See the latest bonus categories from the Chase Freedom card and get tips on how to maximize your cash back.
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Here’s what you need to know at a glance:
- Activation of fourth-quarter bonus categories begins on Dec. 15 for both the Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Flex.
- Cardholders must activate by March 14 to earn the bonus rate.
- From Jan. 1 to March 31, Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn 5% cash back on eligible streaming services, internet, cable and phone services and wholesale club purchases.
- The 5% cash back bonus is capped at $1,500 in combined purchases per quarter.
- As of Jan. 12, 2020, Chase Freedom cardholders earn 5% cash back on Lyft rides through March 2022.
Chase 5% cash back calendar 2021
|January – March|
(Activation closes on March 14)
|April – June|
|July – September|
|October – December|
Chase only releases its quarterly bonus categories one quarter at a time, so we can’t yet predict what will be offered in the rest of the quarters in 2021. Here’s a quick look at some of the categories Chase has offered in the last year.
Chase 5% cash back calendar 2020
|January – March||April – June||July – September||October – December|
What is included and excluded in the ‘Select streaming services’ category?In this category, you can earn 5% cash back on select streaming services, including music and video streaming. The eligible services include Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube TV.
What is included and excluded in the ‘Phone, cable and internet services’ category?
You can earn cash back on your monthly bills, such as your cable, internet and phone services. To earn 5% cash back in the category, make sure to pay these bills with your Freedom or Freedom Flex card.
Equipment purchases don’t qualify in this category. You may also not receive the bonus cash back if you pay for your phone, cable or internet service at a merchant’s store that’s not classified in the applicable services category.
What is included and excluded in the ‘Wholesale clubs’ category?
In this category, you can get 5% back when you’re shopping at wholesale clubs, including Sam’s and BJ’s. You can also use your Chase Freedom (no longer available for new applications) to earn bonus cash back at Costco. Since Costco only accepts Visa cards, the new Freedom Flex, which is a Mastercard, won’t be accepted. Mastercards are, however, accepted on Costco.com.
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