Chase Freedom Reward Categories for 2012 – Plus a $100 Bonus

With New Year’s Day nearly upon us, it’s time to think about signing up for the next round of bonus categories on your rewards credit card.

As you may recall, most cash back credit cards have moved to a base 1% level of earnings with rotating bonus categories, and you need to sign up for these on a quarterly basis.

Looking ahead to 2012, here are the Chase Freedom Visa 5% reward categories…

January-March: Amazon.com and gas stations

April-June: Grocery stores and movie theaters

July-September: Gas stations and restaurants

October-December: Airlines, hotels, Best Buy, and Kohl’s

To register your card for Q1, be sure to visit the Chase website — and don’t forget to go back to re-register throughout the year.

Don’t forget the $100 bonus…

If you don’t already have the Chase Freedom card, you can get a $100 cash bonus by applying for one, getting approved, and spending $500 within the first three months, and there’s no annual fee. Technically, you’ll get 10, 000 points, but you can easily redeem these for a $100 check.

For what it’s worth, we’ve had this card for years and have never had any problems getting Chase to hold up their end of the bargain. You just log in, request the check, and it shows up in your mailbox within a week or so.

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8 Responses to “Chase Freedom Reward Categories for 2012 – Plus a $100 Bonus”

  1. Anonymous

    I am in the Chase reward program since last summer and I got some rewards. How can I can get my accumulated rewards credited to my account? Do I need to call them or is there specific webpage for that? In my account page, they seem to make me to spend on gift cards or other shopping online, which I don’t want.

    Make it difficult or at least inconvenient to get real check or credit and make us spend again?! Please let me know how I can do it step by step. I prefer online option rather than phone call taking forever…Thanks in advance.

  2. Anonymous

    good point. However I am not your typical impulse buyer and I always do proper comparison before buying. More often than not Amazon gives me the best value and I find I easily spend this amount on Amazon in any given year.

  3. Anonymous

    @Dave – I considered that after you proposed it, but I’d be very careful. Having 1500 dollars (max) in Amazon gift cards just hanging around will likely lead you to splurge on random items just because the cards are already there. If you know absolutely what things you will be getting from Amazon throughout the year and what price (like you have birthdays or Valentine’s Day coming up and you’ll be getting gifts from Amazon no matter what) then you can get just that, otherwise I’d say you’re just asking for an excuse to splurge (I’m pretty sure I would be…)

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