Chase Freedom 5X Cash Back at Restaurants
You can now activate your Chase Freedom 5X Cash Back at Restaurants and Wholesale Clubs (such as Costco, BJs and Sams Club). Although you can activate now, the promotion kicks in on July 1st and you have until September 30th to earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in these categories.
Keep in mind that Costco started accepting Visa cards since yesterday after they switched from American Express to Citi bank. Even though Costco’s deal is with Citi Bank; any Visa card is now accepted. This makes the Chase Freedom card a great card to use while shopping at Costco. Chase is taking advantage of this switch by extending their 5X cash back category at wholesale clubs all the way through the end of 2016!
You can activate your card now through this link and all you need is your last name, last 4 digits of your card and billing zip code.
The Freedom card is a great sidekick to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card because it allows you to combine your points and then transfer them to airline and hotel programs which gives you better value per point. If you use the points for cash back, you’ll only get 1 cent/point in value. However, when you redeem your points for travel with Ultimate Rewards transfer partners, you can get a much higher value per point.
Having a $0 annual fee card like the Freedom card is not only great for how rewarding it is. It is also great for your credit score. Since it is a $0 fee card, you can keep it open forever which increases the average age of your accounts. This is one of the fundamental factors that affect your credit score.
If you don’t have the Chase Freedom card you can apply for it here. This is a great – $0 annual fee – card to always have in your wallet for the rotating quarterly 5% cash back promotions. It is also a great supplement to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card in order to be able to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to several airline and hotel programs.
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