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Chase revealed the Freedom Q2 bonus categories a couple of weeks ago but it’s only from today that the new bonus categories are active. Anyone holding a Chase Freedom Flex℠ credit card or a legacy Freedom Credit Card should head over to the registration page (if they haven’t done so already) and make sure that they’ve registered their card(s).
Chase Freedom/Freedom Flex 2Q 2022 bonus categories
The registration website for the Chase Freedom quarterly bonus categories has now been updated and in the second quarter of 2022 the Chase Freedom Flex℠ credit card (review) and the legacy Chase Freedom credit card will offer 5% cashback (or 5 points/dollar) on up to $1,500 of spending in the following categories:
- Select streaming services
You’ll find a full list of valid Amazon.com purchases and streaming service providers here, but the more important things to know are these:
- Valid streaming services include Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV, HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock, and Showtime (the last four providers are all new to this bonus category). Purchases other than subscription services, e.g., music or video downloads, equipment, gift cards, etc… are all excluded.
- Valid purchases made at Amazon.com digital downloads, Amazon.com Gift Cards, Amazon.com Fresh orders, Amazon.com Prime subscriptions, and items sold by third-party merchants through Amazon.com’s marketplace. Purchases made through Amazon Pay and purchases made through any of Amazon’s non-US sites are not eligible to earn bonus points.
Don’t forget that these quarterly bonus categories are in addition to the permanent bonus categories that the Chase Freedom Flex℠ credit card offers – Travel (booked through Chase), Drugstores & Dining) – so make sure you’re making the most of those as well.
Given the fact that Amazon sells just about everything known to man (ok, yes, I’m exaggerating a little) and that Amazon gift cards will trigger the quarterly bonus, it shouldn’t be very difficult to max out the second quarter bonus despite the fact that for the third time in six quarters, streaming services are making an appearance as a bonus category.
The truth is that the 5% back on streaming spending is unlikely to see significant rebates rolling in because most people don’t spend notable sums on monthly streaming services, but the ability to earn 5% back (5 points/dollar) at Amazon.com (on up to $1,500 of spending) will be very useful to most cardholders.
The fact that Amazon is running some good sales right now is fortuitous (e.g. some of the latest Macbooks are discounted by up to $200) and even if you don’t have any immediate need to purchase anything from Amazon, don’t forget that the ability to stock up on Amazon gift cards to top up your balance means you can bring forward some of your future spending to make sure you maximize your earnings now (only do this if you’re sure that you would be spending this money in the future anyway).
Lastly, it’s worth noting that for the fifth quarter running, Chase has limited the bonus categories to just two (instead of three) so this seems to be the new norm.
April 1st may be April fool’s day but it’s also the start of a new quarter and that means that the new bonus categories for the Chase Freedom Flex℠ credit card (review) and the legacy Chase Freedom credit card are now live. Between 1 April and 30 June 2022, holders of the Freedom and Freedom Flex cards will be able to earn 5% back (or 5 points/dollar) on spending made at Amazon.com and on spending made with select streaming services providers.