Register Now: Earn 5x Points At Department Stores, Drugstores, And Wholesale Clubs

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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, for up to $1,500 of spend per quarter. Most people use this as a cashback card, meaning the 5x points really translates into 5% cashback in these categories.

The best part is that in conjunction with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus® Business Credit 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. Since I value one Ultimate Reward point at significantly more than one cent, that’s my preferred use of points.

While you can continue to earn 5x points on restaurant purchases through September 30, 2016, registration for that category has now closed.

Register to earn 5x points at department stores and drugstores

Registration has just opened for the fourth quarter Chase Freedom 5x points category, so you can register now to earn 5x points at department stores, wholesale clubs, and drugstores, between October 1 and December 31, 2016.

Registration is easy — just go to the registration page and enter your last name, billing zip code, and the last four digits on your card, and you’ll be registered.

In case you’re wondering what specifically qualifies under the above categories, here are the definitions of department stores, wholesale clubs, and drugstores, for the purposes of the 5x points promotion. As you can see, a wide variety of retailer are included in all categories.

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 cashback.

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% cashback converts into 5x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar with one of the above cards.

Bottom line

If you’ve registered for the 5x points category for the third quarter then you can continue to earn those rewards for the next couple of weeks. However, if you’re like me, you may have already maxed out the $1,500 limit on the 5x points category for restaurants.

I’m excited about the fourth quarter promotion, as I suspect I won’t have any issue maxing that out as well, given the huge variety of retailers at which you can earn 5x points. You might as well register now, so that it’s done with it.

Do you plan on maximizing the Chase Freedom 5x points category for the fourth quarter?

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  1. After getting the Sapphire Reserve I just downgraded my Sapphire Preferred to a second Freedom card (wife already has Freedom Unlimited). Just doubled my 5x earning potential!

  2. Not happy about this. Last two years had Amazon on the list, and I recommended this card to friends based partly on that. Was planning on an easy $1500 purchase for Xmas. So much for that plan. Maybe I’ll find Amazon gcards at CVS :-p

  3. “Maybe I’ll find Amazon gcards at CVS :-p”

    The one thing to be careful of with Amazon gift cards is that your purchase is not protected by your credit card. So if something goes wrong (i.e., item breaks or doesn’t arrive, and seller refuses to refund your money), your only recourse is with Amazon, not the card issuing bank.

    With smaller purchases I’m not so concerned about this, but I would never buy a $1500 item from Amazon with a payment method other than a credit card.

  4. Maybe initial omission of Amazon is in anticipation of 10x Amazon category late in Q4 for Freedom similar to last year.

  5. @snic Thanks for the advice. In general not too concerned, never had an issue with Amazon purchases, and based on the few customer service interactions I’ve had, I’m confident they’d do right by me if anything was wrong. But maybe I’m putting too much faith in them 🙂 …they’re not Ebay, at least.

  6. Meh…

    No Amazon? Ugh…

    I can’t think of the last time I was in a drugstore. I don’t buy clothes all that often.

    I guess it’ll be Costco that’ll be getting my spend this quarter.

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