Chase Freedom & Flex 5% Categories, Q3 2021: Grocery Stores, Eligible Streaming

Erin Hurd
By Erin Hurd 
Edited by Kenley Young

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The 2021 third-quarter bonus categories for the Chase Freedom Flex℠ and the legacy Chase Freedom® can cover the grub for your midsummer backyard barbecue, as well as your Friday night homemade-pizza-and-binge-watching tradition.

From July 1 through Sept. 30, 2021, cardholders will earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined spending on:

  • Grocery stores (excluding Target and Walmart).

  • Select streaming services (including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube TV).

You’ll have to activate the categories online or in the Chase app in order to receive the 5% rewards. You must activate by Sept. 14, but you can earn rewards retroactively for all eligible purchases.

The Chase Freedom® is closed to new applicants and earns 1% back on all other purchases.

But the Chase Freedom Flex℠ will also earn:

  • 5% back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

  • 3% back at restaurants.

  • 3% back at drugstores.

  • 1% back on all other non-bonus-category purchases.

Chase Freedom® and Chase Freedom Flex℠* bonus rewards categories for 2021

Q1 (Jan. 1 - March 31)

• Wholesale clubs. • Select streaming services. • Internet, cable and phone services.

Q2 (April 1 - June 30)

• Gas stations. • Home improvement stores.

Q3 (July 1 - Sept. 30)

• Grocery stores. • Select streaming services.

Q4 (Oct. 1 - Dec. 31)


This is the second time this year Chase has offered 5% back on select streaming services, most recently in Q1 2021. Grocery stores are a popular rotating bonus category for Chase that often appears at least once per year. In Q2 2020, Chase offered 5% back at grocery stores, and in Q3 2020, Whole Foods Market was included in its bonus categories.

Information related to the Chase Freedom® has been collected by NerdWallet and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card.

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