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The Master Guide to New Credit Card Benefits During Coronavirus

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Editor’s note: We’re constantly updating this post with the latest information about bank and credit card benefits being added amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Major banks behind the most popular travel rewards credit cards are going to great lengths to give cardholders more perks – and stop them from canceling their accounts during the coronavirus pandemic. With travel on pause, many of the typical benefits on these travel rewards credit cards aren’t of much use.

Here’s a look at how each bank is handling the downturn, with a card-by-card breakdown of all the new benefits that have been added. If you don’t see your card on this list, there are no additional benefits that have been added at this time.

(Keep in mind that these benefits are in addition to the benefits the cards already offer.)

Click below to jump to your favorite card and see what new benefits are currently available!

 

American Express Business Platinum Card

  • Amex is offering a one-time $200 statement credit which will be applied to accounts after annual fee renewal. This is a targeted offer but it seems to be available for most cardholders.
  • Cardholders will receive up to $320 in statement credits for wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers ($20 per month), and U.S. purchases for shipping ($20 per month).
  • To see a list of phone carriers that will work for the credit, visit the American Express website.
  • Amex added another $200 in additional statement credits for U.S. purchases with Dell (for $400 total). There was $200 to spend January – June, and an additional $200 to spend July – December 2020.
  • Amex cardholders can now receive a complimentary year of Calm Premium, plus half off the following year upon automatic renewal.

 

Business Platinum

 

Click Here to learn more about the Business Platinum Card from American Express.

 

Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Cards

  • Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card has a targeted offer for bonus categories:
    • Earn 4x SkyMiles per dollar spent at restaurants – including takeout and delivery – through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 2x)
    • Earn 5x SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 2x)
    • Must have an eligible card prior to July 25, 2020
    • Must enroll by Dec. 31, 2020
    • No limit to how many SkyMiles you can earn on spending through Dec. 31, 2020
  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card has a targeted offer for bonus categories:
    • Earn 5x SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 3x)
    • Earn 500 SkyMiles and 500 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) for every $1,000 spent on the card – for up to 25,000 bonus SkyMiles and 25,000 bonus MQMs total through Dec. 31, 2020
    • Must have an eligible card prior to July 1, 2020
    • Must enroll by Dec. 31, 2020
    • Targeted offer, not every cardholder will be eligible
    • No limit to how many SkyMiles you can earn on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card has a targeted offer for bonus categories:
    • Earn 5x SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020 (was 3x)
    • Earn 500 SkyMiles and 500 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) for every $1,000 spent on the card – for up to 25,000 bonus SkyMiles and 25,000 bonus MQMs total through Dec. 31, 2020
    • Must have an eligible card prior to July 1, 2020
    • Must enroll by Dec. 31, 2020
    • Offer is targeted, so not every cardholder will be eligible
    • No limit to how many SkyMiles you can earn on Delta purchases through Dec. 31, 2020

 

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American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Card

  • Any bonus points you earn on supermarket spending that post to your account by December 2020 will also count toward earning Hilton elite status as well as lifetime Diamond status.
  • Free weekend night certificates that were previously issued or will be issued by December 31, 2020 will be valid on any day of the week.
  • Free weekend night certificates issued between May 1 and December 31, 2020, will be valid for 24 months (rather than 12 months).
  • Amex cardholders can now receive a complimentary year of Calm Premium, plus half off the following year upon automatic renewal.
  • Read more: Why the Hilton Aspire Card is the Best Hotel Credit Card. 

 

Hilton Honors Aspire

 

Click Here to learn more about the Hilton Honors Aspire Card. 

 

American Express Hilton Honors Surpass Card

 

Hilton Honors Surpass

 

Click Here to learn more about the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card.

 

American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

 

Bonvoy Brilliant

 

Click Here to learn more about the Marriot Bonvoy Brilliant American Express card.

 

American Express Green Card

  • Cardholders will receive up to $80 in statement credits ($10 per month)to pay for wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers through December 2020. Unused $10 monthly credits will be forfeited.
  • Amex cardholders can now receive a complimentary year of Calm Premium, plus half off the following year upon automatic renewal.

 

amex green card

 

Click Here to learn more about the American Express Green Card. 

 

The Platinum Card from American Express

 

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Click Here to learn more about the Platinum Card from American Express.

 

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

 

Capital One Venture

 

Click Here to get more information about the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. 

 

Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card

 

VentureOne

 

Click Here to learn more about the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card.

 

Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

 

IHG Rewards Club Premier

 

Click Here to learn more about the IHG Rewards Club Premier Card.

 

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card

 

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless

 

Click Here to get more information about the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card. 

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

 

Chase Transfer Bonus British Airways 

Click Here to get more information about the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. 

 

Chase Sapphire Reserve

  • Through April 2021, cardholders have the ability to pay yourself back with points for purchases at grocery stores, home improvement stores, and dining establishments. Each point will be worth 1.5 cents.
  • The $300 annual travel credit the card provides is getting more valuable. Through June 2021 any remaining balance will automatically be applied to purchases at grocery stores and gas stations.
  • Starting on July 1, the cost to renew your annual fee will be lowered to $450 through the end of 2020. This will be replacing the current $100 statement credit that some cardholders have been notified about.
  • Through April 2021, you will earn 3x points per dollar spent on groceries (up to $1,000 each month).

 

Sapphire Reserve 

Click Here to get more information about the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

 

Chase Southwest Airlines Co-Branded Credit Cards

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Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card

 

World of Hyatt Credit Card

 

Click Here to get more information about the World of Hyatt Credit Card. 

 

Chase United Club Infinite Card

 

united club infinite card

 

Click Here to get more information about the United Club Infinite Card. 

Chase United Explorer Card

 

United Basic Economy

 

Click Here to get more information about the United Explorer Card. 

Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard

  • Cardholders whose account was opened before March 31, 2020, will get a one-time $225 credit which will be issued when you renew your account. This will essentially cut the annual fee in half.
  • Citi previously announced a three-month extension to meet the minimum spend requirement on new personal and business cards approved between Dec. 31, 2019, and May 31, 2020.

 

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Click Here to learn more about the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. 

 

Citi Premier Card

  • Citi Premier cardholders will earn bonus points at both restaurants and on supermarket purchases. You’ll earn 3 ThankYou Points per $1 spent on supermarket purchases (instead of 1 point per $1 spent).
  • You’ll also earn 3 ThankYou Points per $1 spent at restaurants, including takeout and curbside pickup (instead of 2 points per $1 spent).

 

citi thankyou premier credit card

 

Click Here to learn more about the Citi Premier Card.

Citi Prestige Card

  • Purchases made at both supermarkets and restaurants will trigger the card’s $250 travel credit through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Citi announced a three-month extension to meet the minimum spend requirement on new personal and business cards approved between Dec. 31, 2019, and May 31, 2020.

 

Citi Prestige

 

Click Here to learn more about the Citi Prestige Card

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card

  • Through the end of 2020, cardholders can now use the $325 credit for dining purchases at restaurants. This category should also include takeout and delivery services.
  • Additionally, the card will now earn 3x points per dollar spent on dining through the end of the year. The Altitude Reserve card typically earns just 1x point per dollar spent on this category.

 

altitude Reserve

 

Click Here to learn more about the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Card (this is not an affiliate link)

 

Bottom Line

Banks are doing everything they can to add new benefits to travel cards in hopes of keeping them around. This list will likely only grow.

We will continue to keep this post updated with new benefits banks are adding to their portfolio of travel rewards credit cards.

 

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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