Registration open for Chase Freedom fourth quarter bonus categories

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The Chase Freedom® Card is a no annual fee credit card that offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories. You can earn the 5x points for up $1,500 in spend per quarter, meaning “maxing” out the bonuses each quarter you’d earn a total of 30,000 points per year.

Anyway, they do make you “opt in” to earning the bonuses each quarter, and registration just opened today for their fourth quarter bonus categories, valid October 1 through December 31, 2013. These categories are as follows:


I’m sure these are popular categories for many given that Amazon is on the list, along with select department stores, a list of which can be found here.

Each point can be redeemed for one cent cash back, though if you link your card to one that accrues Ultimate Rewards points (like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold® Business Charge Card and Ink Plus® Business Credit Card), these can be used as “premium” Ultimate Rewards points and transferred to partner airlines and hotel programs. I need to apply for the Chase Freedom sometime soon as I still don’t have it — so many other great Chase offers out there.

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  1. Question: how many Chase credit cards can one person have? I went from 0 in March to 4 now (including Ink Bold–I love that card), but am looking to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

    I have excellent credit (800+), a pretty long credit history (AMEX & Citibank), and good spending. In your experience, do you think Chase will go for a 5th card? If I close 1 of the other cards (e.g., Marriott Chase Visa), would that help the CSP application?

    Inquiring minds would like to know…Thanks in advance.

  2. I saw that Sears is a store on that list. Would buying merchandise at K-mart count toward the bonus? Also, I was wondering, is there any way to manufacture spend in this quarter’s bonus category? I was thinking maybe buy Sears gift cards, and then use them at K-mart to buy Visa gift cards. I don’t know if that would work though.

  3. @ caitlinfinnegan — Well business and personal credit cards are considered differently for these purposes. Do you have two or three personal cards? Regardless, with a credit score as high as yours I doubt you’d have any trouble being approved for the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

  4. @ Brandon — Interesting question. K-mart is neither on the included nor excluded list, so not positive. Let me look into that.

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