Chase Freedom Increased Bonus + Q1 2015 Bonus Categories

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The card I have had in my wallet the longest is the Chase Freedom®.  I had another now non-existent rewards card I turned into the Freedom years ago, and it is now one of my favorites as it offers 5x points with no annual fee.  Those points can be used like cash back at a rate of one point = one cent, or you can probably do much better than that if you also have an Ink Plus® Business Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card since the points earned on the Freedom then become transferable to all the Ultimate Rewards transfer partners like United, British Airways, Hyatt, Singapore, Marriott, Southwest, and more.

The sign-up bonus is often not that high at about 10,000 points, but right now the Freedom sign-up bonus is temporarily improved to a rate that is one of the best I have seen for this card!

Chase Freedom®: This offer has expired.

20,000 points after spending $500 in first three months, 2,500 additional if add an authorized user who makes purchase in first 3 months

Chase Freedom $200This offer is advertized as $200 cash back, which you could use it as, but if you have the Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus, you can think of it as 20,000 Ultimate Reward points + another 2,500 with an authorized user.  Up to 22,500 points for $500 in spending is pretty solid for a card with no annual fee!

This card isn’t just one to get, it is one to keep and use since it has rotating 5x bonus categories each quarter where you earn 5x points on the first $1,500 spent in the bonus categories.  For many that means 30,000 points per year for just $6,000 in spending each year.  This year some of those bonus categories included restaurants, gas stations, Amazon, and many others.

Chase Freedom Q1 2015 Bonus Categories:

The Chase Freedom first quarter bonuses in 2015 were just announced to be grocery stores, Starbucks, and movie theaters.  With grocery stores on the list, that should be an easy 7,500 points for just $1,500 in spending for most of us!

I’m really excited to see the increased sign-up bonus return on the Chase Freedom as this is a card I have and fully recommend to those new and old to miles and points.

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  1. Can you explain something – ?
    I read somewhere that to get the 5X, one had to have a Chase checking account (I don’t have one). You are saying that it is 5X spend on that particular category – without having the checking account?

    ?? Want to pull the trigger on this – I think…

  2. Nick, that is absolutely not the case — all the stated benefits for the Freedom card are available to all cardholders. You are thinking of the old Chase Exclusives program that gave additional benefits to Freedom cardholders with a linked Chase checking account.

  3. Hi Summer: I would like your advice. I had read that Chase was offering the 20K sign-up bonus for Chase Freedom if you applied at a branch. I have been waiting for a better offer to come along so I could add this card to my arsenal of points and miles earners. I visited my Chase branch on Friday afternoon and was approved for the card immediately, but the branch had never heard of the increased offer. Well, today, I received a welcome email from Chase Freedom, and the link in the email has the 20K sign up bonus. I visited my branch again this afternoon and they said there was nothing they could do…didn’t even offer to make a phone call on my behalf or anything. So, I called Chase Freedom customer service this evening to explain the situation and request that, as a gesture of goodwill, they give me the 20K sign-up bonus after I meet the spend requirement, since the link to the additional bonus was in the email they sent me and I haven’t even received my card yet. After waiting on hold for several minutes, the agent told me they would have to have this investigated by their marketing department, and I would hear back from them in 7 to 10 days! Have I missed the bonus? Do you have any experience with this kind of situation and can guess what Chase might do? Should I send an email using the secure link from the my account page to request the increased bonus? What to do? Thanks, Susan

    • @Susan I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Chase routinely gives you the better bonus if it comes out within a month or two of applying. In your case, it’s a matter of days. And you didn’t just read about the better offer on MP, you actually got an offer mailed to you. Not sure why they didn’t tell you that right away when you called, but I would be shocked if they didn’t give you the better bonus once you spend the $500.

      • Thanks, Robert. I took the advice of someone on Flyertalk and sent a secure message to Chase explaining the situation and requesting that my new account receive the 20K sign-up bonus. Got a reply in less then 12 hours confirming that I would get the additional 10K UR points. Yeah! I’m still put out with the banker who took my application. She could have at least made a phone call to check out the information on the increased bonus. I’m delighted to be getting the additional UR points and will certainly make good use of the card in the first quarter with grocery stores and Starbucks. Yippee!

  4. Applied using your link, thanks!

    Got the “your case will be considered” thing. I have Ink, Amtrak, Marriott. Recently added Southwest making 4 cards. I did have Sapphire Preferred but cancelled it a few weeks ago. Could be a factor.

    Looking forward to denial letter, then calling reconsideration line to shift credit limits around to make it work.

    • No need to wait for the letter, you can call the reconsideration line now and they will lookup your new application via your social security number. The Chase reconsideration line is 1-800-527-7419. Hope that helps.

      • Right you are. I called in.

        Chase had given me a ridiculous high credit on the Marriott card, and also Amtrak. Application was otherwise OK they just saw a lot of outstanding credit already and weren’t willing to issue more. So we transferred credit from the Marriott, and the card is in the pipeline to be mailed.


  5. Wandering if you can help.. (with advice) I got the ink plus in august, met the min spend soon after, but the bonus still hasn’t posted., does chase normally take this long to post points on their business cards?

    I am hesitant to open another chase card till those points post. (The points for my spend posted, just not the bonus…)

    • Alex, that seems long if you got the card in August and met the spending in August or September. You can just send them a secure message and see if it all gets straightened up.

  6. hmm… looks like the ep/bcp cards won’t get any love until the 1500 quota is met on the freedom… that, or it’s time for some MF to spread the love hehe…

  7. Quick question about combining UR points from the Freedom. I have a CSP card, if my wife were to get the Freedom card, would we be able to transfer her points to my account or would she need to have a CSP/Ink card to turn the Freedom rewards from cash back to UR points?

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