One Day Left To Register For Chase Freedom Q2 Spending; Freedom Q3 Bonus Categories Announced

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Tomorrow is the final day to activate Chase Freedom Q2 5% categories.

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Q2 spending is valid from 4/1-6/30 for:

  • Grocery stores. This includes large grocery chains and small local grocery stores.. These stores sell gift cards to other stores as well. You can lookup how a store is categorized here.
  • Paypal purchases. This includes online stores that accept Paypal, eBay purchases paid with Paypal, charity donated with Paypal, as well as payments made to friends and family for goods paid with your credit card.
  • Chase Pay purchases. This includes purchases at retail and online stores that accept Chase Pay like Best Buy, Starbucks, and Walmart.

On Friday, you’ll be able to register for 2018 Q3 spending which will be valid 7/1-9/30 at:

  • Gas stations: This includes most 7-Eleven stores and gas stations that sell gift cards for other stores as well. You can lookup how a store is categorized here.
  • Walgreens: This includes everything from prescriptions to gift cards for other stores.
  • Lyft: This is a weaker category for people that have a Sapphire Reserve card that always earns 3 points per dollar on all traveling and dining, which includes ride-sharing. Click Here to get more details on these cards and compare to other cards!

Chase Freedom is an excellent no annual fee card thanks to its quarterly 5% categories. While they call it 5% cash back, you’ll really get 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent which can be worth much more than 5% cash. For $1,500 in 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).

While Chase Freedom 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 is excellent for everyday spending thanks to 50% bonus points earned everywhere. Click Here to get more details on this card and compare to other cards! 

Freedom or Freedom Unlimited alone can’t transfer points into much more lucrative airline or hotel miles, but if you or your spouse has a Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, Ink Plus, or Ink Preferred card then you can transfer points from Freedom to one of those cards and from there to your favorite travel currency. The Freedom or Freedom 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 Q2 purchases?

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Happy to see gas stations on the list again


Pretty poor comparing to PayPal and Chase pay! Very disappointed


Dan, do you know which gas stations sell Visa gift cards with the lowest fees? I pay $506 at grocery store but don’t know gas stations. Thanks.


Does Costco or costco gas count for the 5% back for the third quarter?


Or Sam’s club


Does Walgreens or gas stations sell Walmart or Amazon gift cards (at no markup)? If not, doubt will be able to come close to reaching the cap.


You can purchase $1500 gas card(s) at no additional fee and use them gradually even past September.


All my gas is purchased at sams club, so would not be able to do that.

Dave M

I have not seen Walmart or grocery store cards (presumably Walgreens considers them a competitor), but I have seen Amazon, Netflix, and lots of restaurants, department stores, etc. I’ve never seen any markup on store gift cards like those (at Walgreens or anywhere else)–only on MCs and Visas.


Does Walgreens also include Duane Reade since they are the same company?


good question anybody?


Total disaster they had already gas stations this year, what happened to restaurants?


FYI walmart does not accept chase pay in the store only online.


anyone else heard about this?


Of course! No way to use Chase pay in a Walmart store.

Jason Smith

According to the Walmart website,
“Chase pay can be used in a Walmart store within the Walmart pay app.”


Costco is categorized as GAS STATIONS/ FUEL/ SUPPLIES . Does this mean any Costco purchase is included in the bonus?


Not a chance!


Legitimately the worst Freedom quarter of all time

I Cant Even-Steven

Wait for the Q2 when I send money to family and friends, do I send it as “sending to a friend” or “paying for an item or service” on paypal.


Can’t use credit card when “Sending to freind”


target is listed as grocery/supermarket in my area on the map but wont post 5PPD


So visa gift cards from Walgreens would work? Or only gift cards to other stores?

Dave M

I believe so. When ApplePay was a category, I used it to buy VGCs at Walgreens (and Netflix and Amazon cards) and it all posted at 5x.