Activate Chase Freedom 5X Q1 2013 Bonuses for Drugstores, Gas Stations and Starbucks
Avatar_160_hilary
Hilary Stockton
Google+

My Award Booking Service helps travelers book first class and business class with miles and points. As an independent affiliate of Cadence, I also have access to Virtuoso, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Peninsula Hotels PenClub, Dorchester Diamond Club, Ritz-Carlton STARS, Starwood Luxury Privileges, Rocco Forte and other 5-star hotel partners, so I can book, for no extra cost, your perfect luxury hotel or luxury cruise with VIP amenities not available anywhere else. Become a client and upgrade your stay!

GOT A BLOG POST IDEA?
Have a travel question we haven't covered yet? Want to share your secrets for traveling well for less?

Activate Chase Freedom 5X Q1 2013 Bonuses for Drugstores, Starbucks and Gas Stations

 

Apply: Chase Freedom Visa

Apply: Chase Freedom MasterCard

 

If you haven't already, don't forget to activate your Chase Freedom 5X Bonus Categories for Q1 2013 which are:

  • Drugstores
  • Gas Stations
  • Starbucks
My husband recently got this card, so that gives us up to $3000 in 5X spend for Q1, for a total of 15,000 Ultimate Rewards points if we max out the 5X bonus categories, which we definitely intend to do.
 
Where to max out the 5X for Q1 2013? Well, gas stations is out since we're in Manhattan and don't even have a car. Starbucks isn't my choice because I can get 5X for gift cards anytime using my Ink Bold or Ink Plus. Drugstores it is, and I plan to do my best to find either Vanilla Reload cards or other flexible gift cards that we can use on a variety of purchases. Somehow I have a feeling that a lot of the lucky folks who live right near a drugstore that still has gift card reloads that can be bought with a credit card will be walking in as soon as possible on January 1, 2013 to buy $1500 worth of gift cards :-)
 
 
Here's a quick FAQ for anyone new to or considering the Freedom:
 
What Are the Key Benefits of the Chase Freedom?
The key benefits are the Chase Freedom's 5X categories, which change quarterly, and the fact that it's a no annual fee card, so it's a good card to keep to improve your average age of accounts and credit score. The current bonus of 10,000 points has been that way for some time and is nothing to write home about, so it's the 5X categories and no annual fee that are the true benefits.
 
 
Is There a Limit to the Purchases That Earn a 5X Bonus?
Yes: the limit is $1500 per quarter per card. So for Q1 2013, if you have one Freedom card, you can earn up to 7500 Freedom points on $1500 spend in one or more of the 5X bonus categories for January-March 2013.  


What Are the Chase Freedom 5X Bonus Categories in 2013?
Q1 2013 5X categories are drugstores, gas stations and Starbucks; for the full 2013 calendar see Chase Freedom 2013 Categories and Calendar.
 
 
Is It Too Late to Get the 5X Bonuses for Q4 2012?
It's too late to activate the Freedom 5X bonuses for Q4 2012 if you haven't already, but you have until December 31, 2012 to complete spend to earn your 5X bonuses.
 
 
How Should I Maximize the 5X Bonuses?
While everyone will be a bit different in what they value as a 5X category, these are my tips:
  • Unless you have a need to spend the $1500 at one of the 5X categories during the quarter anyway, try to buy gift cards so that you can spread your spend throughout the year at an effective 5X points bonus. For example, buy Visa or other gift cards you know you'll use at drugstores or gas stations during Q1, and restaurant gift certificates in Q2 if you won't dine out enough to use the full 5X bonus during the quarter
  • Don't use the Chase Freedom abroad, since it does incur a foreign transaction fee
 
 
How Do I Transfer Points to Ultimate Rewards Airline and Hotel Partners?
To transfer the points you earn with your Chase Freedom to Ultimate Rewards airline and hotel partners, you must have a fee paying card: the Chase Sapphire PreferredInk Bold and Ink Plus. You then can transfer your Freedom points to one of these Ultimate Rewards accounts by selecting the "Combine Points" option:
 
Activate Chase Freedom 5X for Q1 2013 - Combine Points with Ultimate Rewards Account
 
 
Then just select your Freedom account points and the Ultimate Rewards account you want to transfer your points to:
 
Transfer Chase Freedom points to Ultimate Rewards account
 
 
Once you have combined your points with your Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus Ultimate Rewards account, select "Transfer Points to Travel Partners" to complete your transfer.
 
Have any questions or thoughts about the Chase Freedom and maximizing the Q1 2013 category bonuses?
 

Apply: Chase Sapphire PreferredInk Bold and Ink Plus cards allow you to transfer Freedom points out to United, Hyatt and other partners
 
 
Related Posts
 
 
 
 
 

Check out and apply for the Best Travel Credit Cards.

If you enjoyed this, please follow TravelSort on Twitter or  like us on Facebook to be alerted to new posts. 

Become a Member to find your perfect luxury or boutique hotel at up to 50% off: TravelSort Hotels

 
  • |
  • Print
    print |
Related Articles
Square_hotels-how_to_deal_with_overzealous_housekeeping
7/27/2015
Stellar hotel housekeeping is great; overzealous housekeeping, not so much. Exasperated TravelSort reader Paul writes "Why is it that whenever I have a 4pm late checkout and even put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, housekeeping still tries...
Square_paestum_greek_temple_to_hera_and_poseidon
7/26/2015
  These Paestum Greek temple photos are part of a trip report featuring the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts,...
Comments
Leave a Comment
Comment
Facebook-logo
Get Free Email Blog Updates
Popular Articles
Square_55k_united_mileageplus_explorer_bonus_offer_with_50_statement_credit
4/30/2015
  Update: This offer is dead, but see 50K United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card Bonus Offer and the Best Travel Credit Cards page for the most current offers. A 55K United MileagePlus Explorer offer with $50 statement credit is available on United.com...
Square_chase_freedom_20k_bonus_offer_and_last_month_for_5x_for_all_dining
6/3/2015
  There's a 20K Chase Freedom Signup Bonus Offer, which I've added to the Best Travel Credit Cards page. The usual signup bonus is just 10,000 points (or $100), so if you were planning to get this card anyway, it's a good time....
Square_is_transaero_a_good_airline-not_if_you_want_your_baggage_to_arrive_with_you
7/10/2015
Is Transaero a good airline? Not if you want your luggage to arrive with you. I flew Transaero today, and boy, do I regret that decision. It was part of a combined ticket from Florence, Italy via Vienna to Moscow,...