It’s no secret that I have a bit of a love affair with Chase Ultimate Rewards! The points are easy to collect, flexible and easy to redeem for free or deeply discounted travel. Chase Freedom is a great card to have in your wallet since it has no annual fee and earns 5x points in rotating categories throughout the year. Chase has announced that the bonus category in Q3 of 2017 (July-Sept) will be restaurants and movie theaters. That means your Chase Freedom will earn 5x points in these categories (up to $1,500 in purchases) from July 1, 2017- September 30, 2017!
Hold on there, Katie…isn’t the Chase Freedom a cash back card?
Well, yes and no. The Chase Freedom is advertised as a cash back card, but if you also hold a premium card like the Chase Sapphire or Ink, you can turn your cash back into valuable Ultimate Rewards points! I will be posting a full breakdown of how to do this on the blog tomorrow!
How It Works
The Chase Freedom card offers select 5x bonus categories each quarter. Any purchases in the bonus category up to $1,500 will earn 5x points. Any purchases in the bonus category over $1,500 and all other purchases will earn 1x points.
Activate Your Bonus Categories
The 5x points bonus categories need to be activated each quarter. If you don’t do this, you will only be earning the usual 1x points. You can activate the Q3 bonus through September 14, 2017 in your online Chase account.
5x Points At Restaurants And Movie Theaters
Starting July 1, 2017 through September 31, 2017, you can earn 5x points at Restaurants and Movie Theaters. If you usually use your Chase Sapphire Reserve or Preferred at restaurants, give them a break this quarter to earn 5x points on your Chase Freedom. Keep in mind that the Chase Freedom does have foreign transaction fees so stick with your Chase Sapphire if you are outside of the U.S.
Be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow for a full breakdown of the Chase Freedom card vs Chase Freedom Unlimited as well as a step by step guide on how to transfer your points from Chase Freedom into valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards Points!