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From October 1 through December 31, Chase Freedom cardholders can get 5% cashback — or 5x Ultimate Rewards points if you have an Ultimate Rewards-earning Chase credit card — at wholesale clubs, department stores and via Chase Pay.
But, in order to score these sweet earnings, you must register before making purchases, and registration opens today, Saturday, September 15. While you won’t be able to start earning 5x for another two weeks, you might as well register now so that you can start earning from Day 1. Here’s how to do so:
1. Head to the Chase Freedom bonus activation page.
2. Enter your last name, last four digits of your card number and your billing zip code. If you don’t have your card on-hand, you can log into your Chase account to retrieve these digits.
3. Click “Activate Now” to register.
4. If you have multiple Chase Freedom cards, make sure to register each one.
5. Save a screenshot of your activation, just in case there are any issues later.
Chase Freedom cardholders shouldn’t forget to max out their purchases at Lyft, gas stations and Walgreens through the end of September. You can earn 5% cashback / 5x points on up to $1,500 of qualifying purchases each quarter. If you’re not sure how much you’ve spent so far, here’s a guide to checking your progress.
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