Final Hours To Register For Excellent Chase Freedom Q4 Spending, New Q1 Bonus Categories Announced!

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Chase Freedom Flex and Freedom are excellent no annual fee cards thanks to their quarterly 5% categories. 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!

Today is the final day to activate Chase Freedom Q4 5% categories. If you activate today you will retroactively receive 5 points per dollar for all bonus spending since the beginning of this quarter!

Q4 spending is valid on $1,500 of spending from 10/1-12/31 for:

As a bonus for Freedom Flex cards only, you can also earn 5x points on your $1,500 of spending in your top spending category this quarter! You can convert a Freedom Visa card to Freedom Flex Mastercard or you can open a Freedom Flex Mastercard even if you have a Freedom Visa Card.

You are automatically registered for the top spend offer when you registered or will register for the Q4 bonus categories. You will earn 5x points on $1,500 of spending in your top spend category from select categories during the entire Q4, retroactive to spending from 10/1.

Eligible rewards categories include travel (including transit), dining, home improvement stores, select streaming services, select live entertainment, gas stations, drugstores, fitness clubs, grocery stores (not including Target and Walmart purchases). See category definitions here.

Purchases made in your top spend category through PayPal, a Q4 quarterly bonus category, will earn a total of 9 points per dollar after 1 point for dollar for base spending, 4 bonus points per dollar for the Paypal category and 4 bonus points per dollar for your top spending category.

The top spend category bonus points will post your account by the end of February 2022.

  • If your top spend category is dining or drugstores that already earn 3x points, you will earn a total of 7x points.
  • If your top spend category is groceries and you have a new customer offer that already earns 5x points on those purchases, you will earn a total of 9x points.
  • If your top spend category is travel and you book travel via the Chase portal that already earns 5x points, you will earn a total of 9x points.
  • If your top spend category is on the list above and you paid for it via Paypal, you will earn a total of 9x points.

Tomorrow, you’ll be able to register for 2022 Q1 spending which will be valid 1/1-3/31 for:

  • Bingo Wholesale stores now code as grocery stores on Freedom cards!

You can check your current 5% earnings here by clicking on “Your Dashboard.”


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. Plus, you’ll 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 $750 in the form of 75,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $7,500 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, 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 and Q1 purchases?

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30 Comments On "Final Hours To Register For Excellent Chase Freedom Q4 Spending, New Q1 Bonus Categories Announced!"

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If I am on my flirt year on the Flex card (still have the yearly 5 points for 12k groceries) will I have another 5% on the first quarter?


I did last time it was groceries – I got a total of 9 points (1, then plus 4 for my first year as well as plus 4 for bonus category


If I call Chase today to switch from Freedom to freedom flex, will it be too late to double dip, having maxed out on 5x with PayPal?


As of last month bingo was still coding as wholesale at least on Amex


Which card for gas?

The Lounge Lizard

The visa supplier locator website no longer exists and you have linked to it.


Bingo Lakewood is registered as grocery on Flex but not on Amex

Lucky Points Guy

I went to bingo in monsey this past Sunday and was coded as grocery. Received 5 points per dollar on my flex due to first year grocery benefit!


Bingo Brooklyn coded as grocery on my Amex in November 2022


If i convert from saphire or CFU now will it be too late to register for q4?


Clicking on your dashboard will only show your usage you used of the 5% until the last Statement. Not whatever charged you made after the statement closed. Atleast in my experience


I did a lot of Black Friday shopping via PayPal for the bonus UR. If I end up returning purchases so my category total ends up below $1500 do I lose the points?

Sam F.

Maybe. I have also spent at Walmart (+ delivery) this quarter and I get 1+4 points for spend, but they’ve only been taking 1 point away for (partial) returns (actually shopper couldn’t find X so they refund the item). I feel like other purchases have removed the whole 5 points.


Bingo Brooklyn is Grocery..
09/26 $19.91 5%
99.55 pts –
+ Bonus from 3Q 5% cat: Grocery Stores79.64 pts
+ 1% (1 Pt)/$1 earned on all purchases19.91 pts


Why don’t you post these reminders for Discover?


Ariz car rental shows up as gas with chase sapphire preferred.


Will there be again earning 5x points on your $1,500 of spending in the top spending category in the 1st quarter?