Posted by William Charles on November 1, 2016
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Published on November 1st, 2016 | by William Charles

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Discover Announces Q1 2017 5% Categories: Gas Stations, Ground Transportation & Wholesale Clubs

Discover has released the categories that will earn 5% cash (on up to $1,500 in purchases) for Q1 of 2017 (January – March). The categories will be as follows:

  • Gas stations
  • Ground transportation is defined as local and suburban commuter transportation, including: ferries, passenger railways, taxicabs, limousines/rental cars and charter/tour bus lines.
  • Wholesale Clubs

You can activate this starting December 1st, 2016. Wholesale clubs have been relatively painless to max out and ground transportation is useful for those using Uber/Lyft. It’s possible to get 5% cash back year round on gas though.

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Hat tip to finnigan_mactavish on /r/churning



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Evan
Evan

What is that frenzy with wholesale clubs all of sudden this year? I’d much rather have 5% on groceries btw. I hope Freedom doesn’t ditch groceries for wholesale clubs next year.

Matt
Matt

Amex lost Costco to Citi/Visa. Chase and BoA made wholesale clubs a bonus category to get in on some of the purchase volume. Discover is probably trying to muscle in more in Bjs and Sam’s Club.

Shirley Lim
Shirley Lim

lol… I rather have Amazon for Q1 so I can pay my Prime membership and get partially reimbursed for it!

So that means either Sam’s online/store or Costco online (I don’t think Costco takes Discover in store). But yay for ground transportation and Gas stations!

Hopefully this means that Freedom’s categories will overlap. *crosses finger*

Patrick
Patrick

Can you pay next year’s Prime membership in advance? Or could you contact customer service? Worth a try!

Bill
Bill

Buy a 100.00 Amazon gift card before the end of Q1 to enjoy the 5% bonus – then use it to pay for your Prime when it comes up for renewal.

Bill
Bill

correction – end of Q4

Shirley
Shirley

Can’t, it’s one of the few things Amazon doesn’t allow you to pay with their giftcards.

ASDF
ASDF

You can buy a gift of prime now and apply it to your account when you’re up for renewal. As a side note you can buy gift of prime with an Amazon gift card and apply that to your own account.

Bradley
Bradley

I utilized Chase’s 5% on Wholesale at Costco prior to them switching to Visa by just buying gift cards online. I’m hoping I won’t have an issue with this on Discover because I believe it’s accepted online as well

Jason
Jason

So, buying gift card with discover card at 7-11? Will that work? I never try.

chris
chris

just go to sheetz. even getting maid to order food, discover codes it as gas, gift cards are unknown though, never done it.

chris
chris

made* stupid spell check

Allison D Liebowitz
Allison D Liebowitz

Unfortunately re: gas, the cheapest gas is virtually always Costco – at least where I am in NJ – and they do NOT take Discover! So it’s still 3% back with my BOA Visa I guess. (And their gas is cheapest WITH a credit card as they don’t take gas.)

One query: anyone know if the “ground transportation” will cover your EZPass replenishment? (That’s the widget/service you put on your windshield on the East Coast to fly through tolls.)

Gerald
Gerald

Doesn’t seem that Discover considers EZPass to be ground transportation. I had an EZPass charge on my latest statement, and there’s nothing listed for Q1 5% categories. Time to switch back to my Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Chuck
Gerald
Gerald

New York. I don’t think it should make a difference, but instead of waiting for an automatic charge, I logged in to EZPass and submitted a $10 payment.

Gerald
Gerald

That datapoint was from last year. Mine is from this year.

Allison D Liebowitz
Allison D Liebowitz

Bugger. ” … as they don’t take CASH.”

Dan
Dan

Does Discover consider Walmart a wholesale club?

Chuck

I don’t think so

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