No Annual Fee Rewards Card Bonus Dropping in 5 Days

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One of my favorite rewards credit cards with no annual fee, the Chase Freedom, recently increased its sign-up bonus from 10,000 to 20,000 points after you spend $500 on the card in the first three months.  We knew this temporary increase wouldn’t last long, but now it has been officially announced that the increased bonus will end on December 17th.  That means you have five more days to get in on the increased offer!

Chase Freedom®: This offer has expired.

20,000 points after spending $500 in the first three months, 2,500 additional bonus points if you add authorized user and make a purchase within this same 3-month period.

You see this card’s sign-up bonus marketed as $200 dollars, but that also equates to 20,000 transferable Ultimate Reward points if you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Plus® Business Card, or Ink Bold Card. In fact, you can make your points into transferable points even if just your spouse has one of those three listed cards!

The Freedom card has a permanent spot in my wallet in part because it is my oldest credit card, in part because it has no annual fee, but also because of the valuable rotating 5x bonus categories each quarter.  The 2015 primary 5x bonus categories were just announced:

Chase Freedom 2015 5x Calendar

Q1 (January 1 – March 31, 2015): Grocery stores, movie theaters and Starbucks® stores

Q2 (April 1 – June 30, 2015): Restaurants and more

Q3 (July 1 – September 30, 2015): Gas stations and more

Q4 (October 1 – December 31, 2015): and more

Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories

If you plan to get this card in the near term, be sure to do it by December 17th to get the biggest sign-up bonus possible!

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  1. I want to learn how to do all of these things you have mentioned. I need to find out who I have my credit card through, before I can jump on board. What if I already have a Preferred Card? Do I cancel and reapply??? Like I said I need help!

    Thank you for being so creative. I am 65 years old and am so willing to try to learn. Have a very merry christmas. Please stay in touch with me. Like I said I really want to learn how to take advantage. If I miss the 17th date, will I still be able to get card and take advantage of this promotion?

    Thank you, Elaine

    • Elaine, if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, that one is a keeper in my book, though everyone’s goals are different. You can have a Freedom and Sapphire Preferred, and in fact that is optimal as it makes the points your Freedom earns transferable to hotel and airline partners like United, Hyatt, and more.

      If you miss the 12/17 deadline the card will still be available, but likely at the standard 10,000 points sign-up offer. Hope that helps some!

  2. MP,
    Sounds like you have a newbie in Elaine. IMHO, she’ll need to you what her goals are to determine if this card is a good fit for her. Regardless, she’ll have a good teacher —

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