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With just over two weeks left in the second quarter of 2021, Chase has revealed the 3Q 2021 category spending bonuses for the Chase Freedom Flex credit card (review) and the legacy Chase Freedom credit card (no longer open to new applicants). Registration for the new bonus categories is now open.
Chase Freedom/Freedom Flex 3Q 2021 Bonus Categories
The registration website for the quarterly bonus categories has now been updated and in the third quarter of 2021 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:
- Grocery Stores (excluding Target & Walmart)
- Select Streaming Services
These two bonus categories are in addition to the permanent bonus categories that the Freedom Flex credit card offers – Travel booked through Chase (5x/dollar) and Drugstores & Dining (3x/dollar).
It shouldn’t be very difficult to max out the 3Q bonuses that are on offer and with grocery store spending returning as a bonus category, many will probably view this quarter’s offering as an improvement on last quarter’s categories (gas & home improvement stores).
While a 5% rebate on streaming spending is unlikely to see significant rebates rolling in (most people don’t spend significant sums on monthly streaming services), the ability to earn 5x at grocery stores (on up to $1,500 of spending) will be very useful and with grocery stores usually selling a lot more than just groceries, I’m sure that people will find creative ways to bring forward spending to make sure that they earn every bit of bonus cash back going.
It’s worth noting, however, that for the second quarter running, Chase has limited the bonus categories to just two and that seems a little mean-spirited. What’s worse is that one of these categories is a do-over from Q1 (which shows a lack of imagination) and it isn’t even a category in which it’s easy to earn a good return.
Still, as I said, the full $75 cash back or 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on offer in 3Q shouldn’t be too difficult for most of us to earn thanks to the grocery store category, and if you’re wondering what Chase will recognize as a grocery or streaming spending you can check this webpage where you should find all the information you need.
Chase has confirmed that the 3Q 2021 bonus categories for the Chase Freedom Flex credit card (review) and the legacy Chase Freedom credit card will be grocery stores and select streaming services. Registration will remain open through 14 September (here) and bonus points will be earned for spending in these categories between 1 July and 30 September 2021.
What do you think of the 3Q 2021 bonus categories for the Freedom Cards?