Alerts for Chase Freedom Quarterly 5% Categories Activation


  • Global Moderator

    Use this thread to post announcements of when a new quarterly 5% category is open for activation for the Chase Freedom credit card. Please include the eligible categories and deadline. Discussion is also welcome!

    Note: as of 2018, you will no longer be able to activate 5% categories by text, and it seems like text reminders will no longer be sent as well. However, they will automatically send email alerts before each quarter when it is time to activate. You may continue to activate via email, Chase Pay, or online.

    Online activation link: https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/activate
    Download Chase Pay app: https://www.chase.com/digital/digital-payments/chase-pay
    Email notification enrollment: https://www.chase.com/personal/mobile-online-banking/update-email

    You can earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each quarter

    Quarterly Calendar: https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/calendar
    Merchant list: https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/merchants
    Check activation status: https://calendar.chasebonus.com/
    Set calendar reminders in Microsoft Outlook, Mac iCal, Google Calendar, & Yahoo Calendar:https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/calendarreminder
    FAQs: https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/faq

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  • Global Moderator

    October 1 - December 31, 2017
    Categories: Walmart and Department Stores
    Activate by December 14, 2017



  • FYI, be careful about the last few days of the quarter. My Chase Freedom billing statement ends about the 28th, and they didn’t give me 5% on grocery purchases the last three days of June (in the new billing cycle). This quarter, I just switched to my Costco card for restaurants as of today.



  • I’ve completed all spend on four Freedoms buying VGCs at WM supercenters. Drained them to WUMOs at the grocery store. The CBs are now posted as pending for statement cut.


  • Global Moderator

    Reminder: today is the last day to activate the October 1 - December 31, 2017 5% cash back for WALMART and DEPARTMENT STORES (bonus cash back will be applied retroactively).

    Activations for the 1st quarter of 2018 begin tomorrow.


  • Global Moderator

    Great deal this quarter! You can somewhat create your own 5% category by using mobile wallets.

    January 1 - March 31, 2018

    Cardmembers will earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in these categories:

    • GAS STATIONS
    • INTERNET/CABLE/PHONE SERVICES
    • CHASE PAY, ANDROID PAY, APPLE PAY, SAMSUNG PAY

    Activate by March 14, 2018

    GAS STATIONS: Does not include merchants that do not specialize in selling automotive gasoline; for example, truck stops, boat marinas, oil and propane distributors, and home heating companies. For more information, please see Chase Freedom Frequently Asked Questions.

    INTERNET/CABLE/PHONE SERVICES: Only purchases for internet, cable, satellite television, radio, cellular, wireless data, and landline services will qualify. Please note that purchases of equipment are not included. In addition, if you purchase or pay for your internet, cable and satellite television, phone or related services in a merchant’s store that is not classified by the merchant in the applicable services category, the purchase or payment will not qualify; for example, phone bill payments in a merchant’s store that is classified as a telephone equipment store.

    CHASE PAY, ANDROID PAY, APPLE PAY, SAMSUNG PAY: Includes purchases made using your Freedom card with your Chase Pay, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or Android Pay digital wallet during check out. Eligible purchases only qualify for a total of 5% Cash Back rewards; purchases made using eligible wallets at other current 5% quarterly categories will be awarded a total of 5% Cash Back rewards on up to $1500 in combined purchases.


  • Global Moderator

    Activation is open for April 1 - June 30, 2018

    Cardmembers will earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in:

    • PAYPAL
    • CHASE PAY
    • GROCERY STORES (NOT INCLUDING WALMART® AND TARGET® PURCHASES)

    Activate by June 14, 2018


  • Global Moderator

    @fivetalents said in Alerts for Chase Freedom Quarterly 5% Categories Activation:

    Activation is open for April 1 - June 30, 2018

    Cardmembers will earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in:

    • PAYPAL
    • CHASE PAY
    • GROCERY STORES (NOT INCLUDING WALMART® AND TARGET® PURCHASES)

    Activate by June 14, 2018

    PayPal Includes transactions made using your Chase Freedom card with PayPal for purchases or sending money. Eligible transactions only qualify for a total of 5% Cash Back rewards. Purchases made using PayPal at other current 5% quarterly categories will be awarded a total of 5% Cash Back rewards on up to $1,500 in combined purchases. When you send money to Friends & Family via PayPal using your Chase Freedom card, standard transaction fees apply. See PayPal’s fees. Websites and other information provided by PayPal are not within Chase’s control and may not be available in Spanish. Must have/open a PayPal account to send and receive money.

    Chase Pay Includes purchases made using your Freedom card with your Chase Pay mobile wallet during checkout. Eligible purchases only qualify for a total of 5% Cash Back rewards. Purchases made using Chase Pay at other current 5% quarterly categories will be awarded a total of 5% Cash Back rewards on up to $1,500 in combined purchases.

    Grocery Stores Does not include purchases made at Walmart® or Target®, discount, or warehouse club stores, except for purchases made with these merchants using Chase Pay or PayPal (a 5% category). If you do not use Chase Pay or PayPal you will still earn unlimited 1% cash back on these purchases.



  • Interesting, so using PP to pay for eBay during eBay coupon sale could be worthwhile? On top of that, if you buy a eBay GC from a grocery store then it would be even better, right?


  • Global Moderator

    @zennuts said in Alerts for Chase Freedom Quarterly 5% Categories Activation:

    Interesting, so using PP to pay for eBay during eBay coupon sale could be worthwhile? On top of that, if you buy a eBay GC from a grocery store then it would be even better, right?

    I don’t think you can double dip by getting 5% twice from Chase on the same purchase. You have to register the Freedom card on your PayPal account and select the Freedom card as the payment method when you checkout with your PayPal account. Any portion of the balance covered by a GC will not be eligible for the 5% Chase CB. So, it’s either get 5% at the grocery store by buying an eBay GC with your Freedom card or get 5% by paying with your Freedom card on eBay through your PayPal account… not both.

    However, the latter will stack with all eligible eBay promotions (bonus Bucks, % off coupon codes, in app discounts, etc.), sellers’ store sales (e.g., 10% when you buy two, 20% you when you spend $50), and cash back portals.

    The only possible 5% double dip I see is sending someone money who then gives you the money back, and you use that money to pay your Freedom bill for any purchases made through PayPal.



  • For those intending to buy VGCs in-store using PPDC backed up by Freedom card(s), DOC has posted new developments:


  • Global Moderator

    Activation is open for Q3 5% cash back at GAS STATIONS, LYFT, & WALGREENS

    Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases from July 1 - September 30, 2018. Activate by September 14, 20181

    GAS STATIONS: Does not include merchants that do not specialize in selling automotive gasoline; for example, truck stops, boat marinas, oil and propane distributors, and home heating companies. Merchants in the Gas Stations category sell automotive gasoline that can be paid for either at the pump or inside the station, and may or may not sell other goods or services at their location.

    LYFT: Turn rides into 5% cash back when you use your Chase Freedom card with Lyft. Download Lyft

    WALGREENS: Use your Chase Freedom card when you shop at Walgreens and Walgreens.com.


  • Global Moderator

    Time to activate your 3rd quarter 5% bonus categories…

    Earn 5% cash back from Chase on up to $1,500 in combined purchases from October 1 - December 31, 2018. Activate by December 14, 2018

    • DEPARTMENT STORES: Merchants who accept Visa/MasterCard credit cards are assigned a merchant code, which is determined by the merchant or its processor in accordance with Visa/MasterCard procedures based on the kinds of products and services they primarily sell. We group similar merchant codes into categories for purposes of making rewards offers to you (see accepted department stores). Please note: We make every effort to include all relevant merchant codes in our rewards categories. However, even though a merchant or some of the items that it sells may appear to fit within a rewards category, the merchant may not have a merchant code in that category. When this occurs, purchases with that merchant won’t qualify for rewards offers on purchases in that category. Purchases submitted by you, an authorized user, or the merchant through third-party payment accounts, mobile or wireless card readers, online or mobile digital wallets, or similar technology will not qualify in a rewards category if the technology is not set up to process the purchase in that rewards category. Excludes Walmart, Target, Kmart, Discount stores such as TJ Maxx, Electronics Stores, and General merchandise and Variety stores, as well as gift cards purchased at any locations other than department stores on the inclusion list.

    • WHOLESALE CLUBS: See your Rewards Program Agreement for more details. Includes Costco, Sams Club, and BJs Wholesale. Includes
      Purchases made through the checkout on the wholesale club merchants’ website (EX. Costco .com, BJs .com, Samsclub .com), purchases made in-store at the front-end registers, and purchases made at the member services desk. Excludes purchases made with these merchants using Chase Pay (a 5% category), gas and fuel, and wholesale club specialty services such as travel, insurance, cell phone and home improvement.

    • CHASE PAY: Purchases made using Chase Pay at other current 5% categories will earn a total of 5% cash back. Chase Pay is accepted wherever you see the Chase Pay logo. You can also link Chase Pay to Samsung Pay® wallet and use Chase Pay anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted today. The Chase Pay Mobile app is available for select mobile devices. Download the Chase Pay Mobile App and enroll with your eligible mobile device. There is no charge from Chase, but message and data rate charges may apply. Such charges include those from your communications service provider.


 

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