A new set of quarterly Chase Freedom Flex℠ and Chase Freedom bonus categories are on the way for the next three months.
Every three months, Chase mixes up the spending categories in which you can earn a 5% cashback bonus (or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points) on up to $1,500 of spending. Some quarters are easier than others. And the latest news on these Chase Freedom bonus categories for the next few months is great if you've got a Chase Freedom card in your wallet.
New Chase Freedom Categories for the End of 2022
Chase recently announced the new 5% bonus categories for the fourth quarter of 2022 (October through December): Walmart & PayPal.
These Chase categories should be fairly easy to maximize – especially because you can use PayPal at thousands of merchants, helping you earn up to $75 cash back – or 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points throughout the next three months.
Keep reading for more information on these categories, how to put them to use, and why it might be worth sticking the Chase Freedom Flex℠ card in your wallet.
- New Chase Freedom Categories for the End of 2022
- Chase Freedom & Freedom Flex Q3 2022 Bonus Categories
- The Basics of the Chase Freedom Flex Card
- Looking for Points Instead of Cashback?
- What You Need to Know About the Chase Freedom Flex Card:
- How to Activate Chase Freedom Categories Each Quarter
- How Much Cash Back Can You Earn Each Quarter?
- Previous 5x Bonus Chase Freedom Categories
- Bottom Line for Chase Freedom Cash Back in 2022
Chase Freedom & Freedom Flex Q3 2022 Bonus Categories
The start of October will bring brand new categories for your Chase Freedom Flex and Freedom card. For the fourth quarter of 2022, those bonus categories are transactions made at both Walmart and PayPal.
Once you spend $1,500 combined across those bonus categories, you'll start earning just 1% back (or 1x Ultimate Rewards point) until January 2023. That's when the next set of bonus categories will go live.
To take advantage of the latest Freedom bonus categories, you'll actually need to activate these latest additions. Just head to the Chase bonus activation page – and registration for the new categories is now open. Just be sure to register before Dec. 14, 2022.
The Basics of the Chase Freedom Flex Card
If you aren't familiar with the Chase Freedom Flex credit card, it's a phenomenal cashback card with no annual fee.
That's largely because of these rotating quarterly categories, in which you can earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 of spending each and every quarter.
What's more, you'll also earn 5% back on travel booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal as well as 3% back on several other categories like drugstores and on dining purchases.
Looking for Points Instead of Cashback?
If you're after more Chase Ultimate Rewards points instead of cash back, you're in luck.
So long as you hold a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or a Chase Sapphire Reserve® credit card, the cashback you earn from the Freedom cards can easily be moved into your Ultimate Rewards points balance. Every cent of cashback gets you 1 Chase point instead.
That means you can effectively earn 5x Ultimate Rewards per dollar spent on the bonus categories from the Freedom Flex card.
That's a great deal: It's what makes the Chase Freedom Flex card the perfect complement to the Sapphire credit cards, as you'll earn more on these bonus categories (and others) than you would by simply swiping your Sapphire card.
Related Reading: How to Transfer Points Between Your Chase Cards
What You Need to Know About the Chase Freedom Flex Card:
- Sign Up Bonus: Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 in the first three months of card membership. The $200 can be converted to 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points if you carry either the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
- Earn 5% cashback on rotating quarterly categories on up to $1,500 of spending which could include: Grocery stores, gym memberships, streaming services, gas stations, etc. The categories for Q4 of 2022 are Walmart & PayPal. These bonus categories go live on October 1, 2022.
- Earn 5% cashback on travel booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.
- Earn 5% cashback on Lyft rides through March 2025.
- Earn 3% cashback on dining, including takeout and delivery services.
- Earn 3% cashback at drugstores.
Click Here to learn more about the Chase Freedom Flex Card
How to Activate Chase Freedom Categories Each Quarter
The additional 5% back available for both Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Flex cardholders will not be automatically applied each quarter.
You'll need to register for the promotion each and every quarter by following this link to the Chase website. Any spending before you're registered will not qualify for the 5% back.
You'll need to enter your last name, your billing zip code, and the last four digits of your credit card number. Then just click “Activate Now” to register. It's that easy.
Cardholders can also register using the Chase mobile app.
How Much Cash Back Can You Earn Each Quarter?
Chase limits the amount of cashback you can earn each quarter. And it's a combined amount across all Chase Freedom bonus categories, meaning you'll only be able to earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in total spend.
That means if you maximize the 5% back categories each quarter, you'll earn $75 of cashback. Transfer that cashback to Chase Ultimate Rewards, and you get 7,500 points.
So if you were to maximize the bonus categories each quarter, you could earn a total of $300 cash back (or 30,000 Ultimate Rewards points) every calendar year.
Previous 5x Bonus Chase Freedom Categories
Here's a quick look at what the Chase Freedom Flex and legacy Chase Freedom bonus categories have been in previous quarters. As you can see, categories vary widely throughout the year. But generally, they are categories that should fit fairly well into your everyday spending patterns.
|Quarter||5x Bonus Categories|
|Q3 2022||Gas stations, car rental agencies, movie theaters, and select live entertainment.|
|Q2 2022||Amazon.com and select streaming services|
|Q1 2022||Grocery stores (excluding Walmart and Target) and eBay|
|Q4 2021||Walmart & PayPal|
|Q3 2021||Grocery stores (excluding Walmart and Target) and select streaming services|
|Q2 2021||Gas stations and home improvement stores|
|Q1 2021||Wholesale Clubs, Streaming Services, Internet, Cable & Phone Service|
|Q4 2020||Walmart & PayPal|
|Q3 2020||Amazon, Whole Foods Market|
|Q2 2020||Grocery stores, gym memberships, streaming services|
|Q1 2020||Gas stations, internet, cable, & streaming services|
|Q4 2019||Department stores, PayPal & Chase Pay Purchases|
|Q3 2019||Gas stations, streaming services|
|Q2 2019||Grocery stores, home improvement stores|
|Q1 2019||Gas stations, drug stores, tolls|
|Q4 2018||Wholesale clubs, department stores, Chase Pay
|Q3 2018||Walgreens, gas stations, and Lyft
|Q2 2018||Groceries, PayPal, Chase Pay|
|Q1 2018||Mobile wallets, gas stations, internet, cable and phone service payments
Bottom Line for Chase Freedom Cash Back in 2022
The Chase Freedom Flex card (along with the old Chase Freedom) is an excellent no-annual-fee cash back credit card that gets even better if you hold one of the Chase Sapphire cards.
Even if you can't take advantage of these Chase Freedom categories, it is still a great card that offers a ton of value. If you can maximize the categories each quarter, you'll earn an extra $75 cashback (or 7,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points).
The Q4 2022 categories are Walmart and PayPal through Dec. 2022. Make sure to activate the offer at this link on Chase's website to take advantage.