Ends Today: Chase Freedom Increased Sign-Up Bonus (20,000 Points)

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These offers have changed.  Congrats to all who got them in time!

The last day of June is here, and with it is the last scheduled day to take advantage of many different offers, including double the typical sign-up bonus with the Chase Freedom card.  The Freedom is a very solid point earning card that comes with no annual fee and a 5x earning power on rotating categories each quarter.  I have it, I use it, and I recommend it to others.  This isn’t the kind of card that is going to get you into a fancy airline lounge or on the plane early – it is the kind of card that is going to help you earn more valuable points without hitting you with an annual fee.

Ends Today: Chase Freedom®  – 20,000 bonus points after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months. 

I expect the sign-up bonus to go back to 10,000 points after today as that is the typical sign-up bonus for this card.  In addition to the 20,000 sign-up bonus points you can also get in additional 2,500 bonus points if you add an authorized user who makes a purchase in the first three months.

The points are transferable to hotel and airline partners such as United, Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, IHG, Marriott, Singapore Airlines and more if you (or your spouse) also have the Ink Plus® Business Card, Ink Bold® Business Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.  If you don’t also have one of those cards, the points are basically worth one cent each toward statement credits, gift cards, etc.  You can increase that value a bit if you redeem for airfare in this manner.

The kicker with this card is that it earns 5x on rotating bonus categories each quarter.  Coming up for the third quarter that starts tomorrow is 5x at gas stations and Kohl’s.  This 5x earning is capped at $1,500 per quarter – or up to 30,000 pretty easy points per year (you do have to activate the bonuses)!

I will be taking the links I have for this card down around lunch time.  It is always possible it will live on directly from Chase beyond today, but I don’t have any reason to believe that will happen in this case.

Other Offers Ending Today:

Also scheduled to end today are the Amex SPG Business and Personal card 30,000 point offers (up from a normal 25,000 points).  The trick with this one is the terms say you have to be approved by today for the increased offer, so there is risk applying for these at this point.  Some do get instant approval for this card, but obviously some do not.

This offer was also paying out a 5k bonus for current cardholders who referred others to the cards, but given that the clock is really ticking at this point, you may just want to apply directly with American Express if you want to try and get in under the wire.

 

Word is the Premier Miles & More® World MasterCard® sign-up bonus will also be dropping after today from the current level of  20,000 miles on first purchase + 30,000 after spending $5,000 in first 90 days

You can use these miles to fly not just on Lufthansa, but on Star Alliance partners like United.  The price for a domestic round trip ticket in the US using these miles (other than Hawaii which is 40k round trip for economy) is 25,000 miles for economy round trip or just 35,000 for business class – which equates to domestic first on United in a two cabin plane.  This is a pretty great deal if you want to use miles to fly in domestic first on United since it normally would cost 50,000 United miles for that same ticket.

You can also use Lufthansa miles to fly one-way for 12,000 miles for a domestic one-way in coach, and 17,000 miles for a domestic one-way in first on a two-cabin plane.  The regular sign-up bonus for this card is in the 20k – 30k miles range, and we have recently seen the 50k level come back a couple of times per year.  There is a $79 annual fee for this card.

 

Good luck if you decide to pull the trigger on any of the offers ending today!

Disclosure: I do receive a commission if you are approved for a credit card using one of my affiliate links for the Chase Freedom or Miles and More cards.  The Amex SPG card is not an affiliate link, just a good offer that is worth talking about.  As always, thanks for your support!

 

Comments

  1. Family member not instantly approved for SPG Amex – pending. Anyone had any luck calling Amex directly to speed approval today? I’ve called the Chase reconsideration line before, but unclear of the process with Amex.

    • Thought I’d come back and reply to my own question, in case this helps anyone on the fence today about the SPG Amex. Family member was not instantly approved, but had him call the reconsideration line for new accounts at 877-399-3083. Approved right away over the phone (he’s a long time Amex customer with another Amex card he uses regularly, which might have tipped the balance). Good luck to others!

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