Chase Freedom is one of my favorite cards for earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points for travel. Between November 23rd-December 31st, you earn 10% cash back or 10x the points for shopping at Amazon, Zappos, and Audible.com . This is a fantastic deal!
I’m most excited about Amazon as a bonus category because there are so many ways to maximize the Chase Freedom Amazon bonus!
First, let’s talk about Chase Freedom.
Chase Freedom is a no annual fee credit card, which means it’s a great long-term card. It has rotating quarterly bonus categories, where you typically earn 5% cash back or 5x the points for purchases made within the bonus categories up to $1,500 each quarter and 1% cash back or 1x the points on all other purchases.
UPDATE: From November 23rd-December 31st, Chase Freedom has doubled its points earnings in the 4th quarter bonus categories! Earn 10% or 10X the points for spending up to $1,500 at Amazon, Audible, Zappos. and Diapers.com.
Here is a look at the 2015 Chase Freedom Quarterly Bonus Calendar.
Let’s take a look at the math.
If you maximized the bonus each quarter, you’d earn 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points each quarter. Multiply 7,500 by 4 quarters and you’d earn 30k Ultimate Rewards points annually! 30K Ultimate Rewards points is already enough for 1 round trip domestic (U.S.) award flight!
With the doubled 4th quarter bonus between November 23-December 31st, you could earn 15k Ultimate Reward points!
It’s easy to redeem these points for travel!
Chase Freedom offers cash back or Ultimate Rewards points. The points will give you better value than the cash back option and can be used for travel. If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Ink Plus, you’ll be able to transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to one of Chase’s partners, like United, Southwest, and Hyatt.
If you only have the Chase Freedom, you’ll need to use your points to book travel directly through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards travel portal.
Hang on! Before you head over to Amazon…
Make sure your Chase Freedom card is activated for the 4th quarter bonus. You can do this by logging into your Chase account or by clicking here.
Now that we’ve got all of these details out of the way…
Here are 5 ways to maximize the Chase Freedom Amazon Bonus.
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1. Amazon Purchases
All of your purchases made on Amazon.com or from 3rd party merchants on the Amazon Marketplace will earn 5x the points when you use your Chase Freedom during the October 1-December 31 bonus quarter.
Amazon sells over 200 million products! From clothing to household goods, travel items to electronics, and tools to pet supplies, Amazon is almost guaranteed to have what you need.
The timing of the Chase Freedom Amazon bonus is also perfect for the holiday season! Not only do you get to avoid crowded stores and long lines, but you’ll also earn 5x the points with your Chase Freedom! Find all the toys, gifts, decorations, and pantry items you are looking for on Amazon!
I love shopping at Amazon! It’s an incredible time-saver if you’re constantly on the go, like me!
TIP: You won’t earn 5x the points for any purchases made on Amazon’s international websites.
2. Amazon Prime Membership
Amazon Prime gives you free 2 day shipping, free same day delivery in some zip codes, unlimited streaming of Amazon’s movies, TV Shows, and music, as well as early access to Amazon’s Lightning deals.
I’m an Amazon Prime member and I love it! I always find what I’m looking for and my packages arrive safely and on-time. If you’re a last-minute shopper or need something even quicker, Amazon’s free same day delivery for Prime Members is available in 14 metro areas across the U.S.
Amazon is also rolling out Amazon Prime Now in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Minneapolis, which delivers thousands of their products within a 2 hour window of time! Forgot to buy toilet paper or that last minute birthday gift for your sister (hehe)? Don’t have time to go shopping? Amazon Prime Now can have it waiting for you when you get home!
Amazon Prime comes with a free 1 month trial, after which you’re billed the full $99 annual membership fee. If you pay during before December 31st, you’ll earn 5x the points. Fingers crossed for Amazon and Chase Freedom to repeat this bonus each year and you’ll earn 5x the points again when your membership renews.
3. Gift Cards
Of course, the name “gift card” says it all. Amazon gift cards are the perfect solution for that person who is absolutely impossible to shop for.
But, did you know you can also buy Amazon gift cards for yourself and credit them to your own Amazon account? This is an excellent way to meet the $1,500 Chase Freedom Amazon bonus. You earn 5x the points for your gift card purchases and use the Amazon credit as you need it.
Did you also know that Amazon sells gift cards for thousands of other merchants in 14 different categories? Just search the merchant’s name and “gift card” (i.e. Starbucks gift card) to see if Amazon sells it. Or, search gift cards and refine by category from the left-hand sidebar.
All of your gift card purchases will earn 5x the points when you use your Chase Freedom during the Amazon bonus quarter.
4. Amazon Digital Downloads
Amazon’s Digital Services allows you to download software for your PC or Mac, millions of songs, albums, and soundtracks for your mp3 player and video games for your PlayStation, Wii, Xbox, and (even!) Nintendo gaming systems.
Amazon’s Kindle store has millions of books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers for you to download to your device. It’s great for travelers who can’t possibly carry an endless supply of reading material!
All of these digital downloads earn 5x the points when you use your Chase Freedom card to maximize the Amazon bonus.
5. Amazon Fresh
Amazon Fresh delivers same day and early morning groceries and local products in certain areas. In order to use Amazon Fresh, you must upgrade your Amazon Prime Membership. While annual membership fees are steep at $299, you get all the benefits of Amazon Prime plus all orders over $35 with Amazon Fresh come with free delivery.
If Amazon Fresh delivers to your area and you purchase a membership, you’ll earn 5x the points for using your Chase Freedom card during the October 1st-December 31st Amazon bonus quarter!
It’s a no-brainer.
Head over to Amazon and use your Chase Freedom card between October 1st and December 31st to earn 5x the points for every dollar you spend. These Chase Ultimate Rewards points will put you on the fast track to reaching your travel goals!
What’s your favorite Chase Freedom bonus category? Where will your Chase Ultimate Rewards points take you?
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