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You’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points if you can make the most of the Chase Freedom 5X bonus categories this quarter. That’s enough for a free night at Category 1 Hyatt hotels or certain flights on Southwest or United Airlines.
Let’s take a look at 5 ideas for earning 7,500 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
Freedom Card 5X Points April 2017
If you spend the $1,500 maximum in bonus categories, you’ll earn 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($75).
But purchases at discount stores like Walmart and Target will NOT count. And you must activate your card by June 14, 2017, to qualify.
And when you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Business Preferred, Ink Bold (no longer available), or the Ink Plus (no longer available), you can use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Big Travel with transfer partners like United Airlines and Hyatt!
Check out these 5 ways to earn more bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your Freedom card this quarter.
1. Stock Your Freezer
Most folks spend a lot of money at the grocery store anyway, so you might not have to go out of our way to earn extra Chase Ultimate Rewards points. But you could use your Chase Freedom to buy freezer-friendly foods in advance.
Things like frozen pizzas, frozen fruits and vegetables, bread, and meat, can be kept in the freezer for a couple of weeks. So you could stock up on items you frequently eat.
2. Buy Food (or Gifts!) for an Event
Throwing a big gathering, like an office or birthday party? Or maybe you’re planning a graduation celebration this graduation season?
Whatever the reason, use your Chase Freedom card at your favorite grocery store to buy the food! Lots of grocery stores sell party platters, cakes, and more. You might even find flowers, gifts, and balloons there too – almost everything you’d need for a great get-together.
3. Buy Unexpected Items at the Drugstore
Drugstores sell more than just medicine. Oftentimes, you can find things like school or office supplies, cosmetics, kids toys, and more.
Buy what you can at drugstores instead of from a department store or office supply store, where you’ll only earn 1X Chase Ultimate Rewards point per $1. Because the more Chase Ultimate Rewards points you earn, the closer you’ll be to your next adventure. 😉
4. Add Authorized Users
You’ll get the 5% bonus every time an authorized user pays with their card at a participating merchant. And because you can add up to 5 authorized users to your Chase Freedom card, they can help you make the most of this quarter’s bonus categories!
Just remember to only add someone you completely trust. They will be linked to your primary account, and ultimately YOU are responsible for any charges that they make. So be sure to only add someone you know will pay you back for the money they spend!
Note: If you add someone as an authorized user on your card, they can still sign-up for their own card later on to earn their own sign-up bonus. But it will likely count against their Chase “5/24” status.
5. Pay for Others With Your Card
If your friends or family members plan to purchase something in one of Chase Freedom’s bonus categories, offer to cover the bill. Especially if they’re paying with cash or a debit card.
Technology like PayPal and Venmo make it easy for folks to immediately reimburse you for the purchases you make.
What Can You Do With 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?
7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points are worth:
- $75 in cash
- 1 free night at a Hyatt Category 1 hotel, that’s often worth much more than $75
- Part of the way to an amazing Hyatt hotel
- A short one-way flight on a British Airways partner like American Airlines, often worth much more than $75
- A flight on Southwest that costs between ~$107 and ~$128, because Southwest points are worth between 1.43 cents and 1.7 cents per point
- Part of the way to an award flight on United Airlines or a Star Alliance partner
Note: The Chase Freedom is NOT a good card to use overseas because there’s a 3% foreign transaction fee. You should instead use cards that do NOT charge foreign transaction fees, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Preferred.
It’s great when grocery stores are included in the quarterly bonus categories, because most folks are already spending money there!
But you could also buy unexpected items, like office supplies, at the drugstore. Or use your Freedom card to buy food for a big gathering, like a birthday or graduation party.
Plus, when you have the Chase Freedom and other Chase Ultimate Rewards earning cards like the Sapphire Preferred or Ink Preferred, you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Big Travel.