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If you have a Chase Freedom Visa card, this is just a reminder to start using that card now for gas and restaurants since the third quarter 5x bonus in those categories has now started as of July 1. I am having a real mental challenge remembering to use it for restaurants for some reason, but hopefully I will catch on soon. If you have not yet activated this quarter’s bonus category, then you can do so now online. It is retroactive to the beginning of the quarter. You can also request emails and/or text messages reminding you to activate the bonus every quarter. Since the quarterly 5x bonus categories are capped at $1,500 (7,500 points) they aren’t the most exciting bonus on the block, but 30,000 Ultimate Reward points annually for spending just $6,000 on the card on expenses that we were going to have anyway is pretty nice. It is more of a “slow and steady” wins the race sort of promo, but that works out just fine for me.
Hey Mom, if you are reading, activate your card for these bonus categories using the link about and start using the new blue card when you get gas or eat out! 😉
While we are on the subject of Ultimate Rewards, I have noticed recently that there has been a caution for Mac Safari users that there has been a problem tracking purchases made through the Ultimate Rewards portal with that browser. However, today I noticed that the Safari warning is now gone, so presumably Safari users should now be okay to earn UR points using their browser of choice. I have recently seen more comments and received more emails from folks who have had issues with some recent UR purchases posting. I’m not sure if I have just seen those issues mentioned more recently, or if it has really happened more in recent weeks for Safari and non-Safari users. Either way, it is probably a good time to double check to make sure that all of your purchases have posted as expected. If not, just call Chase or send a secure message and they will likely credit the points as a “goodwill gesture”.
Have you had issues with your recent purchases posting through Ultimate Rewards? If so, what has your response from Chase been when you requested a “courtesy adjustment” for the points?
Now it is time to get back to watching the US Olympic trials I have recorded. Just a few more weeks until the games begin!
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