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Don’t forget that this quarter’s bonus categories are: Lyft, Walgreens, and Gas Stations. Don’t forget, by the book, the Chase Freedom is a cash back card, but we know better. Don’t forget, ( Ok I’ll stop saying that ) that this card is a point making machine when combined with another Chase card that earns premium Ultimate Rewards. Remember ;), you can earn 5x points/cash back on up to $1500 worth of spend each quarter on bonus categories. This quarter presents a great opportunity to hit this max by being strategic on your purchases. The most important part of these bonus categories is activation, so if you haven’t done so, do it below, and then make sure you use your Freedom when visiting Gas Stations, Walgreens, and using Lyft.
Walgreen’s should be a great option to maximize the 5x bonus points on $1500 spend.
YMMV, but I’ve found the Walgreen’s in my area to be fine with visa gift card purchases. Each quarter I have a health insurance premium that I need to pay, and each quarter this year I’ve used a gift card that I purchased with my Chase Freedom. This way I’m earning 5x points on purchases that I’d otherwise earn one point per dollar. You’ll incur an activation fee, mine are typically $5.95, but it’s well worth paying a $6 premium to extract all the bonus points I can out of my purchases.
Don’t have a Freedom?
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The Feature Pic is from EVA’s Royal Laurel Business Class. One of the best in the sky.
I used Ultimate Rewards to transfer into Singapore Airlines to access this award. Cost just 27,500 miles and was an incredible way to fly intra-asia. If you were to maximize each quarter’s $1500 bonus category you’d end the year with 30k miles, more than enough to experience the same route as I did.
I guess this will do 😉
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