Register Now For Q2 Chase Freedom Spending And Last Day For Q1 Spending

You can click here to activate your Q2 Chase Freedom 5% categories.Although they are called “5% categories” you really get 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent which can be cashed out for 5% cash. For $1,500 in spending you will earn at least 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points.If you or your spouse has a Sapphire PreferredInk Bold, or Ink Plus card you can transfer Freedom points over to one of those cards and then transfer them at a 1:1 ratio into much more valuable airline miles (United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean, etc) or hotel points (Hyatt, etc)

The 5 point categories for 2013 are as follows:

Q1, January – March: Gas stations, Drugstores & Starbucks
Q2, April – June: Restaurants, Movie theaters, and Lowe’s.
Q3, July – September: Gas stations, Theme parks & Kohl’s
Q4, October – December: Select department stores & Amazon.com

Here is a link that explains where you will and won’t earn the 5 points per dollar this quarter

Q1 Spending (finish by today 03/31)

Don’t forget that at gas stations and drug stores you can buy gift cards for other stores so that you earn 5 points per dollar there as well.

Plus many drug stores and gas stations carry Vanilla Reload cards as well as My Vanilla Debit cards so that means 5 points per dollar and you can cash out the cards with Bluebird or at your local bank.

Q2 Spending:

Your favorite restaurants will probably also be happy to sell you a gift card so that you can lock in 5 points per dollar now.

Here is a list of gift cards sold by Lowe’s.  The selection may vary at your local store.

Of course if you have an Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Cash card you will earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent all year round on telecom, cable, internet, as well as everything from office supply stores, which includes gift cards to other stores and prepaid cash cards that can be used anywhere.  With the Bold/Plus cards that’s capped at $50,000 per year and with the Cash card that’s capped at $25,000 per year.  The cards also earn 2 points per dollar year-round at gas stations and either hotels (Bold/Plus) or dining (Cash)

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15 Responses to “Register Now For Q2 Chase Freedom Spending And Last Day For Q1 Spending”

  1. Ben Says:
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    Dan Can You Please Explain Me How This Vanila Reloads and Bluebird Work??
    How You Use It and How You Cash It Out?
    Thanks.

    Question: About American Express Platinum
    If It Is After The 90 Days Of Opening The Card and U Want To Cancel The Card and Get The Pro-Paid Refund? Or They Will Not Give Any Refunds Since Its After 90 Days Of Opening Up The Card?
    Thanks.

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  2. Col Says:
    2

    II did vanilla reload with freedom and I didn’t get 5 points back per dollar spent when will see that?

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  3. Chai Says:
    3

    The only card that will 5% back i have, is freedom. Can I buy office max gift card in lowes and use that to buy vanilla reload cards?

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  4. Mark Says:
    4

    What constitutes a restaurant? Will take out count?

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  5. Josh Says:
    5

    Dan, do you get the additional 10% bonus (chase checking) on the full 5% or just the initial 1%?

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  6. Talha Says:
    6

    Is there a way to maximize Q2 spending that can be meet easily like with vanilla reload during Q1

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  7. Dovid Says:
    7

    @Josh:You get 10% bonus on 1% and 10 points per charge(grandfathered in)

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  8. Ben Says:
    8

    Guys Have a Good Yom Tov!

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  9. Dan Says:
    9

    @Ben:
    See those blue things in the post? Click them.
    All AMEX cards are fully refundable with 60 days and are pro-rated afterward.

    @Col:
    The 5x can take an extra billing cycle to post.

    @Chai:
    OM does not sell Vanilla.

    @Mark:
    Yes.

    @Josh:
    Complicated as the program is in middle of changing for some grandfathered people…

    @Talha:
    Gift cards at Lowes may be worthwhile.

    @Ben:
    You too!

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  10. Polk Says:
    10

    Dan,

    Does the 5 point premium for cellular services include hardware? IE if I buy two new phones from AT&T, do I get 5 points?

    Thanks!

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  11. Dan Says:
    11

    @Polk:
    Yes.

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  12. yitz Says:
    12

    dan i read on ddf about amazon payments, how does it work, can i really cash out money from a cc?

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  13. yy Says:
    13

    Can I buy an Amazon GC and then unload it into my bank account through Amazon Payments? Or can it only be used for purchases on Amazon?

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  14. tammy Says:
    14

    what is the cheapest direct flight to Israel in Nov around thanksgiving–the week before on a wed night.tammy

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  15. cynthia Says:
    15

    dan,
    can you update us on what is going on with chase freedom 10 points for every transaction? are they taking it away for everyone grandfathered in?

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