It’s a new quarter and that means new category bonuses for the Chase Freedom card! This quarter, the bonus categories are Amazon and select department stores. The Chase Freedom card has quarterly rotating categories that offer a bonus of 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar up to $1500. That’s 7500 points if you maximize the promotion quarterly, or 30,000 points a year. To participate, you must first visit the Chase Freedom bonus activation page and register for the promotion; this must be done every quarter. Registration is free every quarter and ensures you get your bonus points.
Which department stores are eligible? As Chase explain on the bonus merchant page, stores that are eligible for the bonus are ones with the ‘Department Store’ merchant code as it is coded on the credit card. This will include a large array of department stores, but will exclude:
- Membership Warehouses (e.g. Costco)
Examples of stores that are included are:
You can check Chase’s bonus merchant page for more information.
The Amazon category is quite nice as few credit cards actually give Amazon bonuses. You can also buy gift cards to other merchants via Amazon (such as Starbucks, Sephora, etc).
Refer A Friend Promotion
Don’t forget that Chase right now is running a promotion to receive 5,000 points for each friend you refer that get approved for the card. This is open to Chase Freedom or Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders. The maximum bonus you can receive is 50,000 points. But that’s almost enough for a round-trip ticket to Europe or five round-trips to the Caribbean if you’re lucky enough to live in Miami.
For more information on Chase Ultimate Rewards, check out my Chase Ultimate Rewards series:
- Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall: Earn miles for regular shopping
- Card Review: Chase Freedom Card
- Card Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Card Review: Chase Ink Bold/Ink Plus
- The Chase Ink Bold Triple Dip: Gift Cards, Staples, Ultimate Rewards Mall
- How to Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points to Airline and Hotel Partners