Credit card issuers are offering customers extra cash back in popular summer spending categories including hotels, car rentals, gas and theme park admissions for those summer getaways. The bonus offers also apply to movie theater tickets and even shopping for school as the summer winds down.
Three major card issuers are currently offering bonus cash back in those categories on their rotating cash back bonus credit cards. Here are the latest offers from Discover, Chase Freedom and Citi Dividend Platinum Select (offer has expired).
Discover: Gas and back-to-school
Now through September 30, Discover customers will get 5% cash back at the pump, on up to $1,500 in gas. Cardholders must sign up for the promotion in order to earn the extra cash back bonus. They can sign up online by logging into their account, through the Discover mobile app for smartphones and tablets, or by calling Discover at 1-800-DISCOVER.
Discover is also giving customers an incentive to get a jump on their back-to-school shopping when they use the Discover online mall. It offers cardholders between 5% and 15% cash back year-round at Discover’s partner merchants.
From July 18 through September 4, cardholders will earn extra cash back at almost 40 merchants including Lands’ End and Kohl’s. At Lands’ End, which sells backpacks, clothing and shoes for students, the usual Discover cash back bonus of 5% is doubled. Kohl’s, a major department store that sells apparel and more, is also giving 10% cash back, up from their regular 5% offer. Note that offers presented may expire.
Chase Freedom: Gas, theme parks and department store purchases
People who have a Chase Freedom card in their wallet will also get 5% cash back on gas now through the last day of September. They will also get 5% back when they shop at Kohl’s or spend the day at an amusement park up to $1,500 total spending across all three categories. All other spending earns 1% cash back year-round.
Citi Dividend Platinum Select: New cardholders get big cash back
People who successfully apply for a Citi Dividend Platinum Select card this summer can get 5% cash back on spending at any Hilton brand hotel, on car rentals, at theme parks and movie theaters. The offer is good now through September 30. Citi offers new 5% cash back categories each quarter, but does put a cap on cash back earning each year. The maximum annual cash back amount is $300. However, as a sign-on bonus, cardholders can earn $100 after spending $500, and this amount is not subject to the $300 annual limit.