Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2013 Bonus Categories – Sign Up!

It’s time once again to activate your Chase Freedom credit cards for the 4th quarter 2013 bonus categories. And those categories are as follows:

  • “Select department stores”
    • For a list of these department stores, click here.
    • Top department stores include JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Sears.

Chase Freedom Q4 2013 Bonus Categories

These bonus categories will be live from October 1 – December 31, 2013.

Basically, they’re your perfect bonus categories for the Holiday Season!

I don’t think I need to outline an easy way to meet the standard $1,500 spending limit for this quarter.

When in doubt, buy gift cards at Amazon or your favorite, eligible department store!

Chase Freedom 3rd Quarter 2013 Bonus Categories Are Live!

3rd Quarter Bonus Categories

Happy July, everyone! We are now in the back half of 2013. I hope all your travels and miles/points earning strategies are going well.

It’s a new quarter, and that means new Chase Freedom bonus categories.

  • Gas stations
  • Theme parks
  • Kohl’s®

The 3rd quarter runs from July 1 – September 30, 2013.

chase freedom 3rd quarter 2013

These categories are decent. For normal everyday spend, I don’t think one can really spend the $1,500 in the quarter.

What I’ll be doing is searching for electronics or small appliances at Kohl’s to buy and resell either on eBay or Amazon.

The point is to at least break even and come home with the 22,500 Ultimate Rewards points.

Definitely be sure to initiate your shopping from the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Mall because you will earn 10x UR points for shopping at Kohl’s! Couple that with the 5x quarter bonus and you are looking at 15 UR points per dollar spent at Kohl’s online!

If you want more on that strategy, just leave a comment below and I’ll try to explain!

If you haven’t activated your cards for the 3rd quarter (and you have to do this every quarter), head to the Freedom website and activate now.

Chase Freedom 3rd Quarter 2013 Bonus – Sign Up!

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Activate your Chase Freedom credit card for the 3rd quarter bonus categories!


As always, the Chase Freedom card has rotating bonuses every quarter that earn 5x Ultimate Rewards points (up to $1,500 in spend) versus the normal 1x.

The 3rd quarter bonus categories run from July 1 – Sept. 30, 2013 and are as follows:

  • Gas stations
  • Theme parks
  • Kohl’s®


Semi-bummed that Chase put Kohl’s in the 3rd quarter instead of the 4th. Not too much of a worry though; you can just buy Kohl’s gift cards in store and then use them come Holiday time.

Gas stations was always a great category for us, but not anymore since we both got new jobs where public transportation is easier.

Theme parks are downright useless for me.

Ways to Meet $1,500 Spend in the Quarter

It isn’t always easy to max out the bonus category spend each quarter but if you think ahead a little, you’ll be able to leverage the bonuses.

  • Gas stations: Purchase gift cards
  • Kohl’s®: Purchase gift cards

That’s usually the protocol for when you can’t meet spend in a quarterly bonus category. Buy a gift card that you will eventually use! Just don’t lose it 😉

Chase Freedom Q2 2013 Bonus Categories Live!

New Bonus Categories

Welcome to the new quarter, Chase Freedom card holders!

April 1st marks a clean slate; a new set of bonus categories:

  • Restaurants
  • Movie theaters
  • Lowe’s


This quarter will run from April 1 – June 30, 2013.

You’ll earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points for every dollar you spend in the aforementioned categories, up to $1,500 in spend.

How to Maximize Bonus Categories

Presumably, the two easiest categories to maximize the bonus are Restaurants and Lowe’s.

Joann and I don’t spend THAT much money on restaurants each quarter, but they will account for a big portion of the $1,500 in spend.

The rest will almost definitely come from buying gift cards at Lowe’s. That’s just too easy. Whether it be gift cards to Lowe’s itself or other gift cards they sell, we will be sure to max out both our Chase Freedoms.

Where do you expect to be maxing out your Chase Freedom bonus?

Chase Freedom 2nd Quarter Bonus – Sign Up!

The registration for the 2nd quarter Chase Freedom bonus categories is now live. Head on over to the Chase site and be sure to register any and all Freedom cards!

The second quarter bonuses go from April 1 – June 30, 2013.


I’m glad they added Lowe’s to the mix because I’m not sure Joann and I can spend $3,000 on restaurants (forget movie theaters) between our two Freedom accounts.

Remember, you earn 5x Ultimate Rewards points for every dollar you spend in these categories, up to $1,500 in spend.

Just about the only way to max out this bonus is to stock up on gift cards. If you think you might use them in the future, stock up! Or maybe plan a dinner with friends, steal the bill, and have them pay you back in cash or by other means 😉