Q4 for the Chase Freedom 5x points has officially started October 1 and will go through December 31. During this time period you will earn 5x points at hotels, airlines, Best Buy, and Kohls when using your Chase Freedom card. The bonus 4x points on the regular 1x point on all purchases is up to $1,500 spent, so you can receive up to an additional 6,00 points. After the $1,500 is spent and on all purchases that fall outside of these bonus categories you will earn 1x point. Through a slight roundabout way, these points can be transferred to United, British Airways, Hyatt, Marriott (just to name a few…).
You MUST activate this spend bonus by December 14th, however, I highly suggest registering now so you do not have to think about it again. If you are not sure what is including in the airline and hotel categories, you can check out this sample merchant list.
Also, for the month of October you will receive 10x points for all online purchases made at Kohls through your Chase Ultimate Rewards account for the freedom card. This means you can get a total of 15x points per dollar spent!
2012 Bonus Spend Categories:
- January-March: Gas Stations and Amazon.com
- April-June: Grocery stores and Movie theaters
- July-September: Gas stations and Restaurants
- October-December: Hotels, Airlines, Best Buy, and Kohl’s – activate now!
Overall, this is a great card for your typical spending categories, i.e., gas, groceries, dining, travel. It is great to supplement this card with another miles/points earning card for the months/merchants that do not receive the 5x points. While I’ve mentioned this before, I just wanted to point out again that coupling this card with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plusfor the full trifecta affect will allow you fully maximize your points! Read this prior post on Maximizing your Chase Ultimate Reward points.
Additionally, if you have a Chase Checking account, you will get an additional 10% bonus on all points earned plus a flat 10 points per transaction (prior post explaining this). Also remember, there is never an annual fee on this card.
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