Chase Freedom Q4 Bonus Categories Are Now Live

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Chase Freedom and Freedom Flex are excellent no annual fee cards thanks to their quarterly 5% categories. You can read about the differences between those cards here. While the rewards are marketed as 5% cash back, you’ll actually get 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent which can be worth much more than 5% cash.

If you max out the $1,500 in bonus spending per quarter you will earn at least 30,000 Ultimate Rewards points over the course of a year (7,500 points per quarter at 5 points per dollar spent). My wife and I have 6 Freedom cards, which makes it all the more lucrative!

You can now start spending on the Chase Freedom Q4 5% categories.

You must register here for 2020 Q4 spending which is valid 10/1-12/31 at:

  • Walmart and Walmart.com, including gift cards sold for other stores.
  • Paypal, including purchases, charity, or payments.

You can currently earn a $200 signup bonus in the form of 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points for spending $500 on the Freedom Flex Mastercard. You’ll also earn 5 points per dollar on up to $12,000 of grocery spending in your first year, so you can earn another 60,000 points on your grocery spending! Plus you’ll earn 3 points per dollar on drugstore and dining purchases and 5 points per dollar on all Travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Read more about the Freedom Flex card here.

While Chase Freedom Flex is a great card for the bonus categories, it’s not a great card for everyday spending. However the Chase Freedom Unlimited card also has no annual fee and the same signup bonus, plus it’s excellent for everyday spending thanks to 1.5 points per dollar that can be earned everywhere with no limit, though it doesn’t have rotating 5x categories! Read more about the Freedom Unlimited card here.

The no annual fee business version of Freedom Unlimited is the Chase Ink Unlimited Card, which offers $500 in the form of 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $3,000 within 3 months plus 1.5 points per dollar spent. Read more about the Ink Unlimited card here.

Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, and Ink Unlimited alone can’t transfer points into much more lucrative airline or hotel miles, but if you or your spouse has an Ink Preferred, Sapphire Reserveor Sapphire Preferred, or card then you can transfer points from Freedom to one of those cards and from there to your favorite travel currency. Those cards also allow you to redeem your points for paid travel or other select consumer categories and business categories at a value of 1.25 or 1.5 cents per point. The Freedom, Freedom Unlimited, or Ink Unlimited card can also keep your points alive for free if you do close one of those premium cards.

The value of the points will be based on where you use them, but if you use those points for a trip worth where they are worth 2 cents each then you’ll have effectively earned 10% back on those “5 point categories.” The sky is the limit of the value of airline miles as they aren’t tied to the cost of a ticket. That’s good for people in the know and bad for those who are not. 1 mile can be worth 0.25 cents or it can be worth 25 cents, it all just depends on how you use them!

Where will you make your Q4 purchases?


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Do any walmarts or Walmart.com have amazon gift cards?

Yochai

No

shmerel

Open a PayPal key (which is basically a virtual mastercard number), connect it to your freedom card, and use the key to pay on Amazon. It should work.

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Doesn’t seem like they are offering me this product in my acc or my wifes . Any idea how to get it?

the big x

it comes up as a debit card. Would I still be earning the 5% even when using the paypal key?

Mf1
anonymous

or Discover it for 5% amazon this quarter

kiki

Is it a credit card? or non

C

5% should offset the extra cost on a Visa gift card?

Eric

PayPal recently created PayPal Key. Where you are able to pay with PayPal even if the online merchant does not accept PayPal. I found that if you use your freedom flex as your PayPal Key then you can use it on Amazon which would result in getting the 5% back from PayPal. I have tried this and it worked

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