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The Chase Freedom® is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories. The best part is that in conjunction with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, points earned on this card can be converted into “premium” Ultimate Rewards points, and be transferred to the Ultimate Rewards airline and hotel partners.
As luck would have it, the card is even offering an increased sign-up bonus right now, which is more than double the normal bonus:
- For a limited time, earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first three months from account opening
- Earn a $25 Bonus after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase within this same three month period
Anyway, the card offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories:
For the second quarter, the card is offering 5x points on restaurants and more, though registration closed for that yesterday. Assuming you registered, you still have a couple of weeks to make sure you’ve maxed out the second quarter 5x points bonus.
You can now register to activate the third quarter bonuses, which include 5x points at gas stations and Kohl’s. Third quarter 5x points registration stays open through September 14, 2015.
To register you’ll have to enter your last name, the last four digits on your card, and the zip code. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be brought to a confirmation page, which confirms your eligibility.
Of course there’s no rush in registering, though you might as well get it done now, as you only have to register once and then you’re all set for next quarter.
While I easily maxed out the Chase Freedom® 5x points category for the second quarter thanks to the dining category, I’ll struggle a bit more with the third quarter bonus. I live in hotels full time and therefore don’t own a car and don’t drive all that much, so I likely won’t max out this category.
Regardless, the Chase Freedom is well worth holding onto long term, given that there’s no annual fee, and ultimately keeping some cards long term is good for your credit score.
Do you plan on maxing out the Chase Freedom® third quarter 5x points category?