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Q1 for 2013 just started yesterday, which means that Chase Freedom just updated their 5x point categories. For the months of January, February, and March you will receive 5x points at Gas Stations, Drug Stores, and Starbucks. You must activate this bonus until March 14, 2013, but all purchases prior to activation will still count – not to worry!
Remember though, it is only up to $1,500 on these categories total and after that you will go back to earning the typical 1 point per dollar. This means for those $1,500 in purchases you will receive a total of 7,500 Chase Ultimate Reward points (or at a bare minimum $75 cash back).
As I mentioned a month or so ago, the 2013 rotating categories are slightly different than we saw in 2012 – some quarters better and some worse. If you are new to the Chase Freedom credit card and the quarterly 5x point bonus points, make sure to take a look at this prior post.
2013 Quarterly Categories:
- Q1, January-March: Gas Stations, Drug Stores, Starbucks
- Q2, April-June: Restaurants, Movie Theaters
- Q3, July-September: Gas Stations, Theme Parks, Kohl’s
- Q4, October-December: Select Department Stores, Amazon.com
I highly suggest writing the bonus categories with a sharpie on your card so you will never forget which merchant types qualify for the bonus!
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