Reminder: Earn 5x Points For Uber Rides With Chase Freedom

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I’m not sure how this promotion slipped my mind, but I actually didn’t realize it existed until I sent a screenshot of a funny Uber ride to a friend, and he noted that my credit card on file wasn’t my Chase Freedom.

For those of you not aware, the Chase Freedom offers 5% cash back on up to $1,500 of spend in rotating quarterly categories.

Earning 5x points on Uber rides

This quarter the Chase Freedom is offering 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined spend at gas stations and on local commuter transportation, including Uber and taxis. This promotion is valid between January 1 and March 31, 2016, and you must register by March 14, 2016, to be eligible.

If you have the Chase Freedom card, you’re required to register every quarter by entering your last name, last four digits of your card, and zip code. Chase does this to keep members engaged, though in this case clearly it slipped my mind, because I had forgotten the first quarter bonus included Uber (I almost never spend money at gas stations and on taxis, so that’s the most useful one to me).

How to make Chase Freedom points even more valuable

Just to recap, you earn points on the Chase Freedom, and each point can be redeemed for one cent cash back.

However, if you have this card in addition to one of the cards that accrue “premium” Ultimate Rewards points, you can transfer these points to Ultimate Rewards. Cards that accrue “premium” Ultimate Rewards Cards include the:

So 5% cash back converts into 5x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar with one of the above cards. Ultimate Rewards points are worth more than a cent each, so that’s awesome.

How to maximize your Uber spend

Keep in mind there are plenty of other cards you can use to maximize your spend on Uber. For example, through April 30, 2016, you can earn 20% off rides paid with a Capital One Quicksilver Card, like the Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card or Capital One QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card.

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Keep in mind on top of that you can earn bonus Starpoints for Uber rides, thanks to the partnership between the two brands.

Bottom line

I’m sure I’m not the only one who forgot to activate the first quarter 5x points category for the Chase Freedom. While the quarter is more than half over, there’s still time to register and maximize your points earned through Uber rides.

I value Ultimate Rewards points at ~1.8 cents each, so in conjunction with a card accruing Ultimate Rewards points, I value the return on Uber rides paid with the Chase Freedom at ~9%. And that doesn’t factor in the bonus Starpoints you earn.

Have you activated the 5x points category for the first quarter with the Chase Freedom?

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Comments

  1. @Lucky

    Please dont post things like 5 Best, 5 Coolest, 5 Newest, 5 Awesome.

    Its so clickbaity and was the reason for my not visiting the thepointsguy anymore, it was such a shame seeing that blog sell out into a meaningless spam fest.

    This is in relation to previous articles and not 5x points referenced in this post.

  2. @ Ever — You can convert the points earned on this card into Ultimate Rewards points, assuming you have the CSP or Ink Plus. You can do so directly through the Ultimate Rewards website.

  3. @John You are entitled to your opinion, but I love the top 5 lists. Top 5 first class, top 5 lounges, etc.

    It’s a great perspective from an expert, gives me an idea of quality, and helps form a bucket list for me.

    Keep it up, Lucky!

  4. Or you can get 20% cashback with Cap1.

    RIDE MORE, SPEND LESS
    WITH THE QUICKSILVER® CARD

    ******, we’ve partnered with Capital One to make riding with Uber even more rewarding. From now through April 30th, earn a 20% statement credit for each trip you take with your Capital One Quicksilver credit card.

    To take advantage of these savings, just add the Quicksilver card as a payment option in your Uber app and start riding.

  5. @ John

    This is how he makes a living. Would you honestly not do the same? Besides, a lot of people like the top 5 lists. Including me. Just because you don’t like an article, it should not be written?

    People like this make me laugh out of sadness.

  6. @Michelle — yes, UberX or any of the other varieties of Uber are available to and from JFK. Some Uber varieties have flat fares to Manhattan while others are metered.

  7. @Michelle: Uber X is available at all NYC airports (in contrast to other places, UberX drivers are licensed in NYC). There used to be a flat fare to Manhattan, but these days all trips are metered (with the exception of UberPool, which is an UberX ride that you share with a random stranger going in the same direction).

  8. Also, remember that you can buy gift cards at your local gas station and still receive the 5% bonus. Most people might find it difficult to spend $1500 in a quarter, but buying gift cards makes it easier.

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