Chase Freedom Q1 Bonus Spending: Save On Gas, Uber, Subway Rides, And More!

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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).

You can view credit card offers by clicking on the “Other Credit Cards” tab on top of the DansDeals banner to view links for card offers. You can click on the link that says “View all card offers by issuing bank” and scroll down to view all card offers from the bank of your choice.

Here’s How To View Credit Card Offers On This Site.

You can click here to activate this quarter’s Chase Freedom 5% categories.

2017 bonus categories:
Q1: Gas stations and local commuter transportation
Q2: Grocery stores and drugstores

Q1 bonus spending:

You can earn 5 points per dollar on up to $1,500 in spending at gas stations between 1/1-3/31. You can buy gift cards to other stores at gas stations as well.

Visa seems to count all 7-Eleven’s as gas stations, even if they don’t sell gas!

You’ll also get 5 points per dollar on local commuter transportation which includes:
-Local and suburban passenger commuter train (NJ Transit, LIRR, BART, etc), subway, buses, metro, and ferry tickets.
-Taxis
-Uber
-Lyft

Freedom alone can’t transfer points into much more lucrative airline/hotel/train currencies, but if you or your spouse has a Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus, or Ink Business Preferred card then you can transfer points from Freedom to one of those cards and from there to your favorite airline miles or hotel point currency. The Freedom card can also keep your points alive for free if you do close one of those cards. As airline miles the value of the points will be based on where you use them. 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!

If you have a Sapphire Reserve card you can also use the points at a value of 1.5 cents each towards airfare, car rentals, hotel, and activities.

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paul

dan do you think there would be a remote possibility that i can get approved for this card if i huca alot even though im alot over 5/24?also, if yes can i add the sapphire reserve on a diffrent browser to apply for 2 cards to go down as one inquiry or would that make it more riskier have a good shabbos

Steve

Don’t get people’s hopes up. Most 7 11’s don’t accept credit cards in payment of gift cards.
Just saying

Anonymous

You mentioned in your post that 7-11 is coding these as gas purchases in store.

Does that mean we can just buy $1,500 in our favorite gift cards and get 5% Back?

WingIt

Does Costco Gas count?

paul

dan do you think there would be a remote possibility that i can get approved for this card if i huca alot even though im 10/24?also, if yes can i add the sapphire reserve on a diffrent browser to apply for 2 cards to go down as one inquiry or would that make it more riskier have a good shabbos

CtownBin

“Visa seems to count all 7-Eleven’s as gas stations, even if they don’t sell gas!”

I know in the past when Freedom had gas stations, you posted about getting OVs at 7-11, and I’ve always done the same as well. However, starting about June of last year, the transactions weren’t going through. Do you know if this is still possible, or if 7-11 has since hard-coded their system to not allow CC for gift cards or PPMC? If so, any idea how to maximize this category in the Cleveland area? Thanks!!

L.falk

Hi
Is there a way i can have my additional card from a somones account in my chase login?

Tuly

You list Uber and Lyft. Will it work for Juno as well?

L.falk

Hi
Can im additional on somones card can i have the card in my login?

GRANGE

So this or Sapphire Reserve for Uber?

Sam

Does chase freedom cards cover collision and liability on a car rental in israel??

Eli

Are there any ‘gas stations’ that sell wall Mart / sams club gift cards?

Israel

@Sam: Yes and they can email you a letter to show the rental companies

paul

was wondering how many cards you had as a bachelor before you started filing for taxes i got into this point game and i am concerned that all this manufacturing spending and opening of credit cards will alert the irs if you can kindly let me know your opinion i have 10 cc already

tony

So renting a car using the freedom will give you 5X?

Anonymous

@tony: No.
@WingIt: No.

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