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Update: This limited time offer will end at 4:59pm ET on 1/13!
Also ending tomorrow is a similar bonus on the Freedom Unlimited card.
Signup For The Brand New Chase Freedom Flex And Get 20K Points, Plus 5 Points Per Dollar On Groceries And Rotating Categories!
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You can now earn 20K Chase Ultimate Rewards points for opening a Chase Freedom Flex Mastercard and spending $500 in 3 months. Those points are worth a minimum of $200 cash back, but they can be worth much more as shown below.
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!
These are marketed as a $200 signup bonus and 5% back, but you’ll actually get 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points for signing up and 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar which can be worth much more than 5% back.
With this new version of the Freedom card, you’ll also earn 3-5 points per dollar in additional categories, as described below.
Signup bonus terms:
- You can get the bonus for this card, even if you got a Freedom bonus in the past 24 months, as this is considered a separate product.
- You can get the bonus for this card, even if you currently have a Freedom card, as this is considered a separate product.
All Chase cards appear to be subject to 5/24 restrictions, meaning that you are not likely to be approved if you have been approved for 5 or more consumer credit cards in the past 24 months. Note that the Chase system automatically counts cards like authorized user cards and store cards as cards that count towards 5/24, but if you explain to Chase that those cards are merely authorized user cards or store cards they can manually approve you for a new card.
You can check your credit report for free at the federally authorized annualcreditreport.com to check how many accounts are shows as being open in the past 24 months.
- 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on $1,500 in quarterly spending in rotating categories.
- For Q4 from 10/1-12/31 this will include purchases from Walmart and Walmart.com, including gift cards sold for other stores, and via Paypal, including purchases, charity, or peer to peer payments. Past bonus categories have included gas stations, grocery stores, Amazon, Wholesale Clubs, telecom, streaming services, home improvement stores, mobile payments, department stores, and more.
- 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on drugstore purchases.
- 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on dining purchases.
- 5 points per dollar on all Travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.
- Limited time offer: 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on Lyft spending through 3/31/22.
- Limited time offer: 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on up to $12K of groceries during your first cardmembership year. Target and Walmart will not count as grocery purchases. Note that this category only applies with this new card offer, it does not apply to conversions from other cards.
- 1 point per dollar on other purchases.
The Chase Freedom Flex Mastercard is marketed as earning 1%-5% cash back, but it actually earns 1-5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar everywhere. As each point can be worth 1.5-2 cents (or more) each, that’s like earning up to 7.5-10% back!
You can call Chase to convert this card or any of the following cards into another card from the list below:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card ($95 annual fee)
- Chase Sapphire Reserve Card ($550 annual fee)
- Chase Freedom Unlimited Card ($0 annual fee)
- Chase Freedom Card ($0 annual fee)
- Chase Freedom Flex Mastercard ($0 annual fee)
Note that some reps will only allow card conversions after you have had the card for 12 months.
Convert or signup?
Current Chase Freedom cardholders can apply for this card and receive the signup bonus. Alternatively, you can convert any Ultimate Rewards card to this card.
If you have a Chase Freedom Visa card, then this card has all the benefits of your current card, plus the addition of 3x points on dining and drugstores, 5x points on travel booked via the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 5x points on up to $12K in groceries for your first cardmembership year.
You’ll also get World Elite Mastercard benefits mentioned below, like cell phone insurance. Cell phone insurance is nice, but as it’s not a bonus category on the card you’ll lose out on points compared to other cards.
One potential downside is that Costco only accepts Visa, so the Freedom Flex Mastercard won’t work there. Generally speaking, this isn’t a good card for Costco anyway as it only earns 1 point per dollar there, but if Freedom has wholesale clubs or gas (which works at Costco) as the quarterly bonus then you may want the Freedom Visa.
Then again, you should still be able to convert back to a Freedom Visa, though it’s unclear how long that product will stick around for product changes.
We have 5 Chase Freedom cards, but I also have a Chase Freedom Unlimited which has all of the new categories found on Freedom Flex, so I’m not running to convert our Freedom cards to Freedom Flex cards. I’d be better off applying for a new Freedom Flex card when I’m under 5/24. That would earn 20K points, plus up to 60K points on grocery spending during the first year of cardmembership. The 20K signup bonus and the grocery bonus would not apply to a card conversion.
Of course I could also apply for the 80K Sapphire Preferred bonus, but that’s only an option once every 48 months.
If you have both a Freedom Visa and a Freedom Flex Mastercard you would be able to take take advantage of the $1,500 in quarterly spending on both cards, making it advantageous to have both cards instead of just converting.
You will pay 0% APR on purchases made during the first 15 months of cardmembership!
- Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance
- Purchase protection for items damaged or stolen within 120 days
- Extended warranty protection
- 3 months of Doordash Dashpass
As this is a World Elite Mastercard, you’ll also get benefits like:
- Cell Phone Insurance – Up to $800 per claim and $1,000 per year in cell phone protection against theft or damage for phones listed on cardmembers’ monthly bill.
- Lyft – $10 in credit for every five rides taken in a calendar month, automatically applied to the next ride and capped at once per month.
- Boxed – 5% cash rewards on Boxed purchases for use on future purchases.
- ShopRunner – Free membership to receive two-day shipping and free return shipping at over a hundred online retailers.
- Fandango – Double VIP+ points for movie tickets purchased via the Fandango app or Fandango.com, which can be used towards purchasing movie tickets on Fandango or towards streaming movies and TV shows on FandangoNOW.
Increased points value:
If you or someone in your household has a Sapphire Preferred card you can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned from any card at a value of 1.25 cents towards paid travel.
If you or someone in your household has a Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned from any card at a value of 1.5 cents towards paid travel.
Stacking multiple Ultimate Rewards cards together can supercharge your earnings by getting you more points per dollar while increasing the value of all your points.
Read more about this strategy in depth in this post.
A Chase Bifecta would consist of a household that has the Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve and the Freedom Flex. The total effective annual fees would be either $95 with Sapphire Preferred or $250 with Sapphire Reserve after accounting for that card’s $300 annual travel credit. With the Sapphire Preferred+Freedom you would earn 2 points per dollar on all travel, 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores, and 5 points per dollar on travel booked via Chase. Plus you’ll earn 5 points per dollar on up to $12K of groceries purchased during your first cardmembership year and 5 points per dollar in rotating categories. You’ll be able to transfer all of your points into airline miles or hotel points or use the pay yourself back feature.
A Chase Trifecta adds a no annual fee card like Chase Freedom Unlimited into the mix, so your total effective annual fee will still be $95 or $250. That would give you the ability to earn 1.5 points per dollar everywhere!
All of these cards don’t need to be in one person’s name. 2 people from the same household can split up the requisite cards, as they can transfer the Ultimate Rewards points back and forth between themselves freely and they can add each other as an authorized user on their cards!
Airline and hotel transferability:
If you or someone in your household has a Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve card you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points into valuable airline and hotel mileage currencies.
Airline transfer partners:
Combined with a Sapphire card, you can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio to:
- United (Star Alliance)
- Singapore (Star Alliance)
- Air France/KLM Flying Blue (Skyteam)
- British Airways (OneWorld)
- Aer Lingus (OneWorld)
- Iberia (OneWorld)
- Virgin Atlantic
Hotel transfer partners:
Combined with a Sapphire card, you can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio to:
The great thing about Chase Ultimate Rewards is how versatile and valuable they are:
The Sapphire Preferred card allows you and anyone in your household to transfer Chase points into miles. They also allow you to use points at a value of 1.25 cents each towards travel.
The Sapphire Reserve also allows you and anyone in your household to transfer Chase points into miles. Plus it allows you to use points at a value of 1.5 cents each towards travel.
The fixed value is excellent and doesn’t require hunting down award space, but those points can be much more valuable by transferring them into airline miles or hotel points. You can get a value of 2 cents or much more when redeeming miles!
- If I want to stay in a 5 star Park Hyatt in the Maldives, Melbourne, NYC, Paris, Sydney, or Tokyo that would cost over $1,000/night, I can instantly transfer 25-30K points to Hyatt to do that, a value of up to 6 cents per point.
- If I need a one-way flight from Cleveland (or Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Montreal, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Toronto, etc) to NYC that can cost $500 each way, I can instantly transfer 7.5K points to British Airways to book a short-haul on American with no last minute booking fees. Or if American doesn’t have availability I can instantly transfer 10K points to United for their short-haul award. That’s a value of up to 7 cents per point.
- If I want to stay in a non-chain hotel that costs $300/night and don’t want to pay cash, I can redeem 20K points for the room thanks to my Sapphire Reserve card’s minimum redemption value of 1.5 cents per point or 24K points with the Sapphire Preferred card’s minimum redemption value of 1.25 cents per point
- If I want to fly in a $25,000 ANA First Class Suite round-trip from the US to Tokyo, I can instantly transfer 110K or 120K points to Virgin Atlantic. That’s a value of up to 23 cents per point.
- If I want to book a $2,281 business class ticket on Air Canada to Tel Aviv I can redeem 152K points for the flight thanks to my Sapphire Reserve card’s minimum redemption value of 1.5 cents per point or 182K points with the Sapphire Preferred card’s minimum redemption value of 1.25 cents per point, plus I’ll earn Qantas miles for more future travel as it’s considered a paid flight instead of an award flight.
- And thousands of other possibilities from Singapore couples suites to booking Southwest awards with 2 free bags and free cancellations, to stealing 2nd base in middle of an MLB game.
Limited Time Offer: Signup For Chase Freedom Flex And Get 20K Points, Plus 5 Points Per Dollar On Groceries And Rotating Categories!
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Is this a starting credit card you would suggest?
Sure, the only question is whether to get this or a Freedom Unlimited.
Is the 5% cash back at groceries only for new cardmembers or also existing ones?
New card signups only. It won’t apply to existing card conversions unless you have that offer on the card being converted.
Wow so if we have a CSR and convert points at 1.5x to travel, is this effectively 7.5 points per dollar on that 5% grocery category!
Well, 7.5% back for travel or any pay yourself back category, yes.
5/24 apply to inquires as well or approvals? thanks,
Really?? I was under the clear impression that only opened accounts count against 5/24, so if an inquiry was made but ultimately your application was denied, I am quite sure it wouldn’t count against 5/24. (However if you opened an account and since closed it, it would still count against 5/24.) Am I misunderstanding something here?
Correct, only open accounts count against 5/24.
If you open and close you can ask the credit reporting agencies to remove it.
I’m at 3/24 right now and want to get this and then the CSP for the 80k points.
I have a CSR that I got when it came out in 8/2016, so Im about to hit my 48 months (from when I earned the 100k SUB). If I PC to CFU, and get the CSP at 80k SUB, then if I PC back to CSR, will I be subject to the new $550 AF? Bc right now, Im still at $450 (in fact, I was just charged the AF last week or so – does that get refunded when I PC it to CFU?). Not saying it isn’t worth it, but it is another $100 I need to factor in since they charge it right away.
Good question. I have heard from some people who downgraded and got a refund and then didn’t get charged on the upgrade. YMMV of course, so if you try, let us know 🙂
Thanks. r/churning seems to indicate that Ill get hit with the new $550 AF, but Ill let you know in DDF
If you sign up for the CSP I don’t think Chase will let you convert your CFU back to a CSR due to “one sapphire rule”.
There is no such rule. It only applies for approvals, not conversions.
I thought no one is grandfathered in to $450? I thought everyone will be facing the higher AF starting this year? Correct me if I’m wrong.
Can you sign up for this card if you already have the freedom unlimited?
Yes. You can even sign up if you have Freedom and Freedom Unlimited.
I was going to convert from freedom visa to freedom MasterCard, but it sounds like you’re saying that I will only get the 5% in groceries – if I was offered the conversion, is that correct?
You will only get 5% on groceries if you signup for a new Flex card.
I don’t have neither the Freedom or the Freedom Unlimited which card would you recommend to sign up Freedom Unlimited or this new Freedom Flex?
They’re both great cards, really depends on your spending patterns.
Another q – once i get the FLex and the SUB, can I close it after a few months and then PC my Freedom card to Flex in order to keep that CC age (I got the Freedom in 2013). Just seems redundant to have the Freedom card once I get the Flex, but I want to retain the age of the Freedom card.
It’s not redundant as you can get the 5x bonus on $1,500 of quarterly spending per card.
Oh fair point. Im just 1 person so I will never hit those thresholds on 1 card, let alone 2
Pretty easy with categories like Paypal.
That’s exactly what is happening to me now – earning a nice amount of PayPal points just about everywhere, including Gourmet Glatt! The cashiers are more than happy to manually key in the card. 🙂
Even if I return stuff, I still keep some points. 🙂
I also buy a lot of stuff from Costco.com, including Costco gift cards, to effectively earn 5% on Costco gas and groceries there. 🙂
How do you use paypal at Gourmet Glatt?
will i be eligible for the 5% groceries spending if I have a freedom & got a bonus in the past 24 months? thanks so much Dan! really insightful post!
Yes. You’re welcome!
Is it a problem if I use my email address that I have several Chase cards on, for my wife’s credit card application?
No, but why not use another email?
So just use a dot or plus alias.
What card should I sign up to together with this one?
Got approved, but for a credit limit under 5k. Is it common for Chase to raise the credit limit if I ask when credit report would show less outstanding balance. (I paid down line of credit but it didn’t show up yet on credit report)
So rather flex or unlimited?
Depends on your spending patterns.
I would book my tickets through the chase UR portal with the CFF but i wonder if it has travel insurance like the CSR?
I got the card and Chase doesn’t mention anything about 5x for groceries in the first year
If you used the link in this post then you’ll get it.
Dan, why do you have 5 Chase Freedom cards? Is it just so you can max out the 1,500 bonus category 5x each quarter?
Also, deciding between a Freedom Unlimited and flex, what’s the real difference?
Depends if you prefer 1.5x everywhere or 5x rotating.
Is there a transaction charge when using the Chase Freedom Flex outside of the USA?
Any idea when this awesome signup bonus will end? Is it safe to assume that we will get some notice about the ending date, like they did with the 80k Sapphire deal?
your link to annualcreditreport is not working.
1. I got Freedom Unlimited in May and Freedom Visa in August, so I just missed 5% groceries. 🙁 Any luck at all to get that?
2. Is it worth it to convert to Flex for cell phone insurance? I only buy unlocked phones and pay in full on the spot, so will I even be covered?
3. Does the bonus category cover purchases on Costco.com? (Website, not in store purchases).
2. Why convert instead of applying and getting 20K+5% groceries? You would be covered.
3. If you use Paypal Key, sure.
I’m currently at 3/24. I don’t have any Sapphire cards, and it only makes sense to get one once travel opens up again.
Applying for another card would put me at 4/24.
I’d appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
Sapphire Preferred+Freedom Unlimited 2BM makes sense to me at this point. Waiting to fill 5/24 slots just means you get less overall.
You sure you don’t mean Freedom Flex + Sapphire Preferred? I just need cell phone insurance, and a Sapphire card, while getting 5% groceries.
As stated above, I already have Freedom Unlimited and Freedom Visa WITHOUT 5% groceries.
Yes, you are correct 🙂
Am I missing something here? Both cards you’re recommending (Freedom Unlimited and Sapphire Preferred) don’t have cell phone insurance, and I anticipate buying a new phone during Black Friday or Cyber Monday with a card which will insure my purchase – in this case, it’ll will be the Freedom Flex (not Freedom Visa).
Both the Freedom Flex and Freedom Unlimited will offer 5% groceries.
Can you clarify please?
Dan, can you clarify which part is ending on 1/13 (and changing to what), to the best of your knowledge?
Is the $12k for groceries capped at $1k per month the same way the Sapphire Reserve is awarding 5x points on groceries through April? Or can all $12k be spent at once or >$1k per month for the 12 months?
All at once works.
any reason to have csp and ink at the same time
How does the cell phone protection benefit work? Do international phone carriers count if you pay the monthly bill to say an Israeli phone company like Annatel or Golan?
What part is ending 1/13?
What would you be using a sapphire preferred for these days (other than needing it to convert chase points) besides travel? Being that freedom flex also gets more dining points
I have a daughter living in Israel with a chase account here. Wanted to know which credit card you would suggest her using/getting abroad-right now she is using ours.
Would it be a good idea and good timing to downgrade from my Sapphire Reserve to this card?
I just hit my 300 travel credit for the new year but my annual fee is is due sometime in feb or march I believe. Since I dont travel at all right now and will not be much in near future, not sure if owning the Sapphire Reserve with its annual fee is justified?
Has anything changed the ability to add people to my Ink card to let them use my points for flights?
Can you get both Flex and Unlimited?
I Just applied for the Unlimited with a referral link, I then realized that I will not get the grocery offer so I applied for the Flex with your link, both said that they “need more time to process the application”. I don’t think I had 5/24 or even 4/24 before I applied and I have bank accounts and other cards with Chase, and good credit. Any chance they approve both?
Both limited time freedom offers are still available on chase website. They don’t work with your referral link for some reason.
After i applied for the FF, does it make sense to PC my Freedom to FF?