Last Day to Activate Chase Freedom 5X Points (or 5% Cash Back) Q1 2014 Bonus!

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Today is the last day to activate the quarterly bonus on the Chase Freedom card!

You can still earn bonus points on all your gas stations, movie theaters, and Starbucks purchases from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014.  But you have to register for the bonus by March 14, 2014.

What Are Chase Freedom Category Bonuses?

You can earn 5 points per $1 you spend, or 5% cash back, on categories that rotate every 3 months.

For January, February, and March 2014, the Chase Freedom bonus categories are movie theaters, gas stations, and Starbucks.  You’ll earn the bonus on spending in these categories, up to $1,500 per quarter.

You must have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, (no longer offered) Chase Ink Bold oChase Ink Plus, to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to hotels and airlines.

But you have to activate the bonus each quarter.  It doesn’t happen automatically.

Activating the quarterly bonus is retroactive meaning that you will earn 5% (up to $1,500 or 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points) for all gas stations, movie theaters, and Starbucks purchases made in January, February, and March.

What About Next Quarter?

You can activate next quarter’s bonus categories starting March 15, 2014.

For April, May, and June 2014, you’ll earn 5 points per $1 you spend, or 5% cash back, at restaurants and Lowe’s home improvement stores.

Bottom Line

Today is the last day to activate the Chase Freedom card 1st quarter category bonus for movie theaters, Starbucks, and gas stations.

You’ll still earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent, or 5% cash back on these categories until March 31, 2014.

And from March 15, 2014, you can register for the 2nd quarter category bonus for restaurants and Lowe’s home improvement stores.

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5 responses to “Last Day to Activate Chase Freedom 5X Points (or 5% Cash Back) Q1 2014 Bonus!

  1. Hey D,

    Would it be possible to purchase some gas station (or other type) of GC’s within the gas station and still have them coded as the Gas Station 5x category?

    I was hoping to prepay $500 or so dollars worth of gas to get me through Q2 to wait for Q3 to open up again.

  2. All inclusive Mexico for my 20th anniversary! 🙂

  3. Does this work overseas for the restaurants as well!?

    • @Steph – You pay 3% foreign transaction fees, so you’re only getting 2 extra points. Which is about the same as what you get on the Sapphire Preferred. I know that the Sapphire Preferred gets you 2x towards restaurants overseas, but don’t have personal experience with the Sapphire Preferred.