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The Chase Freedom is one of my favorite rewards card with no annual fee, but it is one that requires a small bit of upkeep to maximize its full rewards earning potential. Each quarter you need to register to earn 5x points in the bonus categories, and then of course you need to remember what those categories are when you are out and about using your card.
The deadline to activate the first quarter 5x bonus categories of gas stations and local commuter transportation is coming up on March 14, 2017. As long as you activate by that date you earn 5x in those categories retroactive back to January 1 and through March 31, 2017, up to the $1,500 quarterly max.
Local commuter transportation includes things like commuter trains and subway fares, ferry tickets, taxis, Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.
Looking ahead, beginning on March 15th you can activate the second quarter Chase Freedom 5x bonuses of grocery stores and drug stores, which are generally very, very easy to maximize.
I have had the no annual fee Chase Freedom credit card for years and I love it even though it does require a bit of mental work. I love it because while the points earned via the Freedom can be worth just one cent each toward cash back or gift cards, if you also have a premium Ultimate Rewards product like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Ink Plus, etc. then you can transfer the points earned on the Freedom to the Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline partners such as United, Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, Marriott, Singapore Airlines, and more to enjoy spots like the beautiful Hyatt Regency Maui where we are right now!