The Chase Freedom® has announced its bonus categories for the third quarter of 2019, and they may just be the excuse you need to take that summer road trip.
- Gas stations.
- Select streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Sling, Vudu, FuboTV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora and Spotify.
Chase Freedom® cardholders can earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 spent in these categories combined. (To be eligible for the higher rewards rate, cardholders must log in to their account and activate these categories.) All other purchases earn 1%.
|Chase Freedom® bonus rewards categories for 2019|
|Q1 (Jan. 1 - March 31)||• Gas stations
|Q2 (April 1 - June 30)||• Home improvement stores
• Grocery stores
|Q3 (July 1 – Sept. 30)||• Gas stations
• Select streaming services
|Q4 (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31)||"Holiday" — TBD
(In 2018: Department stores, wholesale clubs, Chase Pay)
The gas station category is a familiar one to Chase Freedom® cardholders. In fact, it was featured as a 5% bonus category on the card in the first quarter of 2019 as well.
The streaming service category, however, is a first-timer on the Chase Freedom® calendar. With this move, Chase follows other credit card issuers that have added streaming services as a bonus rewards category.
“We’re always looking for ways to help cardmembers effortlessly maximize their spending,” BJ Mahoney, general manager of Chase Freedom, said in a news release. “We’ve brought back a cardmember favorite and introduced a new category so they can earn while enjoying their summer activities — from road trips to movie marathons.”
The streaming service category offers a way to earn some value on those purchases you might already make each month, but unless you’re a super-user with multiple account subscriptions, it may not add up to much — especially since the 5% rate is in effect for just three months.
For this reason, owners of gas guzzlers and summer road travelers stand to benefit the most from the new categories.