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May 6, 2018

Chase Freedom Unlimited Rewards

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Chase Freedom Unlimited lets you rack up rewards fast. Learn smart ways to earn tons of points and your redemption options.

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Overview

How to Earn Points Fast

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  • Spend $20,000 within your first year. Earn 5% on travel purchased through Chase, 3% on dining at restaurants and drugstores, and 1.5% on all other purchases.

  • Buy things with your card. You get cashback on every purchase. So you can even make this your primary card.

  • Shop through Chase. Chase has an Ultimate Rewards shopping portal where you can earn bonus points for every $1 spent. There are over 200 popular stores. They offer anywhere from 2 - 20x points per $1.

  • Refer friends. Love your Freedom Unlimited? Refer your friends and family and earn bonus points for each successful referral. You can get $100 for each friend who gets approved, up to $500 a year.

  • Shop through Chase Pay. Chase also has a Chase Pay mobile app. It makes checking out easier at partner merchants (including Starbucks and Best Buy). Once a while, Chase will give you bonus points when you buy through Chase Pay at certain retailers.

How to Redeem Chase Freedom Unlimited Points

Your rewards come in the form of Ultimate Rewards points. Ultimate Rewards is one of the best and most flexible credit card reward programs. You can redeem points for:

  • Get cash back (1 cent/point). Redeem your rewards for cashback in the form of statement credit or direct deposit into your bank account. You'll need at least 2,000 points to convert them to cash.

  • Exchange for gift cards (1 cent/point). Or get gift cards from your favorite retailers. You can choose from over 150 popular stores and restaurants. Gift card amounts vary by merchant, but most start at either 1,500 points for $15 or 2,500 points for a $25 gift card.

  • Book travel (1 cent/point). Book flights, hotels, and car rentals on the Chase travel portal with your points. You can use your points for either all or a portion of your trip.

    Tip: If you have one of the premium cards, like Chase Sapphire Preferred, you can combine your points onto that card for better value. Then you can either transfer the points 1:1 to a travel partner such as United Airlines OR get 20% off when you redeem for travel on the Chase travel portal.

  • Checkout on Amazon (0.8 cent/point). If you link your Chase card and your Amazon account, you can use your points to checkout. But this isn't the best redemption option, as your points have less value. It's better to buy an Amazon gift card with your points.

  • Check out on Chase Pay (0.8 cent/point). You can use your points on Chase Pay app to checkout at partner merchants. Your points are redeemed automatically as statement credit.

Bottom Line

Chase Freedom Unlimited is a great cash back card if you want a flat reward structure on every purchase. Chase also offers plenty of other ways to earn more bonus points.

When it comes to redemption, the best options are cashback or cash-equivalent options at the rate of 1 cent per point. If have one of the Sapphire cards, you can transfer your points onto that account for more value.

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