Chase Freedom 5% Cash Back Categories for Q3 2023

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Last updated on September 6th, 2023

The Q3 5% cash back categories for the Chase Freedom Flex Card are finally out. The Freedom Flex Card is one of the market’s most popular cash back credit cards – thanks to the rotating 5% cash back categories. Here’s what you need to know about the new Chase Freedom Flex bonus 5% cash back categories for July through September 2023:

What Are the New Chase Freedom Cash Back Categories?

The Chase Freedom Flex is a versatile cash back rewards credit card. The card earns 5% back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3% on drugstore purchases, dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery services, and 1% back on all other purchases.

Those rewards are just part of the card’s versatility, however. The Flex also earns 5% back on up to $1,500 on combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter after activation. Those categories for Q3 2023 (July through September) are now live:

  • Gas stations
  • EV charging stations (excluding truck stops, marinas, and oil distribution centers)
  • Live entertainment (excluding bowling alleys, movie theaters, gambling facilities, or third-party vendor purchases)

The new bonus categories are great for anyone planning a summer vacation – and especially if those plans involve hitting the open road. Here is how the entire Chase Freedom Flex Cash Back Calendar for 2023 looks:

5% Cash Back Category
January - March 2023 Target, grocery stores (excluding Walmart), plus fitness and gym memberships
April - June 2023 and Lowe’s
July - September 2023 Gas stations/EV charging and live entertainment
October - December 2023 PayPal, wholesale clubs, and select charities

*Live Entertainment includes major professional sporting events, zoos and aquariums, concerts, theatrical productions, museums, tourist attractions and exhibits, amusement parks, circuses, carnivals, bands, and entertainers. As mentioned, bowling alleys, movie theaters, gambling facilities, or third-party vendor purchases are excluded.

Welcome Offer On Freedom Flex

In addition, new cardmembers approved for a Chase Freedom Flex credit card can earn a $200 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. This welcome bonus is the standard signup bonus for the card (and most competitors), so don’t rush out to take advantage – but it’s a nice feature that can help nudge you towards applying. 

 Official Terms & Conditions

Chase outlines specific rules and regulations regarding eligible purchases. Eligible cardholders must enroll their card before earning 5% back. They can activate the categories online at  The last day for Q3 registration is September 14, 2023.

Keep in mind that the 5% cash back applies to the first $1,500 in purchases in the quarter. Once a cardholder spends over $1,500 in those eligible categories, they will earn 1% cash back on all purchases until the fourth quarter begins on October 1, 2023, for a different set of categories.

Related Article: 2023 Discover & Chase 5% Cash Back Calendar

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