1st quarter cash back is here! It’s time for 1st quarter cash back.
1st quarter cash back is focused on gas stations. In addition, we have a new exciting way to earn cashback with smartphone pay services!
Organize, activate and put your credit cards into a regular rotation.
Quarterly Cash Rewards
It’s our quarterly check-in to reevaluate the cards we are carrying to take advantage of the best 1st quarter 2018 cash rewards credit card 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 4th Quarter 5% Rotating Cash Rewards Credit Cards and maximize your cash rewards for 1st quarter 2018 to make sure you have the right cards, you are signed up for the 5% promotions and you know where to use them.
1st Quarter 2018 5% Cash Rewards Credit Cards
Discover it. The Discover 5% cash back for 1st quarter 2018 will focus on stocking up at wholesale clubs and gas stations this quarter.
Don’t forget to look up the end date for your double cash back if you are a new cardholder or signed up last year! During the double your 5% cash back becomes 10% cash back. Here’s more information on the Discover it 10% Double Cashback.
The 1st quarter 2018 Discover it 5% categories are:
- Wholesale Clubs
- Gas Stations
Chase Freedom. The Chase Freedom card will also feature 5% cash back on gas stations. A new addition is the cashback on purchases using smartphone pay services! The 1st quarter 2018 Chase Freedom 5% categories are:
- Gas Stations
- Internet, Cable and Phone
- Chase Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or Android Pay Purchases
Chase Freedom 5% cash back is on up to $1,500 in purchases. Here’s the place to activate your 1st quarter Chase Freedom rewards. See the entire Chase Freedom Rewards Calendar. Also see the Best Way to Maximize Chase Ultimate Rewards Points.
Citi Dividend. Citi 5% cash back this quarter also focuses on gas stations. The 1st quarter 2018 Citi Dividend 5% categories are:
- Gas Stations
- Car Rentals
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 1st quarter Citi Dividend rewards. See the entire 2018 Citi Dividend Rewards Calendar.
US Bank Cash +. Don’t forget you need to pick your 5% categories each quarter for the US Bank Cash + card. Here are some of the 5% cash back choices:
- Gym & Fitness Centers
- Cell Phone
- Various Stores (Bookstores, Clothing, Department, Sporting Goods, Electronics, Furniture and More)
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 1st 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:
*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:
- 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 1st quarter 2018 5% cash back information. In order to earn the 5%, you have to enroll in each program quarterly.
- 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!
- To keep the list of cards straight, I also began printing out a quick cheat sheet to slip in each of our wallets.
Sign Up Bonuses
All of the links for current sign up bonuses are now listed in our credit card directory.
Are you using different cards for any of these categories?