Chase Freedom Credit Card (2018.3 Updated: $300 Pre-Qualified Offer (Targeted))

Chase Freedom Card Review

2018.3 Update: There is a new pre-qualified offer for Freedom: $300 after $500 spending in the first 3 months. You may also see 60k offer + first year annual fee waived offer for CSP. Click here to check whether you are targeted. Note that pre-qualified offers can not bypass the 5/24 rule. HT: DoC.

READ: Having a savings account is quite beneficial, and with Chase new account bonus it is even profitable since you can get some money.

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Features

  1. 15k+2.5k offer: earn 15,000 Ultimate Rewards (UR) points after spending $500 in 3 months from account opening, and get 2,500 more points by adding an authorized user and making a purchase within this same 3 month period. 
  2. Earn 5x UR in each quarter’s bonus categories, 1x UR on all other purchases. You need to activate beforehand, and the deadline is the 14th of the last month of each quarter, it won’t be activated automatically for a new card. The following picture shows the bonus category calendar for 2017:
  3. Although this card is advertised as a cash back card, it actually earns Ultimate Rewards (UR) points. We estimate that Ultimate Rewards (UR) points are worth about 1.6 cents/point, see below for a brief introduction. So the 15k+2.5k sign-up bonus could be worth about $262.5, and the return of the spendings on bonus category could be worth about 8%!
  4. Refer a friend: You can earn 10,000 bonus UR points for every approved account you refer, up to a maximum of 5 approved referrals (50,000 UR points) per calendar year.
  5. No annual fee.

Disadvantages

  1. You have an $1500 cap in bonus category, which means you can earn up to 7.5k points at bonus category each season. After that, you only get 1 point per dollar spent.
  2. It has foreign transaction fee, so it's not a good choice outside the US.

Introduction to UR Points

Recommended Application Time

  1. [5/24 Rule] If you have 5 or more new accounts opened in the past 24 months, Chase will reject your application for this card.The number of new accounts includes all credit card accounts, not only Chase accounts. Recently some data points have shown that there are exceptions to this rule, but if you really want this card, play it safe and be sure to apply for it as soon as you are eligible. See this post for details.
  2. This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months. Note that what matters here is the time you got the sign-up bonus, not the time you open the account or close the account.
  3. Don’t apply for more than 2 Chase credit cards within 30 days, or it’s highly likely that you will get rejected.
  4. If you have more than $10,000 deposits in Chase checking, you can get this card even with no credit history at all. You can go to a branch and find a banker to apply for this credit card directly through Special Consideration. Special Consideration is no longer available.
  5. We recommend you to apply for this card after you have a credit history for more than 8~9 months.

Summary

This is a fantastic card, everyone should have one! You can mainly use it on the 5x UR (~8%) rotating categories. When you accumulated enough UR points, you can apply for a CSP/CSR and then transfer these UR points to airline miles/hotel points and use them.

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After Applying

  • Call 800-436-7927 to check Chase application status. This is an automated telephone line, and the information has the following meanings: Receive decision in 2 weeks means your application is probably approved; Receive decision in 7-10 days means your application is probably rejected; Receive decision in 30 days simply means your application requires further review and there’s nothing to tell you for now.
  • Chase reconsideration backdoor number: 888-270-2127 or 888-609-7805. Call it if you didn’t get approve immediately. Your personal information will be acquired and they will then review it. You seldom answer questions, instead, just enjoy the music and then you get approved or rejected, or further information is needed to be hand in to the branch or faxed.

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