gas stations and drugstores from January 1 through March 31, 2021, with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card.*”

Jeff

And my UNITED card, same thing 🙂 So try twice. I think there is a problem with the link and the redirect.

Jeff

For both my UNITED and IHG, I actually received the Jan 1st, 2021 to March 31st 2021 offer. I had to try the links twice, for both cards. This is what it said: “You’ll earn 5 total bonus points for every $1 you spend on up to $1,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, gas stations and drugstores from January 1 through March 31, 2021, with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card.*”

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M d

I successfully registered: United, Hyatt, IHG, Ritz

Fathiss

“ it’s still a nice bonus if you’re trying to hit $15,000 of spend early in the year before your card anniversary seeing as 2021 sees the opportunity to earn a free night certificate for $15,000 of spend both before your renewal date and after.”
I thought this started in 2022? I think you’re off by a year maybe.

Gene

In 2021, you can double up and earn two Cat 1-4 nights. Beginning January 1, 2022, the $15,000 is strictly based on calendar year.

Fathiss

This is for new a Hyatt cardholders only, right? For those who have held for years it simply changes to calendar year in Jan 2022?

Gene

If you are an existing cardholder, you can earn one Cat 1-4 night by spending $15k during your anniversary year ending in2021, and then another Cat 1-4 night by spending $15k between your 2021 anniversary date and 12/31/2021.

Fathiss

I read that this is for only the new card members that got the card last year. They can get two nights this year. But not those who have had this card for years.

Gene

All existing and new World of Hyatt cardholders are eligible. Just to be clear this doesn’t apply to old pre-WOH Chase Hyatt card. I have received a letter in the mail from Chase and called and discussed it with two reps (one for my card and one for my SO’s card). I am 100% certain this applies to existing WoH cardholders. All of that said, I usually don’t value a Cat 1-4 night that EXPIRES enough to direct $15,000 of spend to this card. For 1x spending categories, that would generate 15,000 points + a free night worth UP TO 15,000 points, so that is 2x total. I would rather put that spend on my AMEX Blue Business card for 2x of what I consider to be a more valuable currency with NO EXPIRATION date.

Fathiss

“ For new accounts opened in 2020, you, as the primary cardmember, will have from your account open date until your anniversary date in 2021 to spend $15,000 in purchases and earn a Free Night Award. You will have from the day after your anniversary date in 2021 through December 31, 2021 to spend $15,000 in purchases to earn a Free Night Award. On January 1, 2022 your spend total will reset to $0, and the time period for you to spend $15,000 to earn a Free Night Award will run from January 1 through December 31 of each calendar year. For new accounts opened in 2021, you, as the primary cardmember, will have from your account open date in 2021 through December 31, 2021 to spend $15,000 in purchases and earn a Free Night Award. On January 1, 2022 your spend total will reset to $0, and the time period for you to spend $15,000 to earn a Free Night Award will run from January 1 through December 31 of each calendar year.”
Sounds like only new card members to me.

Gene

Thank you for being a loyal cardmember.

On January 1, 2022, the way World of Hyatt cardmembers can earn an additional free night award after spending $15,000 on their card is changing. This change is automatic and affects every cardmember with this product.
Here’s what you need to know
·   From your account open anniversary date in 2020 through your account open anniversary date in 2021, you can earn a Free Night Award by spending $15,000 in purchases)
·   You can earn another Free Night Award by spending $15,000 in purchases between your 2021 account open anniversary date and December 31, 2021.1
·   On January 1, 2022, your spend will reset to $0, and you’ll have until December 31, 2022 (entire calendar year) to spend $15,000 to earn a Free Night Award. This will repeat each calendar year.’
Please refer to the chart below for a more detailed list of your World of Hyatt Credit Card benefits. If you have questions, please call us anytime at the number on the back of your card. We accept operator relay calls.
We appreciate your business and hope you’ll enjoy your card’s new features.
Sincerely,
Card Services

Gene

That is my final comment on the subject. If you don’t want to believe me, call Chase.

Gene

FYI, I been a holder of the new WoH card since September 2018

Fathiss

No need to be defensive. It’s just a conversation.
You may be right. It was just not my understanding as I never got the letter and have been a card holder for a few years.
But I guess it’s not that relevant to me. I’ll spend the $15k on each side of the anniversary date and see if I get it.
I spend big on this card for tier rewards anyway.

DSK

Marriott and Ritz but not Hyatt or United. Not so great since I currently get gas reimbursed through $300 CSR travel credit, 5x UR on groceries through Freedom Flex and 3x drugstores through three Freedom cards (which to me beats 5x Marriott). Guess I’ll try Hyatt and United again after January 1. Thanks for the info!!!

Miles

Could register for Marriott/Ritz, but not IHG/UA/Hyatt.

Tonei Glavinic

I was able to register my Ritz and Hyatt cards, but not either of my IHG cards (Select and Traveler)

bill

I tried to sign up for the Hyatt one and was told that my card wasn’t valid or that the offer wasn’t available. There was a button to try again, and when I re-entered my info, I was told that I had signed up for an offer to earn 5x at Amazon and 3x at supermarkets for spending between 11/1 and 12/31.

THEsocalledfan

I have the same issue. Maybe it will be fixed on 1/1/21?