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5% Categories And Activation Links For 2023 1st Quarter

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5% Categories And Activation Links For 2023 1st Quarter

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5% Categories In 2023 First Quarter

2023 is here! Goodbye 2022, you were fun…well kind of I guess. I don't know about you but I am ready to start anew in 2023. What better way to do just that than to rack up some points and cash back on 5% categories in 2023 first quarter. I'll go over each cards categories and give you the quick activation links to ensure you are ready to roll. Don't be me and forget to activate one of these, like I did last quarter. Hit it now and move on to the spending portion of this presentation. I know I am double checking all of mine from now on and activating them all at once. Leaving 6,000 Ultimate Rewards on the table was not fun.

5% Categories In 2023 First Quarter

Chase Freedom Flex (or OG Freedom – No Longer Available)

Let's kick it off with everyone's favorite 5%, or 5X back, option, the Chase Freedom Flex. These are also the categories for the original Freedom card, which is no longer available for sign ups. Earn an additional 4X, for 5X total, on the first $1,500 in spend in the following categories:

  • Grocery Stores
    • Excluding Walmart
  • Target (store and website)
  • Gym & Fitness Club Memberships

Remember that this is a cumulative amount and not $1,500 per option. So $1000 spent at the grocery store and $1000 spent at Target would only earn you the additional points on the first $1,500 of that spend.

Discover Card

Next up is the Discover card, my second favorite option solely because I have a few of them. This card earns cash back and because Discover has no transfer partners. You can earn a cumulative 5% back on the first $1,500 in spend on the following categories this quarter:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Drug Stores / Pharmacies
  • Select Streaming Services
    • Amazon Music
    • Amazon Prime Video
    • AMC+
    • Apple Music
    • Apple TV
    • Audible
    • DirecTV Stream
    • FUBO
    • Google Play
    • HBO Max
    • iHeartRadio
    • MLB.TV
    • Pandora
    • Paramount Plus
    • Peacock
    • Showtime
    • SiriusXM
    • Sling TV
    • Spotify
    • Starz
    • Vudu
    • YouTube Music
    • YouTube Premium
    • YouTube TV

US Bank Cash+

This is a card I have had my eye on for a bit. I wouldn't sign up for it directly though. The way to do it is to grab a very underrated US Bank Altitude Connect card and then downgrade it to this after the first 12 months. That is of course if you are past Chase 5/24 status and are not worried about getting back under soon. The card earns 5% back on up to $2,000 in spend each quarter, which is higher than most other options capped at $1,500. And, you get to select 2 categories from their list which is a nice feature.

  • Shopping
    • Furniture stores
    • Electronic stores
    • Department stores
    • Select clothing stores
    • Sporting goods stores
  • Services & Utilities
    • Home utilities
    • Cell phone providers
    • Gyms/fitness centers
    • Ground transportation
  • Entertainment
    • Movie theaters
    • Fast food
    • TV, internet and streaming

5% Categories In 2023 First Quarter

Citi Dividend

The precursor to the Citi Custom Cash, which is a really unique 5% option, was the Citi Dividend card. Unlike the Custom Cash the Dividend works on the traditional 5% back on $1,500 in spend each quarter set up. The categories for the card for the first quarter of 2023 are as follows:

  • Amazon
  • Select Streaming Services
    • Amazon Prime Video
    • Amazon Music
    • Apple Music
    • CBS All Access
    • Disney+
    • AT&T TV NOW
    • ESPN+
    • fuboTV
    • HBO Max
    • NBA League Pass
    • Netflix
    • Pandora
    • Showtime
    • Sling TV
    • Spotify
    • Starz
    • SiriusXM
    • Vudu
    • YouTube Red
    • YouTube TV
    • Tidal

5% Categories In 2023 First Quarter: ToP Thoughts

Those are some pretty good categories in the first quarter of 2023, well besides the Citi Dividend. Amazon and streaming services are not the most exciting of categories for sure, at least for me. I'll put together my plan of attack for my Chase Freedom Flex and Discover cards sometime over the next week or so.

Take the time and do these activations while it is ToP of mind though. Don't be like me and cost yourself some points or money!

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