Looking for the 5 percent categories for the Discover card? Here are the 2021 5% bonus categories for the Discover card.

Discover Cashback Calendar 2021 5% Bonus Categories

The Discover card 5% bonus categories for 2021 are as follows:

Discover card rewards calendar 2021 cashback 5% categories

1st quarter (January 1 – March 31, 2021) –  Grocery Stores, Walgreens and CVS (Includes Walmart Grocery Pickup and Delivery purchases; excludes other Walmart and all Target purchases).
2nd quarter (April 1 – June 30, 2021) – Gas Stations, Wholesale Clubs and Select Streaming Services. Activate Now.
3rd quarter (July 1 – September 30, 2021) – Restaurants and PayPal. Activate starting May 1, 2021.
4th quarter (October 1 – December 31, 2021) – Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Target.com. Activate starting August 1, 2021.

The 5% only applies to the first $1,500 spent on combined purchases each quarter. Here is the link to the Discover 5% calendar for 2021 on discover.com.

These are great categories and should be easy for most people to meet the maximum bonus. Some grocery stores and gas stations allow you to purchase gift cards using a credit card so you can easily maximize the bonus.

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 cardactivation 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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