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Q4 Chase Freedom Spend Bonuses and Million Dollar Sweepstakes

by on October 5, 2011 · 25 comments

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Update: The Chase Freedom card no longer offers a bonus of 10% on all purchases plus a 10 point per transaction bonus additional 10% Cash Back. Instead, both of those benefits have been replaced with a 10% annual bonus at the end of the year on all purchases.

The Chase Freedom is a cash-back card that gives 1 point per dollar spent on all purchases and up to 5 points per dollar spent on rotating categories – all with no annual fee. Each point is worth 1 cent back in rewards, so you can get up to 5% back if you maximize your category spend. Plus, Chase is currently offering 10,000 points for signing up and as I’ll note below, you can transfer them to your Ultimate Rewards account if you have a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Bold With Ultimate Rewards card.

For October-December the categories are: Dining, Charitable Organizations, Department Stores and Movie Theaters. For the 5x bonus, spending is capped at $1,500, but that would equate to 7,500 points. And as I’ve written about before, Chase is super lenient with transferring points between accounts and to other Chase customers, so these points can be transferred to anyone who has a Chase Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card card, thus making them transferable at a 1:1 ratio to Continental/United, British Airways, Korean Air, Marriott, Hyatt, Priority Club and Amtrak. Earning 5 Continental miles per dollar spent is pretty incredible – especially since many of us will be shopping at department stores or making charity donations this coming holiday shopping season. Plus, if your retailer participates, you can shop through the United Mileageplus Shopping mall for even more points.

On top of all this, Chase is giving away $1 million dollars to one lucky Facebook follower and will also be giving away $500 an hour to instant winners, just for liking them on Facebook and signing-up here. I’m not huge into contests, but this one only took 30 seconds to sign-up for so might as well!

It never hurts to try …

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  • Mikey

    Don’t forget if you have a Chase checking account and apply for the Chase Freedom in a Chase branch, you get the additional 10% bonus points on each purchase as well as 10 bonus points per purchase.

  • Dov7075

    there is a better offer for the Freedom card for 25K going around now

    https://applynowdc1.chase.com/FlexAppWeb/renderApp.do?SPID=DJK7&CELL=

  • Anonymous

    As of Wednesday (10/5) morning, the Chase Freedom Million Dollar Sweepstakes App on their Facebook Page is down – users are only getting a blank page. Not sure if anyone is working on fixing it, but I know you have to do something besides “like” Chase to enter to win – so until the page is working again, people may not be entered to win the $1,000,000. Just a heads up!

  • Heather_m_christopher

    I got it to work by clicking on the Million Dollar Sweepstakes on the left side of their FB page (under their profile pic). But I had to click it a couple of times to get the Enter button and then again to get the page where you entered your personal info.

  • Chris

    Fyi on this you don’t need to apply for the card in the branch, you just need to make SURE they’re linked together on your account if you have both so you get the additional points (they called it a “10 in 10″ account or something). It gives you 1 point per dollar (5 points in bonus categories), a 10% bonus on every point earned, AND 10 points PER TRANSACTION on your monthly statement.

    They add up pretty quick. Or maybe that’s just thanks to stamps.com and Pitney Bowes lol

    I’ve had the Freedom card since ’06 and once I found out about the additional points I opened a Chase checking account two months ago (need to maintain $1,500 in the acct to avoid fees) and can verify the additional points are posting on my account.

  • http://www.noelrunkle.com Noel

    Wow. This sounds like an amazing deal. It might be time for me to look in to a new checking account.

    So a $5 lunch could earn 37.5 (25+10+2.5) points? Wowza.

  • http://www.noelrunkle.com Noel

    So, if I don’t have a Sapphire Card, but my parents do, can I just use them as a middleman for transfers?

    Chase hasn’t let me have more than one card at a time, so I doubt I could get both.

  • Anonymous

    “Chase is currently offering 20,000 points for signing up”

    Am just a newbie, but:
    a. I see $200 offered, not 20K points
    b. TPG doesn’t make it clear which apply link, if any, helps him continue blogging

  • Anonymous

    Correct- you can transfer to them and then they can transfer to your frequent flyer/guest/Amtrak account

  • Anonymous

    20,000 points = $200 in rewards (but if you have a Sapphire PReferred you can also transfer those 20,000 points to a transfer partner like continental/british airways/hyatt)
    http://www.thepointsguy.com/go/freedom THANK YOU!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting- did not know about that. By all means use that link- the more points the better!

  • Anonymous

    You might make the ChaseFreedom 25K link pro-TPG, too…?
    Also, this blog disappeared from home page;
    I found it via “Chase” right column link…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the heads up- I’m having some technical difficulties at the moment- things should be back to normal soon. Don’t worry about using my link- use the one that gives you the most points!

  • http://www.facebook.com/0xfedorov Viacheslav Fedorov

    TPG, great work here, I love your blog:)
    I’ve just been approved for Sapphire Preferred couple of days ago. Do you think I can apply for Freedom card right now or do I have to wait several months?

  • Anonymous

    Officially, you’ll probably get rejected. However, you can call the reconsideration line and tell them you want to use the Sapphire Preferred for international and travel/dining and put all other on Freedom so you can take advantage of their category bonuses. If you have good credit, they’ll most likely approve you. For more info on Chase’ reconsideration process check out http://thepointsguy.com/2011/06/getting-approved-for-the-chase-sapphire-preferred-card/

  • http://twitter.com/thegeekmob Sam G.

    Amazing deal. Thanks TPG!

  • xrl789

    Awesome post TPG! Can we confirm if the rotating categories and bonus point mall points are additive? For example, if I made a purchase through Bloomingdales on the bonus point mall this qtr (4pts/dollar there), and as it’s in the 5% back category, does that mean I would net 9% back at the end of the day from that purchase? And how does this work with the cap – assuming for simplicity that I max out $1500 on this purchase, will my bonus points get capped at 7500 still or will I be able to get the full 13500?

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  • Anonymous

    Success! (allegedly)
    Applied via 25K point $500 spend in 3 mos. link last week.
    Got “Too many requests for credit…” form letter today.
    Called 888 reconsideration line mentioned below.
    As advised, said Sapphire for international, Freedom for local spend categories.
    Said yes to having half my Sapphire spend limit shifted to Freedom.
    4-minutes on hold & approved!

  • Mikey

    It would actually be only 35 points for a $5 lunch. 25+10 (bonus points). Theres no 10% bonus since the purchase is under $10. The 10 and 10 is based on the original price, not on 5x price.

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