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Spring Break Bonuses: Cash From Chase, Points From Citi

March 1, 2017
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Chase has a bonus cash-back offer just in time for spring break trips. Chase Freedom® and Chase Freedom Unlimited® cardholders can earn 10% cash back on up to $2,500 in spending on hotels and car rentals when they book through Chase Ultimate Rewards during March 2017. That could amount to $250 in bonus cash back.

If this is too short notice for a spring getaway, don’t fret: You can book during March but travel later.

Technically, this offer is for 9% bonus cash back on the Chase Freedom® card, but when you add the 1% you always earn on spending with this card, the payout is 10%. Likewise, when you use the Chase Freedom Unlimited® card, you usually earn 1.5% cash back on purchases, so this offer adds 8.5%.

If you’ve been considering one of these cards, now might be a good time to apply.

The Chase Freedom Unlimited® has a new-cardholder offer: Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Its annual fee is $0.

Chase Freedom® has the same sign-up bonus: Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. The annual fee is $0. With Chase Freedom®, you also earn 5% cash back in categories that change each quarter, on up to $1,500 in spending per quarter. You must opt in to the categories each quarter. See the current bonus categories here.

Citi offers bonus points on JetBlue transfers

Speaking of spring travel incentives, holders of eligible Citi credit cards will get a 50% points bonus when they transfer their Citi ThankYou rewards points to JetBlue’s TrueBlue frequent flier program between March 2 and April 30, 2017. Details:

  • Holders of the Citi Premier Card, the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi-issued American Express Chairman will get 1.5 TrueBlue points for every 1.25 ThankYou points they transfer. The usual transfer rate is 1 TrueBlue point per 1.25 ThankYou points.
  • Holders of the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card and the Citi Forward® Card will get 1.5 TrueBlue points for every 2 ThankYou points they transfer. The usual rate is 1 TrueBlue point per 2 ThankYou points.

Ellen Cannon is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @ellencannon.