Chase Freedom Q1 2014 Bonus Starbucks & Gas

Chase Freedom Q1 2014

The Chase Freedom Q1 January – March 2014 bonus categories have been announced. If you are a Chase Freedom cardholder you will earn 5% cash back for all purchases in the following bonus categories:

  • Starbucks
  • Gas Stations
  • Movie Theaters

Terms of the offer state that Starbucks is limited to purchases at participating Starbucks locations,  StarbucksStore.com, & Starbucks mobile app (including reloads). This is important to note because it appears that cobranded locations like the airport, Barnes & Noble, and grocery stores do not count! This can be very confusing to many people because many of these locations not only accept Starbucks cards, but they also allow you to pay with the mobile app. If you are at all uncertain whether the store is a stand alone Starbucks store, then you are best off simply reloading your Starbucks card on your mobile phone using the app, or online using your Chase Freedom card.

How To Maximize Your Chase Freedom Q1 2014 Bonus

As always, Chase sets a maximum spend each quarter at $1,500 across all bonus categories. Depending on the bonus categories, it can be really easy or relatively hard to max out the bonus. This quarter seems like more of the latter. In that case it can make sense to employ some creative tactics in order to get the most bang for your buck out of your Chase Freedom card. One of my favorite strategies involves buying gift cards at bonus category merchants. While I am not aware of any Starbucks or Movie Theaters that sell gift cards to other retailers. I do know of many gas stations that typically do. Many AM PM, Shell, and other gas stations will have a gift card rack near the door that usually has gift cards to McDonalds, Starbucks, Subway, and even Vanilla Reload cards. If you do find one of these, simply buy gift cards to stores you typically make purchases at to effectively earn 5% on all your purchases!

Remember that you must register your account by March 14th, 2014 to qualify for the bonus.

Upcoming Chase Freedom Bonus categories:

  • April – June 2014: Restaurants, Lowe’s
  • July – September 2014: Gas stations, Kohl’s
  • October – December 2014: Amazon, Zappos, Department Stores

Reminder: Chase SMS Reminders and Register

One of the best and easiest ways to always register for the Chase Freedom bonus each quarter is by signing up for SMS reminders. Chase will send you a text message notifying you of the bonus categories and you simply reply with “BON” to activate and register for the bonus. Sign up for SMS text reminders here.

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