UPDATE April 1, 2020: This article was originally published on March 13, 2020, and has been updated to reflect the latest features of the card.
For the second quarter of 2020, the Chase Freedom® is combining some old favorites with something new.
From April 1 through June 30, 2020, the card will earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined spending on these categories (activation required):
Gym memberships and fitness clubs.
Select streaming services.
All other purchases will earn 1% back. As noted, you must activate the bonus categories, which you can do online or by phone starting March 15, 2020. As long as you activate by the deadline in the third month of the quarter, your 5% cash back rewards will be applied to your account retroactively.
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)
TBD (In 2020: Walmart; PayPal.)
The grocery store category is a popular and long-standing one for this card, having been featured in a quarter on the calendar every year since at least 2014, and specifically in the second quarter since 2016. The select streaming services category is a holdover from Q1 2020, and it was also featured in Q3 2019. Eligible streaming services include Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV, Google Play and ESPN+.
The gym membership and fitness club category is making its first appearance on the Chase Freedom® bonus calendar. According to Chase, it includes things like:
Health and fitness clubs and studios.
Exercise or athletic facilities that require membership, including yoga (some boutique fitness studios are included, but not all).
This 5% bonus category does not include:
Dietary and weight management counseling.
Retailers selling merchandise including fitness apparel, sporting goods, or health foods and supplements.
Hotels offering access to third-party fitness centers, unless the merchant categorizes the purchase as a qualifying category.
New Chase Freedom® cardholders are also eligible to earn a sign-up bonus.