$100 Bonus on Chase Freedom Card

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Along with the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express, the Chase Freedom® card is one of my favorites. The reasons for this are simple… the Chase Freedom card has generous rewards, no annual fee, and a $100 cash bonus if you spend $500 in the first three months of card ownership.

The rewards follow a flexible 5%/1% structure wherein you earn 5% cash back in rotating categories which change every quarter subject to maximum spend limits and activating the categories each quarter. All other purchases earn 1% cash back.

If you’re curious as to what’s available in terms of categories, here’s a sample of the categories for 2013:

» Gas Stations
» Drugstores
» Starbucks® stores
» Restaurants
» Movie theaters
» Theme parks
» Kohl’s®
» Amazon.com
» Select department stores

This card is a great complement to Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express, which we use as our primary rewards credit card.

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Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. I have a question…on the fine print, it says, “Maximum bonus rebate accumulation on net purchases earning a 2% bonus rebate is $12 monthly, which equates to $600 in net purchases.”

    So does that mean you can only earn a maximum of $144 a year on your top three categories (excluding the 1% on everything else)?

    Comment by akon — Mar 17th 2008 @ 6:15 am
  2. Akon: You technically earn 1% on every purchase with a 2% bonus on your top 3 categories, resulting in the 3% net reward on those purchases. Each month, that 2% bonus is limited to the first $600 in purchases in those categories. After you hit the $600 threshold (on those 3 categories), then you earnings for the remained of the month will fall back to a flat 1% level. This is the reason that I actually recommend taking a hybrid approach, with Amex Blue Cash as your primary card, and this Chase card as your backup. Use it whenever you can’t use Amex, or pick three categories of charges (e.g., fast food, utilities, and cell phone service) for this card and then put everything else on Amex.

    Also, whenever you save up $200 in rewards before requesting a check, they top it off with an additional $50 bonus. This equates to a bonus 0.25%, which effectively brings the 1%/3% up to 1.25%/3.75%.

    Comment by admin — Mar 17th 2008 @ 8:31 am
  3. Thanks for the explanation! I looked at the Blue Cash card but, since I don’t charge very much, I wasn’t sure if it was a good card for me. Do you happen to know how fast within a year you should charge at least $6500 for this card to be worthwhile over just using this Chase card?

    Comment by akon — Mar 19th 2008 @ 3:35 am
  4. We are a business looking for the best cash reward or statement credit, credit card for gas purchases. We pay off our bill in full each month. What do you recommend?

    Thank you.

    Comment by makson — Nov 14th 2008 @ 10:31 am

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