Chase Freedom Sign-Up Bonus Increased to 20,000 Bonus Points

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom card has expired. View the current offer here

Today, November 18, 2013, Chase announced even more incentive to get their Freedom card, by bumping up the sign-up offer for the Freedom Visa from 10,000 points ($100 cash back) to 20,000 points after $500 spent within 3 months.


As I’ve mentioned before, the Chase Freedom card can be a great weapon in your points-earning arsenal, especially when used strategically in combination with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold and Chase checking accounts.

You can pair the points that you have earned from the Freedom card with the Sapphire Preferred or Ink Bold by transferring those “cash back” points into valuable Ultimate Rewards points. Ultimate Rewards points can then be transferred to United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Priority Club and Amtrak. Transfer your points by logging on to -> Manage Ultimate Rewards -> Combine points, and send your Freedom points to your Chase Sapphire Preferred®/ Ink Bold account.

What’s great about the Chase Freedom is that it offers 5% cash back offer on up to $1,500 in purchases each quarter at a rotating roster of merchants. Now through December 31, 2013, those categories include as well as select department stores like Macy’s, Sears and Neiman Marcus. For a full list of stores that qualify for 5% cash back, visit this link. You will also earn 1% cash back on all other purchases.

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If you maximize the $6,000 in yearly spend, you are looking at 30,000 Ultimate Rewards points, which may not seem like a ton, but it’s pretty awesome for a card that has no annual fee. Normally 30,000 Freedom Ultimate Rewards points equal $300 in cash-back, but I value them at about $600, since I can transfer them to my Sapphire Preferred and Ink Ultimate Rewards accounts and then transfer on to partners like United, Southwest and Hyatt.

To qualify for this quarter’s 5% cash back merchants you must activate your card by December 14, 2013 in one of the following ways:

  • Online: Visit
  • Text Message: Sign up for Chase Freedom 5% Text Reminders at and you’ll get a text reminding you when it’s time to activate.
  • Email: Provide your email address at and they will send you an email when it’s time to activate.
  • Phone: Call the number on the back of your card and let an advisors activate your 5% cash back.
  • Facebook: ‘Like’ Chase Freedom at
  • Chase location: Visit any Chase bank and see a personal banker.

To maximize this card even further, if you are the sole or joint owner of an open Chase checking account you will earn and additional 10% bonus on all new points earned with your card. This 10% bonus is calculated after your billing cycle with a December close date. While you won’t earn the 10% bonus on new account bonus points, previous 10% bonus points awarded or transferred points, you will earn the bonus on the quarterly 5% cash back program.

I’ve been a Chase customer for a long time (they have great coverage in major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Miami) and I love their online banking software, including the ability to deposit checks by taking a picture of them on your mobile phone. Besides banking with Chase, their credit cards like the Sapphire Preferred and Ink family are some of my favorite cards out there. Not only do they offer great sign-up bonuses, but they keep me as a customer by offering strong spend bonuses on my every day personal and business spend.

Related posts on maximizing the Freedom card include:
Maximizing Ultimate Rewards Points With Chase Checking Accounts & Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold Combo
Chase Freedom Visa 2013 5x Bonus Categories Announced
My New Work Horse Credit Card – The Chase Freedom Card

See below for more details on the newly increased Freedom bonus:

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  • joeypore

    I always recommend people get the Freedom when starting with Chase (especially if their credit may not be good enough to get the SP). It’s a great all-around card to have, but paired with the SP, it’s incredible!!

    I got in on the Chase Freedom back when there was a promo 30,000 points sign up bonus…but that was also when I was naive to a lot of this and cashed out for $300…

    Seriously though, great card to have.

    Anyone know if the MasterCard version of this is still offered or is that product gone?

  • Robin

    Question: at the moment I have a Sapphire (no annual fee). I want to apply to both the Freedom ($200 bonus) AND to the Sapphire Preferred. I would therefore have CS, CSP and Freedom. Can I later on convert my Sapphire to another Chase Freedom (Visa or MC) and have 2 Freedoms (no annual fees) and 1 CSP? Any ideas?

  • Aaron

    Odds of getting the 10,000 tacked on if you earned the 10,000 point bonus just last week?

  • Economiler

    Chase is great about honoring better promotions. It could be late for you, but send a secure email after logging in to your credit card account and request it.

  • Aaron

    Great, thanks, and sent. The card account isn’t even 30 days old so I’m hoping for the best. Looks like they go as far as 90 days now that I’m looking around. I sure hope so.

  • tim

    I was approved for a Chase Southwest and do you think it is safe now to get the Freedom?

  • Euro

    Any idea on how long the 20 K promotion will last until they drop it back down to 10 K?

  • Guest

    Just got a response from Chase. Sent a Secure Message asking for the additional 10,000 points since I signed up for the freedom less than 30 days ago. They will honor the new bonus and will award me 20,000 points after I achieve $500 in spend.

  • GaryA

    If I sign up and achieve these 20k points, then transfer them to my Sapphire/UR account before the end of December, they too will count towards the yearly 7% dividend?

  • Sara

    Before I started playing the miles and points game, Chase got rid of my first credit card and converted it to the CSP Visa with no annual fee for the first year (Mad now I got no bonus!). I downgraded the card when the annual fee came due. I now have the CSP Mastercard and wanted to get it on the Freedom category bonuses. I think I’ve hit my credit limit with Chase. Would they convert my existing no fee Sapphire Visa card to the Freedom with the bonus offer? Or would I need to apply for a new card? The Sapphire is my oldest credit line so I do not want to close it.

  • Bailey

    Chase is indeed great about honoring better promotions. I applied back in September, and sent an email last night after TPG made me aware of the new offer. Chase replied that they would match the offer for me. Points just posted tonight. Very good customer service in my book!

  • Late

    Trying to signup for the 20K offer but when I click on the apply button only the $200 offer comes up. How do I get to the points offer?

  • los

    can you apply for this and the Sapphire Preferred at the same time?

  • doctorofcredit

    Yes, better bet is to apply for the CSP and then downgrade to the Freedom before the annual fee hits.

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