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I’ve been asked to remove the affiliate links for the Chase Freedom Visa and the Chase Freedom MasterCard which offers a 20,000 Ultimate Rewards points or $200 cash back sign-up bonus by 10:00 am EST on April 16, 2012.
I’m not sure if that means that all links to the Chase Freedom will be for $100 or 10,000 points in future (because the official offer on the Chase website is for 10,000 points), or if non-affiliate links will be around with the better $200 bonus after April 26, 2012.
Usually, there have been working links after the offer has been discontinued in the affiliate channel (think Chase Southwest for 50,000 points or Citi Thank You Premier), but I don’t know what will happen this time.
With the Chase Sapphire Preferred, there were non-affiliate links available to the 50,000 point offer, which I shared on the blog, but those eventually stopped working.
All that I’ve been told is that Chase will be updating the offers for the $200 Chase Freedom Visa and Chase MasterCard. Sometimes the updates are minor changes to the copy and sometimes the bonus changes.
It is not the end of the world if you can’t get in on the 20,000 point (or $200) sign-on bonus. There are lots of Chase offers to choose from! There was recently a $350 offer for the Chase Freedom, but I’m not surprised that the bonus on the Freedom (a no annual fee card) is being reduced.
The bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred reduced recently from 50,000 points to 40,000 points, and the bonus on the Chase Ink Bold is likely going to require $10,000 in spending instead of the current offer of $5,000 in spending within 3 months.
Emily has the Chase Freedom since November last year, and I love being able earn 5 times the amount of points in certain rotating categories (capped at $1,500 per quarter). More importantly, I can transfer these points to my other Ultimate Rewards points cards (Ink Bold or Sapphire Preferred) or to airline and hotel partners. I usually transfer them to United or Hyatt.
And if you have a Chase checking account you earn 10 extra points per transaction with the Chase Freedom plus 10% extra points per purchase.
Bottom Line: Offers come and offers go. I wouldn’t go out of my way to apply for this card now, but thought this information may be helpful to some.
As always, Emily and I are very grateful to the many readers who apply for the Chase Freedom Visa and the Chase Freedom MasterCard using our link!