Looking for the 5 percent categories for the Discover card? Here are the 2024 5% bonus categories for the Discover card.

Discover Cashback Calendar 2024 5% Bonus Categories

The Discover card 5% bonus categories for 2024 are as follows:

Discover card rewards calendar 2024 cashback 5% categories

Discover Cashback Calendar 2024 5% Bonus Categories

1st quarter (January 1 – March 31, 2024) –  Restaurants and Drug Stores. Activate Now.
2nd quarter (April 1 – June 30, 2024) – Coming Soon. Announcing on March 1, 2024.
3rd quarter (July 1 – September 30, 2024) – Coming Soon. Announcing on June 1, 2024.
4th quarter (October 1 – December 31, 2024) – Coming Soon. Announcing on September 1, 2024.

The 5% only applies to the first $1,500 spent on combined purchases each quarter.

These are great categories and should be easy for most people to meet the maximum bonus. Restaurant purchases include full-service restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, fast-food locations, and restaurant delivery services. Many drug stores allow you to purchase gift cards using a credit card so you can easily maximize the bonus.

As you can see Discover has not yet released the full 2024 5% bonus categories but they will likely be similar to the Discover 5% bonus categories for 2023 which were as follows:

1st quarter (January 1 – March 31, 2023) –  Grocery Stores (excludes Walmart and Target purchases), Drug Stores and Select Streaming Services.
2nd quarter (April 1 – June 30, 2023) – Restaurants and Wholesale Clubs.
3rd quarter (July 1 – September 30, 2023) – Gas Stations and Digital Wallets.
4th quarter (October 1 – December 31, 2023) – Amazon.com and Target.

Here is the link to the Discover 5% calendar for 2024 on discover.com.

Don’t Forget to Activate!

Please note, that in order to earn the 5% you must activate the offer each quarter. If you have signed up for email reminders you should have already received an email asking you to activate this quarter’s categories. Unlike the Chase Freedom card, activation is not retroactive so you need to activate the bonus in order to start earning the 5% cashback.

(See also related postHow to Earn a Discover Refer a Friend Bonus)

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