Activate Your Freedom Category Bonuses to Earn 5x at Gas Stations, Movie Theaters, and Starbucks

Activate your Chase Freedom 5% cash back categories for 2014 to earn 5x Ultimate Rewards per dollar at gas stations, movie theaters, and Starbucks until March 31.

Each quarter, you can earn 5x Ultimate Rewards per dollar on your first $1,500 in the bonus categories as long you register your Freedom card.

Freedom 5% Categories for 2014 Announced

Chase Freedom has named its 5% cash back categories for 2014.

Each quarter, you can earn 5x Ultimate Rewards per dollar on your first $1,500 in the bonus categories as long you register your Freedom card. Max out the $1,500 each quarter, and you'll earn 30,000 Ultimate Rewards.

That's on top of the current sign up bonus of 20,000 Ultimate Rewards after spending $500 in three months on the card.

I am hoping to get the full 30,000 Ultimate Rewards on my Freedom in 2014.

INCREDIBLE: Up to 55,000 Bonus Ultimate Rewards for Opening a Sapphire Preferred and Adding an Authorized User

 

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There is currently an offer for 50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $3k in three months on a new Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Now No Annual Fee on Chase Hyatt Card

The Chase Hyatt Credit Card no longer has an annual fee the first year, a $75 savings.

The Hyatt card has my 11th favorite sign up bonus from Chase, but it's a solid card to hold forever, and one that I have. The big draw is the sign up bonus of two free nights at almost any Hyatt worldwide after spending $1,000 in the first three months.

Chase Freedom Fourth Quarter Category Bonuses

Register now for the Chase Freedom's fourth quarter category bonuses. From now through December 31, 2013, you'll earn 5x Ultimate Rewards per dollar on purchases at amazon.com and these department stores.

Every quarter, the Freedom has a new category or categories in which you can get 5x Ultimate Rewards up to $1,500 spent. Maximize the category throughout the year for 30,000 Ultimate Rewards.

The Ultimate Rewards earned on a Freedom are not transferable to airlines or hotels.

The Three Best Credit Cards for Free Luxury Hotel Nights

The offers listed in this post have expired so their links have been removed. Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

For me, first class flights would be out of reach without miles. I can't spend $10,000 for a first class flight on an airline like Emirates.

Luckily I don't need to because I have plenty of miles, and I could fly economy class in a pinch.

Fancy hotels are similar.

Are No Foreign Transaction Fee Cards a Scam?

A reader wrote to me:
For credit cards, HSBC is by FAR the best for foreign purchases but not sure if it is because it is HSBC Premier rather then regular HSBC. HSBC Premier gives me the same exchange rate as what they get when exchanging money between other banks with no mark-up. It is crazy how much I save. I've found Chase to be the most expensive and American Express somewhere in between.

Did Chase Really Close a Sapphire Preferred Account for a Transfer among Friends?

From chase.com:

Bottom line: the transfer of Ultimate Rewards points between the Chase accounts of friends, neighbors, and internet strangers is expressly forbidden by Chase. This rule appears to be enforced sometimes, as seen in the examples on FlyerTalk.

Nuggets 7/20/12

I'm busy preparing for the first ever live MileValue.com seminar in Honolulu that starts in 10 hours, so I'll summarize a few interesting nuggets you may have missed.

We all get jealous when we hear that other people have been targeted for better sign up bonuses than the best publicly available credit card offers. Thepointsguy has a way to check whether you've been targeted for any Chase offers lately.

How to Book Any PointBreaks Hotel for $35/night

This post will tell you how to book any hotel on the list of Priority Club's PointBreaks for only $35 per night.

Whenever Priority Club announces its new list of PointBreaks hotels, the miles' world pays attention. The hotels on the list that may ordinarily cost hundreds of dollars a night go for 5,000 Priority Club points for a limited time. The new list is valid for stays through July 31.

As loyal readers know, I'm not big on hotel rewards programs; I usually get a better deal pricelining as I explained here.