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Discover Now Offers 5% Back on Spring Home Projects and EV Charging, but Only Through June

Thanks to its rotating rewards and great welcome bonus, this card is one of the most flexible and rewarding cash-back credit cards available.

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Discover’s latest reward categories are now live. Through June, Discover it® Cash Back* cardholders can earn bonus rewards for EV charging or gas, home improvement and local transit. Home improvement in particular is a rare category to find on a card, let alone one with as high a rewards rate.

If you have plans to do a spring refresh for your yard or to add some more plants to your apartment’s growing indoor jungle, this card could be the perfect choice for helping you save.

The Discover it Cash Back is one of the best cash-back credit cards. It flexes its versatility every quarter when the issuer introduces new reward categories. That means every few months, you’ll have a new selection of purchase types that you can earn rewards for. 

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Intro Offer
Cashback Match™ Intro Offer: Unlimited Cashback Match – only from Discover. Discover will automatically match all the cash back you’ve earned at the end of your first year! There’s no minimum spending or maximum rewards. You could turn $150 cash back into $300.
Annual fee
17.24% – 28.24% Variable APR
Rewards rate
1% – 5% Earn 5% cash back on everyday purchases at different places you shop each quarter like grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and more, up to the quarterly maximum when you activate.; Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases – automatically.
Rewards Rate
Earn 5% cash back on everyday purchases at different places you shop each quarter like grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and more, up to the quarterly maximum when you activate.
Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases – automatically.

Spring-time rewards

Through June, Discover it Cash Back and Discover it® Student Cash Back* cardholders will earn 5% cash back (on the first $1,500 spent in combined purchases each quarter, then 1%, when activated) for gas or EV charging, home improvement and public transit.

How the Discover card earns rewards

You’ll earn rewards for specific purchases you make with your card, and those rewards can then be redeemed in a variety of ways. A few redemption options include statement credits, direct deposits into your bank account, or gift cards.

Whenever your rewards change -- every three months -- you’ll need to manually activate the new rewards via your Discover account page. If you don’t, you’ll only earn 1% cash back for your card purchases. 

You can set up alerts for when it’s time to activate, and you have until the last day of the final month to do so. In this case, you can activate your rewards until June 30, 2024. Note that your rewards rate isn’t retroactive, so you’ll only earn rewards on purchases after you activate.

And, if you’re a new cardholder, Discover offers one of the best welcome offers of any card. Your rewards will essentially be doubled at the end of your first year with the card.

Home improvement

Home improvement is a rare category to find on a rewards card. If you’ve been thinking about building a new deck or buying a grill, consider bringing this card with you to the hardware or home improvement store.

Public transportation

Public transportation covers local commuter passenger bus, rail and ferry services. So, unfortunately, that does not include rideshares such as Uber and Lyft. However, if you live in a city with good public transport, you could earn a return on your travel. And, just in time for Earth Day, public transportation is a great way to help reduce CO2 emissions.

Gas stations

This quarter’s categories also cover gas purchases. If you have a road trip planned this spring or summer, this card could help you cut back on some of the costs. 

EV charging stations

Electric car owners, fear not. Your EV charging costs will also earn you rewards through June. With Earth Day coming up, this card could also help you save when taking a greener way out.

The bottom line

Whether you’re working around the house or hitting the road this spring, the Discover it Cash Back helps you earn rewards with its rotating bonus categories from April to June. It’ll also help you stay green this month in preparation for Earth Day. Just remember to activate your new rewards to take advantage of them.

*All information about the Discover it Cash Back and the Discover it Student Cash Back has been collected independently by CNET and has not been reviewed by the issuer.

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Evan Zimmer has been writing about finance for years. After graduating with a journalism degree from SUNY Oswego, he wrote credit card content for Credit Card Insider (now Money Tips) before moving to ZDNET Finance to cover credit card, banking and blockchain news. He currently works with CNET Money to bring readers the most accurate and up-to-date financial information. Otherwise, you can find him reading, rock climbing, snowboarding and enjoying the outdoors.
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