Q2 Chase Freedom Cash Back Bonus Includes Uber and Lyft
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When Chase announced its 5% Freedom Bonus Categories for 2016, the promo’s broad labeling of Local Commuter Transportation was cause for some confusion – what exactly would be included? Would Local Commuter Transportation include popular ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft? Even so, it’d be hard to beat the current (Q2) bonus category, which includes 5% cash back with select online retailers, including Amazon and Zappos – and that was later bumped up to 10% on Amazon purchases.
That being said, there’s good news for those who are looking to make use of the first-quarter bonus with Local Commuter Transportation – Uber and Lyft, among other modes of transportation, are included in the bonus. According to Chase’s list of eligible merchants, the two largest ride-sharing services join others, such as New York City’s MTA, local commuter ferry tickets, Yellow Cabs in both NYC and LA, Sidecar and more.
Of course, there are some notable exclusions, including tourist/tour buses, trains and trolleys, parking lots and garages, tolls/bridges, bike taxis and sharing services, all transportation outside the US, Amtrak trains, park and ride facilities, parking lots and garages and more. Check out the full list on Chase’s website to know exactly what else was left out of the quarter’s bonus category.
As always with Chase’s 5% cash back offer for each quarter, the deal is good for up to $1,500 in combined purchases – in this case from January 1 through March 31, 2016 at gas stations and for local commuter transportation. You must activate by March 14 to earn the 5% rate. If you don’t yet have the Chase Freedom card, now’s as good a time as ever. The card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of $150 (or 15,000 points) after you spend $500 in the first three months. You can redeem points for cash back (15,000 points = $150), 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.
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.
- 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 16.99-25.74%. Balance transfer fee is 3% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum
- 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
- Enjoy new 5% categories each quarter
- Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases - it's automatic
- Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open and there is no minimum to redeem for cash back.
- Free credit score, updated weekly with Credit Journey℠
- No annual fee