2nd quarter cash back is here and it’s focused on restaurants and home improvements this spring! It’s time once again to get all the cards organized, activated and into a regular rotation.

Reevaluate Quarterly Cash Rewards

It’s our quarterly check-in to reevaluate the cards we are carrying to take advantage of the best 2nd quarter 2015 cash rewards credit cards bonuses. Every quarter we reevaluate the cash back cards to make sure we get the highest cash back on each purchase including the credit cards that offer cash back on a rotating quarterly schedule.

As you switch out your cards, don’t forget to follow up on all your rewards and make sure you are earning the right cash back and maximizing all of your purchases.

We do the same swap every quarter, so you know exactly how it works: take out the old 1st Quarter 2015 5% Rotating Cash Rewards Credit Cards and maximize your cash rewards for 2nd quarter 2015 to make sure you have the right cards, you are signed up for the 5% promotions, and you know where to use them.

2nd Quarter 2015 5% Cash Rewards Credit Cards

Discover it. The Discover 5% cash back for 2nd quarter 2015 is for restaurants! The 2nd quarter 2015 Discover it 5% categories are:

  • Restaurants
  • Movies

Discover 5% cash back is on up to $1,500 in purchases. Here’s the place to activate your 2nd quarter Discover rewards. See the entire 2015 Discover Rewards Calendar.

Chase Freedom. The Chase Freedom card is also featuring 5% cash back on restaurants this quarter! The 2nd quarter 2015 Chase Freedom 5% categories are:

  • Restaurants
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • H&M
  • Overstock.com

Chase Freedom 5% cash back is on up to $1,500 in purchases. Here’s the place to activate your 2nd quarter Chase Freedom rewards. See the entire 2015 Chase Freedom Rewards Calendar and the Best Way to Maximize Chase Ultimate Rewards Points.

Citi Dividend. Citi 5% cash back this quarter is focused on your home. The 2nd quarter 2015 Citi Dividend 5% categories are:

  • Home Depot
  • Home & Garden Stores

Citi 5% cash back is on up to $300 cash back per calendar year ($6,000 in purchases). Here’s the place to activate your 2nd quarter Citi Dividend rewards. See the entire 2015 Citi Dividend Rewards Calendar.

US Bank Cash +. I’m adding the US Bank Cash + card to the list this quarter. You need to pick your 5% categories each quarter, so I want to make sure it’s on our checklist. Here are some of the 5% cash back choices:

  • Gym & Fitness Centers
  • Cell Phone
  • Various Stores (Clothing, Department, Sporting Goods, Electronics, Furniture and More)

You need to select your categories before March 26, 2015. US Bank 5% cash back is earned on your first $2,000 in combined net purchases (purchases minus returns or credits) in your chosen 5% categories. Here’s the place to activate your 2nd quarter Cash Plus rewards.

No Sign Up Needed

And as always, here are the easier cash back categories, since you don’t need to sign up:

 
Category Card Cash Back
Grocery Stores Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
or American Express Old Blue Cash Card
6% cash back (up to $6,000 per year)
5%
Gas TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express
or American Express Old Blue Cash Card
3% cash back (up to $4,000 per year)
5%
Restaurants* Citi Thank You Premier Card 3 ThankYou Points for every $1
Target Target credit card 5% discount
Amazon Amazon Visa or
Citi Forward Card (college students only)
3% cash back
5% cash back
Wireless* and Office Supplies SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express 5% cash back
Internet and Cable Chase Ink Plus 5x rewards points
Costco Fidelity Credit Card 2% cash back
Travel Barclaycard Arrival Various
Charitable Donations U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Business Travel Rewards Visa® Card 3x points
Choose Your Own Categories SimplyCash® American Express 3%
Everything Else Gift cards purchased on American Express
or Fidelity Credit Card
or New Citi Double Cash
or Barclaycard Arrival
6%
2%
2%
2.2%

*I left the categories on the grid for those currently in rotation. Readers requested that I leave them on as a backup for which card to use once they’ve exhausted their rotating rewards.

How to Get Your 5% Cash Back

Here’s my checklist for rotating cash back programs:

  1. Sign up for all of the new quarterly cash back programs, even if you don’t know if you’ll use that card. To sign up, just log in to your account online and select the 2nd quarter 2015 5% cash back information. In order to earn the 5%, you have to enroll in each program quarterly.
  2. Write which categories to use each card for using a marker on the front of the card. It works really well to keep the cards straight!

Sign Up Bonuses

Here are some current sign up bonuses for the cards mentioned:



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Comments to New 2nd Quarter 2015 5% Rotating Cash Rewards Credit Cards

  1. Thanks for the reminder. Registered my Chase card for groceries and set reminder to switch my gas purchases (speed pass) to switch back to AMEX Costco card from the Chase card at start of Oct.

    As for dining, shame not many takes Discover. Will have to continue to use AMEX Costco card for 3%.

    Wayne

  2. Schwab killed their credit card programs effective Oct. 1st, 2010. :-(

    http://www.schwab.com/public/s.....038;lvl2=m

    shawn

    • Shawn,

      Right they did end the sponsorship, thanks for the reminder. Talk about a bummer.

      However, FIA is still running the 2% cash back… the important part! So I’ll still keep using it until that part goes away.

      Have you found out what the replacement card will be named?

      Madison

  3. I have 2 Citi Dividend cards (1 MC and 1 AMEX) and have been with them since 2004. I purchased just under $5000 in new kitchen appliances when we moved into our new home in May 2011. I purchased the appliances online via the GE store and Citi refused to give me the extra 4% cashback on the purchases because the way the transaction was sent to them from the GE site; in a way that it did not fall under any of the home improvement categories. I called and emailed several times, even explaining that I would submit my receipts. Even though they ‘escalated’ the request, they did nothing stating they “are limited in our ability to assist with your request.” I bought appliances and that is clearly in the home improvement categories description of the Q2 2011 promotional incentive. What a joke. I am not using my Citi cards ever again…

    RobM

  4. Note, for AMEX Costco Card, in the latest June statement, they announced they will be lowering the rebate for dining from 3% to 2%

    Wayne

    • Oh no, Wayne! I haven’t gotten my statement yet, so I didn’t know they were changing it. That’s a bummer they’re lowering it, since it really was the best dining rebate around.

      Madison

      • This is at bottom of the statement,
        The TrueEarnings Program
        With billing periods starting in August 2011, we are reducing the reward percentage earned for eligible purchases at restaurants from 3% to 2%. Accordingly, effective with your billing period starting in August 2011, in the Supplement to the Cardmember Agreement describing How Your Reward Program Works, “3% for eligible purchases at restaurants” is deleted and replaced with “2% for eligible purchases at restaurants”. However, if your
        account was opened between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011, you will continue to earn 3% on eligible purchases at restaurants until the start of your 13th billing period. You will then earn 2% on eligible purchases at
        restaurants as described in the Agreement.

        Wayne


  5. am ex blue cash doesn’t recognize walmart for groceries or prescription purchases

    jwatson

  6. Thnaks for the roundup! I’ve used the strategy of rotating credit cards myself to earn greater cash back.

    MoneySmartGuides

  7. Thanks for the reminder!

    Linda

  8. thank you. i love getting cash back on my purchases. the only thing i love more is getting a discount beforehand (don’t have to worry after that). chase is looking good to me now.

    Betty

  9. Hi again. Maybe you can help?? I tried to purchase Gift cards in my 4 grocery stores in my area (shop rite-A and P-Hannaford and Stop and Shop)with my amex preferred.These are all full line huge stores. I did find Subway and Bed Bath and Beyond, But where do you find cards from Walmart Kmart and CVS in grocery stores?(for the 6%) They all have the same ones. Except that this quarter you can get the 5% on drugstores from Chase. But are drugstore and walmart cards sold only in their own stores? Thanks

    barry

  10. Pretty weak categories this month, hopefully one of them decides to make some changes!

    William Charles

  11. I don’t see the Sallie Mae card from Barclay on the list of no sign-up needed cards. It has 5% gas, 5% groceries, and 5% bookstore (Amazon) year-round (with monthly caps).

    We tend to rack up more cash back on that card than any other single card, and there are no categories to juggle or sign-ups to remember. Ever so happy with it.

    krial


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