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If you buy gas, like coffee or shop at Amazon, get excited: The Chase Freedom® just announced its 5% bonus categories for 2013, and they’re pretty darn good ones: Gas in two quarters, Amazon, Starbucks and more. This is reason enough to consider the Chase Freedom® if you don’t have one already. And that’s before we’ve mentioned the sign-up bonus: Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
2013 Chase Freedom® bonus categories:
- Q1 (January – March): Gas, drugstores and Starbucks
- Q2 (April – June): Restaurants and movie theaters
- Q3 (July – September): Gas, theme parks and Kohl’s
- Q4 (October – December): Amazon.com and “select department stores”
The card earns 5% back on bonus categories up to $1,500 spent per quarter, and 1% thereafter. You can also get up to 20% cash back in the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall, which allows you to click through to online retailers as diverse as Macys.com and the Holiday Inn.
Look to the Chase Freedom® for gas rewards
Earning 5% cash back on gas for 2 quarters, the Chase Freedom® effectively has a 3% average rewards rate on gas for the entire year. This places it among the best of the no-fee gas cards, while also earning rewards on other categories.
The Chase Freedom® is ideal for an Amex or Discover cardholder looking for a backup in case the primary card isn’t accepted, a frequent driver looking to earn 5% rewards with a $0 annual fee, and for someone looking to establish a credit history – anecdotally, we nerds with thin files have found it relatively easy to qualify for.