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Chase Unveils Q2 Freedom 5% Cash Back Categories

Last updated on June 8th, 2021

Chase has announced the second quarter of its 5% Cash Back Calendar. Eligible Chase credit cardholders can earn 5% back on purchases in these new categories starting April 1 through June 30, 2021. What are the new categories, and should you consider getting an eligible Chase Freedom card? Here are all the details.

New 5% Cash Back Categories Announced by Chase

Two Chase credit cards earn 5% cash back on rotating categories. Those cards are the Chase Freedom (no longer accepting new applicants) and the Chase Freedom Flex World Elite Mastercard. These 5% back categories change each quarter, with the second quarter of 2021 beginning April 1.

The new 5% cash back categories for Q2 2021 are:

  • Gas stations
  • Home improvement stores

These two categories offer significant value for Chase Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders. Gas station purchases in particular offer exceptional value – as fuel is something many Americans need for their daily commute, errands, and leisure plans.

Official Terms and 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 chase.com/freedomflex. The last day for Q2 registration is June 14, 2021.

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 third quarter begins on July 1, 2021 for a different set of categories.

Chase 5% Cash Back Categories Calendar for 2021

Here is the full Chase Cash Back Calendar for 2021 to date (including official terms and conditions):

Chase Freedom Flex Vs. Discover It

The 5% back on gas station purchases places the Freedom Flex in direct competition with the Discover It Cash Back. That card also earns 5% back on rotating categories. The Discover Q2 2021 calendar also includes gas stations, as well as wholesale clubs and streaming services.

Unlike Chase, however, Discover tends to keep its Cashback Calendar static, meaning few changes from year-to-year. Additionally, Discover reveals its entire calendar in advance, making it easy for cardholders to plan their spending to maximize cash back.

Related Article: Chase, Discover, & ABOC 2021 5% Cash Back Calendars

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