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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Freedom

Although you can’t start earning for a few more weeks, you can activate Chase’s Q3 5% Cash Back promotion beginning today. Once your card is activated, from July 1 to September 30, 2015 you’ll earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases at gas stations and Kohl’s stores.

As a reminder, you can still receive 5% cash back at restaurants; Bed, Bath & Beyond; H&M and Overstock.com until the end of June, assuming you’ve already activated Chase’s Q2 bonus.

And of course, if don’t already have the card, now’s as good a time as any to sign up — Chase Freedom is currently offering an sign-up bonus of 10,000 points after you spend $500 in the first three months. You can redeem points for cash back (10,000 points = $100), or you can transfer them to Ultimate Rewards if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus. From there, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to travel partners like Southwest, Hyatt and United.

If you’re already a cardholder, you can register here to activate your spending bonus each quarter. If you activate your card for these categories prior to each quarterly deadline, Chase will retroactively credit you with bonus points on your category spending from earlier in the quarter, though there’s really no reason not to activate 5% cash back as soon as the registration period opens.

On your statement, the bonus earned prior to your activation date will be listed separately and itemized by category. If you have multiple Chase Freedom accounts, be sure to activate them all.

For my review of the Chase Freedom card, watch this video

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Chase Freedom®

It's a stellar Cash Back card on its own, but when paired with the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Freedom's 5x Category Bonuses let you rack up Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, transferrable to partners or redeemable via the portal.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate
  • Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases — it's automatic
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 15.49-24.24%. Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum
  • Enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months
  • Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open
  • No annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
0% for 15 months
Regular APR
15.49%-24.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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