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Till the end of September, you can still earn 5% cash back on travel related categories, such as Hotel, Airfare, and Gas by using your Chase Freedom Credit card (up to $1,500 in spend). This credit card typically gives 1% cash back, but every quarter new categories are selected to bump up that cash back bonus to 5%. Since the 3rd quarter is travel related, I wanted to remind you all to use this card (if you are a card owner) on your hotel, airfare, and gas related purchase. 5% cash back for your first $1,500 in spend in these categories is a much better deal then the points earned on a travel related credit card for this time period. You will then receive 1% cash back for all category purchases after the $1,500 spend.
If you are not already a card member, the current promotion is
$100 bonus cash back when you spend $500 in the first three months. This is a great offer as it is cold hard cash instead of points/miles that need to be redeemed. While this card is not going to get you a free trip to Europe, there are some great perks of the card that might work for some, such as no annual fee and a 0% introductory APR on balance transfers for 12 months. *Balance transfers must be done during the first 30 days your account is open to take advantage of this offer.
2011 Quarterly Categories that Qualify for 5% Cash Back
Important to note: You will need to enroll in advance for each quarterly program to receive the 5% cash back.
- January 1 to March 31: Grocery and Drugstores
- April 1 to June 30: Home Improvement, Lawn and Garden, Home Furnishings
- July 1 to Sept 30: Airlines, Gas, Hotels
- October 1 to December 31: Dining, Department Stores, Movies, Charity
Since there is no yearly fee, this is a credit card that you can always keep on hand without having to worry about cancelling it. Even if you decide down the road to no longer use this card, you are better off tucking the card in your sock draw and keeping it on your credit report to help you continue to build credit. I wouldn’t consider this a card to be churned. While it is a great sign up bonus for this particular card, you will probably never be offered as good of a sign up bonus that the travel specific cards offer from time to time.